Paul Andrews

Posts Tagged ‘Interbike’

Daily Roundup returns!

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Equipment reviews, Interbike 2009, Mountain Biking on September 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I’m on the road to Interbike and have only sporadic connectivity. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

Anyway, the bike world’s big wheel keeps on turnin’ …

IMBA is coming to the Point Reyes National Seashore this weekend for trail work with Chris and Leslie Kehmeier of the Subaru Trail Care Crew. It’s always a great time with the IMBA gang, and there’s a ride scheduled for Sunday as well.

Bike magazine, the No. 1 in readability, will produce something big and fat and self-important that it is modestly calling “The Bible,” full of reviews and other mtb stuff. It’s a bit curious because Bike magazine’s reviews are not its strong suit, not nearly as technical and in-depth as Mountain Bike Action’s. Instead, we love Bike mag for its feature articles and ‘tude. But we’ll see. Good writers should be able to write insightful reviews.

And when it comes to descriptive bike prose, nobody can write quite like Cedric Gracia … which is probably a good thing:

“The race was really good! Even with the rain, in the final I was in a 2nd place but I try to hard in a corner, I lost the grip and crash.” More on Cedric’s Red Bull Road Rage exploits here.

Moment in the Sun: Ellsworth’s long-travel trail bike, the Moment, has nabbed “Best 2009 All-Mountain Bike” from Taking nothing away from Tony and the gang, I’ll stick with my Pivot Firebird in that category, thank you.

Huffington Post has an excerpt from David Byrne’s new book, “Bicycle Diaries.”

On a bike, being just slightly above pedestrian and car eye level, one gets a perfect view of the goings-on in one’s own town. Unlike many other U.S. cities, here in New York almost everyone has to step onto the sidewalk and encounter other people at least once a day–everyone makes at least one brief public appearance. I once had to swerve to avoid Paris Hilton, holding her little doggie, crossing the street against the light and looking around as if to say, “I’m Paris Hilton, don’t you recognize me?” From a cyclist’s point of view you pretty much see it all.

More here.


Weekend Roundup: Bike smut!? Interbike update, Mavic sales down and more

In Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on August 7, 2009 at 8:42 am

Lots of bike stuff going on in Seattle this weekend, including the Bike Smut/Cycle Porn yeah whatever premier of “Cycle Bound.” I admit to being totally clueless on this stuff. I looked at the previews and they’re not porn, they’re not erotic, they not even sexy, it reminds me of the old silent movies, where they treated nudity along the lines of nervous chuckles and averted eyes with blushes. I don’t know what the point is. Maybe I’m trying too hard and it’s just an excuse for bike lovers (that is, lovers of bikes) to get together. Whatever… here’s the tickler: Saturday, August 8th, Seattle Musical Theatre, Building #47, Magnuson Park, 9 and 11pm, $7 includes live performance. BikeHugger has the rest of the rundown this weekend. already has his tongue hanging out over Interbike ’09: “Cyclelicious will be at Interbike 2009 in Las Vegas posting daily from the show floor September 23 – 25…” Yeah I’m getting stoked too Richard…

Mavic sales were down 15 percent over the first six months of 2009, and as Mavic goes, so goes the bike industry. The high-end stuff particularly is soft, although niche bling is still selling. I’m thinking Evil Bikes, for one…an Intense rep told me last week, “Evil has really cut into our sales.” Intense is on the rebound, though, with the 951…both of these are soooo purty…

Legend Passes Away: Brent Thomson

In Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on February 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm

What a shame. But Brent Thomson leaves a huge legacy, one that we’ll be reminded of every time we slam the challenging desert rock of Bootleg Canyon.

Maybe time to rename it in his honor?