CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2012 |
A battle over use of a pair of popular Santa Clarita Valley nature trails has pitted hikers and equestrians against mountain bikers and fueled debate over whether Los Angeles County cyclists are getting sidelined. Cyclists were barred from the Canyon Trail in the Placerita Canyon Natural Area until 2007. That's when the county mistakenly posted a "multi-use" sign at the trail head. The nearly two-mile route quickly became a biker favorite - until hikers complained and the county corrected the signs last year.
October 5, 1994 |
Bicycling along the Great Wall of China made Kevin Foster the big wheel he always wanted to be. But he soon realized an encore was necessary. Fame is fleeting and sponsors demand results. The Great Wall could be eclipsed only by great heights, Foster figured. So the pony-tailed, 34-year-old with the intrepid, child-like spirit of Forrest Gump spent the last year biking and hiking to the highest natural points of 49 states, an endeavor he calls "American Summits."
July 23, 1997 |
One is a 37-year-old Newport Beach commodities broker who wants to travel across the Pacific Ocean . . . on a bicycle. The other is a 23-year-old snow boarder-turned-sales manager for a mountain bike company. Although Perry Stone and Jeff Estes are competing as a team, they have different agendas. Thursday, they will leave Irvine on the first leg of the 16th Race Across America transcontinental bicycle competition. They will be the only ones in the race to compete on mountain bikes.
April 12, 2005 |
THE SHRINE OF THE VIRGIN MARY IS THE TIP-OFF: IT'S ALL DIABOLICAL from here. My bike and I have been skidding and sliding for an hour on this one-lane, dirt-and-rocks, switchback-ridden road, an epic abyss yawning on my right flank, then my left, then my right again. The boulder-and-cactus panorama is unmarred by guard rails or anything that might interrupt a fatal fall. But the steepest stretch comes just after the roadside shrine.
October 12, 2004 |
Yes, SOME FADS ARE too good to let pass. So I'm spinning down the San Gabriel River trail on a new single-speed bike, an all-purpose retro runabout, a cyclocross in biking vernacular, with oversize tires that soak up the path's roughness and 1980s moustache handlebars that keep me sitting upright where I can enjoy the passing scene. The machine offers no leverage against wind or gradient, heightening the rider's awareness of both -- which, of course, was the point.
December 28, 2004 |
Snow SUMMIT in Big Bear will ban downhill mountain bikes from its lifts next summer and is debating whether to restrict where cross-country mountain bikers may cycle at the resort. The action comes after a biker filed a lawsuit seeking damages in a crash last year. Officials at the resort, where bikers have wheeled for nearly two decades, say they don't make enough money on summer riders to offset the liability of downhill biking.
May 16, 2004 |
The real mountain bikers, those with ropy leg muscles and well-worn bike saddles, careened down the Jeep Trail, past the red rocks and purple pinnacles, toward the White Rim Trail below. In minutes, they sliced through the sandstone layer cake of reds, chocolate browns, curry yellows and greens that took 15 million years for time and water to carve into a labyrinth of colored canyons, buttes and arches.