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Posted by Inyo National Forest about the Rock Creek Fire earlier this summer:

Cause of Rock Creek Fire Determined
The cause of the Rock Creek fire that started on August 5th has been determined. Investigators have concluded that the fire was started from a bicycle pedal strike to a rock. Conclusive evidence was found in the fire origin area that was on the Lower Rock Creek mountain bike trail. A fire ignition from this type of trigger is a testament to how dry the area is right now. All residents and visitors are asked to be extremely careful with anything that may cause a fire while you are out in the forest.

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Wow, I wasn't expecting that. On the link, it says there was "conclusive evidence" of this. I would really like to see the details on that.

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This definitely happened just as described - I heard about a fire that started last year because a ******* removed his huge belt buckle too quickly

Good news is that they are not banning bikes in the area - you just have to ride one of these rigs - sweet geometry though

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More info:

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — Fire investigators have concluded that a small wildfire in the Eastern Sierra Nevada was sparked by a bicycle pedal striking a rock.
A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman says Wednesday evidence found along a mountain bike trail in Inyo National Forest led investigators to determine the cause of the August 5th blaze.

Kirstie Butler said investigators found a piece of the metal pedal and shaving from a rock strike in the area where the fire began on August 5. The spark ignited a fire that charred 122 acres of tinder-dry grass 20 miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes.
Butler says the finding demonstrates how dry the state's wildlands are due to the ongoing drought.
 

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I remember these being kind of common in the 90s but I've never seen a magnesium pedal lately. Not in 10 years.

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The Mg versions generally don't look any different than their Al version. :)
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Trans-Sylvania Epic 2014: Stage 2: Rothrock Cooper's Gap Results | Cyclingnews.com

Race notes:

In an unusual occurrence, a small fire broke out next to the course during the race. Some racers flew past the flames, which extended to right next to the trail, but one rider turned back to tell a photographer who he'd just passed. That photographer, Devon Balet, ran toward the fire and singlehandedly beat it out with sticks. Though he called for help from a nearby videographer a bit further up the trail, no one could hear him. By the time the fire department and forest service had responded, Balet had extinguished the flames.

The cause of the fire is undetermined although the rangers speculated that perhaps it was caused by a spark from a rider's pedal hitting a rock.
 
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