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Ray Southwick   on Aug 24, 2018
 
 
Nice write-up. Sounds like a good product.

Long lasting and good desert traction.
Looks like a solid entry level bike. Wish they'd gone 1x11 instead, though.
Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of McDowell Mountain Park
 

Sport loop is a lot of fun. A short, but quick and easy 3 mile loop. Almost all downhill after...
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Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of Blevins Via Meridian
 

Great beginner trail loop. It is either slightly uphill or downhill. A few dips through washes. Combine this with cats...
Sounds like fun. I guess they don't wear helmets on the savannah. Appears they are travelling pretty slow. Would be a great way to see the wildlife though.
Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of Panaracer Rampage 26
 

Good traction. Nice wide 2.35 that is true to size. Handles really well on dry and rocky terrain. Wears quite...
 
Balance bikes are great. My son loved it and started at betweem 2 amd 3. But in hindsight i probably would have gotten a strider for him instead of a metal framed bike. Striders seem somewhat costly but are super light. A metal framed one will last you through multiple kids though. I guess it…
I've never shuttled before and like the challenge of riding uphill on my local trails. But I intend to go to Bootleg Canyon (Nevada) someday, and will certainly use the shuttle there. I will shuttle Black Canyon here in Arizona too. It just makes sense. I used to think it was kind of a wimpy…
Nice review. It is a little frustrating and annoying when filmmakers change messages midstream. Better to just make two separate films.
Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of Thomson Elite X4
 

Looks amazing. Fits perfectly. Well made.
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Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of WTB Wolverine 2.2
 

Fast and light. Grips well. Good price.
Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
replied to Wear earbuds riding on the trail?
 
Never ridden with earbuds. Has never really appealed to me or seemed very safe. But, if people like to do so, I don't see it as problematic as long as they just...
Great reviews. They all seem like solid choices. Just curious, did your pump get pretty beat up by rocks when it was attached under the bottom of your frame?
This is probably pretty pricey for some (me included), but I really like the idea. When I upgraded to a better/longer handlebar and a shorter stem, it took a lot of trial and error to get things just right. These handlebars would have certainly sped up the process. Also, if someone prefers different handlebar widths…
Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of Avid BB7
 

Easily adjusted. Simple to maintain. Very reliable and long-lasting. Solid stopping power - especially if you have large rotors. Seem...
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Ray Southwick   on Jul 21, 2018
added a review of Shimano M520
 

Inexpensive. Easy to adjust. Work extremely well.
Mountain biking is also 2x more fun than road cycling.
Ray Southwick   on Jul 14, 2018
added a review of Oury Mountain Grip
 

Soft. Grippy. Inspire confidence. Lock-ons never move while riding, but are easy to remove if you need to. Works with...
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Ray Southwick   on Jul 14, 2018
added a review of Schwalbe Nobby Nic
 

Light. Grippy. Fast.
Ray Southwick   on Mar 16, 2018
 
 
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
replied to Longest singletrack descent
 
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…
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