Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee Elections Now Open

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductee elections are an annual tradition that dates back to the beginning of the Hall in 1988. Each year, members and inductees of the Hall of Fame choose the most deserving candidates from a ballot of select nominees submitted by people from all corners of the globe. You need to be a voting member (click here to make that happen) and you need to vote before the July 15th deadline. The new inductees will be announced on August 1, 2019 and a two-day induction event will…

Lyft E-Bikes Return To The Streets With New Brakes But Will Fix Work?

CNN Business is reporting that Lyft E-Bikes are returning their rental fleets to the streets after being removed due to a number of crashes linked to the front brake locking the front wheel (and the rider going over the bars). CNN explains that the Lyft fix is to replace the bikes’ roller brakes with disc brakes. I theorized that similar crashes experienced by Citi Bike renters were more likely due to rider error than a mechanical issue. Lyft’s disc brake solution will certainly test my theory because disc brakes are…

The 1x Drivetrain Hits A Kink In The Chain

I’m not a fan of 1-by drivetrains for mountain bikes (1-by, also called 1x, use a drivetrain with a single chainring matched to a multiple-cog cassette). I understand why the bike companies forced the technology on riders as the best thing since, well, the derailleur. The 1x system eliminates the pesky performance and design issues of a front derailleur (always the drivetrain’s weak link) and the derailleur elimination increases the profit margin (do you remember getting a discount on 1x bikes because a $400 part was removed?). Another benefit (for…

Pedego’s William Shatner Advertisement Wastes A Great Opportunity

I don’t think you could find a better pitchman than William Shatner for targeting your product to aging baby boomers. Shatner is well known to us as Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk and TJ Hooker’s Sgt. T.J. Hooker. The man has no less than 242 acting credits in film and television. And I believe he is almost as effective reaching younger generations due to his music recordings that are a guilty pleasure. The man is a national treasure. A MAJOR COUP For electric-motorized bicycle company Pedego to get the icon…

Citi E-Bike Safety Concern Is Most Likely A Rider Problem, Not A Mechanical Issue

The New York Times is reporting that Citi Bikes has pulled its e-bikes off the streets of New York, San Fransisco and Washington D.C. due to safety concerns of a front brake issue. The company issued a statement saying “we recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the pedal-assist bikes from service for the time being.” While a mechanical issue should not be ruled out, it is…

Marin Museum Of Bicycling Auction Benefits Charlie Cunningham

On Saturday, March 23rd, Marin Museum of Bicycling raised over $5000 to help support fallen comrade Charlie Cunningham. In 2015 Cunningham crashed his bicycle and remains in treatment for severe complications suffered during his recovery. The evening got going with a silent auction of items donated by Charlie’s cohorts, creators of the sport of mountain biking. Live auctions were preceded by the closing of the week-long eBay auction of a specially built Cunningham Homage Bike, which the 14 attending Mountain Bike Hall of Fame members dutifully signed. The winning bid…

Charlie Cunningham Benefit Auction Saturday, March 23rd

On Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 PM, the Marin Museum of Bicycling, home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, will host a benefit to support fallen comrade Charlie Cunningham. The evening will include a silent auction, and the final call of a week-long eBay auction of a specially built Cunningham Homage Bike. Click here to see the auction listing. Proceeds from the bike sale will go to the Cunningham Relief Fund. Silent auction proceeds will be split evenly between the Cunningham Relief Fund and host Marin Museum of Bicycling,…

Pope Francis Sermons Pro Cyclists To Ride Clean

The San Francisco Chronicle posted a story with quotes from Pope Francis regarding the virtues of clean bicycle racing. Bill Johnson, a close friend and legal advisor to Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels sent us a note that sums up the Pope’s comments succinctly: “You should be blessed by the knowledge that Pope Francis has praised cycling as morally virtuous, so long as it is not tainted by doping. That is to say, with PEDs (not to be confused with pedals). I do not know whether he also noted the…

SixSixOne Donates 900 Bicycle Helmets to Deserving High School Students

SixSixOne, a company that offers mountain bike and cycling protection products, recently donated over 900 helmets to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an interscholastic and community-based cycling programs for student-athletes and coaches across the United States. Helmets were donated directly to NICA’s 25 leagues and teams across the country. With SixSixOne’s goal of getting more kids on bikes, the partnership with NICA is helping the company support teens who have embraced the sport of mountain biking by making sure that riders also have…