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Saving the trails at Sprague 1 year 10 months ago #44093

So I did ride yesterday but only certain parts I knew would be safe. I also looked at areas in need of repair. Ethics or not, not all WNY mountain bikers are members or on this forum. Campers and weekend warriors go out no matter what. They have no idea what trail sustainability is. My shop was busy with riders yesterday. Most were non members. The ones who were stayed on the safe stuff. Skunk, Creekside, Foote and the Snowmobile climb were in good shape cause the club builds good trails. The biggest hazzard was the silt left behind by fast running water. It's greasy and like ice when hit at an angle. Every trail that is dug down to the hard pack was solid, the water ran right off. The roots were slick but they kind of armor the trail in spots. So in closing, yes you should not ride if you are not willing to be safe, stay on the trail and avoid the nagging mud areas.
Sliders Guy
Colden, NY

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Saving the trails at Sprague 1 year 10 months ago #44108

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As a bike shop owner, I would think it should be part of your routine to educate people that "didn't know any better".

Its raining and muddy, No riding the brook.
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Saving the trails at Sprague 1 year 10 months ago #44109

Is it Verizon's responsibility to educate new cell phone users on safe driving techniques. Or Big box stores responsibility to educate customers on how to safely ride that 149.99 mountain bike?

I think stores have enough to worry about without the possibility of offending customers on what could have been a slow day. Yeah shops can try, but they really can't get too preachy. People are going to do what they are going to do. Is it the shops responsibility to educate on warring helmets on trails (and open up that can of worms)?
lowly shop broom pusher since 2000
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Saving the trails at Sprague 1 year 10 months ago #44110

I would assume these posts will be getting moderated soon enough (and understandably so) on this thread. Could these posts be moved onto a new more appropriate thread?
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Re: Saving the trails at Sprague 1 year 10 months ago #44111

moved.

In my opinion, it doesn't have to be a bike shop owner's responsibility (although the verizon analogy doesn't make much sense. There's a lot more you do with a phone than talk on it and drive. MTB bikes really are only for riding on trails. Oh, and btw, verizon does educate its users about safe driving habits: aboutus.verizonwireless.com/commitment/safety_security/ )

I believe it is most definitely is WNYMBA's responsibility to educate riders not to ride when it is going to damage trails, unless we are talking about trails that get essentially no use.

But then again, that's my opinion, and opinions here on the forum don't necessarily represent WNYMBA.
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Re: Saving the trails at Sprague 1 year 10 months ago #44112

Jon Sundquist wrote:
unless we are talking about trails that get essentially no use

I'm curious to know which trails in the local system qualify for this.
The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...
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