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Skill Loop coming to HHE this Summer
Written by thom   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:43

Looks like I have the go ahead to put in a .1 to .15 skills loop just off the parking area at HHE. My plan is to have a main line, with a few alternate lines hitting different sized drops, skinnies, rock gardens an such. There is a good rock source available near by, as well as some blow downs to develop into log overs, pyramids and skinnies.

If the weather cooperates, I am hoping I can concentrate a lot of work on it during my Spring Break April 12th to the 20th...There is good possibility of getting a hold of the County's Ditch Witch that is earmarked for the Equestrian trail development. It will be interesting to see how it does creating tread, helping with material moving, berms, whoops. etc. We will be staying away from "north shore" lumber and screw features.  Simply using natural materials placed and stacked in a way to create some fun and challenging stuff.

If anyone wants to toss me pics of some features, to get me thinking, please do so. Also, if you want to get involved in laying it out and building it, I would welcome the help. I hope to have this completed this Summer to allow folks to enjoy it while they wait for those chronic late arrivers for group rides.

On another bit of news, talks are progressing favorably regarding laying out and grooming trail with a snowmobile and drag for a Winter loop for the area.  This may occur in the HHE area and/or the Hatch Creek State Forest, where there is current talk of putting in some trails including a beginner and more intermediate loop.

Need to say that down here in Chautauqua County we are blessed with reasonable Land Managers and some supportive folks.  If you haven't made it down for a ride yet, perhaps you will this Summer.

 

 
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Written by Ben Clauss   
Monday, 03 February 2014 20:13

The hemlock woolly adelgid, is a serious pest of Eastern hemlock in the northeastern states. This insect was first reported in southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 1960s and has spread to both ornamental and forest hemlocks. The hemlock woolly adelgid sucks sap from the young branches which results in premature needle drop and branch dieback. These insects display several different forms during their life cycle, including Newly hatched nymphs called "crawlers" that produce white, waxy, cottony or wool-like tufts that cover their bodies throughout their life. The white-woolly masses are 3 mm or more in diameter. The presence of these woolly flecks on twigs and at the base of the hemlock needles is the most obvious indicator of an infestation.

If you see this pest in our forests let WNYMBA know so that we can notify land managers!  If caught early this pest can be controlled.

 
Head Down to the Dirt Fest
Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 31 January 2014 22:01

Join the WNYMBA contingency for the Dirt Rag - Dirt Fest.  Presented by 9 niner.  Friday, May 16, 2014.  Car pooling is happening - or drive down with the group.

Find out more, & register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup site by clicking HERE.  Note that you will also need to register with the Dirt Fest organizers on the link provided.

More info will be posted on the meetup site as the date approaches.

 
Full Moon Canal Path Bike Ride
Written by Event Guy   
Friday, 08 November 2013 18:52

UPDATE 2  -Post Event:

By Philip A Defranco Jr - Full moon canal bike ride: A group (Middle port) 22 miles, B group (Knowlesville) 40 miles and C group (Albion) 52miles

CLICK HERE for PHOTOS from the Event

CLICK HERE for Map Pedometer

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Get the bike out and take a night time spin along the canal tow path on a cool fall night. This is a great ride whether you are a hard core cyclist looking to get in some miles or just looking for a leasurely spin. Start in lockport (Parking lot at N. Canal & Cold springs road) and ride east out towards Middle port, Medina and Albion then back. Enjoy the rising "Frost Moon" of November as you ride through the countryside along the canal. This is an out and back ride so feel free to turn around and head back whenever you like, Multiple groups a possibility. Approximate distance to towns along the canal, Gasport (5), Middleport (10), Medina (15) Knowlesville (20) Albion (25-for the fest and furious).

Details Difficulty: Beginer friendly but fun for all abilities Terrain: Flat w/ Hard packed fine gravel surface (almost road like) Distance: Between 10 and 50 miles (ride as much as you like) Bikes required: Any kind of (operational) bike will do, The ideal bike would be a hybrid or cyclocross bike. Lights: A commuter bike head light (that can last at least 4 hours) will be sufficient (can be purchased @berts, Dicks, Target, Walmart) and a rear "Blinky". Also Bring: warm clothing, Water and food

Post Ride TBD in Lockport

Register for this event at our WNY Mountain Bike Meetup or The Buffalo Outdoors Meetup.

 

 
WNYMBA board meetings
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 20:56

This past year, WNYMBA has had phenomenal attendance at our meetings.  Many thanks go out to Jonathan Moscato for setting up our new meetup.com site, which has been instrumental in getting more folks to know about the good work done by and the fun had by WNYMBA.

In an effort to keep the meetings fun, we are trying to move as much of the mundane elements of the club business to what we are calling board meetings.  WNYMBA has officers and an advisory board to approve small expenditures, but not a board of directors per se, but we are calling these board meetings nonetheless.

Board meetings are open to any and all interested parties.  But here's the deal: these tend to be very boring, technical meetings.  They aren't meant to be fun, just to plan and hash out details of plans.

We encourage anyone who is interested in helping steer the direction of the club to attend the board meetings.  Good planning and fresh ideas are what makes the club successful.  However, if you are mainly  interested in the social aspect of the club and to learn news of WNY mountain biking, the general meetings are what to put on your calendar.

Important: All major decisions, especially those concerning spending money and making major policy moves, can only be approved at the general meetings.  So even if the details are being hashed out at the board meetings, all final decisions go through the general meetings.  And we still will solicit new ideas from everyone during the new business portion of the meetings.  So you won't be missing anything important by missing the board meetings.

The next board meeting is Tuesday October 8th @ 7pm at Flappy's Restaurant on the corner of Transit and Seneca, just south of the 400. (note, although this meeting is at a restaurant, food is "separate checks")

 
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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.