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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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