City of Lakewood is hosting clinics for beginner, intermediate and advanced women mountain bikers

The City of Lakewood Colorado is hosting clinics for beginner, intermediate and advanced women mountain bikers taught by a woman biker.

I thought, “Well, maybe some women road bikers would like to become “switch hitters?”

In addition there are also private lessons available for both women and men.

The information sheet about these clinics from the City’s spring catalog.

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Hero Kit Portable Bike Repair

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This kit, a retail value of over $75, contains step-by-step instructions, tools, and materials to help you with the most common (and many uncommon) issues you might encounter on your mountain bike. This first-aid kit for mountain bikes is intended to empower all levels of mountain bikers to fix mechanical problems that can arise on any ride, and to get back to the trailhead or home safely.

Contents:

-24 Page, Waterproof Field Repair Instruction Manual with Color Photos and Step by Step Instructions

-12 Function Multi Tool w/Chain tool

-Planet Bike Tire Levers w/ tire patch kit

-9 Speed Replacement Chain Link

-10 Speed Replacement Chain Link

-Tyvek Tire Boot (patch for torn tire)

-Frame Bolt

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Based off of our popular Hero Kit for Mountain Biking, redesigned for the needs of the road cyclist. The easy to follow, step by step instruction manual was completely rewritten to address the unique needs of the road and commuter bike. We added a rain poncho, put in a different cleat bolt, and a Yelo Velo tire boot designed to withstand the higher PSI that road tires require and swapped out the gear cable to save on weight and space. All of the same problem solving power of the Mountain Bike Kit but tweaked for those who put the two wheels on pavement!

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In this mountain biking case, fighting each claim pays off.

N.H., a minor child, v. Sequoyah Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87452

Gross negligence claim is thrown out because the complaint failed to plead enough facts.

This case is about a minor, who was attending a Boy Scout summer camp. While at camp, he went mountain biking on a camp bicycle. While riding the mountain bike the plaintiff alleges the brakes were not working and the plaintiff road off the trail and hit a tree.

The plaintiff’s complaint alleged the following:

(1) it failed to keep the mountain bike trails in a reasonably safe condition; (2) it failed to warn the minor plaintiff of hidden perils of the trails which defendant knew, or by reasonable inspection, could have discovered; (3) it failed to properly train its employees; (4) it failed to properly mark the bike trail; (5) it failed to properly evaluate and assess the skill of the minor plaintiff before allowing him to ride the trail; and (6) it was “negligent in other manners.

The plaintiff also requested gross negligence as part of his damages. His complaint stated, “the negligence of Defendant . . . was the proximate cause of the injuries to the minor plaintiff….

Generally, gross negligence is defined as greater than normal negligence. (Only a lawyer could get away with that definition….) A better definition might be:

Another definition is the failure to exercise that care that even a careless person would exercise. Gross Negligence falls just short of a reckless disregard of the consequences of the actor’s acts. Aggravated Negligence is gross negligence. The actual differences between ordinary negligence and gross negligence are difficult to define, and ordinarily done by the jury.[1]

For more on Gross Negligence see Good Release stops lawsuit against Michigan’s bicycle renter based on marginal acts of bicycle renter or New Jersey upholds release for injury in faulty bike at fitness club.

The defendant camp filed a motion for summary judgment to eliminate the claim for gross negligence. The reason is based upon the complaint the allegation of gross negligence is the only real basis for the demand for punitive damages. Eliminate the claim for gross negligence and you have taken most of the fight out of the gross negligence claim and a lot of the ability of the plaintiff to threaten from the case.

A claim of gross negligence is not enough under Tennessee’s law to allow a jury to award punitive damages. Punitive damages can only be awarded if the jury finds the defendant acted “(1) intentionally, (2) fraudulently, (3) maliciously, or (4) recklessly.

Intentionally, fraudulently and maliciously are easily understood. In Tennessee, a person acts recklessly when:

A person acts recklessly when the person is aware of, but consciously disregards, a substantial and unjustifiable risk of such a nature that its disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances.

Because the complaint did not allege how or why the defendant was aware of the problems with the bicycle or the trail, he could not sustain a claim for gross negligence and consequently, claim punitive damages.

The court granted the defendants claim.

So?

Not every lawsuit provides the opportunity to start and win a fight based on the pleadings. However, every pleading, complaint, should be examined to make sure, under the law of that state, the pleadings make a legal case.

Even if a flaw is found, you need to examine the cost of the fight and the benefit. Sometimes a flaw can be allowed to survive to be attacked later. However, litigation is a fight and every opportunity to weaken the opposing side should be taken.

For additional cases looking at the legal issues of cycling see:

Connecticut court works hard to void a release for a cycling event

Good Release stops lawsuit against Michigan bicycle renter based on marginal acts of bicycle renter

How to fight a Bicycle Product Liability case in New York. One step at a time

Maine upholds release in a mountain bike race and awards defendants costs and attorney fees

New York Decision explains the doctrine of Primary Assumption of the Risk for cycling

PA court upholds release in bicycle race

Release for training ride at Triathlon training camp stops lawsuit

Release stops most of the litigation against a ski area and USA Cycling in a Mountain Bike race but leaves other members out in the cold or should I say stuck in the courtroom

Summary Judgment granted for bicycle manufacturer and retailer on a breach of warranty and product liability claim.

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American Mountain Bike Challenge Dates

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Dates and locations for 2012 American Mountain Bike Challenge revealed

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 16, 2012) — USA Cycling announced Thursday the dates and venues for its 2012 American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC). All AMBC events will serve as qualifiersfor the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships.

Entering its 16th year in 2012, the 23-race AMBC series will visit 16 states in a six-month span. Racing begins with the U.S. Cup East Southeastern Regional Championship Series (SERC) #1 in Gainesville, Fla., on March 18, and concludes with the Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Festival in Rocksprings, Texas on Sept. 1-2. The complete AMBC calendar is as follows:

March 18: US Cup East/SERC #1, Gainesville, Fla.
March 25: Chickasaw Trace Classic, Columbia, Tenn.
April 1: US Cup East/SERC #2, Bryson City, Tenn.
April 14: Rumble at 18 Road, Fruita, Colo.
April 22: US Cup East/SERC #3, Conyers, Ga.
April 22: Stump Jump 2012, Spartanburg, S.C.
April 29: US Cup East/SERC #4, Winder, Ga.
April 29: Greenbrier Challenge, Hagerstown-Frederick, Md.
May 5-6: The Idyllwild Spring Challenge, Idyllwild, Calif.
May 6: US Cup East/SERC #5, Ducktown, Tenn.
May 6: Iron Hill Challenge, Newark, Del.
May 27: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, Colo.
June 10: US Cup East/SERC #6, Elizabethtown, Ky.
June 24: US Cup East/SERC #7, Clemson, S.C.
June 30–July 1: DINO AMBC Challenge, North Vernon, Ind.
July 7-8: Bays Mountain Challenge, Kingsport, Tenn.
July 13-15: Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival, Eureka Springs, Ark.
July 15: US Cup East/SERC #8, Knoxville, Tenn.
July 15: Campmor H2H #4/17th Annual Bulldog Rump, Andover, N.J.
July 29: US Cup East/SERC #9, Fort Payne, Ala.
August 5: US Cup East/SERC #10, Fontana, N.C.
August 12: Bear Creek Mountain Bike Challenge, Macungie, Pa.
September 1-2: Camp Eagle Classic MTB Festival, Rocksprings, Texas

The AMBC was created in 1996 to provide opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Each stop on the series offers cross-country events, and several stops offer short-track cross country, downhill, time trials, or super D competitions as well. The top 10 finishers in each respective age group and ability category at an AMBC event will qualify to compete at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships. Visit the AMBC webpage to learn more about the nationwide calendar.

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Crank Brothers Autioning Dreambikes for Charity

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Description: hans rey Inspired by Hans Reyand his determination to give back to the sport that has done so much for him, crankbrothers created the dreambikes program. The dreambikes started as a way to display our complete range of products. These products coupled with an amazing frame and other beautiful components result in a bike that any of us would create in our dreams – the best products, coordinating colors, impeccable quality.That was not enough though. We knew that the dreambikes could be so much more. Over the next few months, we will auction off each dreambike and donate all of the proceeds to Wheels4Life, a charity created by Hans Rey that donates bicyclesto people in Third World countries. These bikes are used for transportation to work, to receive health care, or to school. For these people, the gift of a bicycle is life changing.For 2012, we have built 12 stunning dreambikes with the goal of raising $50,000. That’s enough to buy 500 bicycles and positively impact the lives of 500 human beings. That really is a dreambike.visit the site
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Description: bidnowHans Rey wanted to find a way to give back to the sport that has done so much for him, so he created Wheels4Life. Wheels4Life is an amazing charity that provides free bicycles for people in need of transportation in Third World countries. Often these people live in very primitive and remote areas with no access or means to public transportation. Having a bike can make all the difference in somebody’s life and can give them a chance to break out of the vicious poverty cycle. The gift of mobility, in the form of a bicycle, can do miracles. Learn more about the incredible work Hans Rey has done with Wheels4Life by watching the trailer for Wheels4Life The Film, A Story About Giving.visit the dreambikes site
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cyclocross world championships
crankbrothers race club athlete, amy dombroski, will compete in koksijde (belgium) with the best of the world.
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