Paul Andrews

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Velo Vidyo: Some tasty bits from YouTube

In Mountain Biking, Videos on November 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm

MTBR’s Top Ten YouTube MTB vids:

My faves of the list:

Chris Duncan showing how to jump, good stuff. He’s right about the elbows.

The Klunkerz clip.

No. 1 is the much viewed Danny MacAskill urban trials clip. The others are mostly flash and crash.

Somehow the list missed my No. 1, the Hans Rey/Steve Pete Irish Pub to Pub rideabout, featuring the Cliffs of Death.

But for videos that we everyday mountain bikers with our good but unextreme skillz can relate to, you can’t beat the Pete Fagerlin gallery — especially the soundtracks.

PinkBike has the CBC video of the sad story of Sam Brown.

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Interbike 2009: 29er anyone?

In Bicycle Racing, Equipment reviews, Interbike 2009, Mountain Biking on September 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm

It’s hard to know what to make of the 29er explosion on display at Interbike this week. Most boutique manufacturers are coming out with 29-inch models, and Lenz even was showing a 29er downhill bike — 7 inches of long travel (really long when you consider the bigger wheels) with a 26-inch mod kit for the rear if the big wheel is just too much. Why you’d get a 29er for downhilling and then switch out to a 26-inch rear is one of those great Unsolved Mysteries that will never make the TV show, but it is what it is.

First, a reality check. When manufacturers and PR types talk about the 29er revolution, they’re mixing marginal data with speculation and hope. I have yet to see an industry figure for 29er adoption. There’s another revolution in mountain biking going on, too, having to do with tubeless tires. For loose yardstick purposes, keep the tubeless “revolution” in mind in evaluating the 29er revolution.

I can’t see most downhillers, who are compact guys and gals between 5-9 and 6-0, getting much advantage from a 29er. But someone who did come to mind is the all-time greatest, Steve Peat, a big guy with shoulders broad as Texas who tosses a conventional 26-inch downhill bike around like it was a BMX.

It’d be interesting to have a guy of Peaty’s dimensions (6-2, 200 lbs) try out the 29er DH. Or even the new Santa Cruz Tallboy 4-inch 29er for that matter (Peat rides for SC). If Peat smokes the field riding a 29er then I’d say yeah, we have a winnah!

There’s no question that a 29er is going to roll faster and cover more ground than a 26-inch bike. If downhilling were just a matter of point and rip, then yes, by all means, a 29er would belong in your quiver. But downhill courses are among the most technically demanding racing a rider can do. There’s lots of twisting and turning and braking and railing. It’s a big question-mark whether the gyroscopic advantages of going 29 translate into an arena modeled for 26-inch competition.

Here at Bike Intelligencer, we’re keeping an open mind. We’ve ridden 29ers and like them. We don’t own any. But we have friends who love the things (for awhile; after the honeymoon, most relegate their 29ers to specific trails and types of riding), and who are all over six feet tall. We may yet see the light. After all, we are just a tad over 6-0. And out of the seven bikes we own, one does actually really truly sport tubeless wheels.

Daily Roundup: Cleaning up after the long weekend

In Bicycle Racing, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking, Rider Down, Videos on September 8, 2009 at 2:22 am

PinkBike has video of the Worlds, including Brit legend Steve Peat’s long-awaited triumph. Peaty may be the only guy I’ve seen on a podium drinking more champagne than he sprayed, but to those who know and love the guy, they’d expect nothing less.

If you want to know why Peaty was so emotional after his victory, and what winning the striped jersey means to him, check out Clay Porter’s “The Tipping Point,” one of this year’s best mountain biking DVDs (included in our “Revolve” review). It will give you a heartwarming portrait of a guy everyone on tour considers one of the nicest, most generous and keep-it-real athletes they’ve ever encountered, or that any sport has had the good fortune to support.

Is Alberto Contador engaged in a sit-down strike? He hasn’t raced since his spat with Team Astana over 2010 (Bert said he wanted to ride elsewhere, Astana said they were holding him to his contract, which runs through next season), offering up pretty lame excuses. Methinks he’s slackin’ to avoid injury or lower-than-expected results that might reduce his market value (four teams are in the bidding so far).

Pez adds to the speculation:

“Now speaking of Contador and his fatigue – well it seems that he is so fatigued for a very good reason – every team seems to be throwing money at him and we all know how that can be fatiguing, right?? All that counting of money, deciding which mansion to buy and what colour Ferrari etc, that’s always tiring!”

NPR: More on Toronto road rage against cyclists. Not much clue as to why. It can’t be Canadian — I’ve ridden for years in Vancouver, Whistler and other B.C. metros with nothing but courteous treatment, far better than in the U.S. There must be some particular factor at work in Ontario…

Mark yer calendars: Saturday Oct. 3 is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day…and that includes all you roadies!

Hope everyone had a great summer, August, and Labor Day weekend. Now strap on the backpack and clip into the pedals, cuz September is always the year’s Wringer Month!

Peaty Wins Worlds! Evil’s Steve Smith 10th, Issaquah’s Luke Strobel 39th

In Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on September 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

Finally, after a nonpareil career where the only vacancy in the trophy case was the world championship, Steve Peat outclassed a stellar field to earn his first striped jersey. The powerful Brit led a brilliant top 5 — Greg Minnaar, Mic Hannah, Fabien Barel and Sam Hill — in Canberra, Australia, to take home the gold by a razor-thin .05 of a second.

Seattle-based Evil’s Steve Smith finished 10th and the pride of Issaquah, Luke Strobel, wound up a respectable 39th.

Full results here.

Daily Roundup: Riders down, including Peaty, Leadville 100 heats up, iPhone apps and more

In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking, Rider Down, Trail Access, Videos on July 21, 2009 at 12:09 am

In the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, a car driver took out two cyclists in a classic dooring incident. I was just thinking the other day how lucky I am never to have gotten doored. Then I almost got doored twice in three days… (Thanks to MyBallard.com)

In Ottawa, a minivan took out 5 cyclists in a classic hit and run. They got the vehicle, they got the driver, let’s hope they get some justice. (Thanks to DrunkCyclist.com)

It happens to the best of us, even the winningest World Cup rider ever. Peaty takes a dive.

PinkBike has the full rundown on the Mountain Bike Nationals at Sol Vista bike park in Colorado this past weekend.

I’ve consistently said that this year’s Leadville 100 is the Lance Armstrong race to watch for 2009 (him having no chance in the Giro and Tour). With all those mountain stages under his belt, Lance has to be considered the favorite. Turns out, though, that the Alps aren’t just for the skinny tire set. Dave Wiens, who kicked Lance’s sorry ass all the way back to Austin last year, is riding the TransAlp challenge, the toughest mountain bike stage race in the world. Go Dave! (Thanks to BikeRumor.com.)

WIRED: 5 iPhone apps to replace bike hardware. Tell me about it. I got the new 3GS and now have 2 cell phones, 3 voice recorders, 2 camcorders, 3 cameras, a GPS system and a bunch of notepads to get rid of. Any reasonable offer considered.

Add to the calendar: Kranked’s new movie, “Revolve,” gets a show on the big screen a week from Thursday, July 30, at the North Bend Theater, with proceeds going to a great cause: Mountain biking access! See ya there…

Cyclelicio.us is doing a Daily Roundup too!

Daily Roundup: SF safety clicks, Peaty interview, Amphibious bike

In Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on June 5, 2009 at 8:21 am

Kind of a light day for news, so here’s some weekend reading…

San Francisco Chronicle: “When bike-skills instructor Bert Hill quizzes students at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s ongoing Urban Cycling Workshops about the frequency of bicycle fatalities in the city, he says guesses generally range from five to 20 a year. In reality the rate is less than two – which is two too many, but low in relation to the 40,000 cyclists and 128,000 bike trips recorded within San Francisco each day. “I’d rather be a bicyclist than a pedestrian in terms of safety,” he says. “And the dangers are easily predictable. That’s why skills are important.” Good piece on bike safety, putting the issue of riding in the city into perspective.

BIKE magazine interviews Steve Peat on how he’s managed to have such a killer season with a newborn at home. If Peaty can just win the worlds this year his career will be truly complete.

I can see the application for an amphibious bicycle, I guess, but as a Seattle-based rider most of my life I’ve had enough water-bike encounters not to seek them out!

National Trails Day is tomorrow, there’s Indie racing in Leavenworth and BMX at Sea-Tac! Have a great weekend!

Memorial Day Roundup: Peaty unbeatable, Slow Bicycle movement, Ski to Sea redesign gets thumbs up

In Bicycle Racing, Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on May 25, 2009 at 7:20 am

Steve Peat has been out of his mind lately, winning consecutive World Cup titles to surpass Nicholas Vuilloz’s “unbeatable” record and now tacking on the Lisbon Downtown race over unbelievable cobblestones for the 8th (yes, that’s an eight) year in a row. Yes he’s the “old guy” on the circuit, but that just makes him sneaky, wily and craftier than the rest of the field. And to think he can step off the podium, hit the pub for a dozen pints and then go out and do the same thing the next day! What an inspiration!

Can't do THAT with an iPhone!

Can't do THAT with an iPhone!

In Copenhagen there is a “Slow Bike” movement that my wife Cecile, author of Slow Is Beautiful, can appreciate. As the motto puts it, “It’s style over speed.” Why not a 20-foot-long race where the one who finishes last wins? The “Slow World Cup” championships!

Bellingham Herald: Mountain bikers like Ski to Sea redesign, except for railroad ties(!). “Paul Wood, riding for NW Yogis Running Wild, joked that part of the race was so bumpy that cavities would fall out of your mouth.” Full results.

Daily Roundup: Bike to Work Day wrap, Ride safe out there!

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on May 20, 2009 at 5:50 am

My friend Chuck Taylor, who could be dead, discusses his near-miss in KING-TV clip on Bike to Work Day. Chuck has the right attitude: He’s buying a new bike!

Also out on Bike to Work Day: The unsinkable Ellen Fletcher. When I lived in Palo Alto in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ellen was fighting the good fight on every cycling front. Marked bike lanes. Locking, fully enclosed bike lockers at commuter train stations. Helmet safety. Many fond memories of this Elizabeth Cady Stanton of cycling; glad to see she’s still on the case! Hat tip to Cyclelicious.

Final Bike to Work Day link: Bike Hugger’s “Huggacast” of riding to Microsoft.

Final aside: Isn’t it great to see all the new media on Bike to Work Day?

Congrats to Steve Peat, who broke the record once thought unbreakable this past weekend, surpassing Nicholas Vuilloz’s 16 career World Cup wins. With so many great young cyclists from all over the world entering the sport, we may never see anything approaching this again. (But then, they said that about Nico too…)

Warning from the desert: Mountain biker gets separated from friends in 100-degree temps in Utah, later found dead.

Warning from the tow-o-sphere: Driver will serve more than 3 years in jail after towing drunken cycling friend at 25 miles an hour. Friend hit drain cover and was killed. Witnesses observed “whooping and shouts of excitement.” Judge cites “highly culpable stupidity.” Helmet not mentioned. See comments…

Back to Utah: These two luckily survived. Ride safe out there!

Daily Roundup: Goldbiker, Iron Horse redux, Hans ‘n Peaty defy belief

In Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking, Videos on March 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm
Do not try this at home

Do not try this at home

Bike Rumor: GT’s golden bike is missing! This is gonna be a tough sell even on eBay. Quite the bling, but it’ll show back up in a day or two.

Goldrider?

Goldrider?

Iron Horse on the comeback trail? Bicycle Retailer reports that nine former employees of the bankrupt bike giant have decided to start their own operation. Headed by Jeff Bruno, East Coast Cycle Supply formed Feb. 1 and is talking to the likes of Tony Ellsworth for licensing. Watch for ’em!

You have to love Hans Rey and Steve Peat sneaking out for a bit of the ol’ poach. Environmental Graffiti calls it the most terrifying mountain bike trail on earth. No arguments, although you have to wonder what those two would do with the “DISMOUNT NOW! THREE RIDERS HAVE DIED HERE” section of Portal/Poison Spider in Moab.