Paul Andrews

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Countdown to Seattle Bike Swap

In Mountain Biking on February 15, 2009 at 10:21 am

Just a week to go to the annual swap-o-rama on Saturday (Feb. 21) at Magnuson Park, sponsored this year by Seattle’s marvelous Cascade Bicycle Club. Come early (doors open around 9 a.m., I say “around” because they never seem to be quite on time), because there’s always a long loonnnnggggg line. (Or come around 9:30 and there’s no line at all.)

My all-time take-home is $616, but that was a few years back. If I can land a table this year I may well exceed my record. Lots of goodies piling up in the basement!

Hope to see y’all there.

Where Mountain Biking Beats Road Cycling

In Mountain Biking on February 15, 2009 at 10:14 am

LA Times: “Although cyclists are known for staying on top of their training heart rate zones and pedal cadence, increasing research suggests they should also pay attention to their risk of thinning bones.”

Add osteopenia to the list of reasons to mountain bike instead of road ride. (I took up mountain biking partly because road riding was becoming too dangerous, but that’s another story.)

When you’re out on the trails, as any mtber knows, chances are you’re gonna have to walk. Or climb. Or hike. And push the bike the whole time.

It’s called hike-a-bike, and we all complain about it. But next time you’re slogging up some remote peak in the heat of the day, remember this: You’re building bone density! You’re adding years to your long suffering existence! Don’t you just love it!

Lance, Always a Question-Mark

In Mountain Biking on February 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I’m in the camp that believes Lance benefitted from a lax and easily defeatable drug monitoring era in professional cycling. Since everyone else was doping too I’m not convinced he would not have won all those Tours anyway. But he should come clean.

And now we get word that his deal with the renowned anti-doping expert is off. What to think? Until we get something other than canned press release copy, I have to believe someone screwed the pooch here.

Someday we’ll find out the truth. Hope I live that long.

Good on ya!

In Mountain Biking on February 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm

As the Aussies like to say.

Mountain bikers down under are rallying forces to help out victims of the widespread flash fires. Horrific video from these tragedies.