One of the most common things people complain about on their bikes is the shifting. Even a new bike can shift poorly if it's not set up correctly. I'm going to limit this article to rear shifting. I'll follow up with front shifting later. After assembling thousands of bikes over the years, I can tell you that many new bikes often take just as much of a beating in getting to the shop as they do out on the trail.
As you may recall, WNYMBA announced last year that in partnership with Allegany State Park, a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant was made to construct the new Stone Tower Trail at Allegany. The grant is for about $95,000, but the terms of the grant is that we have to match 20% in funds and/or volunteer labor. We are on the hook for between $18K and $19K. That is where the IMBA Digin Campaign came into play last year. Perhaps you recall this, but here is the link annoucing it: http://www.wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=842:dig-in-campaign-and-the-stone-tower-trail-at-asp&catid=70&Itemid=451 Thanks to you all, we raised thousands of dollars that will go towards the match. We have also been raising money through raffles and other events, but will have to make a major push again in the next year to raise more for our match. We also plan to use volunteer labor towards the match. Unfortunately, the co...
That picture to the left is the web cam at Holiday Valley. I use that to check to see how much snow is down in Ellicottville. I didn't have to do that today because Allegany called us to tell us that 4" of snow fell yesterday and more is on the way. We have decided to cancel the work weekend because we don't want to get a huge crew out there if we weren't going to make a lot of progress. Temps are forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend, and snow is forecast tomorrow and Sunday. So it's with a heavy heart that we are cancelling this event this year. Stay tuned for more news about getting the stone tower trail built.
Good News WNY Fatbikers! Willo Glynn, from Growler Performance Bikes, has generously donated two Growler frames to be raffled off this winter ($700 value each). All proceeds will go to help match the 20% funds for the RTP Grant recently awarded to the Western New York Mountain Bike Association and the Parks and Trails Grant (if we get it). Both grants are for the construction of the Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park. Raffles will be sold on Saturday, December 2nd, at Stoneyard Brewing Company (after the Global Fatbike Day Ride), on Sunday, December 3rd at Long Point State Park, at the December and January Slow Roll in Buffalo, on Saturday, January 13th, at the 3rd Annual Genesee County Park Fat Bike Ride, and during WNYMBA's February Beer Release Fundraiser. IF you win one of the frames, Growler will give you an additional $300 off to do a complete build with your frame. What's even more awesome? Growler will give you "behind-the-scenes" access, where you can work with the...
WNYMBA recently learned that we have been awarded an RTP Grant for $92,000! However, we need to match 20% of the grant, which means that the club needs to raise about $9,000 in matching dollars and match an additional $9,000 in-kind, which will come from volunteer labor. Some of the $9,000 will come from IMBA and from corporate sponsors, but the rest needs to come from individual riders like you. Think of it as an investment in the future of mountain biking in WNY. The project is the construction of 3.6 miles of new singletrack near the Stone Tower. Approximately 95% will be constructed by a trail construction contractor to be procured through competitive bidding. This project has been in the planning stage for approximately six years, but is now shovel-ready for construction. WNYMBA will finalize a design that will ensure that the new trail be constructed in a sustainable fashion, and in accordance with the trail design guidelines in the State Comprehensive Ou...
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