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Smooth Shifting by: Pete Dzirkalis

Written byPete Dzirkalis, Just Riding Along
on 20 November 2010

One of the most common things people complain about on their bikes is the shifting. Even a new bike can shift poorly if it's not set up correctly. I'm going to limit this article to rear shifting. I'll follow up with front shifting later. After assembling thousands of bikes over the years, I can tell you that many new bikes often take just as much of a beating in getting to the shop as they do out on the trail.

Trail Construction Grant ($$) still on track for Allegany: Updates

Written byJon Sundquist
on 24 June 2018
Trail Construction Grant ($$) still on track for Allegany: Updates

As you may recall, WNYMBA announced last year that in partnership with Allegany State Park, a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant was made to construct the new Stone Tower Trail at Allegany.  The grant is for about $95,000, but the terms of the grant is that we have to match 20% in funds and/or volunteer labor.  We are on the hook for between $18K and $19K.  That is where the IMBA Digin Campaign came into play last year.  Perhaps you recall this, but here is the link annoucing it: http://www.wnymba.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=842:dig-in-campaign-and-the-stone-tower-trail-at-asp&catid=70&Itemid=451  Thanks to you all, we raised thousands of dollars that will go towards the match.  We have also been raising money through raffles and other events, but will have to make a major push again in the next year to raise more for our match. We also plan to use volunteer labor towards the match.  Unfortunately, the co...

Exciting 2018 Season

Written byJacob Bodway
on 08 May 2018
Exciting 2018 Season

Hey WNYMBAers! This summer is jam-packed with events, clinics, camping weekends, group rides, and parties.  It's almost too good to be true! 

Allegany Work Weekend cancelled due to snow.

Written byJon Sundquist
on 05 April 2018
Allegany Work Weekend cancelled due to snow.

That picture to the left is the web cam at Holiday Valley.  I use that to check to see how much snow is down in Ellicottville.  I didn't have to do that today because Allegany called us to tell us that 4" of snow fell yesterday and more is on the way.  We have decided to cancel the work weekend because we don't want to get a huge crew out there if we weren't going to make a lot of progress.  Temps are forecast to stay below freezing through the weekend, and snow is forecast tomorrow and Sunday.  So it's with a heavy heart that we are cancelling this event this year.  Stay tuned for more news about getting the stone tower trail built.

Raffle for a New Growler Performance Bike Fat Bike Frame

Written byJacob Bodway
on 30 November 2017
Raffle for a New Growler Performance Bike Fat Bike Frame

Good News WNY Fatbikers! Willo Glynn, from Growler Performance Bikes, has generously donated two Growler frames to be raffled off this winter ($700 value each). All proceeds will go to help match the 20% funds for the RTP Grant recently awarded to the Western New York Mountain Bike Association and the Parks and Trails Grant (if we get it). Both grants are for the construction of the Stone Tower Trail at Allegany State Park. Raffles will be sold on Saturday, December 2nd, at Stoneyard Brewing Company (after the Global Fatbike Day Ride), on Sunday, December 3rd at Long Point State Park, at the December and January Slow Roll in Buffalo, on Saturday, January 13th, at the 3rd Annual Genesee County Park Fat Bike Ride, and during WNYMBA's February Beer Release Fundraiser. IF you win one of the frames, Growler will give you an additional $300 off to do a complete build with your frame. What's even more awesome? Growler will give you "behind-the-scenes" access, where you can work with the...

Dig-In Campaign and The Stone Tower Trail at ASP

Written byJacob Bodway
on 19 November 2017
Dig-In Campaign and The Stone Tower Trail at ASP

WNYMBA recently learned that we have been awarded an RTP Grant for $92,000! However, we need to match 20% of the grant, which means that the club needs to raise about $9,000 in matching dollars and match an additional $9,000 in-kind, which will come from volunteer labor. Some of the $9,000 will come from IMBA and from corporate sponsors, but the rest needs to come from individual riders like you. Think of it as an investment in the future of mountain biking in WNY. The project is the construction of 3.6 miles of new singletrack near the Stone Tower.  Approximately 95% will be constructed by a trail construction contractor to be procured through competitive bidding.   This project has been in the planning stage for approximately six years, but is now shovel-ready for construction.  WNYMBA will finalize a design that will ensure that the new trail be constructed in a sustainable fashion, and in accordance with the trail design guidelines in the State Comprehensive Ou...

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Instructions for submitting articles

Right now, if you can see this, you have “publisher” rights on the website.  That means you can submit new articles, edit (some) existing articles, and publish articles.

First a note as to where articles are displayed on the website.  Any article you submit will be displayed on the front page.  When you submit an article, it goes to a specific website category(i.e. "tag").  The articles that reference a specific riding area are displayed (in addition to the front page, if designated as “featured”) on the web page for that specific riding area.  Same thing goes for swap, fest, patrol, etc.

To make it easy for you, I have added multiple submenu selections so you don’t have to remember to select a category.  The category is  preselected for you when you click the link.

Use these rules for selecting which link (category):

  • If it is about a specific riding area, pick that park/forest, even if it is trail work related.
  • Only pick “general trail work” if it is something not related to a specific area.  This would be like clinics, out of town IMBA trail crews, etc.
  • If it is about general club news, pick “general news”.
  • Fest, swap, patrol are self explanatory.

Tips on writing a great article:

Don’t forget to add in a “read more” point  in your article.  Just click the “Read More” button after an appropriate amount of intro text, and only the text up to that point will be displayed on the front page and on the “news” page.  (if you forget, the front page still truncates after 1000 characters, but not the news page).

Do add a picture (how-to below).  Ideally, add the picture before any text.   Unlike the last website, you don’t have to worry about adding a too-large image making all the text section very wide.  The new website automatically scales the image to the width of the page.

For some reason, the buttons at the bottom (other than “read more” and “page break”) don’t work which is related to the template I think (looking into it).  So click the “insert image” button above the text (between the link button and the abc-checkmark button, at least on computers, may look different on phones).  This will allow you to upload an image to the server, and if you want, to resize it. 

To upload, see the window that pops up when you click the “insert image” small button.  You’ll see a button with an arrow pointing up.  That uploads the image.  After you upload it, click on the file name in the middle pane before you actually click insert.

It’s best not to link to outside image links (i.e. hosted on other websites like flickr, etc.) because they can change, and also the sliding article viewers on the trail-specific web pages can’t thumbnail those external images.

Adding an event to the calendar:

We are using Meetup.com for the calendar.  Add the event there, and it will automatically show up on the website.  If you don't have access to adding an event there, contact Jonathan Moscato and he can add you in.

One thing to remember: if the event is a Trail Work event, you have to actually use the words “Trail Work” in the event title.  That is needed so that we can show a list of all upcoming trail work events on the trail work page.  A nifty feature looks for the specific term “Trail Work”.

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Although the 650B size is getting more popular, there two main MTB wheel sizes. One is 26. What is the other?

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