Will municycles get to X Games?
COLORADO SPRINGS – It was all extreme this and extreme that, motocross this and skiercross that in late January when Aspen hosted the X Games. But that’s so yesterday, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette.
For a truly X sport, try municycling, says Aaron Dubois. It’s still so different that very few people have tried it. Unlike bicycles, you can never stop peddling. Speed on trails is about 2 mph. Last year, North American Municycling Championships were held in Minneapolis. Moab, a mecca for mountain bikers, has also become popular with municyclers.
Cigarettes spark health claims
BANFF, Alberta There’s a new twist to the anti-smoking movement in Canada. Some workers have filed for workers’ compensation when second-hand smoke from their workplaces has aggravated other conditions, such as asthma or allergies. The Banff Crag & Canyon also reports that a woman who has lung cancer after waiting tables 40 years in a smoky restaurant having never smoked herself is filing for workers compensation.
Banff town leaders are considering banning smoking in public places, but some bar and restaurant owners fear the economic consequences, as the resort draws a large international crowd.
A bartender of 19 years, Bunny Julius, says such concerns are misplaced. Many of those owners and managers don’t actually spend seven or eight hours daily in a bar, he said. “It’s almost like society looks at (service industry workers) as bottom feeders, and it doesn’t really matter what they do to us.”
Why not releasable bindings for boards?
TELLURIDE In the 1950s Earl Miller Sr. developed one of the first releasable bindings for alpine skis. In the 1960s, he designed a brake for skis. Then, before he died in 2002 at the age of 77, Miller invented a releasable snowboard binding.
Now, his son, Matthew Miller, is trying to get snowboard manufacturers to buy into his father’s technology. The releasable binding, called Miller’s Revolution Z Interface, is manufactured by his Utah-based company, Miller Snowboarding Corp. He claims it will prevent up to 90 percent of snowboard-related injuries.
Why wouldn’t a snowboard manufacturer want this binding? If the story is really as simple as explained by The Telluride Watch, manufacturers worry that releasable bindings could cause more injuries due to premature ejections. The real story, the newspaper suggests, is that equipment manufacturers are slow to embrace technological change.
After all, says the newspaper, manufacturers took 17 years to embrace brakes on alpine skis.