Proof E-Bikes Are Motorized Off-Road Recreation And Should Be Restricted to OHV Trails

Through the lobbying efforts of companies looking to increase their sales, motorized bicycles (e-bikes) are now allowed on many trails once developed, designed and intended for non-motorized recreation. These trails were once for hikers, non-motorized mountain bikers and horse riders. Now, many of those trails are opened to motorized recreation.  The first off-road e-bikes I tested were pretty bad. I was criticized for being “too negative” at a time when other reviews read more like advertising copy. I even had the audacity to point out that e-bikes were not really…

22,000 Ancheer E-Bikes Recalled Due To Possible Battery Fire (UPDATED)

This is a serious Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall that affects 22,000 Ancheer e-bikes. The bikes were sold online at www.aliexpress.com, www.ancheer.shop, www.amazon.com, www.ebay.com, www.newegg.com, www.overstock.com, www.rakuten.com, www.sears.com, www.walmart.com and www.wish.com from January 2016 through June 2022 for between $280 and $930. Please, if you own one of these Ancheer E-bikes, take this recall seriously. The website link supplied by the Consumer Product Safety Commission did not work but I found this link that does work. You can also call Ancheer during working hours at (888) 661-1330. The company…

Squaw Flat Road Gets Cleansed: A Great Update On A Sad Story

Awesome news. After posting a story and photos of trash dumped and vandalism along Squaw Flat Road in Fillmore, California, I was contacted by The Los Padres Forest Association. They reached out with an offer to pitch in and help address the situation. They asked me if I had any local Fillmore connections who might help out. I contacted some long-time friends who are bicycle riders and active in the Fillmore community. They started to get things organized. Then something very unexpected happened. Before all the parties could be brought…

The Sad State Of Squaw Flat Road

While living in Fillmore, California, Squaw Flat Road at the end of Goodenough Road was my escape route. Didn’t matter if I was grunting up the climb on a mountain bike (and sometimes a road bike way before gravel bikes were invented) or twisting the throttle of a dual-sport motorcycle, the partly-paved, mostly-dirt road never got old. I rode it hundreds of times. I rode it on birthdays. I rode it solo and with close friends. I rode it at night. I rode it in the pouring rain. I rode…

Specialized Expands E-Bike Recall Due To Fire Concern

We reported last May that Specialized issued a recall for 1st-generation Turbo Levo and Kenevo e-bikes manufactured between 2017 and 2019. This was due to a fire potential created by the bikes’ battery packs (and battery packs sold separately). News on August 30th, 2022 from Specialized reveals this initial recall didn’t correct the problem completely. Specialized is expanding the scope their first recall to include additional batteries and e-bikes. The recall now covers bikes and batteries sold between 2016 to 2021. Specialized and bike shops that sell Specialized bikes will…

Never Spill A Drop With This Bicycle Drink Holder

Not totally stoked the inventor dubbed his product a “beer stabilizer” (I’ve lost friends to drunk drivers), so substitute Drink Stabilizer and you’ve got an ingenious invention. Click here to watch it in action. Don’t drink and ride: The inventor says this accessory is made for use at Burning Man and that explains a lot. Still, I wouldn’t suggest consuming alcohol while riding a bike even in the middle of the desert. Wait until you are done riding. This invention would solve the problem I’ve had riding my motorcycle with…

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,…