TRAILGRAMS – Kids On Bikes & Motors


I have to say I found your “Brah” article “For What It’s Wirth” in the October issue laughable considering that a few months ago you ran an article about how to not be a joey at a bike park. Some of the tips included buying a downhill-specific kit and learning the lingo of the sport. Really? You bemoan riders that wear “color-matched kits” but suggest it is important to wear a downhill-specific kit. Funny irony, amongst other hypocrisies, like the suggestion to upgrade bikes and learn the lingo.

I get that a proper kit can help make one more comfortable. Learning the lingo, having the right gear and more can add to the fun. But, I bought my first mountain bike, a Cannondale M700, in 1991. Those days it was a T-shirt, shorts and some kind of shoes with traction for the pedals. I get the point of your article—skip the preten- tiousness and just ride. Agreed. But, watch the other articles before getting on your high horse.

And, like I said, I do love the magazine and can’t wait to open it up, but cut the lectures a bit. We’re just riding bikes. And, if some dude feels good by getting all geeked up in a pro cross-country kit (and I do that sometimes), who cares? That’s the fun of the sport. I can be in a full-on kit. You can wear flannel and cutoffs. We can all have fun on the same trails, and I wish your magazine wouldn’t lecture for or against either style. Keep the cool gear reviews coming and inspire us to ride. The rest is up to us.

James Schultz Via e-mail


Just about to cancel my subscription with all this e-bike blather. They have their own magazines! If it has a motor, even if it’s silent, it is still a motorized vehicle— period! Some gas scooters have pedals Does that make them a bicycle? No! There are motorized trails and non-motorized trails. What’s so hard to understand? I’m turning 40, so I know health conditions will always dictate what we can and can’t do. That’s life! Shoot a round of golf or play shuffleboard. I’m not demonizing anything that provides cheap electric urban trans- portation, either, hence Prius and Tesla cars. I say make mobility scooters with huge motors and full suspension and let ’em rip the OHV trails. At least then at the funeral we could reminisce about Gamgam and the 60-foot gap that she didn’t make! That’s how I want to go. Has our culture become so lazy that we’re intent on changing the definition and trail usage of a bicycle for our own selfish desires? I just wish we’d all get a painful shock from touching this electric fence and never do it again. Our nation is overweight enough!

James Casper
A loyal reader for now

Thanks for the response, James. This one made us laugh. We’ll have visions of Gamgam hitting a road gap the rest of our lives. We will say that you do still get a workout from riding an e-bike.


My name is Olson Grubb, and I am 14 years old. I have been receiving your magazine for two years now and have been riding bikes for a little longer than that. I actually started out racing BMX but then decided on mountain biking instead. I started out racing alone but then joined the Claremont High mountain bike team and continue to race with them. Your magazine has helped me by giving me tips on things like bike maintenance and how to ride faster. It is also one of the only ways that I can learn about the new bikes and gear that companies are creating. Thanks for making such a great magazine!

Olson Grubb Via e-mail


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