Take The National Mountain Biking Survey And Let Your Voice Be Heard

Ohio University and Appalachian State University researchers have put together one of the more interesting mountain bike surveys I have even taken. The survey is sponsored by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) with funding help from SRAM. While not a big fan of surveys (questions can be slanted and responses can be skewed), this one has some unique questionnaire features where you can drop and shuffle your answers (you’ll understand if you take the survey). Hit this link to take the survey. The survey is open to U.S. residents…

The Wild One: Riding The Underground Revival 27.5+ Hardtail Mountain Bike

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike for a week of thrashing around in the hills surrounding the beautiful (and dry and dusty) community of Somis, California. I say “fortunate” because only 250 of these bikes are being made. This was a unique opportunity to spend some saddle time on an ultra-rare, two-wheel creation. THE BIKE’S PEDIGREE The Revival 27.5+ comes to the trail with some serious DNA behind it. Rather than try to trace the family tree, you…

Enter To Win An iZip E3 Moda E-Bike By Taking A Survey

A bicycle trade organization, People For Bikes, is offering riders a chance to win an iZip E3 E-bike (valued at $3749 but being blown out by iZip for $2999) for taking a rider survey that helps rate your community for its bicyclebility (a word I just made up that I don’t believe will stick). The survey will identify where cyclists are welcome and where more work needs to be done to make them welcome. Share your feelings on local cycling and earn a chance to win an electric-motorized bicycle. Good…

Specialized E-Bike Advertisement Debunks Proponents’ Low-Speed Claim

The Specialized advertisement that pits their Turbo e-bike against a bicycle has got to be the weirdest advertisement Specialized has produced since their high-speed police pursuit video. It sends a message that must have e-bike proponents gnashing their teeth. The bicycle is piloted by Peter Sagan, one of the fastest bicycle racers on earth. The Turbo e-bike is ridden by a rider identified only as Grandma Joan. The ad, that does not reveal Joan’s age, explains that her heart requires a pacemaker and she has had two knee replacements. The…

China’s Bicycle Graveyards Coming To America?

China’s bike share programs have been reportedly a ride-away success. Wired reports that the city of Hangzhou launched the $24 million bike share program to mitigate the vehicle exhaust choking the city. It was the first project of its kind in China. It recently won a sustainable transport award, and the city claims the bikes eliminate more than 110,000 tons of gas consumption a year. But there is an annoying downside to these “dockless” bike-share programs. Riders leave the bikes anywhere and if that “anywhere” is a popular destination, the…

Remembering Steve Tilford One Year Later

The following is a story I wrote shortly after Steve Tilford’s death. On the one-year anniversary of Steve’s tragic accident, I post it here for the first time to honor his memory. Like every person who had the privilege of meeting Steve, not a week has gone by that a Steve memory hasn’t crossed my mind. TILFORD TALES: The fast life of a mountain biking legend Mountain biking lost a beloved friend and champion (both race champion and vocal advocate of mountain biking) on April 5th, 2017 when Steve Tilford…