2017 SWAP and SALE

 

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That's right folks our 17 th annual re-Cycler event is being  presented by GObike and GOBNMC and we could not be more excited about a partnership that brings more Buffalo Cyclists together! Get ready to find your new or used bike for the 2017 biking season at the 2017 WNYMBA Swap and Sale.  Meet other mountain,Tri, cruiser, bmx, & road bikers from around WNY, hang out, feast on food, listen to a live DJ rock the house knowing that all proceeds from this event fund WNYMBA's mission of building and maintaining WNY's largest network of shared greenspace trails. If you hike, bike, walk, ski, and/or snowshoe in WNY we need your support. Education sessions and mobile repair by GObike! Oh yeah and we'll be giving away great prizes all day!

So dust off that old bike and bring it down to the swap and we'll work all day to sell for you!

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What:

  • Bike shops selling new & used bikes
  • Vendors selling bike accessories
  • Used bike corral (sell your old bike or buy a "new to you" bike, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details)
  • Live DJ spinning tunes
  • Food & drinks for sale
  • Hang out & meet other riders
  • Family atmosphere
  • Education sessions and mobile repair by GObike!
  • Mountain & road bikes
  • And the  Flea market

The Flea Market: We'll have the flea market where you can bring your bike parts to sell ( max 10 items per person). Have an old set of wheels, shifters, brakes, whatever? Bring them to the swap and we'll set them up in the flea market to sell. If we sell them 15% of any  sale goes to support the club and rest goes into your pocket. Great value proposition,  you recycle stuff, put money in your pocket, and support WNY trails. Follow this link How do I sell at the SWAP?

WHEN:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE:

   GOBNMC DIG 

640 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, NY 

Vendor Space options: 

  • Table $80     
  • Single space Approx. 10’x12’ – one table, two chairs $150 **
  • Double Space Approx. 20’x12’ – two tables, $300 **

** up to 25% of the fee can be paid in merchandise for door prize raffle

Contact Joe Crumlish 716.5793732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spring 2017 Trail Work Schedule Announced

trailsAnd what a great trail work season we have coming up.  Highlights include (1) Starting trail building at Darien Lakes State Park!  (2) Another trail building weekend at Allegany State Park with free cabin lodging  (3) more maintenance work at Erie County forests and Cattaraugus State forests.

Check out the summary at the Trail Work Page, or over at Meetup.

Hope to see you all out on the trails.

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!

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

enchantedWow, 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!

County Considering Allowing Fat Bikes on Portions of Sprague XC Trail

fat tireWNYMBA 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 discussed setting a trial period of opening the section from the end of Bridges Trail to the kiosk.  This would allow fat bikes to access the single track.

100% approval is not granted yet, but we expect to hear from them soon.  Remember, just as bikes yield to hikers, they would yield to skiers as well.  Remember that some skiers struggle to stay upright, so this is very important!  If this trial is granted, WNYMBA would put up signage directing bikes to the bridges trail and to the singletrack.  Keep those fingers crossed.

During the meeting, we pointed out that "fat bikes" as we were discussing are *not* the same as the vehicles used by the local outfit buffalofatbikes.com (which are bikes with an electric motor on the front wheel), just to make sure there was no confusion.  The parks people understood the distinction and said that motorized bikes are not allowed on county trails.

We got some snow this weekend, so hopefully, we will get this permission officially sometime this week.

(edit:  I added in a note about Allegany.  The XC trails there are groomed only for diagonal (classic) technique.  There is no skating track.  So those trails will remain skiing only. Note, hikers and showshoers are also prohibited from those groomed trails).

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