About the author: Paul Andrews

Dividing his time between Seattle and Santa Cruz, career journalist Paul Andrews has more than a quarter century of mountain biking under his belt, which he wishes had a few less notches.




Timber bike bell review


The Timber bike bell is a mountain bike-tailored handlebar-mounted bell that alerts wildlife, hikers, and other mountain bikers to your presence on the trail.

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Zoic Falcon shorts and Impact liner review


Zoic’s Falcon shorts offer lightweight, stretchy comfort in a rugged, durable, and stylish package. Pairing them with the Impact liner shorts, riders get the added benefit of hip, thigh and tailbone protection.

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New Hip Pack from ENVE and Friends


ENVE has released a versatile hip pack with plenty of room for day-ride essentials, including a spare tube and belt-integrated multi-tool.

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Demos galore at Evergreen Mountain Bike Fest


Blessed with dry weather, the annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Fest was showing off some new wrinkles this weekend at Duthie Hill Park east of Seattle.

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Shopping for MTB apparel? Choice and features are king


You get what you pay for. It’s buyer beware when you buy your MTB riding wear.

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Cyclist killed in cougar attack near Seattle


A 32-year-old cyclist was killed Saturday morning in a rare cougar attack east of Seattle. A second rider, 31, was in satisfactory condition after being hospitalized with injuries.

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Marin’s SplitRock Tap & Wheel: A new breed of bike shop


Is it a bike shop? A brew pub? A dealership? A ride meeting spot? A hangout? At the SplitRock Tap & Wheel in Marin County, California, they say it’s all of the above – and more.

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17-mile MTB trail network opens near Seattle


Seattle’s mountain bike juggernaut will get another steroid shot when a 17-mile trail bonanza officially opens May 19 at Raging River, a half-hour drive east of downtown.

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Blackcomb Helicopter wants to expand your bucket list


Blackcomb Helicopters wants to put you in those rad videos of lucky riders being dropped atop other-worldly peaks with 360-degree views and nothing but downhill craziness ahead.

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Zoic Ether shorts get tweaked


Known for attractive price points while retaining high quality, Zoic was showing loads of color options and several upgrades to its best-selling Ether short at the Sea Otter Classic.

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7Mesh Cypress jacket features stretchy form-fit


British Columbia-based 7Mesh gave a sneak peek of its Cypress Jacket, a lightweight, breathable shell using multiple fabrics for functionality and fit.

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G-Form Pro Trail MTB glove debuts


The new G-Form Pro Trail glove has articulated back-of-finger padding using proprietary Reactive Protection Technology that is also found in its popular line of body armor.

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Niner to introduce first dedicated 27.5 trail bike


Niner dropped its second big Sea Otter surprise in two days with a prototype 27.5 mid-range trail bike being put through the paces by company pro Kirt Voreis.

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MTBguru changes name, expands app


Free social media app aimed at connecting riders with local knowledge and services, is changing its name to JAGZ.

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Niner MCR 9 RDO gravel bike sneak peek


Dubbed the MCR 9 RDO (as in magic carpet ride), the new Niner gravel grinder is a versatile steed that’s happy on pavement, dirt, and everything in between.

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MRP unveils dual-crown fork and coil shock


Colorado-based suspension specialists showing off a new Bartlett double-crown fork and Hazzard coil shock at Sea Otter.

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Endura SingleTrack III shorts review


Armor-friendly and tough, but lightweight enough for day-long forays into high country, SingleTrack IIIs are as happy at a bike park as on a bikepacking adventure, exhibiting the broad range desired by riders who want to do more things with the bike.

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ENVE carbon cockpit review


ENVE is renowned for its carbon wheels, but the Ogden, Utah-based company offers a variety of other carbon components, including its often overlooked stems and bars.

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Niner purchase by UWHK Limited complete


Pledging full customer support and “accelerated global expansion,” Niner Bikes has announced the completion of its purchase by UWHK Limited.

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Washington State clarifies e-bike rules on trails


Newly passed Washington State legislation closes dirt trails to e-bikes unless otherwise specified by local land managers.

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Mountain Biker Dies After Crash


When the death of a Ashland mountain biker was first reported late Monday, most locals assumed the 66-year-old suffered a heart attack on a favorite trail. Instead, something went tragically wrong on his ride.

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Most annoying, irrational, counterintuitive things about mountain biking


Most bike maintenance is fairly straightforward, involving whatever wrench and lube you have handy. But some things are just plain silly. Like all these things…

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Why diet when your bike can lose weight for you?


This time of year most of us are trying to figure out how to shed the five pounds of tenacious baby fat that clawed its way back over the holidays. Here’s a more entertaining way to lose weight.

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Best of 2017: Paul’s Top Gear Picks


Here’s another in Mtbr’s series of Best Gear picks for 2017, this time coming from Seattle-based contributor Paul Andrews. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section.

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How the Seattle area became a must-ride MTB locale


Once a veritable mountain biking wasteland, the Seattle-area has recently transformed into a must-hit riding destination. Here’s how it happened and what we can all learn from the experience.

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Snoqualmie Pass to open bike park in 2019


A new lift-assist mountain bike park will soon grace the slopes of Snoqualmie Pass, just an hour’s drive east of Seattle on I-90.

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Pivot’s Chris Cocalis talks plus, tire tech, e-bikes, and more


The Pivot front man has a reputation for obsessiveness, attention to fit and finish, and just plain getting it right. It’s put his company front and center among bike cognoscenti.

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Using alcohol paint to brighten your old ride


If you want a new look for your bike, alcohol paint could be the perfect budget fix for the OCD mountain biker in you.

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NOBL TR33 Carbon wheels review


Breakthrough carbon wheels that distinguishes themselves in multiple ways, from its whisper quiet rear hub with instant engagement and minimal drag, to its sturdy but compliant feel on the trail.

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Osprey Talon 6 lumbar pack review


Osprey’s Talon 6 lumbar pack is a great day-ride gear-hauler sporting multiple compartments and twin water bottles.

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Terrene McFly 2.8 tire is do-it-all option


Terrene, a six-month-old, three-person startup out of Minneapolis, was on hand at Sea Otter showing off the McFly, a “rider-centric” all-around 2.8” mountain bike tire.

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Teravail Kennebec and Cumberland tires debut


Capitalizing on the mid-plus trend, Minneapolis-based Teravail has launched two versatile new tires, a 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.6. Not ignoring the hardliner plus crowd, it’s also unveiling a 3.0 all-arounder.

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Osprey Trail Kit duffel designed to save time


Pack maker Osprey is previewing the Trail Kit, a new wide-mouth duffel aimed at saving you time and simplifying your life.

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Giant Anthem 29er sneak peek


Here’s an exclusive first look at what the world’s largest bike maker calls its ultimate racing machine – and it’s first 29er offering in several years.

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CushCore not content to just prevent flats


Foam tire insert maker CushCore not content just to prevent flats like other inserts. Its goals are better handling and rim protection, as well as improved trail feedback.

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