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Arizona Legislature passes e-bike bill

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Arizona will become the ninth state in three years to enact the industry’s model e-bike legislation if, as expected, Gov

Kona raffle and party during Sea Otter will benefit California trail groups

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Kona Bicycles will hold a pair of fundraising events at next week’s Sea Otter Classic to benefit two mountain bike advocacy groups and their efforts to rebuild trails damaged in last year’s California wildfires. At Booth 576 during the Sea Otter expo, Kona will raffle off a limited-edition bike (just 200 made) valued at $2,299. Only 250 tickets will be sold at $20 each.

Arkansas signs e-bike bill into law; Arizona is next

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — The state of Arkansas has signed into law a new electric bicycle bill, HB 2185 , making it the fifth state in the U.S., after California, Utah, Tennessee and Colorado, to pass e-bike legislation modeled after a pioneering California measure to create three classes of e-bikes.

Dealer Tour LA, Day 2: Crossing the car-centric City of Angels

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Time tables and a detailed itinerary went out the window Wednesday on Day 2 of Bicycle Retailer ’s Dealer Tour Los Angeles as the group of editors and sponsors made the 37-mile journey from the coast at Marina Del Rey and headed across the City of Angels to its ultimate destination in Pasadena. (Huge apologies to Velo Pasadena for being two hours late to our final stop and missing owners Hrach and Nevrik Gevrikyan!) Despite fantastic guiding from Steve Messer, president of the Concerned Off Road Bicyclists’ Association, and Jon Riddle, ride marshal for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we grossly underestimated how much traffic signals would delay us reaching our appointed stops. Still, the group got to witness the strides L.A

John Rezell to release two cycling books next week

EUGENE, Ore. (BRAIN) — John Rezell, former editor of VeloNews and current special projects manager for Bike Friday, will release three ebooks on Monday. Two of the books chronicle Rezell’s years covering bicycle racing in the U.S

For bike retailers, Miami’s not just humid. It’s saturated

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla (BRAIN) — From the sunny parking lot of Mack Cycle & Fitness, Mary Jane Mack points across Sunset Drive, the street where more than a half century ago her father built a store that is now a local landmark. Mack invites her guest to direct his gaze across Sunset, through an office building’s covered parking lot and then traverse busy U.S. Route 1 and the elevated MetroLine tracks to finally alight on a blue car parked in front of an orangish red building

Fred Clements: Improve the economy, buy local

A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements Editor’s note:  This blog post was written by  Fred Clements , executive director of the  National Bicycle Dealers Association . Clements’ previous blogs can be read on  bikedealerblog.wordpress.com . Many believe that buying from local independent businesses is a good thing, but is there credible research to back that up?

Fred Clements: Improve the economy—buy local

A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements   Editor’s note:  This blog post was written by  Fred Clements , executive director of the  National Bicycle Dealers Association . Clements’ previous blog posts can be read on  bikedealerblog.wordpress.com

Promoting Cycling With Math And Science

sometimes you have to get people to accept something emotionally, and sometimes you beat them about the head and neck with cold hard facts till they suffer greatly and give up. This is that kind of book.

In their new book, John Pucher and Ralph Buehler come right out and state their belief in plain English: “Cycling should be made feasible, convenient, and safe for everyone.” The editors of City Cycling, just published by MIT Press, aim to further that cause by gathering together as much data as they could find to support their case that “it is hard to beat cycling when it comes to environmental, economic, and social sustainability.”(via)

Bicycling in cities is booming, for many reasons: health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, more and better bike lanes and paths, innovative bike sharing programs, and the sheer fun of riding. City Cycling offers a guide to this urban cycling renaissance, with the goal of promoting cycling as sustainable urban transportation available to everyone. It reports on cycling trends and policies in cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, and offers information on such topics as cycling safety, cycling infrastructure provisions including bikeways and bike parking, the wide range of bike designs and bike equipment, integration of cycling with public transportation, and promoting cycling for women and children.

City Cycling emphasizes that bicycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. The chapters describe ways to make city cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. The book also offers detailed examinations and illustrations of cycling conditions in different urban environments: small cities (including Davis, California, and Delft, the Netherlands), large cities (including Sydney, Chicago, Toronto and Berlin), and “megacities” (London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo). These chapters offer a closer look at how cities both with and without historical cycling cultures have developed cycling programs over time. The book makes clear that successful promotion of city cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, programs, and government policies.(via)

Seems like an interesting read.

Ghost HTX 29 Actinum 9000 – First ride review

Designs for 29in-wheeled frames have been evolving fast over the last few years. The best look and feel just?right, offering trail manners that can seduce a rider of 26in wheels instantly. This is one of those designs. It’s fast, lively and has been one of our workhorse bikes for months, with no more than the odd rinse and chain lube.

Ride & handling: A spritely all-rounder of a bike

It’s always hard to tell to what extent clever frame tube profiling helps in terms of ride feel, but we know what feels right here. The relatively relaxed 69/72-degree geometry combines with a fairly long (23.5in on the 19in bike) top tube stretch, a short stem, compact back end and big-profile, fast rolling tyres. This creates a bike that manages to feel comfy, sure-footed and incredibly stable – yet still more direct in handling responses than a lot of other 29ers.

The inherent stability of the big wheels, longish wheelbase and low BB fosters masses of confidence when you’re pushing your boundaries. It hits rough high-speed drops and twisting technical singletrack almost as calmly as a short-travel full suspension bike.

During the last couple of years we’ve seen the best 29er hardtails evolve to a point where it’s hard to know where they’ll go next. The Ghost HTX isn’t a real eye catcher, but it’s one of the best equipped and best riding 29ers we’ve tested at this price. Impressive.

Frame & equipment: Ready for bad weather and changing times

Even before you try out the HTX 9000, it’s easy to see that it’s mud-proof and future-proof – two attributes that mean a lot in our books. The seat tube curves forward to keep the chainstays short and the wheel tucked?in for lively acceleration and climbing.?

Plenty of mud room makes the ghost a good uk choice this summer…: plenty of mud room makes the ghost a good uk choice this summer…

There’s plenty of room for crud on the Ghost HTX 29er

The compact rear triangle helps too, but there’s still a load of mud drop-through room around the tyres and at the front mech. Gear routing is outer cables all the way, leaving the 3×10 XT drivetrain to keep working sweetly in all conditions.?

The mid-sized 180mm rotors?on those Shimano Deore brakes mean it stops superbly too.

There are plenty of talking-point frame tube shapes here. A triangulated top tube, bridged to the seat tube, has loads of standover room and visually almost seems to flow into the wishbone at the top of the seatstays.?

The head tube is 1.5in/1.125in tapered with an integral headset to keep the front end low and strong, while the down tube is massively ovalised for extra stiffness at the head tube and bottom bracket. Finally, the wide BB shell has simple press-fit bearings and there are two sets of bottle cage bosses for the thirsty.

The 100mm RockShox Reba 29 RL fork is an ideal choice for a bike like this, with loads of fine-tuning options, a bar-mounted lockout switch and a very nicely controlled compression and rebound action.?

Deore-hubbed, Alex-rimmed wheels are tightly built and come fitted with fast but grippy?2.25in Schwalbe Racing Ralph tyres.?

Ghost’s own seatpost, saddle, stem and?handlebar are all classy items, and the big, 27in width of the bar is ideal for the tight twisty singletrack on which this bike excels.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.