The Speed Kings Book Perfect For The Socially Distanced

First time hefting The Speed Kings, you’d be forgiven for assuming it is just a coffee-table book to add to your motorsports library. The Speed Kings, at 375 pages and a whopping 4.6 pounds, is so much more than a coffee-table book. The Speed Kings is actually three books in one that presents the reader with an in-depth, well-researched and visually-stunning history of America’s Motordrome Racing. THE BICYCLE BOOK The first book inside The Speed Kings deals with the history of bicycle velodrome racing when motorcycles were introduced to “motor…

Jamis Video Gives Mountain Bikers A Black Eye

In the first minute of this Jamis Bicycles promotional video, you watch a rider blast through wildlife, see a hiker almost pushed off the trail and then watch from the rider’s helmet cam as he cartwheels down an embankment. Way to go, Jamis. You just gave every anti-mountain-bike group the fodder needed to start off their next presentation for banning mountain bikers from trails. And this is promoting mountain biking?

Yamaha YZ Project Bike Perfect For These Strange Times

There will never be a better time to tackle a Running When Parked project and this Yamaha would be a great place to start. The saddle and grips suggest that the bike has been sitting in the sun. That’s not great. However, the graphics make the bike look worse than it is. The plastic appears to be pretty good as does the engine, pipe and wheels. The seller is not asking too much and I’ll bet he’ll work with you (even if he says “firm”). Something you don’t see very…

E-Bike Battery Explosion Kills 60-Year-Old Rider

The United Kingdom’s Shropshire Star is reporting that 60-year-old Christabel Timmins suffered 55-percent burns and died of multiple organ failure after a charging e-bike battery exploded and caught fire to Timmins’ motorhome. The tragic story can be read by clicking here. I have posted a number of tips to reduce the risks when charging your e-bike’s battery.  After reading the specifics of this tragedy, I’ve add one more tip…Don’t charge an e-bike battery in a confined space like a motorhome, RV, boat, automobile, van or shed. Here are all my…

Updated 3/27/20 – Battery Fires Create Concerns For Every Electric Bike Owner

Bike Europe, a publication claimed to be the “leading trade journal for the bicycle, e-bike market” recently published a courageous story on the dangers of Lithium-Ion batteries used in the majority of electric bikes (e-bikes). The publication had a fire safety engineer and battery safety professional examine the aftermath of a fire ignited by an unattended charging battery in a bicycle shop (click here to watch the ignition and blast-off). His observations are frightening. The expert is quoted as saying that Lithium-Ion batteries are, “rather unreliable, rather explosive. You are…

Facebook Complicit In Ripping Off Of Users?

Facebook has created a remarkable social network so why can’t they figure a way to shield their users from obvious cons and rip-offs? Not only do they allow us to be preyed on by these thieves, they are directing them towards us and making money for doing it. The latest ad to pop up on my feed is for a “Mini Moto Monkey 125” that sells for $109.99. The company will pay the freight and there are only 20 left so you better hurry and order yours. Don’t. The photo…

First Facebook Running When Parked

I posted a few items on Facebook’s Marketplace after they sat on Craigslist for a month with nothing but “Is it still for sale?” “What is the least you’ll take?” and “I am being deployed and will pay you twice what you are asking if you will ship it to…” responses. The items sold in a couple of days on the Facebook Marketplace! Craigslist has been my go-to tool for uncovering Running When Parked motorcycles but after this recent win on Facebook, it was time to do some digging there.…