Corps of Engineers to open new trail for recreation

Corps of Engineers to open new trail for recreation
Paynes Creek area trail for off-road bicycles, hikers and joggers
Read more on Anderson Independent-Mail

Road Bicycles

Image by Steven Vance

In Other Road Bicycles News:

Lawmaker floats new tax on bicycle sales
AUGUSTA, Maine — Everything from junior’s first two-wheeler to the highest-end road bike would cost more under a Republican lawmaker’s plan that would apply a new tax on bicycles purchased in Maine. The bill, LD 1189, would levy a 2 percent surcharge on all retail purchases of bicycles bought after …
Read more on Bangor Daily News

Electric bicycles: Safety issue under study
I REFER to the letters on electric bicycles by I.B.K.B. “So, can we use them?” and Paul Singh “Have special laws” (NST, April 11).
Read more on New Straits Times

Recent Road Bicycles Tweets:

@PaulSwashbuckl Road trip on bicycles, infidelity, obsession, revenge, evil, death. Cheery stuff! – by KyleMacRae (Kyle MacRae)

i was raised by a dirt road, ditch bank, and woods so i started off with 4-wheelers and dirt bikes, not bicycles maybe a tricycle idk – by x_PrettyandPaid (My Own Person)

4 teens on bicycles stole from the bags of a group nvolved n soccer game. They road away. The police was called. Teens :Type of parents? – by manorcalvalier (gar ley)

2010 FUJI ROUBAIX 61cm mens road (Chattanooga) CycleShopper (Free Cycle Shopper)

Giant Factory Off-road team kills it at Sea Otter. Schwalbe_NA (SchwalbeNA)

Why do bikes, as in bicycles, feel like they can be in the road?? In front of me at the light #annoyingby Tiffywillbeok (Tiffany Stone)

BMX: Samantha Ronson involved in BMX wreck

Samantha Ronson involved in BMX wreck
In weird celebrity-related BMX news, 33-year-old Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan’s on-and-off girlfriend and celebrity DJ, crashed on a BMX bike on Saturday while trying to avoid a car on her ride home in Venice, Calif. Ronson reportedly needed 12 stitches on her face, and tweeted a photo of her face following the accident. Ronson wrote “Let this be a lesson. If you have a driver’s license you …
Read more on ESPN

In Other BMX News:

Samantha Ronson involved in BMX wreck
In weird celebrity-related BMX news, 33-year-old Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan’s on-and-off girlfriend and celebrity DJ, crashed on a BMX bike on Saturday while trying to avoid a car on her ride home in Venice, Calif. Ronson reportedly needed 12 stitches on her face, and tweeted a photo of her face…
Read more on ESPN Blogs

Willers returns to winning ways
Kiwi BMX rider Marc Willers has won both finals in the latest round of the American BMX Association Nationals in San Diego.
Read more on NZCity

BMX Race for Life Scheduled Sunday
A Race for Life is scheduled Sunday at the Sooner BMX track, 1015 W. South Ave. at Dan Moran Park. The Race for Life is a nationally sanctioned BMX event to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Read more on The Ponca City News

What’s the BMX buzz on Twitter?

@neon_dishwater bitchs gone wild bmx clips peeps wanted – by spagootey (Andrew ryder)

Flite Panic BMX Bike – 20-Inch, Cerise: alabhuhi (alabhuhi)

@ripenny not tight hmmm. Ill prbs go medium. I defo want a purle one now aha. Saw the site might also order new grips for my bmx. – by JJonbroadway (Jonnie Adam)

RT @rezirahmand: @NNfixedshop mencari stem BMX, mention pliss.. Thank's nnfs – by NNfixedshop (N’Nfixedshop)

Simple Checks Before You Hop On the Saddle

The following list is a good little reminder on a few of the things to check before you head out on your mountain bike.  Okay, so it’s a bit basic, but having this checklist to hand can’t hurt and will hopefully prompt you to just give the bike a general good going over before you set off.  It’s much better to spend 10 minutes checking the basics BEFORE hopping on the saddle than it is having something fail half-an-hour down a trail!  Read on…

Is Your Mountain Bike Ready For the Trail?
By Mary Blomquist

Is your mountain bike ready to hit the trail? Spring is a great time to do a preride inspection before each ride to prevent injuries or bike malfunctions, but preride inspections and mountain bike maintenance should really be done on a regular basis.

The following are some quick tips to make sure your mountain bike is ready for the trail.


You can do a quick check of your headset by holding down the front brake and pushing the bike forward and back. The headset should be tight and not move or make noise.


Check your brake pads for excessive or uneven wear. Squeeze the brakes and make sure you can’t squeeze the levers all the way to the handlebar. If you can, the pads probably need to be replaced.

If you have V-brakes, make sure the pads go flat against the rims. If you have disk brakes, listen for squealing when the brake lever is squeezed. If they make a lot of noise, the rotors may need to be cleaned with a soft rag and rubbing alcohol.


Check your tire pressure and visually inspect the tires to see if they have cracks, cuts, or are unevenly worn. Make sure the tires are on all the way around the rims on both sides.


Spin the wheels and make sure there is no wobbling, rattling, or rubbing. If there is, make sure the wheel is attached properly. The wheel should move freely and silently.


Check your shock preload by sitting on your bike and measuring the sag with zip-ties. Sag should be at 25-30% give or take for different riding styles.


Check all the bolts on your bike with Allen wrenches and tighten if necessary.


Do a quick shift through the gears to make sure the bike is shifting smoothly. Lubricate the pivot points of the derailleurs and check cables and housing.

Clean and Lubricate:

Keep your bike clean and lubricate the drivetrain. Do a thorough cleaning and lubrication if it still has crud on it from last year.

For more information and tips on how to clean and lubricate your mountain bike, please visit

Mary Blomquist is a mountain biking enthusiast who lives in Colorado and is the founder of, a site that is full of information and tips for mountain bikers.

Article Source:

As stated above, all fairly basic stuff, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of the basics some times.

[Image courtesy of genefilter]

Really Good Mountain Biking Trails in the French mountains – With Free Park Access!

If so read on.  The park, located in the mountain ranges of Palafour and Tovière, looks really good with everything from some serious downhill tracks for those who know what they are doing as well as some much more simple stuff for beginners.  You also have access some great cross-country riding and endurance trails as well as a practice area with some skills obstacles.  It’d be great to take my two boys to muck about on the training sections when they are a little older – they’d love it.

Here’s an extract from the park’s site:  ‘The natural ups and downs of Tignes’ landscape makes an ideal playground for all styles of mountain biking: rugged or hilly, grassy slopes suited to downhill runs or gentle slopes for beginners, rare spots such as “doline de gypse” and not forgetting the view!’

Check out the Tignes site here for full details and an enticing video.

Watching that video reminds me that this is precisely the sort of place that makes we want to get out on the bike.  A great looking park in some stunning scenery.  And you can get free access to all the trails via the Toviere aeroski and the Palafour ski lift.

[Image courtesy of genevieveromier]

Welcome to BME News

Welcome to BMENews!  This is my first post so try and stick with me.

This blog will eventually be (I hope) a great resource for biking news, product reviews, tales of rides that went well and perhaps some that didn’t go quite so well!

My personal aim is to use the blog as motivation for actually getting out on the bike and doing some more interesting rides to give me something to write about.

I hope to cover various sorts of biking on this blog, though personally I’m a mountain biking fan.  I will confess however that I’m a relative novice.

What mountain biking have I done?  Not an awful lot.  A fair bit of what I would class as cross country and some frankly scary downhill.

What do I want to do more of?  The downhill was a great laugh, even though it frightened the whits out of me, so I’d like to a lot more of that but perhaps with some serious body armor.  A few longer slightly more leisurely cross-country rides would also be good.