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By DUSTEN RADER, The Post-Journal, link to original post

The International Mountain Biking Association is set to spend four days in Chautauqua County.

The goal of the IMBA visit is to help area residents, members of the Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association and the Western New York Mountain Bike Association improve the quality and sustainability of the trail systems throughout the county.

IMBA’s 17th trail care crew, Jesse Livingston and Lori Reed of Springfield, Mo., will host presentations at Jamestown Community College on Friday and Saturday.

According to Thomas Wright, a NAMBA member who has been building and maintaining trails in the county for nearly 10 years, IMBA will help him rethink some of the existing trails, such as the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail, which was designed in the early 1970s and currently has some unsustainable fall line areas, he said.

“The trail just continues to erode year after year,” Wright said. “So, IMBA will come in to reflag a reroute, show community volunteers how to properly close down a trail corridor and open a new one.”

Friday’s presentation, which is set for 3:30-5 p.m. at the Carnahan Theater, will focus on Better Living Through Trails. The information provided aims to help the community successfully market and manage trail systems, attract regional visitors as well as increase business opportunities.

“If anyone is interested in learning how trails could economically benefit the area, the Better Living Through Trails presentation is what I would urge them to come down to,” Wright said.

Saturday’s presentation, which is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the Carnahan Theater, will include a workshop on sustainable trail creation and management. The presentation is geared toward providing area residents and members of the Friends of Chautauqua County Greenways, www.friendsofchautauquagreenways.org, with the skills to address a fall line section of the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail and to turn it into a sustainable rolling contour trail.

“Following the presentation, from 1-4 p.m., we’ll go out to put what was taught, into practice,” Wright said. “If people are willing to put in some volunteer hours or get their hands dirty in the future, this is the presentation where they can learn to be the most effective in maintaining the trails.”

After the IMBA representatives leave, Wright hopes that by next spring area residents can be organized and ready to start getting the trails tweaked for the summer months, he said.

“Hopefully we have a more energized volunteer base that’s going to be able to work in conjunction with the Parks Department to get the trails open,” Wright said. “There are also talks of Overland loops, and a continuing to work on a section of mountain bike trails called Harris Hill Extension that we have put in about 12 miles in the past six years.”

For more information email Wright at twrighthere@gmail.com.

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Kayak Thousand Islands

Kayak Thousand Islands

The publisher of the Common Man outdoor trail & paddle guides for NY, FL and VT has had a major webpage meltdown. As a temporary sole source, the webpage at www.RogerFulton.com has become the backup and the only current online source for most of the Common Man trail guides. The only glitch is that this web page can’t take credit cards, but can accept cash, checks or money orders by mail.

Ski - Lake George

Ski – Lake George

Common Man Books are a great source of trail information for Lake George, Saratoga Springs, the 1,000 Islands,and Adirondacks fire towers. Many of the links in this blog to Common Man books will be dead. Click here instead.

Bike Saratoga NY

Bike Saratoga NY

Paddle Lake George NY

Paddle Lake George NY

Roger Fulton
Phone; 386-956-6089
email: Roger@RogerFulton.com
Webpage: http://www.RogerFulton.com.

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If you’re thinking of heading to the Adirondacks this Fall (or any time) for a some biking, here’s a helpful resource: BikeAdirondacks.org

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by Lauren Hockenson, GreatList.com, link to original post

With more than 10 millions users and apps on a host of different smartphones, Runtastic is one of the world’s most popular run-tracking platforms. Now, the company is tapping into a new audience: cyclists.

On Tuesday, Runtastic released two different apps: Runtastic Road Bike and Runtastic Mountain Bike. With the ability to turn a smartphone into a comprehensive bike computer, these apps can pump out all kinds of metrics about the ride such as distance, cadence, and GPS route.runtastic app screenshots
What It Does

Separated into two different apps, Runtastic’s bicycle offerings can be snapped onto any phone holder and start churning out data. Runtastic Road Bike offers area road maps (both online and in offline modes) as well as live tracking of distance, speed, and climb rate. On the other hand, Runtastic Mountain Bike offers offroad maps as well as the ability to create music playlists for extra energy, take photos of the downhill trek, and provide interval splits.

Free, limited versions exist for both apps, but the site pushes users to download a each app’s $4.99 “pro” version. Users can also invest in Runtastic’s compatible hardware, such as a speed and cadence sensor and various heart monitors that provide speed and rhythm data to go along with the ride. These extras give a fuller picture of what’s going on in the body, but both apps are sufficient on their own; more casual cyclers shouldn’t feel the need to upgrade.
Is It Legit?

Yes. While Runtastic’s focus on cycling is a logical progression from tracking runs, the company is now provides sport-specific apps rather than one catch-all computer program for every kind of cyclist. Mountain bikers will certainly appreciate the attention, especially considering most bike computers on the market are catered to their cleaner, road counterparts.

There’s no guarantee that these cycling apps will be a home run like the company’s run tracker, but take the apps for a spin and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Mountain bicycling is not for the faint at heart. It takes energy and strength to bike through some of the harshest trails in the country, not to mention a good sense of direction. That’s no problem for photographer and mapping expert Leslie Kehmeier.

As Leslie Kehmeier bikes across the country to catalog every trail in the nation, she’s accompanied by a crew of members of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Her passion for mountain biking and mapping translate to her blog, “All Over The Map, which she’ll be updating throughout her adventure ride with photos and GPS files. Why is she doing this? “Because if there’s one thing mountain bikers have in common, it’s an inherent wanderlust. That, and a knack for getting lost,” she wrote.

source: AssociationsNow

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Anyone who does trail maintenance should watch this video. Can you imagine being the maintainers for this BMX trail system?  Endwell Trails – Upstate New York

Here’s more info on the Endwell Trails. http://www.bmxunion.com/blog/blog/through-the-lens-spot-check-endwell-trails/

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How a new social-media app STRAVA is changing the way we ride bikes

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Calling all NYC – Hudson Valley outdoor & hiking enthusiasts! The purpose of this group is to bring people together. People who like being outside, hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, cycling, mountaineering, rock / ice climbing, caving, etc.  This is an extremely active group with hikes every weekend and over 5,000 members! Click here to find out more and / or join.

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Britek’s airless tires being demonstrated on a mountain bike trail.

Airless tires have been proposed and demonstrated for cars many times, but one company is showing off a sophisticated new version intended for bicycles. Is this the end for bike pumps, or are the company’s claims overinflated?

Britek Tire and Rubber has been working on an airless car tire for years that it calls the Energy Return Wheel. A rubber tread and sidewall is stretched over an internal scaffolding of rods and cushions that allows the tire to give — and, the company claims, lose less energy to bumps and other compressions.

The bike tire uses the same concept, but naturally has a lighter frame. The rims are carbon fiber, with the rubber stretched tight around the outside.

Adjustments can be made to let the tires run harder or softer, and while the model in the video has an open frame, sidewalls could be added to prevent detritus from building up inside the tire.

There are airless tires already, which use a foam to fill where air would normally be, but there are shortcomings that have prevented widespread adoption. Durability and cost are factors, though the benefit of not having to worry about tire pressure or flats is considerable.

Cyclists will no doubt be skeptical, which is understandable, and until these high-tech tires are put to the test by real people in ordinary biking situations, it’s a good idea to take their potential benefits with a grain of salt.

by Devin Coldewey , NBC News , link to original post & LINK TO A VIDEO

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By CHRIS KNIGHT – Adirondack Daily Enterprise, link to original post

Town of Harrietstown officials got an update Thursday on the ongoing construction of a network of mountain biking trails at the town-owned Dewey Mountain Recreation Area. “The good news is we’ve built a lot of trail,” Chris Gosling of the Barkeater Trails Alliance, or BETA, told the town board. “We’ve had a lot of great volunteer work days, and we’ve had a great season.”

Gosling gave the board a color-coded map that showed the trails that have already been built, ones that are currently being developed and trails planned in the future. BETA member Leigh Walrath said there are now about 5 miles of mountain biking trails at Dewey, with plans to hopefully build another 2 to 3 miles.

Gosling said he’s already seeing signs that Dewey is becoming a popular mountain biking spot. “We’re at a point where ridership is up,” Gosling said. “We’re starting to see a lot more people on the trails. Traditionally in the summer the mountain hasn’t gotten a lot of use, but we’re seeing people out there all the time.

“The other thing is with the addition of some of these new trails, we’re finally to the point where we’re not a destination but we’re a worthwhile location to go for a ride. Local riders no longer have to drive to Lake Placid or Wilmington or another community. We have enough right here at home.”

Gosling also spoke with the board about the possibility putting on a race at Dewey and village-owned Mount Pisgah, where volunteer crews have also been building mountain biking trails. Councilman Ron Keough raised the idea at the board’s Oct. 11 meeting and Gosling was invited to speak about it. “I thought it would be a good thing to do,” Keough said, “a way to bring people in who enjoy that kind of activity and enhance both Dewey and Pisgah.”

Gosling said he likes the idea, but he said the amount of mileage at the two mountains isn’t enough to put on a race at this point. He also said his organization wants to focus on building mountain biking trails, not organizing races. However, Gosling said that doesn’t mean Dewey couldn’t host some mountain biking-related events.

He suggested developing informal races, like the Thursday night running races in the summer, or social gatherings like the Dewey Mountain Ski Jams in the winter, “something that’s designed for the local communities and will get people out to the mountain.”

Hosting a dual-sport event like mountain biking and road biking, or mountain biking and trail running, is also a possibility. Gosling said another BETA member suggested hosting a 3-stage race over a weekend, with one stage each in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Wilmington. “That would be something that would bring people to the area, and between the three communities we feel we have enough terrain that it would be a viable option,” Gosling said.

If the town wants to pursue hosting a race, Gosling suggested the board talk with Jason Smith and Steve Doxzon of Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, who manage Dewey for the town, or the two bike shops in Lake Placid: Placid Planet and High Peaks Cyclery.

Gosling said mountain biking advocates in the area are also working to get new trails added to state land that’s part of the Saranac Lake Wild Forest. Members of BETA and officials from the town and village met with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation this week to discuss that topic. “Demand for bicycling as a sport is growing incredibly,” Gosling said. “People are looking for places to go. We see this as a great opportunity for the area to be able to attract people who otherwise wouldn’t be coming.”

Town officials thanked Gosling and BETA for their efforts. “I think what you guys are doing is great, and I give you huge kudos,” said Councilwoman Nichole Meyette.

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