2009 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Winners

March 1, 2009 by  
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Indianapolis — A crowd of 1728 on the final day of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show resulted in an total of 6,428 attendees over three days of what many exhibitors described as the best NAHBS yet.

As in past years, the show culminated with the awards for the best bicycles at the show. This time for the first time, an awards jury made all selections but two: President’s and People’s choices. The jurors were Dale Brown, Steve Hampsten, Doug Brooks, Mike Barrie, and James Huang.

And the winners are….

Best Road Bike

About nine years ago Roland Della Santa purchased the last 23 sets of Nervex lugs from Geoff Butler Cycles in London, intending to save them for a special project. This project became a limited edition set of 20 bicycles to celebrate his 40th anniversary of frame building. Using old Columbus tubes and offering only three braze-ons (and one waterbottle cage) Della Santa created an Eddy Merckx period piece that the awards jury simply could not resist.

Best Off-Road Bike

Curt Goodrich has always wanted to outfit a cyclocross team, and that that was the inspiration for the bright blue machine on display the weekend of the show. Goodrich started out as an apprentice, and then built bicycles on contract for Rivendell, and began focusing solely on his own creations in 2008. He worked to incorporate classic features like a level top tube on the bike he brought for display, as well as modern features like carbon forks, and a striking blue paint scheme.

Best Track Bike

Shin-Ichi Konno is continuing a family business that has made Cherubim one of the most respected handmade bicycle brands in Japan and a builder for keirin racers there. According to Shin-Ichi, the current design of track/keirin racing frames has been in place since the 1960s. The award-winning Cherubim Pista is made with due respect to the long tradition of track bicycle frame building.

Best Tandem Bike

I want a lugged tandem, what can you do? This request from a customer led Stephen Bilenky to create the tandem that won the NAHBS Award. The customer was interested in a tandem with a classic European look and sent him some lugs from Rivendell, who does not make tandem frames. Several parts needed to be made from scratch, since fabricated lugs for tandems do not exist. To create a classic looking headtube, a bi-laminate piece was created as a substitute for one of the lug. The blades on the fork are original Jack Taylor s from the 1960s, so a fork crown had to be fabricated too.

Best Titanium Bike

Kent Eriksen featured numerous bicycle frames made of titanium at the show. Eriksen, who originally invented the softail mountain bike suspension, always wanted to incorporate titanium with that feature because of the metal s durability. It ll last for generations, he said, of the more modern bicycle he brought to Indianapolis, adding that titanium makes for an incredibly rideable bike. Eriksen added that titanium is also green in that it doesn t require painting and so leaves less of a carbon footprint in its production.

Best Carbon Bike

Nine months of work went into the design of the prototype carbon fiber bike by Independent Fabrication. The crown-themed lugs, which were made with the assistance of Edge, arrived at the IF workshop on Thursday a week before the show, and everything fitted together first time around. For Independent Fabrication, this is a learning journey into a new material as the company continues to expand its knowledge base.

Best Lugged Bike

David Ellis Wages of Ellis Cycles in Waterford, Wisconsin, takes his inspiration from classic bicycles of the early 1980s. Bicycles with intricate lug work and chrome forks and chain stays were the ones with which he first became familiar when he started riding, so, to him, in a way, those features still define classic bicycles. &kind of the bike I always wanted to have, Wages said of one of the fine machines he brought with him to the 2009 NAHBS in Indianapolis. Wages incorporates a modern aesthetic with the classic craftsmanship of lug work in his cycles, adding that using lugwork allows for more artistic detail.

Best TIG Welded Bike

Black, red and white is Carl Strong s favorite color scheme for a bicycle, and that s what he chose for this all-business road stage racer. The bike is also made to fit Strong, a precaution he says he took in case he couldn t sell it. Much of the thinking centered on a new Chris King head inset head tube, which provides a large surface area to connect tubes to, as well as a low stack height, which enhances the aesthetic. With a liquid paintjob by Spectrum Powderworks, the headtube of this titanium frame is left as clearcoat to show of the fine welding of this show display bike, which is a prototype for further models.

Best Fillet Brazed Bike

Mark Nobilette designed this bicycle to be the anti-Herve. He wanted to create a non-traditional touring frame, capable of carrying a full-load, without compromising it. Various parts of the frame deviate from the traditional a wishbone-shaped seat binder, double-bend chain stays, a threadless steerer tube, and fillet brazed joints instead of lugs. The racks, which Nobilette made himself, were powder-coated black instead of the traditional chrome.

Best City Bike

Mitch Pryor of Portland, Oregon s M.A.P. cycles built a beautiful city bike for a customer in Colorado who wanted a commuter cycle. The bike, of a timeless style, is done in a cream color with cork accents and a Brooks saddle. Pryor used selections of Reynolds tubing for its construction and took inspiration from the drawings of French artist Daniel Rebour for the commission. It s cute, said one observer.
I ve heard that a lot, replied Pryor.

Best Paint Job

Toronto painter, Noah Rosen works closely with Mike Barrie, father of the Canadian pro road rider, and a former builder for Mariposa. Barrie wanted Rosen to restore his old 1951 Cinelli to something closely resembling its original condition. They had to go by black and white photos, but Barrie was confident the paint color was a close match.

One of the main challenges, says Rosen, was matching the proportions on the seat tube bands. Getting clean lug edges on a 60-year old bike took a lot of work, since the metal had roughened over the years.
Rosen put some 20 hours into the restoration job.

People s Choice

Naked Bicycles from British Columbia once again won the heart of the NAHBS crowd. Wooden components are used for the seat post, hand grips and pedals, and the frame features particular curves that builder Sam Whittingham states he has a liking for. Bicycles should be more feminine as it softens their lines, he says. The Mountain bike uses the 29 wheel, which Whittingham says is well suited to the BC riding conditions.

President’s Choice

Shin-Ichi Konno is continuing a family business that has made Cherubim one of the most respected handmade bicycle brands in Japan and a builder for keirin racers there. According to Shin-Ichi, the current design of track/keirin racing frames has been in place since the 1960s. The award-winning Cherubim Pista is made with due respect to the long tradition of track bicycle frame building.

Best of Show

Dan Polito of Cicli Polito credits former frame builder Norm Taylor with the inspiration for the Jack Taylor tribute bicycle he brought to the 2009 NAHBS. Polito, who sees making one s own bicycle as the mark of a true cyclist, honored Taylor, who passed away recently, by including elements in this particular bicycle of original grass-track racing bicycles. Laura Long, an associate of Polito s since the shop opened, pointed out cyclists used to compete on horse fields, which explains the wider tires.

Strong Attendance on Day One at North American Handmade Bicycle Show

February 28, 2009 by  
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INDIANAPOLIS — Some 1700 tickets were sold for Day One of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) at Indianapolis, Friday 27th February.  This figure is a new record crowd for Friday.

View images of fixed gear bikes from the show below.

Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park Time Trials

February 8, 2009 by  
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Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland Ohio held the “first in the world” indoor XC mountain bike time trials. The informative video below will give you an idea about how the day turned out.

Ray’s Mountain Bike Park Indoor Time TrialsClick here for this week’s top video clips

Klunkerz Wins the 2009 ‘Cycling Film of the Year’ at the Endurance Sports Awards

February 2, 2009 by  
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The below was just forwarded on to me by Klunkerz writer/producer/director, Billy Savage.

San Diego, CA. –As a very physically fit crowd of nearly 600 of the world’s best endurance athletes, sports filmmakers, and their fans looked on, ‘KLUNKERZ’ won the 2009 ‘Cycling Film of the Year’ award at the 17th Annual Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards. The film chronicles the birth of the off-road bicycle in the 1960s and 1970s, and the unique athletes and artisans credited with inventing the world-wide phenomenon.The black-tie gala was heldon Saturday nightin the Nautilus Pavilion at Sea World in San Diego, CA. This was the inaugural year for the Competitor Film Festival, which played in conjunction with the ESAs.

Cycling legends and subjects of the film, Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, were on-hand to support the film’s writer/producer/director, Billy Savage, who accepted the award. The award was presented by Dennis Christopher, star of the groundbreaking 1979 cycling film ‘Breaking Away’. The slightly underdressed Savage was overhead saying “I’m honored and humbled to be the recipient of this award. This award is for all of us, the cycling pioneers who trusted me to tell their story, and for my amazing crew who worked so hard on this film.”  Read more

Sacred Rides – Mountain Bike Tours

January 26, 2009 by  
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Do you ever get tired of riding your local single-track? If you are like me, then the answer is probably yes. We ride local trails because of their convenience and our familiarity with them. Trying to imagine leaving the state or country you live in order to try out a new bike trail is pretty hard to fathom. Why? The logistics in itself can be difficult. How will you, your bike, gear, and supplies get from point A to point B? Once you get there where will you stay? What will you do? Where will you ride? You get the idea.

I recently had the chance to talk with Sacred Rides founder Mike Brcic. Started in 1996, Sacred Rides has evolved from a summer trail guide service in British Columbia to providing mountain bike adventure trips around the world. For the year 2009, they have been rated as the “Best Adventures Company on Earth” by sacred rides new denver cable car crossing 300x201 Sacred Rides   Mountain Bike ToursNational Geographic Adventure. Mike doesn’t like to use the word “trip”, instead he refers to the trips as tours. Riders participating get much more than just a trip…they get a tour of the scenery and culture of another country. Each destination in their portfolio is selected because of the jaw-dropping scenery and amazing cultural experiences…not to mention, the chance of a lifetime, to ride the world’s most incredible mountain bike trails. For over 13 years, Sacred Rides has offered award-winning small-group adventures and skills camps: in British Columbia, Ontario, Croatia/Slovenia, Peru, Guatemala, Utah and Chile.

The tours are about so much more than riding your bike. Each tour is carefully designed to give participants a glimpse into local culture, a view into another way of life, all based on the notion that we are part of one “shared humanity” and that we need to look out for each other and our planet. Sacred Rides approaches mountain biking as just a super fun and convenient way to introduce people to that notion.

Sacred Rides was born in the changing of the seasons. Mike Brcic had been working at a ski lift and with the ending of the season, was soon to be without work. A friend suggested that he should start a trail guide service. He took out a business loan and bought some bikes. It wasn’t until Mike’s third year of business that overnight trips were introduced. Today the company provides skill camps as well as trips ranging from 7 days to 14 days in length.

sacred rides inca trail xc 300x224 Sacred Rides   Mountain Bike ToursInterested riders may view tours online, but it should be noted that these tours are not for beginner skill level riders. All tours are designed for experienced mountain bikers with at least 2 years of regular mountain biking experience. Each tour has a skill and fitness level rating that helps riders determine if the trip is well suited to them. If you are a beginner and want incentive to progress, check out these adventure journeys…talk about “pump you up”!

Every tour is led by a local expert who will serve as both trail guide and coach. Many skills are taught, perfected and mastered on these tours.

If you are interested and would like to sign-up, then you had better book it at least 3-6 months in advance…some people book trips 1 to 1-1/2 years in advance!

Over the past 13 years the company has provided about 150 tours with over 2,000 attendees with another 500 attending their skill camps. In 2008, twenty-five tours were conducted. For 2009, an additional five tours are being added for a grand total of 30 scheduled tours.

sacred rides veggie van 300x225 Sacred Rides   Mountain Bike ToursMike has very strict mandates for both his company as well as adventure seekers and they are summed up in his responsible riding mandate…a first in the industry. Interestingly, after some self examination Sacred Rides learned that during 2007 the company burned over $5,000 worth of fuel, equivalent to emitting about 11.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. In response, last year marked the introduction of a “veggie van” which uses waste vegetable oil instead of gasoline, thus reducing the impact on the environment. I found it very admirable that Mike would have such caution to the footprint his company leaves on the land. Mike is not about business…he is about purpose! For Mike it’s about valuing our world and our neighbors…to show beauty to others…to help others grow themselves through personal challenge…to help others appreciate our shared responsibility to care for the environment and make a positive impact on the communities that are visited…to enjoy this wonderful world through the fun of mountain biking.

I applaud Sacred Rides.

How the Wheel Was Re-Invented…Literally

January 20, 2009 by  
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klunkerz dvd a film about mountain bikes How the Wheel Was Re Invented...LiterallyA video entitled Klunkerz documents how in the late 1960′s a handful of hippie cyclists literally re-invented the wheel.  The film was written, produced and directed by William “Billy” Savage who I contacted in order to receive a copy of the DVD.  The film documents modified pre-war balloon tire bikes known as klunkerz, the precursor to the modern day mountain bike.

First off, the video is excellent! What surprised and captured my attention most is the use of actual photos and video from the late 60′s early 70′s depicting the Klunkerz in use.  It isn’t often that such events are documented providing witness to the birth of something so revolutionary.  I have often heard that the birth of mountain biking took place in California, but didn’t know much more beyond that.  The video provides a much more in depth look into how the sport came to be and the different groups involved and their relation to one another.  To say one person invented mountain biking would not be true, but rather it was a collaborative (and competitive) effort of different groups working together all wanting another way to enjoy the nature that surrounded them.

Klunkerz were created by taking old balloon tire bicycles (built before 1945), preferably those with high bottom brackets such as the Schwinn Excellsior and removing the fender, chainguard, kickstand and tank (if it had one) from the bicycle.

klunkerz dvd mount tamalpais marin county california 214x300 How the Wheel Was Re Invented...LiterallyIt began as a “party in the woods” on Mount Tamalpais, a mountain 2600 feet above sea level, known to the locals as Mt. Tam. Groups of adventure and thrill seekers would get together as a way to have fun and goof around.  The gatherings were usually organized by Fred Wolf who is well remembered for inviting riders with a simple, “wanna go out on a klunk?”.  From joy rides down Mt. Tam to the competitive races at Repack the spirit of mountain biking is captured in this documentary.

Really cool are the interviews with the  founders of mountain biking; Fred Wolf, Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Otis Guy, The Larkspur Canyon Gang, The Morrow Dirt Club and others.  It is easy to forget that mountain biking has really only been around for a little over 30 years. The interviews provide a unique look at the creation and history of the sport.

The film is well edited and entertaining providing and will provide a greater appreciation to the sport and its pioneers.  After watching the video I found myself somewhat embarassed at calling myself a mountain biker, not really knowing the details and individual contributions of how the sport came to be.  I would encourage any mountain biker to order a copy of the DVD, it costs just a little over $20.

Watch the movie trailer below.

The beauty of mountain biking is in its beginnings…groups of people looking to have a little fun and goof around.  Thankfully for those enthusiasts, not much has changed since those early days.

Interview with Mountain Bike Photographer Seb Rogers

January 13, 2009 by  
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seb rogers mountain bike photographer 1 300x200 Interview with Mountain Bike Photographer Seb RogersSeb Rogers lives at the foot of the Mendip Hills in the United Kingdom with his partner and four year old daughter.  He has been shooting mountain bikes professionally for nearly 13 years. I came across his website randomly and after spending time browsing through his portfolio I thought it might make for a good interview.  Below are excerpts from my interview.

MTOBikes: How long have you been biking for and what got you started?

I’ve been riding for 18 years. I started riding in 1990 as a way of taking my mind off an upsetting end to a relationship and just kind of forgot to stop.

MTOBikes: What do you like most about biking?

Physical and mental freedom. Oh, and singletrack. The fast, twisty kind.

MTOBikes: What is your most favorite scenic trail?

That’d be the one a couple of miles from my house. Views for 50 miles in all directions and some of the best singletrack in the UK.

MTOBikes: How many bikes do you own?


MTOBikes: What are they?

A ’94 Fat Chance Yo Eddy!, a custom Independent Fabrications singlespeed and a Kona Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. I haven’t bought a bike since ’98 because my shed’s full of a constant rotation of magazine test bikes.

MTOBikes: When did you begin photographing bicycle related images? What motivated you to start?

I’ve actually been taking pictures longer than I’ve been riding, but it didn’t occur to me to put the two together until a friend of mine – who was a regular contributor to one of the UK’s mountain bike magazines – went to Greece with me in 1994. I took some shots of him riding, he wrote some words and we sold the feature as a package. It was way more fun than the bike shop job I had at the time…

seb rogers mountain bike photographer 2 300x199 Interview with Mountain Bike Photographer Seb RogersMTOBikes: What do you like most about photography?

Art and science rolled into one. What’s not to like?

MTOBikes: What camera do you use?

A Nikon D3, D300 or D40X.

MTOBikes: What lens?

Anything from a 10.5mm f/2.8 to a 200mm f/2.

MTOBikes: What are your favorite lenses?

The 14-24mm f/2.8 and 200mm f/2. They’re both big, heavy, expensive and impractical… but optically outrageously good.

MTOBikes: How do you choose your shots?

That’s a whole subject in itself. But mostly I’m looking for impact, relevance and originality.

MTOBikes: How do you setup for shots?

That’s another whole subject in itself. Spot a potentially nice bit of trail. Stop, check it out. Walk around a bit, get the camera out, figure out the angle. Try a couple of shots. If it’s working, stick around until I’ve got ‘the’ shot.

seb rogers mountain bike photographer 3 300x201 Interview with Mountain Bike Photographer Seb RogersMTOBikes: Mountain biking is such a hard subject to shoot, especially with the DOF you utilize, focusing on the biker would be so hard. Are you extremely fast/skilled or do you setup for shots and focus on an area and wait for the biker to enter the focused area?

Autofocus is much better than it used to be, but I still use manual pre-focus most of the time. It’s generally more consistent, and you don’t end up sticking the rider slap in the middle of every shot.

MTOBikes: What gear do you take with you when you go out? Assuming it is quite a bit of gear. Obviously you must pack light so what is your preferred equipment?

If I’m riding a fair bit I’ll take the D300 with 10.5mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8 and 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses, plus a flash and radio trigger. On shoots where I can work on foot I’ll pack the (larger, heavier) D3, 16mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 80-200mm f/2.8 and two flashes. It all goes in one of several Dakine or Fstop bags.

MTOBikes: What camera, lens, pack, etc. would you recommend to someone who is just starting off and would like a SLR camera.

Any of the current crop of dSLRS with a standard zoom will do the job fine if you’re just starting out, and there’s a good range of backpacks around too. The best way to choose is to spend some time at a good dealer trying out different cameras (and bags) until you find one that ‘fits’.

MTOBikes: Is it safe to mountain bike with a dSLR camera or can the rough ride cause damage?

Yes. And possibly. But in over a decade of riding with lots of expensive gear, the only breakages I’ve suffered have been when I’ve been off the bike and walking around on two feet. Go figure.

MTOBikes: Is there a good pack/case to use?

Tamrac, Kata, Lowepro, Fstop and Dakine (amongst others) all make good bags. Try a few out for size!

MTOBikes: Where do you see yourself/business and where would you like to be in five years?

Pro photography is tough right now (and that’s before you take into account the wider economic picture). Rates are down, competition is up and clients expect more for less. Just surviving is a challenge, but I’m proud to say that the past three years have been my best ever. I’d like to continue to set new standards over the next few years… and keep a roof over my head in the process!

MTOBikes: Ten years?

We’re going to see a lot of changes in the way that imagery – both still and moving – is used. There’s going to be a convergence of TV and web, and that’s going to change the way that media companies commission content. Where do photographers like me fit into this? That’s a good question…

France’s Julien Absalon’s Olympic Gold Mountain Bike

January 12, 2009 by  
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Last year, France’s Julien Absalon won his second Olympic gold medal in China.  The 28 year old Absalon is quite possibly the best cross country mountain bike rider in the world.

What bike does he ride?

julien absalon olympics beijing china 2008 Frances Julien Absalons Olympic Gold Mountain Bike

Absalon won gold with an Orbea mountain bike that weighed 18.5 pounds that has an estimated value of $12,000 and has several blackbox (prototype) components that are available to only a few select riders.  Below is what makes up his bike.

  • Orbea Alma SL2.5r carbon fiber frame
  • RockShox BlackBox SID World Cup fork, 3.5 inches travel
  • Orbea Zeus Carbon SL handlebars
  • SRAM BlackBox X.O Twist Shifters
  • Avid BlackBox Juicy Ultimate disc brakes, six inch rotors
  • Truvativ Noir carbon fiber crankset
  • Fulcrum Red carbon wheels with stock spokes and Tune Titanium Quick Lock hubs
  • Hutcchinson Piranha Tubless Ready tires, 26 x 2.0
  • Time ATAC XS Carbon pedals
  • Selle Italia SLR saddle with titanium rails and prototype shell
  • SRAM X.) rear derailleur
  • SRAM Red front derailleur
  • SRAM 11-32 BlackBox Ti cassette
  • Foam Ultralite grips
  • Zeus Carbon seatpost
  • Orbea carbon fiber seatpost collar
  • Time Tital Carbon AttacX stem
  • Truvativ BlackBox GXP ceramic bearing bottom bracket
  • FSA aluminum headset
  • SRAM 991 HollowPin chain
  • KCNC bar ends
  • Elite carbon water bottle cage

Mountain bike champion to inspire at Coronet Peak

January 9, 2009 by  
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Mountain bike enthusiasts are in for a treat at Coronet Peak this summer when supreme downhill mountain biker Scarlett Hagen hosts a range of training sessions at the Bike Park.

scarlett hagen of queenstown new zealand 300x199 Mountain bike champion to inspire at Coronet PeakThe former 2004 Junior Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion and 2008 Oceania Champion will hold skill sessions from 8 January to 1 March.

Scarlett aims to analyze riders’ performance and provide personal feedback and skill development whilst teaching them different techniques to aid improvement.

Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie said Scarlett’s skill sessions provided an awesome opportunity for aspiring and advanced mountain bikers to learn from one of the world’s best.

“Scarlett’s passion for downhill mountain biking and her reputation within the industry makes attendance at these sessions a must for up and coming riders or anyone who wants to take their skills to a new level,” he said.

Scarlett says the sessions are designed to accelerate development and fast track improvement.

“I love inspiring others to reach their potential and I’m always amazed at how much people improve with just a few simple training tips.”

The sessions cater for all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. For $50 (plus lift pass) participants can choose to take part in either a two hour group session or a one hour private session.

Participants must have their own bikes with all the necessary safety equipment including their own protective wear.

Positions are limited so early registration is encouraged. Visit www.scarletthagen.com for more information.

The Coronet Peak Bike Park season opened yesterday (7 January) and will run until March 1. The park will be open 11.30 am till 7.30pm Tuesday through Sunday each week of the season, weather permitting. Closed on Mondays.

IMBA Press Release: Bicycling in National Parks

December 18, 2008 by  
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For Immediate Release: 12-18-08

At long last, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a rule change which will make it easier for parks to open trails for mountain biking. IMBA urges mountain bikers to register comments in support of the rule change. IMBA has been asking for this change since the 1990s. We now enter a 60-day commentary period to make the change official.

Take Action Now! Customized letters are most effective.

You can read IMBA’s white paper analysis of the proposed rule change and view the entire text in the Federal Register online. We know that several groups are working to defeat this proposal — it will take thousands of comments in favor of the rule change to ensure it stays intact.

As the proposal explicitly states, none of the NPS procedures for environmental review — or opportunities for public commentary — will be diminished by this change. What it will achieve is a much more manageable system for adopting mountain biking trails. The proposal states, “As a general matter, the proposed rule provides park superintendents with a more efficient and effective way to determine whether opening existing trails to bicycles would be appropriate in the park unit they manage.”

IMBA believes that this measure will enhance national parks and deserves your support — please file your comments today!

Sample Letter

Thank you for accepting my comments concerning RIN 1024-AD72, the National Park Service rule change for bicycling. I fully support the proposed rule.

  1. The special regulations process that restricts bicycling on trails is unduly burdensome and duplicates protections that are already addressed by the NPS General Management Plan and the National Environmental Policy Act.
  2. This proposed rule would give park superintendents better tools for opening trails to bicycling. It would also treat bicycles like other non-motorized trail uses, such as horseback riding.
  3. Independent scientific studies, including those conducted by the National Park Service, have shown the environmental impacts of mountain biking are similar to those of hiking, and far less than other uses.
  4. The best research regarding social interactions on trails reveals those who encounter other user groups report very favorably on their interactions. Claims otherwise are unsupported by scientific data.
  5. Shared-use trails are a successful management tool worldwide. NPS staff are skilled at selecting appropriate trails for shared-use by hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.
  6. This rule will aid visitor enjoyment for both children and adults. Bicycling broadens the recreational offerings and gets Americans out of their cars and into the natural world. It connects people of all ages with the natural environment and is a fun, low-impact activity.
  7. Improving opportunities for bicycling and promoting trails tourism could benefit economic conditions for nearby communities.
  8. Mountain bikers are prolific volunteers–conducting nearly one million hours of trailwork on public lands annually–and could help build environmentally sound, sustainable trails.

Thank you for considering my comment. Bicycling is a wonderful way to explore our national parks and I hope the proposed rule change will be implemented.

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