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September 29, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
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.
August 6, 1992
A. Telegraph Canyon, Chino Hills State Park Chino Hills State Park is a big place, covering parts of four counties. Telegraph Canyon, accessible from Carbon Canyon Regional Park, is a good introduction to the pleasures of Chino Hills: a gradual climb through an oak-lined canyon, with some good ridge-running the reward at the head of the canyon. The park gets very hot in summer, though; go in early morning or stick to the coastal parks while you wait for the weather to cool.
September 11, 1994 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
During a typical week of the prime June-to-September mountain-biking season, Karl Lund escorts 20 riders on tours around Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Cyclists experience a range of elevations, from about 8,000 to 9,400 feet, Lund said. And before each tour is over--whether the ride is a five-mile jaunt or a full-day outing--Lund is likely to hear at least a few complaints.
September 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
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 | PETE THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
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.
January 10, 2004 | Christine Hanley, Kimi Yoshino and Mike Anton, Times Staff Writers
Authorities confirmed Friday that a mountain lion killed 35-year-old cyclist Mark Reynolds, whose body was found shortly after another cougar attack along a popular trail in the rugged Orange County foothills. It is the sixth fatal mauling of a human by a mountain lion in California and the first since 1994. Deputies said Thursday night that they shot and killed the 110-pound mountain lion responsible for the attacks, but on Friday they weren't taking any chances.
April 3, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
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.
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 | Roy M. Wallack
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.
August 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1,000 mountain bikes built by a Novato firm are being recalled because the steering tube can break off the frame, causing riders to lose control and fall. Marin Mountain Bikes received two reports of broken tubes, causing injuries that included broken bones, broken teeth and cuts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. The frames are aluminum and will be replaced for free. Call the company at (800) 876-9840.
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