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Friday Roundup: Dot Watching, Wilderness trail access, Farley lawsuit, a Killer Contest & more!

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Advocacy & Industry News

  • Utah Senator introduces legislation on mountain bike in Wilderness areas – Senate Public Lands Subcommittee Chairman Mike Lee (R–Utah) has introduced a updated version of his 2016 Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act. With similar legislation by House Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R–Calif.) pending in the House, the legislation hopes to let Wilderness managers regulate mountain bike use in federal Wilderness areas. With such legislation now under consideration in both houses of Congress for the first time, there seems some progress heading forward about sensible, sustainable trail access for off-road riding. SustainableTrailsCoalition.org

  • Argonaut pairs with Velofix on Ready to Roll deliveries – Argonaut and Velofix have partnered on a white-glove delivery service for Argonaut’s bespoke carbon bicycles. The Ready to Roll program now is included with every Argonaut order at no charge, and a Velofix mobile bike shop in a van will bring it to your doorstep, set up to ride. ArgonautCycles.com

  • Story of Richard Long and GT Bicycles in the works – The project, driven by Richard’s wife Wanda and son Chris, looks to tell the story of the era and circumstances that lead to the serendipitous meeting between Richard & Gary Turner (the “GT” in GT), through their rise as a BMX dynasty, MTB pioneers, then USA Cycling and US Olympic Team supporters/suppliers.
  • Chris Farley’s family suing Trek over ‘Farley’ fat bike name – The Associate Press is reporting  that comedian Chris Farley’s family has filed a lawsuit against Trek Bicycle for the name of its fat bike. USA Today reports that the suit claims “the Wisconsin-based bike company misappropriated Farley’s name and traded on his “fat guy” brand of comedy” with the bike. USAToday.com

Contests

  • Fly Away with Glitch Mob & Mission Workshop to Red Rocks – Mission partnered with The Glitch Mob to help promote the launch of their new Radian travel backpack and the release of TGM’s new album See Without Eyes. Enter to win flights & two VIP access tickets to see The Glitch Mob at Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado June 28. Besides airfare, lodging & concert tickets, the winner will walk away with a killer prize pack, including the new MW bag, a Dell laptop & more! Register now with less than a week to go: MissionWorkshop.com

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Drinky Crow
Drinky Crow
4 years ago

Chairman Mike Lee (R–Utah) Tom McClintock (R–Calif.)

Don’t be chumps! Those two clowns above using mtn.bikers as wedge to penetrate and forever despoil wilderness areas.

D-con
D-con
4 years ago
Reply to  Drinky Crow

I’ll support the STC and take my chances with the bill’s supporters rather than give the e-bike apologists at IMBA another cent.

No need to look outside of the bike industry for enemies. Between pretending motorized recreation is nonmotorized to promoting a destructive loam-shredding image we’re doing a great job of undermining our own credibility.

Marc L
4 years ago

Good for the STC! Mountain biking is a low-impact, non-motorized activity that is entirely compatible with the intent of the Wilderness Act (and was noted as such at the time of its drafting). I support STC’s efforts to restore bicycle access to the areas that we’ve lost and in doing so creating a whole new generation of backcountry enthusiasts and defenders.

John
John
4 years ago
Reply to  Marc L

Enjoy mountain biking through stripmined mountain majesty once these two and their ilk are done gutting the Wilderness Act.

robert bullock
robert bullock
4 years ago

this bill is such a trojan horse. if it had been written by other people, i’d support it. but its aim is to eventually dismantle the wilderness designation altogether.

D-con
D-con
4 years ago
Reply to  robert bullock

Wasn’t the bill written in large part by the STC? Stroll and company are no dummies

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Not sure what I think yet. And, even if approved, it would probably be a decade before the environmental review and legal battles were concluded, so there would be plenty of scrutiny.

I do know that the lack of access in Marin County has certainly motivated the founders of the STC to press for these changes. Reap what you sow.

Sierra Rider
Sierra Rider
4 years ago

Common sense bill. Fixing something the Sierra Club broke in 1984. STC wrote the bills. McClintock and Lee are brave enough to introduce them. Not happy about that (but support the concept)? Get your beloved Senator or Representative to support the bill. No chance these bills result in anything other than reasonable bike access where local land managers deem bikes can work.

If we can succeed here, we will likely have an easier time succeeding in Marin, Portland and anywhere else where anti-bike sentiments are huge.

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