Specialized Turbo Vado SL E-Bike The One I’ve Been Waiting For

I’ve sometimes joked that there must be an unwritten law that says e-bikes have to be ugly. While there have been bikes that buck the ugly trend, alas, most are concepts, yet-to-ship crowd funders or limited-run customs. If there is such a hit-me-with-that-ugly-stick law, Specialized is now guilty of breaking that law with their 28-mile-per-hour Turbo Vado SL. Finally, a major manufacturer is delivering an e-bike that I’d like to have in my garage. No, I take that back. I don’t want it in the garage; I want my butt…

Concept Bicycle Helmet That Tucks Into A Water Bottle – UPDATED

UPDATE 4/8/2020: Checking the Park & Diamond Indiegogo page shows the latest update dated March 20th doesn’t have great news for those who have already purchased a helmet or plan to buy one. The vague statement includes the line that the company has a “great desire to fulfill all current Backers prior to September.” That is not reassuring. Their next “desired” shipping date is September, six months from now. Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels will keep checking. UPDATE 2/21/2020: Following up on the much-hyped Park & Diamond foldable bicycle helmet,…

Coronavirus May Take The Sea Otter Classic As Its Next Victim – UPDATED

UPDATE: The 2020 Sea Otter Classic has been rescheduled for October 1-4, 2020. There is more information here. The date change makes the best out of a bad situation and may work better for brands interested in releasing new model and product information. March 9th, 2020: The 2020 Sea Otter Classic, a week-long celebration of bicycling scheduled for April, has pulled the plug due to Coronavirus fears. The thousands of riders who ride or race in the downhill races, cross-country races, E-bike races, circuit races, cyclocross races, gran fondo and…

Antagonizing Motorists Does Not Improve Rider Safety

I’ve noticed a number of well-meaning experts touting the use of pool noodles by cyclists to keep motorists from passing too closely. I believe this is bad advice that may be counter productive and potentially dangerous. Here’s why. Years ago I was given a jersey that read “3 Feet To Pass” and had graphics of a big arrow and an automobile passing a cyclist. I thought it was pretty cool. My first ride in it dampened that enthusiasm. It seemed like an inordinate number of vehicles passed dangerously close (by…

Harley-Davidson Debuts Bicycle Line

While Harley-Davidson struggles to remain relevant by introducing new product lines that attract a younger demographic of customer, we are not sure how the Low Rider HP® will achieve this goal. The Low Rider HP (that stands for Human Powered) takes too many of its design cues from existing Harley-Davidson motorcycle models. While the electric-powered motorcycle prototypes and rich-kid scooters are closer to Harley’s desired goal of attracting buyers who are under 60 years old, the Low Rider HP appears too cumbersome and lacking in performance to ignite the passion…

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…

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…

Porsche Taycan Prototype And Cyclist Featured In DJI Mavic 2 Video

You can’t get your hands on the electric-powered Porsche Taycan until next year, but you can see it featured in a promotional video from DJI who are promoting their new drone, the Mavic 2. Also captured in the video is a mountain bike rider (on the road) with a ginormous pack on his back (the rider pops on the screen at the 14-second mark). To all my riding friends, be careful of silent speeding Porsches.