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. They are usually short notice as well as we have them on an as-needed basis. So we are having one this Friday to talk about the swap wrap up, membership activities, National Trails Day planning, Other trailwork, Camping weekend details, etc. This one will be at Aurora Brew Works @ 7:00 on Friday the 13th (of may) (WNYMBA isn't buying, just in case you wondered). If you like the nuts and bolts of running a nonprofit, see you there!
First "real" meeting of the year this Wednesday. The trails are dry, so we'll all be our riding first at Sprague Brook, then head over to Colden Inn for some fun, food, beverages, and all the latest WNYMBA happenings. Hope to see you there!
That was about as much fun as you can have on a Wednesday night, outside of riding season (I'll still take a couple of loops at the Brook followed by beverages at the Inn).
Thanks go out to Resurgence Brewing for hosting a great event as well as our many sponsors providing fund-raising gift baskets. I am sure I'll forget a few, but thanks go out to 42 North, Campus Wheel Works, Tom's Pro Bike, Chainring Rhythm, Aurora Brew Works (and next door neighbor Andrew's Barber Parlor), Bike-n-Bean, and... who am I fogetting.
In the meantime check out this video sampling the festivities:
Although there's a thaw going on while I write this, we are in the midst of fat biking season. This year, fat biking is really taking off around here.
Campus Wheelworks is running there second annual race out at Byncliff XC ski center in Varysburg. Last year's race was a hit with a huge turnout. Don't miss this year's event, being held on Valentine's Day (hence the lack of a singlespeed category!)
Meanwhile, Thom Wright has received a grant to help groom the trails at Harris Hill. Check it out. Or Contact new VP Thom for more info.
WNYMBA is trying to set up a meeting with Erie County regarding Fat Biking on the XC trails at Sprague Brook. There is quite a bit of research out there showing that true fat bikes, i.e. minimum of 3.5" tire width and low pressure don't sink into snow and float similarly to skating XC skis. We want to present this to Erie County to get the current prohibition of bikes on the XC trails during groomed skiing conditions revised or overturned. This prohibition was put in place before fat bikes were invented, and regular mountain bikes do sink into the snow and impact conditions. Currently, both the County Parks Commissioner and the Sprague Park Manager positions are vacant, making it difficult to set up a meeting.
In the meantime, the park has been adamant about not having bikes on the trail, and in an effort to keep the trails open to bikes the rest of the year, everyone should respect that. Please limit fat biking at Sprague to the other trails in the park (although this means most of the east side is inaccessible.)
Remember, the county is not discriminating against bikes. Hiking and snowshoeing have been around a lot longer than biking, but those activities are also not allowed on the groomed trails (and yes, we know some folks still do that).
We hope to make some progress with Sprague/Erie County. At the very least, allow the section from the end of Creek to the start of the main singletrack to be opened to allow access to the east side singletrack. Stay tuned. In the meantime, wherever there are some tracks (i.e. the two ski-tracks set into the snow) rather than just a packed surface, remember to *not* ride in the tracks - stick to flat packed surfaces.
Lastly, here's the link to the IMBA's best practices for fat biking: https://www.imba.com/resources/land-protection/fat-bikes
WNYMBA’s first meeting of the New Year will be your only chance in 2016 to do your civic duty while simultaneously drinking beer and eating pizza. Trust us, when you vote in November, it won’t be this much fun. Join us at 7:00 PM – Wed. Jan. 20th - Santora’s Restaurant, 1402 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221 – in the plaza across the street from the Marriott.
We’re required to elect new officers each January, but that doesn’t mean that the meeting will be a boring one. First of all, there’s lots to talk about besides voting – like new trails in the Outer Harbor area of downtown Buffalo and at Holiday Valley. And, when we do get around to electing our new officers, we do our best to keep election speeches to zero seconds or less. To this end, mockery of the candidates is strongly encouraged!