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S. Oregon mountain bikers work to improve image

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mountain biking has become more extreme in the past two decades — with the trend fueled by better bikes, advanced protective gear, increasingly skilled cyclists and the growing popularity of downhill riding. The growth of the sport also has increased the chance for trail conflicts among cyclists, hikers, runners, equestrians and others who use the maze of trails in the forested mountains above Ashland.

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