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…

Prolific Action Sports Photographer, John Ker, In Recovery Mode

Hall of Fame member (both Mountain Bike and BMX) and all-round great guy, John Ker, is in the hospital following hip-replacement surgery (following a cycling get off). John’s recovery has not gone smoothly and he is in a lot of pain. Rehab is going at a snail’s pace. John can use some encouragement so take the time to drop him a get-well email. His email address is johnk@hi-torque.com. I know he would love hearing for friends, old and new.

Bicyclist Sustains Serious Injuries From Landing On Alligator – UPDATED

I hate falling off my mountain bike, road bike or motorcycles. After reading of the rider who fell on top of a female alligator, I have even more reasons to stay “on two wheels.” You can read the gruesome account of the crash and attack from the TCPalm website. Here’s wishing for a full recovery to the rider. Slippery when wet: Wooden bridges used on many mountain bike trails can have slick surfaces due to weather and foliage conditions. It is a great idea to use extra caution and stay…

How I Killed Mountain Biking And How You Can Save It – UPDATED

Forgive me, for I knew not what I’d done. I thought I was helping friends and strangers find great places to ride mountain bikes. How was I to know I was killing the sport at the same time? A little back story to explain my guilt and hopefully earn your forgiveness. Back in my magazine days I came up with a reoccurring featured called “Destinations.” It became a popular feature in the magazine and it was pretty obvious why. “Destinations” focused on must-ride mountain biking locations and the stories were…