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Some boring stuff: An overview of WNYMBA's Permits with the local land managers

Written byJon Sundquist
on 15 July 2017
Some boring stuff: An overview of WNYMBA's Permits with the local land managers

Ever wonder how WNYMBA gets trails built in the county forests and state parks and forests? You may be most familiar with the volunteer work days that gets the picks in the ground and the singletrack on the ground. But it starts way before that. Even before the planning and marking stages. It all starts with WNYMBA’s agreements with the land managers. Land managers – we are talking Erie County Parks Department, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and NYS State Parks – only allow work on their properties with the proper permissions. You can imagine why. For example, I think most of us would be pretty upset if an ATV group decided to ride in a bunch of new trails through Sprague Brook park. Getting permission is not the most glamorous part of WNYMBA’s activities. So there’s not a lot about it on the website or facebook. But with this post, we thought we would post up our permits. Closest to home, we work with Erie County Parks (technically, Erie County...

42nd Parallel Ride

Written byJon Sundquist
on 05 July 2017
42nd Parallel Ride

Well, it's been almost a year, but finally I am posting an article about this.  What prompted me is that Dirt Rag has finally posted the article I co-wrote with Anthony Suncan (our IMBA regional rep) that was published in the dead-trees vesrion of the rag last year.  Here's the link:  http://dirtragmag.com/access-the-42nd-parallel/ All the details are in the article, but in a nutshell, I wanted to do a ride almost entirely on dirt from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks.  Partly just because we can, and partly to build awareness of three of the missing links in the route, all of which are in various stages of fruition. First, I would note this was not an official WNYMBA event, but a group ride of about a dozen friends.  I know that may sound elitest, but there was method in the madness.  Any event in state forests and state parks over 20 people needs permits, insurance, etc. and that's a lot of work.  Secondly, part of the route traverses private property....

Buffalo Outer Harbor Off-Road Cycling News - June 2017

Written byJon Sundquist
on 19 June 2017
Buffalo Outer Harbor Off-Road Cycling News - June 2017

WNYMBA issued the press release printed below last week to update on progress on the Outer Harbor.  There has been a lot of progress on the new biking area, but at the request of EDHDC, we have been quiet about it.  They have now allowed us to go public on the progress being made.  And it's not a moment too soon because they have been getting push back from folks who haven't been encumbered by a request to be quiet.  But the good news is this project is going forward in accordance with the revised master plan (http://eriecanalharbor.com/outer-harbor/PDF/Outer_Harbor_Blueprint.pdf), and ECHDC is, at WNYMBA's suggestion, going forward and retaining a bike-park specific consultant to provide design assistance and construction should start next year.   Here is the text of our press release:   June 15, 2017WNYMBA STATEMENT - BUFFALO OUTER HARBOR OFF-ROAD CYCLING AREAConstruction Begins 1st Quarter 2018 Almost two years to the day after an initial approach to EC...

Holiday Valley Timber Harvest Operations

Written byJon Sundquist
on 08 May 2017
Holiday Valley Timber Harvest Operations

Holiday Valley asks us to get the word out that  they will be performing some logging for the next several months and portions of the trails will be closed for the riders safety. The goal is to keep bike trails open as much as possible but we may need to close sections from time to time. They will put signs up in those location warning the riders. The goal is to be done by end of June. The good news correlary to this is they plan on converting one of the logging trails to singletrack once they are done, and this will add about a mile or so of new trail connecting to MB-1.  We thank Holiday Valley for being such a strong supporter of Mountain Biking.

2017 Swap And Sale

Written byJoe Crumlish
on 04 April 2017
2017 Swap And Sale

    The 2017 Swap and Sale held on 2-Apr at the GOBNMC DIG Innovation Center was a great success for WNYMBA and the larger WNY biking community. Nearly 50 bikes were given a new lease on life.  Along with a small truck load of wheels, pedals, handlebars, racks, and almost every other part you could name. There was great food, great fun, and a wonderful sense of community. Many thanks to all who supported the club through sales, donations, and solidarity. We’ll have the financials for the next meeting, but early count puts us ahead of last year’s total. This all would not be possible without the help of supporters and member volunteers so thanks to all listed below, apologies to anyone I may have missed GoBike and GOBNMC for presenting the event and supporting WNYMBA and the larger WNY biking community.  Special thanks to Thea Hassan and Nate Hill! Our sponsoring local bike shops; Campus Wheel Works, Northstar Bikes, Ricks Cycle, and Tom’s...

Please report trail conditions

Written byJon Sundquist
on 11 April 2017
Please report trail conditions

As we put it on our maps, we have said a general rule of thumb of when to hit the trails is "Tax Time" (April 15), sometimes earlier, sometimes later.  As I type this, I hear the rain come down outside again.  Unfortunately, this year sounds like it may be a "sometimes later" year.  Right now, the Erie Co. parks aren't ready to go, and there are reports of very wet conditions in E-ville. Next week's forecast is looking better, but we will have to see.  In the meantime, please report conditions at our "Trails Dry?" reporting page.  Yes, right now, there are no recent posts and no posts from last year.  But that is because out website got hacked last May and the latest backup was from February or March.  So all the 2016 reports were lost.  And after May, it was so dry, there was no need to report. It's super important to let the trails dry in the spring before heading out.  Because of the way the soils are, way more damage can occur when ridde...

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Our insurance company has "strongly suggested" that we tell you that Mountain Biking can be dangerous. If you're visiting this site it's very likely that you're already aware that if you insist on having a good time by riding your mountain bike, eventually you will almost certainly fall down and collect any number of boo-boos, dings and injuries, serious or otherwise, but we have to tell you anyway.

Mountain Biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk of bodily injury and even death. Mountain biking should only be undertaken if you have a complete awareness of these risks. You can reduce the level of risk by wearing a helmet and by riding within your own skill level.