are accustomed to and an electric bike will
allow us to stay on the trails and on the
saddle, then an e-bike it shall be. Whatever
it takes to stay on two wheels.
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
You’ll be happy to know that both
Specialized and Rocky Mountain make very
sweet electric bikes. They would both be
on our short list for what to buy for e-bike
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
I’m probably a bit late to the discussion,
but I would love to see e-bikes reviewed
in MBA. I think if you read the mag and
are somehow against e-bikes, it’s like an
advocate for solar power arguing against
wind turbines because they create shade.
I’m in your camp. All two-wheeled vehicles
are fun as heck!
RUBBER SIDE DOWN
I don’t have any crazy crash stories like
you do, but I just wanted to write to you to
tell you how much I appreciate your “For
What It’s Wirth” column. Keep up the good
You’re a lucky man to keep the rubber
side down more than I do.
E-BIKE VERSUS HORSE
You may not have noticed, but the rider
featured on your “Table of Contents” in the
November 2017 issue was kinda cheating.
Nobody could outrun a horse like that on
their own power. This guy was on an
electric bike, and you can see the head
unit mounted to his bar. Still is a cool
San Diego, California
You are correct. Bobby was using an M1
Spitzing in that shot. It is a German electric
bike brand that builds some fast and fun
machines. Check them out:
moves the ball forward for further thought
In our virtual age when all we do is
scream at one another via the Net, it’s
refreshing to have dialog, points and
concepts put forth with reason and intelligence. Kudos to you for having broad-enough shoulders to take the flack from
those who disagree with you as well. As a
bike mechanic, I’m well aware of how passionate and (unfortunately) fanatic our kind
can be. There is no place for F-bomb-laced
tirades and personal insults. Thanks for
standing up to that and keeping things real.
Continue the great work; I can guarantee
you that I’ll keep reading!
FINDING YOUR IDEAL
HANDLEBAR WIDTH MADE EASY
Buy a pair of screw-on-type grips with
an open end. Now you can make your bar
narrow and wide as many times as you
want by sliding the grips in or out till you
find your sweet spot. Then you can cut the
handlebar to its final width.
A few words of caution: The grips should
always be supported on their full length by
the handlebar. Don’t move them past the
end of the bar. If you feel the need to go
wider than that, install a wider handlebar
Some lightweight handlebars have a
mark for “maximum in” to screw grips on.
Look for that.
And finally, you will ride a few times with
your handlebar being exposed and sticking
out past the grips. That is not safe in a
crowded environment. It makes an ugly
mess when you have to pull a handlebar
out of someone’s body part. So, don’t go
XC racing or banging bars with your friends
till you’ve made the final cut.
Somewhere in Germany
TILFORD WILL BE MISSED
Your article on Steve Tilford was great.
He will be missed. I was a NORBA race
official in Lawrence, Kansas, for a number
of years. Steve would ride a road bike from
Topeka to Lawrence ( 40 miles). Trudi would
drive over with a change of shoes and
bikes. Steve would then do our local MTB
race, talk with everyone, change shoes and
bikes, and ride back to Topeka. I also saw
him race at the Cactus Cup. His kind of
dedication to his lifelong passion is rapidly
disappearing from our society. Thank you
for letting people know about Steve.
The article was actually written by our
former editor, Jimmy Mac. He was very
close friends with Tilford and was the right
person to write that story. And yes, Tilford
will be missed. RIP.
MONTHLY E-BIKE OPINION
My two-cents worth on the electric bike
issue: My riding buddy and I are both in our
60s and are still quite capable trail riders.
He rides a Specialized and I ride a Rocky
Mountain. We both feel that when the day
“Trailgrams” tip of the month:
While night riding, try to avoid thinking
there could be a mountain lion stalking
you. Unless you want to ride faster—
then think about that more, because it
will certainly make you pedal harder.