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Board meeting Monday, February 20

Written byJon Sundquist
on 17 February 2017
Board meeting Monday, February 20

Board meetings are where lots of boring stuff happens. We try to work out boring details about running the club, in order to present to the general membership during our regular meetings. They aren't a lot of fun, but since WNYMBA isn't a secret organization, any members can come to if they are looking for a snoozefest. Our next one is going to be Monday February 20 to talk about insurance, IMBA Chapter 2.0 program, plans for the beer release party, spring trail work schedule, and the season open meeting at Tom's.  Plus anything else of import. This one will be at Hamburg Brewring @ 7:00 on Nov. 15 (Monday) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered). If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!

County Considering Allowing Fat Bikes on Portions of Sprague XC Trail

Written byJon Sundquist
on 29 January 2017
County Considering Allowing Fat Bikes on Portions of Sprague XC Trail

WNYMBA met with Erie County last week to discuss Fat Biking in Erie County Parks.  As most of you are aware, anywhere we can bike in the summer time we can bike in the winter with fat bikes, with the one local exception being we were told last year that we were to stay off the XC ski loop at Sprague (also, down in Allegany, the XC trails there are groomed for classic technique skiing and open only to skiers).  We met to present the research on the effects of fat bikes (3.7" minimum tire size, 10 psi maximum pressure) on groomed trails - in other words that there is no impact.  Unlike regular mountain bikes, fat bikes do not sink into packed trails.  Of course, fat bikes (like hiking or showshoeing) can destroy set tracks (i.e. the two parallel grooves) and need to stay off of them. The county was amenable to our suggestion.  Because the XC trails at Sprague can get extremely crowded when there is snow (which seems to be a rare occurence again this year), we dis...

Please complete this simple web survey for what you want for Trails in Cattaraugus County

Written byJon Sundquist
on 29 January 2017
Please complete this simple web survey for what you want for Trails in Cattaraugus County

Wow, didn't realize that we didn't an article here about the on-going Cattaraugus County Trail Planning Program that has started this winter.  WNYMBA is a member of the Cattaraugus Trails Council and the Council, under the expert leadership of Ginger Malak of the Catt Co. Dept. of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism, has secured a grant and hired a planning firm to develop a comprehensive plan for trails in Cattaraugus County.  We had the first meeting with the consultant in November, and they have started work. One of the first orders of business for the consultant is to collect input from uses like us.  They more they hear from Mountain Bikers, the better plan will be for mountain biking.  It only takes about a minute to complete this Survey Monkey Form.  Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CattaraugusCountyTrailSystem Please click on it and send your thoughts to the planners.  Thanks!

January 2017 Meeting On **THURSDAY** January 19

Written byJon Sundquist
on 09 January 2017
January 2017 Meeting On **THURSDAY** January 19

The First Meeting of 2017!  Yes, we usually meet on a Wednesday, but this time it's a Thursday.  Same as a Wednesday, but a day later. This is the traditional "elect your board members and officers" meeting, plus the chance to set the agenda for whole 2017 season.  We really would like you to make it and make your voice heard. It will be at our usual winter time meeting place at Santora's Pizza on Millersport near UB.  More details over at the Meetup.

Remember to send in your Comments to Allegheny National Forest **This Month**

Written byJon Sundquist
on 08 January 2017
Remember to send in your Comments to Allegheny National Forest **This Month**

Reminder: You all NEED to write to the Allegheny National Forest **THIS MONTH** (before Jan 26) to let them you know you support their Environmental Assessment supporting opening 12.5 miles of singletrack in the Allegheny National Forest. These trails are in between Allegany State Park in NY and the New Jakes Rocks trails in PA. All the info you need to know is in the IMBA Action Alert which is here: https://www.imba.com/alert/potential-new-trail-access-allegheny-national-forest-needs-your-action

Forest Service Environmental Assessment on Proposed Opening 12.5 Miles of Trails at Tracy Ridge find No Significant Impact! Letters of Support Needed.

Written byJon Sundquist
on 23 December 2016
Forest Service Environmental Assessment on Proposed Opening 12.5 Miles of Trails at Tracy Ridge find No Significant Impact!  Letters of Support Needed.

As some of you may have read, there is good things going on on either side of the 42nd parallel, otherwise known as the state line.  While WNYMBA continues to work on new trails in Allegany State Park, Jakes Rocks just opened up down near Warren.  A bunch of WNYMBites ven road this past August from Ellicottville to Jakes Rocks over three days and got written up in the latest Dirt Rag.  One area along the way that we couldn't ride, even though we were camping right on the trails that second night (along with the bears) was Tracy Ridge. Great news!  The Forest Service has completed their environmental assessment and it supports opening 12.5 miles of these trails to bikes, as it found that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment.  Read the details at this link.  The final decision would not be issued until March or April. The forest service needs to hear from you in support of this action.  The...

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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.