Charlie Cunningham gave a lot to the world of cycling. From custom frames to roller cam brakes, 135 mm axles to the founding of Wilderness Trail Bikes, he has shaped the sport of cycling as much as anyone.
Now it’s time for us to give back. After suffering a serious brain injury as a result of a cycling crash in August, Cunningham faces a long road to recovery. Moots Cycles is helping out with a fundraising campaign that will send 100 percent of the proceeds to help him get back on his feet, literally and figuratively. The Moots Ti Stick is a titanium “cow bell” of sorts that is made from scrap tubing in its Steamboat Springs, Colorado, workshop. Instead of being recycled they are made into noisemakers for cheering on your favorite racers.
This batch of 32 will sell for $125 each and the $4,000 raised will go straight to Cunningham’s recovery fund. You can order one through the Moots website today.
It’s safe to say the modern mountain bike would be very different today without the innovations of Charlie Cunningham. From aluminum frames to roller cam brakes, sloping top tubes to 135 mm rear axles, Cunningham’s influence can be seen far beyond just mountain bikes.
After all he has given the cycling community over the years, now he needs our help. Cunningham fell off his bike in August and sustained severe injuries, including broken bones and head trauma. Six weeks later, his head injury resulted in a subdural hematoma (bleeding in the brain).
Cunningham is now recovering from emergency brain surgery and faces a long road to recovery. According to a GoFundMe page dedicated to his treatment, he is having trouble with simple tasks like eating and speaking. He is likely to be wheelchair-bound for some time. Donations are being accepted to help pay for his rehabilitation and outfit his home to be more wheelchair accessible.Tweet Print