Biking in wilderness forbidden, even in Marin County

Argue as he might, Steven Gravenites couldn't convince the federal judge in San Francisco earlier this month that he should be found innocent of possession of a bicycle in a wilderness area.

The 45-year-old mountain biker and well-known Marin County, California, wheel-builder was fined $60 but was able to reclaim his bike. Rangers had taken it as evidence for illegal trail riding in the Point Reyes National Seashore in June.

An account of the trial — it actually made it to federal court — in the Marin Independent reports that Gravenites tried to get the court to consider the bigger picture of the history of mountain biking. …