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…

Ford’s Awesome Transit Van They Refuse To Sell You

Spent May galavanting around Europe, or more precisely, Great Britain, Germany, The Czech Republic and Croatia. Noticeably absent from the roads traveled were pickup trucks. America’s standard bearer for laborers and weekend warriors is as rare as a baseball diamond in a village park. While the Euros never warmed to pickups, they adopted Sprinter-style vans in a big way. There were offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, Peugeot, Fiat, Nissan and Russia’s Gazelle. But the one that jumped out at me was the made-in-China Ford Transit Custom. Ford offers their big Transits…

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…

Steve Tilford’s Favorite Place On Earth (Updated)

On this second anniversary of the accident that claimed Steve Tilford’s life, it is time to visit a beautiful and peaceful place to ease our collective sense of loss and to honor Steve’s memory. Steve would approve (as long as I don’t give too many details). The place is a lake located on private property outside of Cable, Wisconsin. The trail to the lake’s edge is not marked and most visitors would not even identify it as a trail. It is more of a faint path through thick, old-growth forest.…

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…

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

Update January 30, 2019: The passing of Underground Bike Works’ main investor has left the company unable to continue. The sad news was reported by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. The article states there are still some bikes available but the Durango, Colorado, offices have been shut. Win’s Wheels was the delivery hub for Underground so if you are interested in purchasing a very rare bike, contacting Win’s is your best bet. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike for…

Christian Bagg Designs An Off-Road Electric-Motorized Trike Par Excellence

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is an English proverb that Christian Bagg proved correct. Christian was an avid outdoorsman when a 1996 accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. His desire to get back into the outdoors and his talent as a machinist/fabricator/mad scientist lead him (after more than one failed prototype) to a three-wheeled, electric-motorized all-terrain vehicle that accomplished his dreams. PBS Newshour Weekend has an in-depth report on the amazing Mr. Bagg. You can watch it by clicking here. The website Engineering.com also has a story…

Mountain Bike “Best Of” List Misleading To Potential Buyers

Singletracks, a mountain biking website, published a list of their “Best 2019 Trail Bikes.” I’ve always taken issue with this type of editorial for a lot of reasons. IT’S ONLY NOVEMBER: How can anyone name the “best” of 2019 when all the 2019 models have yet to be released? So right off, “The Best 2019 Trail Bikes We’ve Ridden So Far” or “What We Guess Will Be The Best 2019 Trail Bikes” are both more accurate titles for the piece. YOU DON’T WANT FIRST-EVER TECHNOLOGY: One of the six “Best…