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Check out this article from CNN.com's site. http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/27/bush.bike.ap/index.html

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- Running hurt his knees. Swimming cramped his style. So President Bush took up mountain biking, a sport that gets him outdoors, pumps up his heart rate and, every so often, sends him crashing to the ground.

Bush offered a glimpse of his new pastime to an Associated Press reporter Monday, roaming the dirt roads and far-flung pastures of his 1,600-acre ranch. About halfway through, he sailed over the handlebars during a dangerous descent, but dusted himself off, picked up his $3,100 bicycle and kept riding.

Bush, who was wearing a helmet and a mouth guard, escaped injury other than a small cut on his knee. But he conceded he was a little shaken up, riding tentatively as he descended the rest of the downhill.

Crashing is a routine part of mountain biking, a sport in which riders roll over loose dirt, rocks and other obstacles. Nevertheless, the president said, it's easier on his body than jogging, which was grinding his knees.

"This is like running except I don't feel bad afterward," he said Monday after burning about 1,200 calories over an 18-mile ride that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

"You can cover a lot more, and you can go very fast on a bike," Bush said. Most important, he gets his heart rate up. "At my age, you're more concerned about the cardiovascular" benefits of a workout, the 58-year-old president said.

Bush has only been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, yet he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause. He keeps a cramp-inducing pace on long uphill sections, pouring it on to reach each peak, backing off a little to recover and then attacking the next hill.

He pants hard, emitting low "hrrr, hrrr, hrrr" grunts with each stroke of the pedals, his shoulders bobbing up and down.

Bush's new bike is one of the best in the business: a Trek Fuel 98 made of high-tech carbon fiber. The frame is adorned with top-shelf components that Bush professes to know little about, including a motorcycle-style front and rear suspension that soaks up big bumps.

He had it specially fitted by a Washington bicycle retailer.

"I was looking for a different way to get outside and get exercise," Bush said. "Swimming is outside exercise, but you don't get the feeling of the wind rushing by you, nor can you swim your favorite piece of property."

But mountain biking is inherently dangerous, as the president has learned firsthand.

On May 22, he lost traction on a dirt road, scraping his chin, upper lip, nose, right hand and both knees. The next day, a Secret Service agent riding behind him slammed onto the ground at high speed on a paved section, breaking his collarbone and three ribs.

Bush approaches steep downhills warily.

In the minutes before Monday's crash, he warned his riding party of a sharp drop and a hard left turn ahead. "I'm gonna show you a hill that would choke a mule," he said.

He hit the brakes and steadily advanced downhill when his front tire lost its grip on the loose rocks. His foot got stuck in a strap that keeps it on the pedal.

In the blink of an eye, his rear wheel was in the air and Bush flew high over the handlebars, landing on his back with the bike on top of him.

He lay motionless for a few moments. The reporter hoisted the bike off him just as medics arrived.

There were trees and a drop-off nearby and a road littered with rocks, but Bush was largely unscathed.

A reflector snapped off the bike and was left as a warning marker for next time. Bush straightened the handlebars, threw a leg over the bike and kept rolling.

"We've got thrills, spills -- you name it," he said.

Bush is unwinding on his ranch during the Democratic National Convention and before the home stretch of his re-election campaign. He has spent the morning in meetings, some of them concerning the recommendations of the independent September 11 commission.

But out on the trail, it's officially a politics-free zone. When the reporter points out that Democratic challenger John Kerry has a $8,000 road bicycle, Bush replied: "Who?"
 

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i saw that on headline news.the lady had just stopped talking about somthin i iraq and then she said that bush had takin a fall and had sustained minor cuts and bruses.but man,the secret service guy eating **** that hard?i think bush should start downhilling or freeriding.who knows,maybe he will go pro.
 

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I do not care if he is the Master of Down Hill or Freeride.

WheelieMan said:
Wow thats great! Another reason to vote for bush in november! But that does leave me with one question, why would he choose the fuel 98 over the 100? The president is certainly not short on cash...
He will never ever get my vote.
 

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konabiker said:
he should apoint a new member to his cabinet:
jib master general :D
agreed. Cooter oughta be the write in candidate too! Wait, cabinet members are appointed so that won't work. Still, I used the words Cooter and member in the same post, that has to count for something.

and he's not even here to defend himself!!!! bwaahhhh, bwahhhhh!!!!
 

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I'd really like to know what they mean by, "Bush has only been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, yet he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause." What do they mean by steep??? Like riding down a street? or riding down a mountain?

I'd love to see this "Texas Ranch" and what kind of riding it offers. I'm sure it'd be a great way to get votes, letting freeriders build a N/S track, drops and dirt jumps there! :D

Anyway, IF I lived in the US I'd vote for bush... at least he doesn't ride a $8000US Road bike like John Kerry!

---Matt---
 

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---Matt--- said:
I'd really like to know what they mean by, "Bush has only been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, yet he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause." What do they mean by steep??? Like riding down a street? or riding down a mountain?...........
---Matt---
you're right, that's some funny sh!t.

"give veterans pause" my arse, i'd gap him after he fell and was lying there waiting for help......
 

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Well matt, im kinda glad you dont live in the US, cuz all we need is more votes on Bush...the absolute worst president ever. It constantly amazes me that people still want to vote for him. You have to wonder what they are thinking....But yea, this isnt the political debate forum so I will stop and just say that the article gave me a good laugh. I cant really imagine seeing bush rippin the trails :D

---Matt--- said:
I'd really like to know what they mean by, "Bush has only been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, yet he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause." What do they mean by steep??? Like riding down a street? or riding down a mountain?

I'd love to see this "Texas Ranch" and what kind of riding it offers. I'm sure it'd be a great way to get votes, letting freeriders build a N/S track, drops and dirt jumps there! :D

Anyway, IF I lived in the US I'd vote for bush... at least he doesn't ride a $8000US Road bike like John Kerry!

---Matt---
 

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Sounds like Bush rides a lot like he runs the country: lots of big talk (..."He pants hard, emitting low "hrrr, hrrr, hrrr" grunts with each stroke of the pedals, his shoulders bobbing up and down."), flawed perceptions (..."I'm gonna show you a hill that would choke a mule"), poor implementations(...his foot got stuck in a strap that keeps it on the pedal.), no conception of reality (...he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause), and little accountability (... his front tire lost its grip on the loose rocks). :rolleyes:

...Perhaps Da Prez just faked the crash so he could later say he personally dug around in the dirt looking for WMD's and didn't find any...but dammit, they COULD have been there! ;)
 

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'I'll show you a hill that would choke a mule" WTF, give me a break! At least he is riding a moutain bike though, maybe he can open some new trails for the real mountain bikers. Do they even have mountains in Texas?
I was busting up when I read this article. I'm still voting for the roadie though. ;)
 

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Go Bush, not some jerk who spends $8000 on a bike with no suspension. Atleast Bush admits he doesn't know anything about biking.
Well, unfortunately for the US citizens (myself included), he doesn't know much about anything else either-he just doesn't admit it.
 

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Sorry for the political rant but I must.............

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Check out this article from CNN.com's site. http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/27/bush.bike.ap/index.html

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- Running hurt his knees. Swimming cramped his style. So President Bush took up mountain biking, a sport that gets him outdoors, pumps up his heart rate and, every so often, sends him crashing to the ground.

Bush offered a glimpse of his new pastime to an Associated Press reporter Monday, roaming the dirt roads and far-flung pastures of his 1,600-acre ranch. About halfway through, he sailed over the handlebars during a dangerous descent, but dusted himself off, picked up his $3,100 bicycle and kept riding.

Bush, who was wearing a helmet and a mouth guard, escaped injury other than a small cut on his knee. But he conceded he was a little shaken up, riding tentatively as he descended the rest of the downhill.

Crashing is a routine part of mountain biking, a sport in which riders roll over loose dirt, rocks and other obstacles. Nevertheless, the president said, it's easier on his body than jogging, which was grinding his knees.

"This is like running except I don't feel bad afterward," he said Monday after burning about 1,200 calories over an 18-mile ride that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

"You can cover a lot more, and you can go very fast on a bike," Bush said. Most important, he gets his heart rate up. "At my age, you're more concerned about the cardiovascular" benefits of a workout, the 58-year-old president said.

Bush has only been riding the knobby-tired mountain bikes since February, yet he takes on dangerous sections that would give veterans pause. He keeps a cramp-inducing pace on long uphill sections, pouring it on to reach each peak, backing off a little to recover and then attacking the next hill.

He pants hard, emitting low "hrrr, hrrr, hrrr" grunts with each stroke of the pedals, his shoulders bobbing up and down.

Bush's new bike is one of the best in the business: a Trek Fuel 98 made of high-tech carbon fiber. The frame is adorned with top-shelf components that Bush professes to know little about, including a motorcycle-style front and rear suspension that soaks up big bumps.

He had it specially fitted by a Washington bicycle retailer.

"I was looking for a different way to get outside and get exercise," Bush said. "Swimming is outside exercise, but you don't get the feeling of the wind rushing by you, nor can you swim your favorite piece of property."

But mountain biking is inherently dangerous, as the president has learned firsthand.

On May 22, he lost traction on a dirt road, scraping his chin, upper lip, nose, right hand and both knees. The next day, a Secret Service agent riding behind him slammed onto the ground at high speed on a paved section, breaking his collarbone and three ribs.

Bush approaches steep downhills warily.

In the minutes before Monday's crash, he warned his riding party of a sharp drop and a hard left turn ahead. "I'm gonna show you a hill that would choke a mule," he said.

He hit the brakes and steadily advanced downhill when his front tire lost its grip on the loose rocks. His foot got stuck in a strap that keeps it on the pedal.

In the blink of an eye, his rear wheel was in the air and Bush flew high over the handlebars, landing on his back with the bike on top of him.

He lay motionless for a few moments. The reporter hoisted the bike off him just as medics arrived.

There were trees and a drop-off nearby and a road littered with rocks, but Bush was largely unscathed.

A reflector snapped off the bike and was left as a warning marker for next time. Bush straightened the handlebars, threw a leg over the bike and kept rolling.

"We've got thrills, spills -- you name it," he said.

Bush is unwinding on his ranch during the Democratic National Convention and before the home stretch of his re-election campaign. He has spent the morning in meetings, some of them concerning the recommendations of the independent September 11 commission.

But out on the trail, it's officially a politics-free zone. When the reporter points out that Democratic challenger John Kerry has a $8,000 road bicycle, Bush replied: "Who?"
Who gives a [email protected]#!! if it's Bush or Kerry on a bike. Come on MTBR'ers lets be sensible. Would anyone ever show ill-will to some on a trail based on their party affiliation. Yeah Bush did screw up a ton of **** in Iraq and at home, but give the guy a break. He's out rallying around on his bike just having fun, like everyone should.

I am so amazed at the elitist attitudes adopted within every sport. We all forget that it's about having fun. If I was in the backcountry building a huge kicker with my buds and Bush rolled up on a snowboard, I'd let him hit the jump. And if Kerry poached the jump right after Bush I'd tell him to hit the jump as well. And if Arafat rolled up next I'd give him the OK as well.

Will there ever be a time when we all just view someone as another rider on the trail, and remember how important an escape biking really is?

I sincerely apologize for crossing the political line, I am not voting for Bush in the fall but I hope that he has a much fun mountian biking as I do. Plus it's great to see an old guy out there keeping it real by eating ****.............and having the sense to laugh at himself.
 

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Freerider Forever said:
Well matt, im kinda glad you dont live in the US, cuz all we need is more votes on Bush...the absolute worst president ever. It constantly amazes me that people still want to vote for him. You have to wonder what they are thinking....But yea, this isnt the political debate forum so I will stop and just say that the article gave me a good laugh. I cant really imagine seeing bush rippin the trails :D
Hey man, don't take it too seriously... honestly, if I lived in the US, I'd use my constitutional right NOT TO VOTE. Over here it's against the law not to and it's a pain in the ass! I'm not a fan of bush at all!

---Matt---
 

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you're right, that's some funny sh!t.

"give veterans pause" my arse, i'd gap him after he fell and was lying there waiting for help......
Not his fault... that's the media for you, sensationalism at its finest. It's always scary to listen to the mainstream media talk about something you have good technical knowledge of, as its indicative of how much bulls--- they're feeding you on subjects that you DON'T have good knowledge of.
 
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