CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1998 |
On a summer day in 1984, Jim Hasenauer visited a bicycle store when a line of fat-tired bikes with 18 speeds caught his attention. Hasenauer, an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist when he wasn't teaching communications classes at Cal State Northridge, saw these new "mountain bikes" as a means of combining his outdoor interests.
September 23, 2000 |
Paola Pezzo of Italy won the gold medal today in women's mountain bike, surviving a collision that dropped another racer on the fourth lap to successfully defend her Olympic title from Atlanta. Barbara Blatter of Switzerland, the world's top-ranked rider, took the silver and two-time world champion Margarita Fullana of Spain, who was leading until she collided with Pezzo, won the bronze in Fairfield, Australia. Alison Dunlap of Colorado Springs, Colo., finished seventh.
September 6, 1989 |
Cars began filtering into the parking lot before dawn and the chairlift roared to life not long after. Practice runs were completed and John Tomac stood perched beneath the banner atop Snow Summit ski resort's highest mountain, ready to make one of the day's first runs. Tomac, considered the one to watch, charged through the starting gate and quickly reached speeds of up to 40 m.p.h. as he began his descent down the 1.3 miles of steep, rugged terrain.
April 3, 2011 |
Rocky and mostly barren, the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains southwest of Palm Springs offer terrain hospitable only to king snakes, lizards and tortoises. Shade is almost nonexistent, and jagged rocks and barrel cactuses welcome visitors with stinging jabs to the feet and shins. Still, this is ideal habitat for bighorn sheep and mountain bikers. In the scrubland outside Palm Springs, the sheep are endangered but the bikers are flourishing. For mountain bikers, the more rugged and treacherous the terrain, the better.
July 20, 1990 |
Everybody's buying mountain bikes. More than 70% of the bikes sold these days are of the fat-tired variety, and while most of these never stray from the asphalt, lots of folks are heading for the hills. Across the country, that has spelled conflict with other, more established trail users, namely hikers and horseback riders. And often, the bicyclists lose out.
March 31, 2003 |
Orange County's San Juan Trail, a mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts, tumbles 2,600 feet in elevation over 11 rocky, twisty miles. That may explain why nearly all of the mountain bikers I saw on it one recent weekend were riding dual-suspension bikes. Elaborate rigs with two-wheel shock absorbers, once exotic luxuries, are fast replacing simpler front-shock bikes as designs improve, prices plunge and trail riders demand more comfort and control. Here are four outstanding bikes.