WET WEATHER RIDING TIPS FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS

So stoked to be getting lots of rain so far this winter. The official On Two Wheel’s rain gauge has gulped down two and a quarter inches in the last week alone.  A pump track spouting grass is a small inconvenience (somebody’s going to have to pluck it) when you think that all this rain might shock us out of a drought. But with the rain comes the responsibility not to graffiti up the trails. Riding a muddy trail results in trail widening and erosion. There are vague guidelines for…

GOOSEBERRY MESA ESCAPE

Recently spent some time camping at one of my favorite mountain biking destinations, Gooseberry Mesa just outside of Hurricane, Utah. The early November trip surpassed expectations with clear skies and weirdly mild temperatures. The vest, tights and long-sleeve jerseys never came out of the gear bag. Even the nights around the campfire required no more than sweatpants and long-sleeve T-shirts. THE RIDING Got to admit that jumping on the South Rim Trail is getting a bit too challenging for this old man. That one needs to be worked up to…

2016 MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame yearly inductions have been held in conjunction with the Interbike bicycle trade show in Las Vegas in recent years.  That changed in 2016.  The ceremony moved to the Marin Museum of Bicycling (that also serves as home to the Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame) in Fairfax, California.  And instead of a single event, this year’s inductions included a Friday taco night meet and greet, Saturday morning guided mountain bike rides and Saturday night’s sold-out $100-a-plate induction dinner. While the cycling industry’s support is crucial…

FAST GUY CUTS COURSE AND WE HAVE PROOF

Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels has obtained screen capture images from a video shot at the 1971 Elsinore Grand Prix that shows celebrated off-road champion, Malcolm Smith, clearly cutting the course. He circumvents a mud bog to gain positions and maintain a higher average speed for the lap. The film’s narrator identifies Mr. Smith and comments that the racer is “swerving off the course through a hole in the barbwire fence.” The footage shows Malcolm negotiating a grass field next to a mud bog at a high rate of speed,…

E-BIKE EXPLODES INTO BALL OF FIRE

The Orange County Register is reporting that the rider of a new E-bike luckily escaped injury when the bike caught fire while parked during a break in an afternoon ride. “Lifeguards on scene reported that the battery was popping and sending projectiles dozens of yards from the fire,” said Mike Halphide, lifeguard battalion chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department. The Register reported that firefighters used a dry chemical to extinguish the blaze. It was fortunate that the bike was isolated on the sand instead of resting on a structure.…

WHY CAN’T E-BIKES LOOK THIS COOL?

This is the coolest E-bike (that is not an E-bike) that I have ever seen. Made by Motomatic, their custom-built moped has a saddle built for rider comfort, elegant component integration and flat-out coolness that is totally missing from most of today’s modern-day E-bike offerings. An E-bike company currently trying to sell frumpy, cobby and downright boring E-bikes would be well served to hire the Motomatic gang to lay their magical touch on the company’s future offerings.

LOPIFIT, THE LOVE CHILD OF AN E-BIKE AND A TREADMILL

When someone asks if the Lopifit (pronounced low-pie-fit) is an electric bike or a treadmill, the short answer is yes. Aside from the potential of generating an enormous amount of fail-video clips combining the best of bicycle and treadmill catastrophes into a single, pre-ER-visit Vine, the 125-pound Lopifit is one very strange way to navigate your community. Lopifit is “convinced that we will transform the way humanity transport themselves” with their vehicle that appears to have slightly fewer moving components than a helicopter. All it takes is $2495 and enough…