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…

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,…

Park & Diamond Helmets Start The New Year Headed Backwards With No Helmet On The Horizon

I really feel for the poor backers who bought the hype from Park & Diamond’s founders as well as from media outlets like TC Disrupt and Digital Trends way back in 2019. They paid for the promised helmet and all they have received is one lame excuse after another from a company that doesn’t even have a helmet yet. You can read the latest update here. The update says, “We have successfully changed our manufacturing vendor and other key vendors. We have re-ordered tooling and are currently fine-tuning the tooling process…

Christmas Remembrance Of Steve Tilford

Steve Tilford lost his life in a tragic automobile accident four years ago and his name still comes up in conversation all the time. Steve made an impression on everyone who met him and those impressions and fond memories will last. Steve is not a guy you can forget. Sometime after Christmas the Marin Museum of Bicycling and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will add a brick of remembrance to Mr. Tilford on the Mount Tam Legacy Wall. The welcome addition will honor the rider who was inducted into…

Leigh Donovan’s Mountain Biker Skills Video Series Will Make You A Better Rider

Did you get into mountain bike riding during the pandemic? Need to brush up on some mountain biking basics? Want to learn cool stuff you can use on every ride? Well friends, you are in luck! Leigh Donovan, a Troy Lee Designs athlete, Hall of Fame member and mountain biking’s most high-energy, good-vibe ambassador, has put together a series of videos sharing hard-learned riding tips that every rider can use. I dig them because Leigh kept them short and easy to follow. Check them out at her homepage at Troy…

Park & Diamond Invents A Helmet Standard And Hopes Backers Fall For It (UPDATED)

May 28, 2021: Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels has been following the Park & Diamond saga for years. Yes, years. Their customers have called the company “ridiculous scammers,” “criminal,” “an embarrassment” and “incompetent.” I have maintained that the Park & Diamond people probably started out with too much enthusiasm and not enough expertise in helmet design and manufacturing. After their inexcusable update of May 22, 2021, I am lead to believe they are misleading their customers or worse. The update claims that the Park & Diamond helmet is in the process…

Mountain Biking Banned In New Zealand Due To COVID

Stuff, a New Zealand news site, posted a story about how a mountain biker, in need of emergency evacuation after a fall, triggered the discovery of more than 50 mountain bikers in violation of alert-level-4 restrictions. Those restrictions? “Any recreational activity that could lead to a rescue or emergency response.”  Alert-Level 4 seems to apply to everything from skateboarding to body surfing. And you thought we had it tough here with mask mandates!

Husqvarna, Not KTM, Launches Extensive E-Bike Line In USA – UPDATED

UPDATED August 3, 2020: Spoke to a buddy with inside knowledge of the KTM motorcycle/bicycle split and it makes more sense than my earlier speculation. The result is still the same (an awesome new brand of e-bikes), but how the story unfolded is more clear. There are a few lessons to learn here for any young business major.  June 28, 2021: KTM Austria used to offer a line of KTM bicycles along with their motorcycles. When KTM went bankrupt, the bicycle brand was sold off to one group and another group…