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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

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...
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...
abegold   on Dec 12, 2017
added a review of Tucson Mountain Park

Might be 100 miles of trails here from Sweetwater Preserve all the way to Robles Pass and south. Many different...
abegold   on Dec 9, 2017
added a review of Secret, Tech & K

Trail starts just south of the Superstition Mountains in a saguaro forest. Classic Sonoran desert with edible wolfberries and hackberries....
abegold   on Nov 10, 2017
added a review of Finger Rock Canyon

Easy trail suitable for beginners and running your dog. Occasional water after good rains in arroyo. You can also head...
abegold   on Nov 5, 2017
added Finger Rock Canyon
Trail also goes down canyon along arroyo but most will head uphill on the doubletrack. It will change to singletrack...
abegold   on Jul 31, 2017
added a review of Cassidy / Losee Canyon Loop

Neat riding in the canyons. The western entrance to Losee has many small arches and windows, great photography spot. You...
abegold   on May 5, 2017
replied to Longest singletrack descent
Lemmon Drop is a tough all day ride with lots of climbs. Many highlights including Green Mountain Trail, Bug Springs, Milagrosa and more. From the spruce, fir, aspen and pine forest to...
abegold   on Dec 1, 2016
added a review of Sweetwater Preserve

New trails added making the total 16 miles. The new trails to the east of parking are easiest. Older sections...
abegold   on Nov 4, 2016
replied to Old
At 63 my next bike will still be full suspension for the back and lighter for the AZ desert climbing. Maybe a Cannondale or Trek yet I ride a great Turner Burner...
abegold   on Jul 24, 2016
replied to Biking in October/November
I have only ridden Bootleg Canyon and Bristlecone Pine Trail near Las Vegas. Bristlecone is high elevation where's there's skiing so a summer ride. Bootleg is a tech fest with the easiest trail there Girlscout a lot of fun. Boyscout is almost twice as tough. The tech level climbs to serious downhill on some. I didn't ride…
abegold   on Jul 13, 2016
replied to Biking in October/November
I've travelled a lot, including Europe. Moab and Fruita will still be in play for riding. So will fantastic and lesser known St George, Utah with nearby Zion National Park, Gooseberry Mesa and more. Thunder Mountain and Bryce NP on the way. Southward into Arizona and New Mexico gives you many options. October Flagstaff should…
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