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. ?

Cattaraugus State Forest draft Management Plan out for comment

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The long-awaited draft unit management plan for the Cattaraugus State Forests is out for comment.  Note, so far, this UMP does not include recommendations for trails, but in talking with DEC, they said they would take that input during the comment phase.  WNYMBA has big plans for lots of new trails in the Catt. Co. state forests, so we will be sure to comment.  However, you are welcome to comment as well.

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Wed. Feb. 18th - SOCIAL NIGHT - No Meeting/No Agenda

We're skipping our regular meeting format in February for a night of serious socializing at "Handlebar", Buffalo's only bicycle-themed pub, http://handlebarpub.com/ . This recently-opened downtown bar at 149 Swan St. features cool bicycle stuff on the walls, tables made with old bike parts, "unicycle" bar stools ... and best of all, they actually LIKE bicycle people! WNYMBA members, non-members, spouses, significant others, it doesn't matter - everyone is welcome.

Early birds will be able to take advantage of some free appetizers, courtesy of owner Sarah Schneider and her staff. Your first beverage will be discounted and you'll be able to select the rest of your food and drink from their regular menu.

"Handlebar" is located immediately at the foot of the I-190 Elm St. ramp. Look to your right at the first traffic light (Swan St.) - the pub is right there in the first building. You'll find a Google Maps/Directions window on the pub's website and there's plenty of parking in the lots immediately next door or across the street.

Handlebar Pub - 149 Swan St., Buffalo, 14203 - Wednesday February 18th - 7:00 PM - Be There!

Election Results Are In!

The air at Santora's Restaurant wasn't exactly filled with mystery and intrigue on Wednesday January 21st. It could more accurately be described as being filled with the aromas of pizza and beer, but we still got it done folks ... we elected new Executive and Advisory Boards. Thanks to all club members who came out for the meeting and thanks to all who cast their ballots. WNYMBA's elected officials for 2015 are:

President - Jim Allen

Vice-President - Jon Sundquist

Treasurer - Joe Crumlish

Secretary - Gerry Barbour

Advisory Board - Ben Clauss, Melissa Melnik, Paul Marko, Thom Wright

To Phil DeFranco, Todd Fiore and Mike Moscato, all three of whom were members of the outgoing 2014 Boards and clever enough either not to stand for re-election, or to somehow discourage votes from heading their way, "THANKS" for your past service. Don't forget though, no free pass on trail work once the snow's gone!

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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.