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  • in reply to: Your MTB plan? #290724

    Explore more MTB destinations. Espically in Colorado, Nevada, California and more of Arizona. Winter riding is best in AZ.

  • in reply to: Winter riding layering questions #290721

    Merino wool socks and shirt. Below 30 I wear a mid weight shirt, above light weight. The socks are essential, espically if anything is wet. Stepping thru a frozen stream my feet didn’t get cold. ALWAYS wear breathable layers if any hill climbing is involved.

  • in reply to: How true are your wheels? #265920

    True, as I’m 140 pounds nothing on the bike gets stressed. Everything is built for heavier riders.

  • in reply to: Moab vs Bryce / Zion / Sedona #259460

    There may be no mountain biking in Bryce or Zion but right next to Zion is Guacamole Trail and Gooseberry is across the valley. A few miles from Bryce are more hoodoos at Thunder Mountain Trail and Lossee adds even more interest nearby. If hot go to Navajo Lake and the Virgin River Rim Trail (steep). Flagstaff in Arizona but read much will be closed the next 2 years, by Schultz Creek. For big descents several ways off Brianhead (ski). Wanna sightsee? Rainbow Rim Trail and the North Kaibab Section of the Arizona Trail.

  • Sure love my new Turner Flux. California company. While the frames are now made overseas this bike rocks! I can descend so much better with the new slack geometry. And climb so much more with 27.5 wheels, at age 65 riding most trails faster than ever. My previous bike a Turner Burner ’04 was made in the USA.

  • in reply to: Roll Call: Where did you ride this weekend? 1/27/19 #255962

    Fantasy Island, Tucson, Arizona. 72 degrees in the desert sun. This trail is mostly about leaning into the many curves in the trails, G out. Saguaro cactus forest, Sonoran Desert.

  • in reply to: March Trip – Struggling for Ideas #254441

    Arizona is more than Sedona, Phoenix has several trails around town, don’t miss Gold Canyon. Black Canyon and South Mountain. Tucson also with 50 Year, Tucson Mountains and the AZ Trail as highlights. Prescott and Flagstaff also, but March is early for there.

    One area I haven’t hit yet but may around then is Big Bend, TX.

  • in reply to: Cuba trails and rental #253641

    This month’s Dirt Rag has an article about Velo Cuba. With the US embargo they struggle getting things like shock oils and brake fluids so a trade might have barter power. Women run shop.


  • in reply to: What's your relationship with tubeless tires? #251012

    Once I figured out I’d punctured the rim strip by using a flat screwdriver to get the damn tire off and cleaned all the crap on the rim and tire strip, I love tubeless. I had lots of problems with tubes stems breaking because the rim strip was wrinkled just enough, my fault.

  • in reply to: USA MTB Trails- October? #250141

    San Diego-Noble Canyon

    San Francisco-Coe State Park, Annandale SP, China Camp SP/Tamarancho

    Las Vegas-Bootleg Canyon, Blue Diamond, Bristlecone Pine Trail

    Phoenix-South Mountain, Hawes, Gold Canyon, Black Canyon

    Tucson, Tucson Mountains, 50 Year Trail, Arizona Trail, Tortolitas

  • in reply to: Opinions Welcome: Upgrade or keep saving? #247129

    If you have a strong back and don’t ride where it’s rocky and rooty full suspension is less important. With my old back and the rocky trails of Arizona it’s a must. The new geometry (lower riding position) of my Turner Flux is helping me descent faster than ever at 65 years! But if you want to travel west the full suspension is helpful in these Rocky Mountains.

  • in reply to: Winter Apparel #247128

    Doesn’t get too cold here but below 45F light weight merino wool shirt and socks, light jacket and cycling vest. Below 30F medium weight merino shirt. Tights are a must or cycling pants. Merino socks will still keep your feet warm even when you put your foot thru a frozen stream into the water. Wear wool skiing, too. Winter cycling gloves down to 30F, below that ski gloves. Have light and heavy tights but rarely wear the heavy ones here in Arizona.

  • in reply to: Crash on new bike #246606

    I have a new Turner Flux with the new lower sitting position geometry that I bought I April, just turned 65. My old bike, a Turner Burner ’04 I had plenty of crashes on but never a serious one. But on the new bike zero crashes!!! I’ve been taking aggressive lines and cleaning stuff with the bigger wheels that stopped me many times. It’s the bike.

  • in reply to: Pet Peeves of the Trail #246539

    Cholla cactus balls, goatheads and rattlesnakes. Espically rattlesnakes coiled into a flat pancake that looks like a cow patty.

  • in reply to: Is a hip pack enough for mountain biking? #245954

    Take my Vaude Hyper Air everywhere. Biking, hiking and skiing. In Arizona we need lots of water and always a spare tube, so many pointy plants. Hip pack should be fine in mild weather but start talking winter or storms and you’ll need more room. As my pack expands via a bellows zipper from 14 to 17 liters and breaths for the summer heat I like it. Another plus is it’s bright enough to get noticed if on a road.


  • in reply to: Noneed2hate from Oceanside, CA #245639

    You have to hit Noble Canyon when it cools off. Near Alpine. Best trail I know in socal.

  • in reply to: First Bike/Used Trek/Overpaid? #244188

    First road bike Japanese Campana 1970=$125 First MTB Raleigh M80 $600, 2nd Giant XTC $2200, Third Turner Burner $3100, Fourth Turner Flux $2650. Fourth is over $2000 below retail but not spec’d the same.

  • in reply to: Is this bike worth the buy #242744

    You pay a penalty with 26″ wheels. Slower and more rocks will stop you. Newer more progressive geometry makes descending easier. If young and have a strong back, just buy a hardtail.


  • #1 is above Libby, Montana, a 2900′ climb that had me so winded at the top I had to do a double take when I saw a moose on the road coming right at me. It ran by 4′ away before I could even react. Then the deer flies decided they wanted fresh meat and left the moose to attack me. You have to kill the vicious biting blood suckers.

    #2 is the San Juan Trail in southern California. Hot, steep and dusty this climb just sucked.

    #3 is Tewksbury Trail in southern Colorado. Totally torn up by ATVs you’re climbing up a long hill of loose dust, cough, cough!!! Stay away.

    Next to those Porcupine Rim was easy.

  • in reply to: Spokane, WA recommendations? #242053

    Clark Fork River Trail #223 by St. Regis, MT if taking I-90.

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