Businesses And Cyclists Battle Over Bike Lanes

WCVB 5 ABC is reporting that a group made up of Cambridge, Massachusetts, business owners known as “Cambridge Streets For All” is suing the city to stop them from removing parking spaces in favor of bike lanes. The business owners claim the reduction of public parking is impacting their businesses already weakened by the COVID pandemic. Watching the news report footage, it is easy to understand why cyclists want separated bike lanes on these busy thoroughfares. Even where separated bike lanes are shown, the cyclists are forced to navigate intersections…

Bike Library Offers Free Transportation (And Recreation) To Everyone

While on a recent vacation in Scotland, I spotted the Bike Library of Fort William. Like the name implies, a person can check out a bike and see how it fits into their world. The library has a number of e-bikes to loan also. The Library hopes that by lending a bike for a few days or a few weeks, the rider may find that they reduce car usage and get some health benefits at the same time. If the borrower likes the bike, the Library can assist in its…

Recall: Santa Cruz Heckler 9 E-Bike Dropping Its Battery Like A Bomb

Santa Cruz Bicycles has recalled their Heckler 9 e-bike after customers report of the battery falling out of the bike’s frame, creating both fall and fire hazards. Santa Cruz explains that, “The latch mechanism that holds the battery in place can malfunction, causing the battery to dislodge from the frame and fall to the ground, posing a fall hazard to the rider.  Additionally, the latch spring can cause additional wear on the battery housing over time, posing a fire hazard.” Riders should stop riding the recalled bicycle and should remove…

Mountain Bikers Robbed At Gunpoint On The Trail

I estimate that 80% of my mountain biking has been done solo. There are dangers of riding solo. An injury, animal attack or a mechanical far from the trailhead could all put the solo rider in jeopardy of a safe return. I accept the risk because it builds confidence in one’s skills and sure, it adds a little sense of danger (and that keeps you young if it doesn’t kill you). But now there is a new threat to the solo trail rider that I never imagined in my 30-plus…

Why Bicycle Friendly States Ranking Probably Doesn’t Matter To You

The League of American Bicyclists releases a ranking every year of how well states treat bicyclists. My state (California) ranks number 4 and that’s depressing.  If California is the 4th best state to ride a bicycle, then drivers in Wyoming (last place) must be running over cyclists on purpose or picking them off with shotguns. California coming in 4th shows the weakness in the league’s rankings. Somis, California, where I live, is not a great place to ride a bicycle. There are roads that go from nowhere to not much…

E-Bike Riders Unfairly Targeted By Carlsbad City Council

After watching this report a couple of times, I have the following observations: 1. There may have been 186 collisions last year (combined bikes and e-bikes) but how many of those were caused by distracted automobile drivers? An injury still hurts no matter who was at fault but it is likely that the Carlsbad City Council needs to tell automobile drivers to slow down, drive at least near the posted speed limits, get off the phone and pay attention to cyclists and pedestrians. 2. Bikes and e-bikes reduce traffic congestion…

Roadies Catch On To A Product Mountain Bikers Have Been Using For 19 Years

The roadie world is going bonkers because pro rider Matej Mohoric recently won the Milan-San Rimo race using a…wait for it…dropper seatpost! The rider credits the seatpost for an advantage over his competition on the notorious descent of the course. It only took the roadie world 19 years to catch up to what mountain bikers have known and been using since the GravityDropper was introduced in 2003. Joe Breeze’s Hite-Rite, a seatpost with a return spring, started this revolution around 1980 but it got lost along the trail. The GravityDropper,…

Tour de France Winner Spotted Outside Phoenix, Arizona

While on a road trip in February and holed up for the night in a campsite shared by equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers and motorcycle riders, Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels spotted who we feel was none other than the 1984 Tour de France winner, American Marianne Martin. The encounter was brief and we only had seconds to grab a camera and shoot a few photos before the rider noticed the paparazzi and, with cat-like reflexes, changed directions to evade our camera. Guess she is used to stalker photographers. You be…

Orange Bikes Help Put Lorraine Truong Back In The Saddle

Normally I would not be impressed with an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) disguised as a mountain bike. Rungu makes one and I feel they mislead consumers by hyping their ATV as an e-bike (it’s not). The Rungu is an electric-powered ATV (that uses a lot of mountain bike components). It is way too powerful to be classified an e-bike. When a Rungu was involved in a traffic collision, the rider was cited for operating an “unlicensed motor vehicle” by the California Highway Patrol. So when I saw photos of Orange Bikes’…