Cops On Bikes

CheektowagaPolice 4 KioskQuick! What’s the weirdest thing your riding partner ever brought along on a ride? … pizza? … a tutu?... mismatched socks? … a trail dog? … see-through shorts?

How about a gun, handcuffs, mace and a bulletproof vest? Better yet, how about 8 SETS of guns, handcuffs, mace and bulletproof vests all on the trail at one time?

Over the winter, Lt. Brian Gould of the Cheektowaga Police Department contacted WNYMBA with an unusual request. Brian is charged with the responsibility for Cheektowaga’s Police Bike Patrol and had the idea to change up their annual refresher training day with some real off-road mountain bike riding. Not knowing what the reaction would be within his group, Brian’s first request was for one day of WNYMBA involvement. He definitely underestimated the resilience of his own guys though - the idea proved to be so popular that a second ride day had to be arranged and eventually, a third.

On May 19th Todd Fiore and Jerry Barbour escorted the first five cops through the best trails

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WNYMBA to Attend IMBA Mid Atlantic Summit

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WNYMBA will be represented in the 2015 Mid Atlantic Summit at Slatyfork, WV this coming weekend.  I (Jon Sundquist) will be attending and hearing the latest from IMBA and more importantly, voicing our concerns about getting more trails, getting funding, and any and all other matters.  If anyone is interested in coming along at this late date, contact me.  Or if you want me to bring any info to the table for the meeting, also contact me.

The riding should be pretty good as well!

A shout out to Ellicottville Brewing Company

highres 4368458441It takes a lot of tools to build and maintain trail.  And that includes a nice cool beverage after working.

EBC, the folks that bring us all Eagle Trail IPA, obviously are big supporters of our trail work, as they like to ride, too.

For our Allegany trail work weekend just past, Dan the brewmaster donated a case of EBC's new 2 Brothers Session IPA for our relaxing enjoyment.  

We'd like to thank EBC and look forward to working with the on more and bigger projects in the future. 

WNY Mountain Bike 2015 Spring Kickoff Party at Tom's Bike Shop (& FREE BBQ)

On Thursday March 19, WNYMBA is sponsoring a Spring Kickoff Social Party at Tom's Bike Shop in their spacious training room.

The purpose of the event is to get everyone psyched for all the 2015 MTB season! 

This event is for fun, and should be interesting, and we plan to just hang out to party after. Tom’s is generously supplying adult refreshment delicious food & snacks – so bring your appetites. We will be giving away plenty of swag prizes during this event & good music will be playing. The format for the event is 5 minute speakers (1 hour max for speakers). It is fantastic for anyone interested in mountain biking to learn about all the fun times you can have this year. 

We also plan to have speakers talk about the latest and greatest cutting edge bikes, TJ will attempt to break his world record for changing a Tubeless tire, and much more... We will have a speaker and microphone set up, and a slide projector. 

Our tentative lineup is listed below (this is subject to finalization):

1. Greeting /Opening Remarks /Overview of 2014

2. Tom Lonzi – Welcome/Remarks

3. WNY Trail Areas (5-Minute Talks) - History/What’s Here?/Recent Activity/Plans/Potential Problems:

  • - Hunters Creek Park – Ben Clauss
  • - Sprague Brook Park & S.B. Race Series – Greg Culver

4. Fat Bike Talk – Tom Seiler (Tom’s Pro Bikes)

5. WNY Trail Areas (5-Minute Talks) - History/What’s Here?/Recent Activity/Plans/Potential Problems:

  • - Golden Hill & Ellicottville – Jim Allen
  • - Harris Hill – Thom Wright

6. 2015 HeartRateUp Events – Mark Lawrence

7. Gravel Grinder Bikes Talk – Bill (Tom’s Pro Bikes)

8. 2015 Bike Swap Talk – Joe Crumlish

9. Santa Cruz Bicycle Rep Talk

10. 2015 “Happenings/Calendar” 5-Minute Talk – Jon Sundquist

11. Fun Event – “World Championship of Tire-Changing” – TJ Zydel vs. ?

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.