Ray SouthwickGranny Gear

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Beating the heat is a challenge for sure in Phoenix. I used to ride maybe an hour before sunset as long as it was 110 degrees or less. I would drinks lots of water throughout the day before the ride, and drink tons during the ride as well (Camelbak was full, and I had a…
That's a bummer Greg. Finding a good riding companion is like a great baseball mitt, once you find one it's sometimes hard to replace.
Ray Southwick   on May 5, 2017
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According to this website, Full Lemmon Drop trail descends about 9,200 feet but also ascends about 3,000 feet in the process. I have not ridden it, but it sounds pretty brutal and...
Ray Southwick   on May 4, 2017
replied to Longest singletrack descent
 
Full Lemmon Drop Trail from near the top of Mt. Lemmon to the outskirts of Tuscon Arizona drops from about 9,000 feet to 2,800 feet in 29 miles. Not Pikes Peak, but...
Ray Southwick   on May 3, 2017
 
This has to be about the saddest mountain biking story I've ever heard. I don't live in a place where there are bears, but I still have to think that even in bear country this an extremely rare instance (mountain biker hitting a bear and then being killed!?). Am I wrong? The news coverage would…
Ray Southwick   on Feb 24, 2017
spec'd a bike: Specialized FSR
 
Thanks Jared.
Wow, you guys are right - I would not want to fall off pass mountain. It's a beautiful place to ride, but like you said, the trail and the cliffs are pretty imposing (and potentially dangerous). No, my big wreck came on one of the easiest trails out there - ironic, eh? There certainly is…
Thanks for your kind words Caren. Phoenix is a very cool area to bike. Within minutes you can be out of the city on the pedals. A whole different world.
I'm glad you enjoyed the article Mongwolf. Mountain biking certainly can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It's been a good friend to me. Singletracks does seem interested in me writing for them again, so we'll see what happens in the future. Helmets... my goodness, I NEVER rode with…
I now too avoid crowded trails for the reasons you've discussed. I also find that I'm a little more in control on descents than before. Otherwise, my riding is pretty similar to before my big crash. But, yes, I was a little worried as to whether or not the wreck would have an impact my…
I'm glad you enjoyed the essay Mark. It's certainly fun to be a dad.
Ray Southwick   on Feb 14, 2017
 
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