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About Me

Been a landscaper for 42 years. Also a hiking and mountain biking guide, plant expert, knowledge of local edible plants. 43 year skier thru out the west, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada. Have travelled far, 3/4 of the way around the planet. Vegetarian and bluegrass music lover.

My Bikes

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.
abegold   3 weeks ago
added Hyper
The best back ventilation. Very comfortable. Bladder, rain cover and quality waist strap. Expandable bellows makes the 14 liter pack...
abegold   on Jan 11, 2019
replied to March Trip - Struggling for Ideas
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...

This starts along a canyon rim and proceeds to enter another drainage crossing under Interstate 10 thru a drainage tunnel....
abegold   on Dec 24, 2018
replied to Cuba trails and rental
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...
abegold   on Nov 22, 2018
answered a question about
Harrison Rd and Irvington Rd, to the south. Also Valencia near Frost to the east of intersection.
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...
abegold   on Oct 27, 2018
replied to USA MTB Trails- October?
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...
abegold   on Oct 23, 2018
answered a question about
Not in Page, farther west in Kaibab National Forest about 1.5 miles east of Jacob Lake.
abegold   on Sep 19, 2018
replied to Winter Apparel
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...
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abegold   on Sep 19, 2018
replied to Opinions Welcome: Upgrade or keep saving?
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....
abegold   on Sep 13, 2018
added a review of Black Range Crest Trail #79

This trail is steep and I only rode a few miles as it kicked my butt. You're deep in the...
abegold   on Sep 10, 2018
replied to Crash on new bike
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...
abegold   on Sep 10, 2018
commented on Long-Term Tubeless MTB Tire Sealant Throwdown
No review of the new Slime Sealant? Bought it in April. Live and ride the tough, pointy Sonoran Desert. No leaks, no problems after 5 months.
abegold   on Sep 8, 2018
replied to Pet Peeves of the Trail
Cholla cactus balls, goatheads and rattlesnakes. Espically rattlesnakes coiled into a flat pancake that looks like a cow patty.
abegold   on Aug 29, 2018
replied to Is a hip pack enough for mountain biking?
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...
abegold   on Aug 26, 2018
replied to Noneed2hate from Oceanside, CA
You have to hit Noble Canyon when it cools off. Near Alpine. Best trail I know in socal.
abegold   on Aug 20, 2018
added a review of Loma Alta Trailhead

Elevation change from the start to Rincon Creek at least 500'. Flow there common in spring but not on this...
abegold   on Jul 26, 2018
replied to First Bike/Used Trek/Overpaid?
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...
abegold   on Jul 4, 2018
added Flux
27.5 120-140 front fork full suspension trail ripper
abegold   on Jul 3, 2018
added a review of McKenzie Ranch North Loop

This trail is almost always climbing or descending the dry hills. Mostly creosote, some prickly pear, cholla, acacias and mesquite....
abegold   on Jul 1, 2018
replied to Is this bike worth the buy
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...
abegold   on Jun 17, 2018
replied to Spokane, WA recommendations?
Clark Fork River Trail #223 by St. Regis, MT if taking I-90.
abegold   on May 26, 2018
replied to XT Brakes Don't Work
My old bike which I just replaced and use as a road bike now has XT brakes from 2005 and they have performed flawlessly for 13 years. Try the new pads and...
You could spend a lot more than a week between Cortez and Durango. In Cortez check out haunting Sand Canyon, an ancient Anasazi village site with ruins, you may feel the spirts....

Beatiful network built with skill and many of the trails are MTB designed. Just south of the Superstitions this place...
abegold   on Apr 18, 2018
replied to Bike Racks
Please keep in mind that a rack with a 1 1/4" hitch is NOT rated for off pavement driving while a 2" hitch is.
abegold   on Apr 1, 2018
replied to How's your riding year going?
Warmest winter maybe ever here in AZ. Riding hard and training for a new bike, Turner Flux to replace my 14 year old Turner Burner. In ski shape but mediocre snow in...
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abegold   on Apr 1, 2018
replied to Your best crash story
Jammin' on my first full suspension disc brake mountain bike I noticed a stick across the trail with my 52 year old eyes and not wearing prescription glasses when that stick suddenly...
abegold   on Mar 23, 2018
added a review of Ash Creek

A beautiful autumn ride up Ash Creek Canyon. Hundreds of Canyon Maple trees make for a scene rare in the...
abegold   on Feb 23, 2018
replied to New Bike Purchase (Novice Rider)
Dirt Rag (MTB magazine) new issue just had an article on hard tails, reviewing 8 bikes of varying prices. Trek Roscoe 8, Surly Karate Monkey, Niner Sir 9, Transition Throttle, Falconer custom, Kona...
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