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    Roll Call - Please Introduce Yourself

    It's been a few weeks that the new forum has been up and I am quite surprised by all the activity on the AZ board! This is terrific...

    Anyway, I thought it would be helpful for each of us to post a quick bio of ourselves: where we live, trails we like to ride, bikes we own, our day jobs, hobbies, alcoholic beverages we like to consume, etc. Then we can know a little more about who we are interacting with, which should hopefully make the conversations a little more "open". I know some of this information is already supposed to be in our user profiles, but hardly anybody fills those out.

    So I will start with myself. I am 34 years old and married with a 9 month old daughter (cutest little girl in the world). I live in NE Phoenix / Paradise Valley near 24th St and Mountain View, just a block away from the Mtn Preserve and the Trail 100. I own 3 bikes:

    '97 Trek 8000 hardtail - Manitou SX Ti fork, Kooka cranks, NukeProof hubs/517's, Kore stem/bars, XT drivetrain, King headset, Answer Rocker post, Avid 7 brakes. This bike is a trusty friend I will never part with.

    '03 Giant NRS Air - my new baby. I bought the frame new from South Mtn Cycles (Tucson swap meet in Nov) and built up the rest myself: XTR rear/XT front der; Truvativ Stylo Team crankset, Fox F80RLT fork, Magura Marta disc brakes, Answer Hyperlite carbon bar, Sette carbon post, Velocity/AC wheelset from OddsandEndos. Sweet bike - so much fun to ride.

    '03 Fuji Team - my road bike. Yes, I hate to admit it but I train on the road bike to be a better MTN biker. This is one light bike - 16.5 pounds. I've put 1200 miles on the bike in 4 mo's. There are days where it really feels good to spin on the road bike.

    Since I live near the Trail 100, this is the trail I ride the most (by far). To break up the routine I also ride S Mtn and the McDowell's, with an occasional trip to Pima/Dynamite. I take the road bike all over N Scottsdale and Phoenix.

    My day job is the co-owner of a software/consulting company. I am the technology geek for the group (VP Consulting and Technology). We have our office in N Scottsdale. If you need any sales/marketing automation software or technical consulting for your business, please let me know as this is our specialty!

    Other hobbies/sports I enjoy: weightlifting, jogging, snow skiing, water skiing (own a 21' Cobalt), alternative music (not the pop stuff), hiking/camping, and just about any sport (football, baseball). I am an avid Diamondbacks fan. And since I got both my undergrad and graduate degrees from ASU, I am an avid SunDevils fan as well.

    My bikemobile is a 1999 Tahoe (perfect to sleep in on 24-hour races) and the wife has a 2000 Lexus GS. But I also have a old 1978 Scout II that is my "play in the desert" vehicle. You don't see too many Scouts around anymore.

    Let's see...booze. Oh yes. I like beer (good stuff, not Bud), wine (reds), and whiskey (Scotch, Irish, and nice Kentucky bourbons). You won't see me with a mixed dring in my hand unless it's a margarita on a hot day.

    So there you have it. What about you guys?

    Thx...Doug

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    Sounds like a good idea to me, good opportunity to see who lives close to each other, for organizing rides and other such things.

    I live out in East Mesa, Signal Butte and Elliot, Alot of people probably don't even consider this Mesa, but it is. I am 24 and graduated from NAU in 2002. I am newly married, to a wonderful wife who loves mountain biking (I am a lucky man) as of June 2003. I have been riding since I was a sophmore in high school so that was like 1995 or something. I work at Boeing as a software engineer.

    I primarily ride out in Mesa, Usery and Hawes with trips to McDowell and SoMo. Going to school in Flag I rode a ton of trails up there and in Sedona.

    My 3 bikes:

    Voodoo Bizango SS - just finished building this wonderful ride up, it is a super fast steel frame with a surly 1x1 fork up front, I absolutely love it for the smoother trails in the east valley.

    2001 Rocky Mountain Element - this is my cushy bike, not real big susupension but enough to take the edge off at SoMo Marz MX Comp up front Fox Vanilla in the back, SRAM drivetrain.

    Road bike: Entry level KHS Flite, its really fun for the morning commutes.

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    38 - moved here from UK in '95. Biking since '87

    Live over on Hayden Chapparal in Scottsdale w/the lovely Lydia (wife of 9yrs) and the astounding Ava (daughter 18 months).

    Bikes (the obligatory 3):

    '91 Chas Roberts custom hardtail w/Deore Xt/weight weenie items, Manitou I forks ( )
    '00 Giant XTC NRS w/Deore/XT components, Hayes Discs and weight weenie trade-ups. Bought recently used - I only paid $700 for a gently used bike and felt that I could use the difference between buying new to upgrade.
    ?? Holdsworth road bike w/miscellaneous Campy components. This thing is a mutt and probably weighs more than my hardtail but it goes and that's what matters

    Transport:

    His: '03 VW Passat Wagon, chipped, lowered, ICE'd, Yakima'd,
    Hers: '01 Saab 9-5 Wagon, unsullied (boss won't let me touch it)

    Boozing:

    Yes - any beer as long as it's not Bud Light (boss's poison). Endless quest to find the perfect $<10 red from TJ's or Sunflower (slowly narrowing it down - by the time that quest is over maybe I can afford the sub $50 quest)

    Career:

    Systems Admin for Family owned Software company based in Chandler specializing in estimating software for Electrical Contractors.

    Misc:

    Have ridden from sea level to 15000ft over 3 days in the Andes. Took 5 yr sabbatical from biking - returned last yr and was left wondering why I stopped...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgangi
    I thought it would be helpful for each of us to post a quick bio of ourselves: where we live, trails we like to ride, bikes we own, our day jobs, hobbies, alcoholic beverages we like to consume, etc.
    I'm sort of surprised at all the new names that have come online since MTBR changed formats. Did the new format shake some of the lurkers loose? Or was it just coincidental?

    It's sad that so many of the old AZ names disappeared with the reformat. Hopefully they'll show up again one way or another.

    Anyway, thumbnail on me.

    Bikes: Lots. Small/race bike is my Rock Lobster singlespeed. Big/basher bike is a Kona Stinky Deelux. Just-right bike is heavily modified and abused Cannondale Super V. Road bike is a cheapie clearance special Specialized Allez. Beater bike is a modified ghetto singlespeed Rock Hopper.

    Transport: Frontier Crew Cab. Big enough to haul five adults and seven bikes, if you use a lot of lube.

    Drinking: Not much these days; my rule is, don't drink when you have a reason to drink -- and I have lots of reasons right now. But when I do, it's usually a Hefeweizen or a good red.

    Career: Writing, graphics, websites. Wrote a book, working on the equivalent for roadies.

    Live: 3 miles off SoMo.

    Ride: Everywhere in the state. Everywhere.

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    I think because the new format is more contemporary than the old that it has brought its own following w/it.

    For me it was mostly coincidence - I got back into riding in December. However I probably wouldn't have used it as much in the old format because there was no AZ specific forum and I detest those long stringy/endless thready style boards.

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    Do I have to? I pride myself on being antisocial.

    Okay, Reader's Digest version:

    Mt Biking since I was six, but got a "real" mt bike about 5 years ago. Own myself 4 bikes (7 total in our 2 person household), including:

    Superlight
    POS Singlespeed
    Trek 2200 from like 1990
    Belgium Brewing Co Fat Tire Cruiser my GF won at the MS 150 auction

    Live in the NW Valley with my GF (oh, what she puts up with). Ride mostly t100, but do venture out to all the typical spots (although I have yet to--believe it or not--venture out to Hawes).

    Work from home (I'll keep my profession to myself since if I told you, you'd call BS--but it does have to do with righting...um, I mean writing).

    Been in Phx about 7 years. Before that Prescott, Globe, and Tucson. I'm your original Desert Rat (been in AZ for 29 of my 34 years).

    Other hobbies: Hhmm, Ultimate Frisbee, softball, skiing (when I find the time), video games (to work on my...cough, cough..hand-eye coordination), hiking.

    Carboloading beverage of choice: Bud, but I'm not opposed to Oak Creek Canyon Nut Brown, and anything from 4 Peaks (which is a trek and a half for me).

    Okay, that's all you're getting.
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    There are alot of new names on these boards now, maybe a few people changed their screen names.

    Well here we go,
    Bikes: most of the time I ride a Superlight, but I have 4 other bikes that live in my garage
    Ionic Steelhead
    Trek 7000
    Old Iron Horse hardtail converted to Single Speed
    and a LeMond Tourmalet (ya a roadie)

    Bike hauler: Dodge Dakota Quad cab

    Drink: Corona, no lime

    Work: Project manager for a valley contractor

    Homelife: loving wife that allows me to ride more than I should (thanks), 34 month old daughter, and her 19 month old little sister (cutiest kids in the world IMO)

    Live: 1/4 mile from State Trust land that includes Pyramid Peak (North West Phoenix)

    Ride: Everywhere I can, in 2003 I rode my local plus Whitetanks, Estrella, McDowell (Pemberton & Competitive loops), Trail 100 and surrounding offshoots, Pima & Dynamite, Cave Creek Dam (Spokesman night rides), SoMo (Mormon, National, Desert Classic, etc), Hawes, Pass Mountain, Bell Rock loops, and a few trails I left out for certain.

    I've been know to rip down a hill now and then on a snowboard, or ride wheelies down the street on a sport bike too.

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    Guess I'll be the first gal to chime in.

    I'm a 2nd generation Tucson native, 3rd generation AZ native. Haven't lived anywhere else but Tucson. Been mountain biking for about 4 years now. Kind of took last year off, but picked it back up this year. I'm primarily a solo rider, and do group rides maybe once every few months on the gnarlier trails where it's best not to ride alone.

    I have a Kona Jake the Snake CX (used the most), a hardtail, and a Bullit. I ride mostly to work & back, and a few weekend rides in SE Tucson. I want to start exploring the SE corner of the state more.

    Got my chemical enginering degree from the UofA (I hate the UofA) 4 years ago, and been working as an engineer in Tucson since.

    I mountain bike primarily to keep in shape for roadracing my motorcycle, which is my main passion. Member of team Precision Strike Racing. I'm going to try to balance the two hobbies better this year. Hopefully pack a MTB in the trailer with the bikes for our longer distance trips and hit some trails.

    I don't consume drinks with -OH functional groups.

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    A sad and sordid tale

    I haven't revealed this to my riding buddies before, but since Doug started us off with his life story, I was born a man in a woman's body. For those of you I have ridden with, that should explain a lot. Someone with keen insight actually nominated me for a Grimey in 2002 for "Best Riding Skills-Female." I had the surgery shortly after graduating from Stanford in 1979, with dual degrees in drama and physics. After getting my PhD in Quantum Physics and Particle Theory, I settled down to life in Phoenix as a commercial real estate developer, because that's where all the fast, easy money was being made.

    As a kid, not having been gifted with great hand/eye coordination, or a strong desire to get creamed in physical contact sports, I became a swimmer. That, I was pretty good at. A bunch of state championships and records in high school, All-American in college, until I hit the burnout wall after sop****re year. There was just not enough time and energy in the day to maintain the academic load, train at that level, and continue concealing my true sexual identity, so I bailed. Shorly after that, I became social chairman of the fraternity.

    Once on the career track, I slowly got fat and lazy, but married before it was out of control. Following a snide remark by the ball and chain about a mutual friend who she though looked pretty hot in a Speedo, I decided to start swimming again in 1989. I got into pretty good shape, was approaching my lifetime bests, and competed nationally for a few years. Needing a little more excitement, I discovered whitewater kayaking in 1998. All my kayaking buddies are MTB'rs when the rivers are dry; they got me interested in bikes. I bought a really awful, heavy Schwinn Mountaineer rigid bike in 1999 that I took up to our summer cabin in the Prescott area, where I began to ride solo. That bike had a 3x7-speed drive train, center-pull brakes, and flat pedals. It really sucked. After meeting up with some riders from Phoenix who were up for a day trip (a group SkinnyTire rides with occasionally), I learned more about suspension options and bike design issues; they steered me to mtbr.com. Eureka!

    The weight weenie page got me inspired. I did a bunch of paper builds using different parts groups on some aluminum hardtails, trying to keep the weight and the budget down. I began to realize that by keeping the weight way down, the bike gets pretty expensive and might as well have a full suspension design for the money. Hence, the 23.0 lb RacerX as my first real mountain bike in late 2001.

    Riding a decent bike with full suspension was a revelation. It was actually fun. I started riding a lot more, and networking with different goups, including the AZ contingent of Passionites.

    Summer 2003, I went on a century road ride. It was the first time I had been on a road bike since my Schwinn Varsity in college. Our route was through downtown San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and up into the Russian River Valley. There were about 75 riders, it was catered, we stopped for breakfast and lunch, the weather was perfect, a couple of people stood up at rests and told hilarious jokes. I thought to myself, "Oh, so this is road riding!" Better get one of those, too. Back to Titus, mtbr's weight weenie guru's and to roadbikereview.com for research. The 15.9 lb Titus FCR came together 2 years after the RacerX and has been a fun alternative to the mountain bike for the last few months, especially for riding from home on short notice of some free time. Just last Saturday, Doug took me on a 65 mile out and back to the end of the pavement on Seven Springs Road north of Carefree.

    Trails? I like any that aren't stupid hard technical (hand-eye thing, and still being a *****, so to speak), and appreciate variety. Trail 100 and environs, SoMo, Hawes, Pass Mtn, P&D, McDowells, White Tanks, Globe, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Tucson, Crown King, and planned trips to Kentucky Camp, Estrella, New River trail, etc. Rode the Flight of the Pigs in November as a real highlight of the sport. Competed in 3 off road, sprint triathlons in 2003. Those were fun: 800m swim, 15K bike, 5K run, and I placed well. Looking forward to a 24 hr race relay some time when the schedule permits.

    I've ridden with the following recent visitors to this page: PaulB, ScottN, SkinnyTire, Doug Gangi (road only!), and CrashTest Dummy. In all cases, the initial rides were blind dates set up on mtbr, but revealed great people who ride well and enjoy a good time on the trail. It seems crazy, but this internet thing we share has materially enhanced my (our) enjoyment of biking and life in general by introducing me to so many new friends with similar interests, yet completely diverse life experiences and backgrounds.

    I still work in commercial real estate, swim a few times a week, remain active in the community civically (even some "save the trails" work) and in social clubs, paddle when the rivers are up, and travel to Northen California and British Columbia's Gulf Islands in the summer. I try to show up as husband and father, too.

    My wife and I had our 20th anniversary in 2003. We have 3 kids, a 14 year old daughter and 10 year old boy-girl twins. I claim to be a 4th generation Arizonan.

    Look for my PEDALAZ plates on a bronze Suburban at the trailhead. After a ride, a Negra Modelo, a single malt Scotch without too much smoke, or a reserve Irish whisky (e.g., Midleton Very Rare) would be fine.
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    Wrong!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by pedalAZ
    I've ridden with the following recent visitors to this page: PaulB, ScottN, SkinnyTire, Doug Gangi (road only!), and CrashTest Dummy. In all cases, the initial rides were blind dates set up on mtbr, but revealed great people who ride well and enjoy a good time on the trail.
    I'm not into online dating if you recall (sssshhhhh, remember, I'm antisocial).

    Other than that, what can I say: Typical Cardinal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Girl
    I don't consume drinks with -OH functional groups.
    Awesome chem-geek answer, E!

    So about this riding a mountain bike more...when are you gonna get back up to the Valley?

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    That does explain a lot!

    Quote Originally Posted by pedalAZ
    I haven't revealed this to my riding buddies before, but since Doug started us off with his life story, I was born a man in a woman's body.
    So...is it detachable? Because it might help with some of those behind-the-seat clearance issues.

    And it might help you keep up with the chicks who can still ride your ass off. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    So about this riding a mountain bike more...when are you gonna get back up to the Valley?
    Probably Mar. 12 for the AZSF ride. I'll probably bring the Baby Bullit and do the B ride (whatever that is). Maybe I'll be able to drag Zac up with me.

    Next gnarly ride will be on Feb. 28...La Milagrosa shuttle run that a club member is doing. I'll post an announcement on here as soon as it gets closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    So...is it detachable?
    Great. Now I'm gonna have that song stuck in my head.

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    Wow natives no less...

    Who woulda thunk it. OK, here is me. 3rd generation Tucson (with my HS years out of state) but now live in Kleenix which I hate to admit is growing on me (OK mom I'm going to burst into flames now). Graduated from the UofA and hate ASU (I still remeber what they did they Steve Kerr) and still drive down to Tucson for UofA bball home games. I'm 29, married 5 years and have a 15 month old boy who doesn't sleep and is tons of fun.

    I have one bike b/c my wife thinks my hobby is too expensive (she doens't ride but has a nice bike) so I just ride until somthing breaks and replace it. I've been mtn biking for 6-7 years but was a roadie in HS until I discovered lacrosse and then mtn biking in college. I also love snowboarding when I can get away. I work on an IT team for the state as an HR Analyst and worked for the UofA prior to this stint.
    I live near 19th ave and Bethany and usually ride T100 starting at the West end but I can be found back in Tucson, Sedona or Flag on any given weekend. I'll admit I'm a bit of a beverage snob, single malt scotch and microbrews for me.
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Girl
    Great. Now I'm gonna have that song stuck in my head.
    Some guy was selling it.
    I had to buy it off him.
    He wanted twenty-two bucks, but I talked him down to seventeen.
    I took it home, washed it off,
    and put it back on. I was happy again. Complete.




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    Upset

    ok, I'll share....

    I'm Kathleen. I've been in Phoenix for about 6 of the last 9 years. Was born in LA, and have also lived in NJ, TX, OH, MD, DC, and AZ. I don't plan on moving again as I think I have finally found "home". I have two cowdogs, Boojum and Joopiter, and one cat, named Gu. The pups and cat and I live in a lovely house in Ahwatukee about 1 mile from both the Warpaint and Water Tank Desert Classic trailheads, making SoMo my most ridden trail system.

    During the week, I am employed in the microelectronics industry as a failure analysis engineer. All my degrees, however, are in geology, so humor me next time we meet and see if I know upon which rock type we are riding.

    My mtn biking passion was born in 1995 with my first FS bike (Y-frame) and a move to Arizona. Although I had a 2-3 year love affair with Titus FS bikes, lately I've been riding steel on a Surly 1x1 and a DeKerf soft-tail. But just last Friday I welcomed a new Turner 5Spot into my garage!! I'm looking forward to a bouncy ride again. It's also the first bike that I didn't build from frame up since 1995, and I have to admit that it sure was nice to let someone else do the job.

    Besides biking, I really love to hike and camp and do just about anything outdoors. Lately I've been drowning in a huge backyard remodel project. But since that's my favorite room in the house (in addition to the garage), that is were I've chosed to invest recent $$ and effort.

    Let's see... what else? I drive a 5-sp 99 silver 4Runner with racks for 4 bikes on top. Oh, and please do not judge me, but I like BLiCs (bud light in a can).
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    hi all--

    28 years old. pretty much a native zonie--grew up here and recently moved back after a 5 year hiatus in denver/boulder. live in central phoenix--it used to be the west side--on 31st and glendale.

    favorite trails are national and trail 100 area although i really haven't ventured out to many other trails as of yet.

    bikes---3(i am a tri geek by nature but it's hard to get off the trails some days)

    kona dawg dee-luze; brand spanking new '04.

    lemond zurich

    cervelo p2k

    job: unemployed attorney; studying for the bar as we speak(oh joy).

    painfully single at the moment and always looking for options...

    booze: yes. no wine. give me the beer--a 4 peaks ipa, but will drink anything. gin, rum, tequila drinks if i am looking to get there a little quicker.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Great thread... great to "get to know" others - and to have a good mix of Phx & Tuc here...

    I'm Hank - 2nd Generation Tucsonan native, my grandfather moving here a year after statehood (going on to a successful career as UofA multi-letterer, and later building a legacy of his own for UofA baseball - so needless to say, despite the UofA's "wonderful" performance in Football, I am proudly a Wildcat to the core)...

    Anyway - 41, married (again) with 4 wonderful kids (3 the first time around, and one the 2nd and last time around), teach 8th grade Social Studies (recently National Board Certified), sponsor our school's Mountain Bike Club and yearbook, and resident calenderer for sdmb - so when I'm not being a teacher, dad, and honey-do.... I'm on my bike.

    Only one bike - it's a last and greatest Schwinn Rocket-88 (a bankruptcy special), satisfactorily outfitted, though the fork is long outdated - maybe if I'm a good boy this year...

    We're a single-car household, so it's a van. That works out nicely since living about 7 minutes pedaling time from the chutes (Golder Ranch/50-year Trail), and that's my favorite trail network. I also am fortunate that through the same trail system I can commute a good hour-long ride to school at least twice a week.

    Beer of choice - well, clearly Guinness (proud member of the 1759 Society!), or enjoying my own home-brews. Occasionally I'll go for thinner things like tasty pale-ales (Fat Tire's been a favorite since they first started giving initial samples at the brewery - past resting place during summer for 14 years), but overall prefer stouts and porters. LOVE tequila - pure, cold (keep it in the freezer) and straight.

    Looking forward to connecting with many at the 24 HOP race...

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    Am I the only person in Flagstaff?

    My real name is Frank, but I go by the online monkeyer FishMan, a long, and not very interesting story. Apparently I am the only mountain biker in Flagstaff with an internet connection (come on somebody car pool with me please)! I just moved here in August from Champaign Illinois, which is a great town but 45 minutes by car from the nearest trails and the next nearest trails were almost 2 hours away in the other direction.

    When I'm not riding I am a 27 year old grad student studying forestry at NAU. I started commuting by bike when I was about 8 because the bus took an hour to get me home and the bike only took 15 minutes. Started riding recreationally when I was 13 because we moved to a new town at the beginning of summer and I had no friends so I had to do something. Started racing MTBís when I was about 18. Road coast to coast in 2002 with my wife as our honeymoon. I'm a total bike nut with 6 bikes:

    - Salsa Ala Carte ďracingĒ mountain bike.

    - brand new Titus Loco-Moto ďtrail bikeĒ.

    - Barracuda A2V retro purple and green ano rigid singlespeed MTB.

    - 1993 Miyata Team road bike, with newer Ultegra parts but still pretty retro.

    - Bruce Gordon BLT touring bike, works for CX too.

    - Early 90ís Ross Mt. Hood commuter bike.

    Right now Iím so buzzed about being in such a great place for biking thatís about all Iím doing. But I also enjoy photography, hiking, backpacking, canoeing and botany. Iím a total eco-freak vegetarian hippy type. OK, maybe not a hippy, but I have a long history of involvement with environmental groups and ecological restoration activities. Part of the reason Iím a bike commuter, and it kills me to have to drive 60 miles twice a week to ride in Sedona, but the riding there is so great, it has a tendency to take your mind off of it. Don't like pro sports, got my own sports to play thank you very much. OK, I have to go work on three of my six bikes now.

    Oh and DurtGurl, why is there basalt all over the Airport Mesa trail in Sedona?
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    Can you identify yourself?

    Yes. This is me.

    Yeah, well, I lurk and post and love the anonymity of it all but since this is a community consisting only of you, me, a dozen or so other trusted Arizonans, a few hundred random MTBR members, at least as many unregistered hangers-on, and some dude from Boston, I'll spill a little.

    I'm 33 years of age, Arizona native, married almost 9 years (she rides, too), one dog, free of children. Grew up in NW Phoenix, NAU class of '92, now employed as a fish and wildlife biologist in Tucson. I've been riding off road on bikes built for the purpose since 1989. My working stable includes a rigid singlespeed, a geared hardtail, a 'cross bike, and a frankenbike for commuting. The single gets 95% of the action. Chosen terrain includes the usual suspects in Flagstaff, Trail 100, McDowell Mountain, Sierra Estrella, White Tanks, the Gates and Starr Pass parts of the Tucson Mountain Park, the 50-Year Trail, and Fantasy Island. I am a notorious wet blanket on group rides owing to my SuperClyde TNT rockcrusher status.

    Tuneage is alternative, surf, ska, dub reggae, and industrial, not necessarily in one band. I like microbeers, disc golf, fishing, reading, photography, and some other stuff in no particular order of importance. I know my way around a burrito.

    So that is that - the director's cut, widescreen, DVD version of my MTBR profile with bonus deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. So is anyone local to me besides Johnnygun and Veelz? Feel free to send a message through my profile or to douglas AT singlespeed DOT net if you want to bike down (slowly) here in the Old Pueblo. Just put something in the subject line about MTBR so I can tell you from spam. If not, I'll just see you out there somewhere.

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    Finally, in case anyone was wondering... I like boys! Not all single women who are athletic with muscles and have short hair are lesbians. Not that there's anything wrong with that....[/QUOTE]

    and not all guys that shave their legs and have some muscles are gay either....

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    i have lived in the phoenix area since 1981. i got into mtb'ing about 11 years ago and still loving it. i am 50 years old so i guess i am the old phart of the group.

    i have 2 bikes, a 1994 diamondback axis TR and a 2003 jamis dakar xc comp. i usually ride at white tank competition loops, t100 and desert classic @ somo. besides biking i enjoy weight lifting(gotta strengthen these old bones)and hiking.

    my favorite music is metal, especially Tool, korn and Godsmack. my favorite movie is the first Naked Gun.

    Rita aka zer0

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZBound
    So is anyone local to me besides Johnnygun and Veelz? ]
    I'm here in Tucson too. FI is my usual weekend hangout. I'm the girl on the cross bike. Also a member of SDMB, so I'm going to try to hit a few more club rides, too.

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    Hi, I'm Eric Burley. I went under the moniker chupacabra in the old forums, but evidently that's taken on the new boards.

    Anyway, about me:

    I'm 31, I've been married almost 9 years, to a mostly non-riding wife, who is very underdstanding. I've got a 26 month old daughter, who is an absolute riot, and I've got a 9 year old yellow lab that is dumber than a sack of rocks, but is amazingly tollerant of the my daughter's demonstrative affection. I live in the North West valley, making t-bird park my local ride. I've also ridden pyramid peak quite a bit, but trailhead access is difficult now.

    work: I'm a software developer for a scottsdale firm. Currently usinng c#, but I've used C++ extensively in the past.

    rides:
    I'm at 4 now:
    1. a redline monocog ss, built from the frame up. My main mountain bike, will be racing it this weekend.
    2. a jamis eureka, my rough trail bike. disks, 5" fork, hardtail.
    3. Brand spankin new '03 IronHorse SGS Pro DH bike. 8" of squish. Big fun. Not riding it much until after old pueblo.
    4. A mid-eighties lugged steel road bike I picked up at a yard sale, with some dura-ace goodies hung on it for 40 bucks. My commuter (I'm not a roadie, I'm a commuter). I try and ride to work once a week

    booze:
    I'm not picky, but I do like flavorful beers, with Chimay being one of my current faves. Good reposada tequila has it's moments, and bourbon can be nice. But I'm also down with 2 buck chuck, Riunite Lambruso (what you think red wine should taste like when you're a kid), and tawny port.

    I've ridden with lotsa the folks who have posted, and I'll see you all down at the old pueblo.

    E

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    Just upped the coolness factor of this forum!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    Some guy was selling it.
    I had to buy it off him.
    He wanted twenty-two bucks, but I talked him down to seventeen.
    I took it home, washed it off,
    and put it back on. I was happy again. Complete.




    p.
    Paul - you just took the "coolness" factor of this board up a notch. Anybody that knows the lyrics to a King Missile song ranks high in my book.

    Now I can't stop singing that song!

    What other obscure alternative bands are you into?

    Thx...Doug

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    Who I am, Where I be...

    Seems like the vast majority of you folks are from the Phoenix/Valley megalopolis, but I see there are a few of us from Tucson/Oro Valley, and I am one of those.

    I have been in Tucson for 26 years. I am older than Rita (zer0) by a number of years, but trying not to slow down.

    My children are grown and independent. My oldest son actually races in the MBAA Beginner 30-39 Class, which makes me feel REAL old, except that I have passed him before the Finish Line in two of the three MBAA races this year! My wife of 34-years is an athlete, but not a bike rider, and she graciously supports my enthusiasm for trail riding.
    I am retired, so I spend much of my time, and more of my disposable income, on tinkering with bikes and riding five or six days a week.

    I first rode a mountain bike about 17 months ago, as something I could do with my son. I kind of caught the bug. My "home course" is 50-Year Trail north of Tucson, and I also ride Charleau Gap, Starr Pass, Fantasy Island, Chiva Falls, Willow Springs and Oracle State Park. I also enjoy Estrella, White Tanks, McDowell, Hawes/TRW, Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff. I have never been on South Mountain, which is very high on my wish list, but I don't know anyone who knows the trails there, and would rather explore with someone familiar with the territory.

    Depending on the type of trail I ride an Ellsworth Truth, an Ellsworth Id, a Maverick ML-7, or a Titus Switchblade. Back in "the day" I was a roadie, so I do road ride now (after 17 years off a bike) to help with fitness, but it just doesn't hold a candle to trail riding. I started racing last year just to see what it was like. It's a hoot! I am really enjoying the 2004 MBAA race series, especially for all the new people I am meeting.

    My other biggest interest is wildlife, scenic and action photography.

    I consumed my lifetime quota of alcoholic beverages by the time I was 32, so none in the last 21 years, and the world is much better off for my having stopped. I'm not a zealot, and don't care what or how much anyone else drinks.

    I started following the MTBR.com forums after running into "glenzx" here in Tucson before Christmas, and I am particularly delighted with this Arizona board, because it would be nice to hook up with folks who ride places I don't, and be shown a broader slice of life, and maybe have a chance to return the favor.

    I will ride for Team BORG (Corporate) at the 24-Hours in the Old Pueblo, and I hope to bump into a lot of you there.

    John W.
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    Hi, Zonies! I'm Jan, aged 51, and live in the NW valley. I started riding several years ago, and after a year on a TREK 820, upgraded to a TREK 6700. I used to ride 2-3 times a week on the trails by Pyramid Peak, which is near my house. Now that so many of the entry ways are fenced off, I don't get over there as much. I still go there periodically, coming in off Lake Pleasant Road. However, since the drive is about the same, I have increased my time on Trail 100. My favorite trail these days is West Express (Pima and Dynamite). I also enjoy riding at McDowell, the sport and the long loops. Pemberton is fun, too. Sometimes my friends cut the Pemberton trip short and bomb down the Bluff Trail, which has some fun waterbars to play with. During the week, I sometimes commute to work on my old bike, a Haro Vector 1 that I've equipped with a rack and panniers.

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    Hello

    Hi, my name is John and I am a... I am a full time lurker that occasionally posts when I feel I have something to say. I had the handle of FFJ on the old forum. I am 29 years old and have mt biked since 89 with a 4 year hiatus. I am happily married (7 years next month) to a wife with a bike that gets ridden on occasion (the bike that is ). I have three children ranging form 5 months to 4 years, all spaced about two years apart. I also am trying to get an appointment with a urologist before the family grows again. With all the kids I still get to ride a fair amount because my better half is very understanding of the fact that I become an a-hole when I don't ride for a while.

    My first mt bike was a 89 KHS Montana pro. I worked all summer long at my dad's shop to save for it. Then I used it to tool around the hills outside of T.O. California until My family moved to Mesa in 90. At that point I took a four year Hiatus from riding. I started ridding again at nineteen, but more for transportation that anything else. At 24 I got the Mt bike bug again and have been riding on dirt ever since. I used to live at Crismon and University in Mesa so I ride Pass Mtn and Hawes/TRW a lot. I like to ride SoMo and play at Papago when the opportunity presents itself.

    Bike #1. Kona Kula ht, that I recently converted to a single speed. Standard fare components (XT, Fox Vanilla fork).
    Bike #2. Ellsworth Joker with Super T. Gets ridden way more than the SS.
    Road Bike. One of the above two.

    Let's see... Car hauler 2001 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab, pets- border collie named Mike, African Spurred Tortoise named Sara (he hates his name), moving to Queen Creek in May, I am a Firefighter/Paramedic 10 days a month, other interests-my family, weightlifting, & posing on my bike. I don't drink ETOH, watching your older brother drink and drug himself to death kind of turns you off to the stuff, but I don't mind others imbibing. Like punk, rock, and whatever for music (no country).

    I like the AZ forum because it is more relevant and applicable to me, thats why I have been posting more.
    ...and I used my strength to rip my blouse...

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    My name is James Howery. I live in Prescott where it's always cool in the winter, but not too cool to ride, and hot in the summer, but not too hot to ride.

    On my 3rd year here, and graduating this year, but I think I'll be here for a few years more at least.

    I'm a pilot. I also enjoy skiing when I have money, hiking, shooting, *looking around the room at scattered mtb parts and accessories*-but mostly I am interested in riding....

    I got a DH bike, it weighs around 50lbs. Sometimes I ride it up Thumb Butte. I have a XC bike, and it weighs only 34lbs now, maybe even a hair less with the new wtb-race tired on it. I like riding trails around here, and there is a lot of varied stuff to keep me interested and occupied for a long time. I'll never ride all the trails that are around here. My fav place to ride so far in AZ is Flagstaff, so far nothing compares to comming down the Sunshine trail and others up there, that have been "dug in" over decades and are nice and bermed with some odd stunts mixed in. South Mountain is a close second, just a fun place to ride XC or DH, no question. It's about twice as far for me to drive though, but I still go down there.

    Some of my past bikes;
    K2 Evo
    Mongoose NX 7.3
    Cheeta Proline DH
    Rocky Mountain DH race
    Diamondback V-link
    Mongoose Switchblade
    Specialized Hardrock

    I'd like to get a nice steel HT some day, like a Cove Handjob. I have some interesting ways that I'd like to build it. If I was really made of money I'd have a lightweight FS bike as well....and to top it off a beech bonanza with the rear seats removed and bike QR mounts so I could put my bikes in it....someday though.

    I usually "test" the "lines" when I ride, trying to entice other people to follow me into what are usually obviously dangerous situations. I'll even give advice like "it looks better from down here" or "it looks do-able". Don't follow too close in my wake either, I had complaints about "well right before I endoed you suddenly chainged course and I couldn't react...etc". I assume no liability but I do occasionally put out warnings

    I have seperated my shoulder and torn a ligament in my knee, but honestly I should have broken many bones long ago. I'm living on a prayer and I seem to pull way too much off without enough negative consequences to "balance out".

    I don't make any money...but I should be able to be a flight instructor here fairly soon, so I look foward to riding in "all seasons" for a few more years.
    I know in my heart that Ellsworth bikes are more durable by as much as double. AND they are all lighter...Tony Ellsworth

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    Wow, this thread exploded

    Another Phoenix area resident here, I live down in south Chandler (Gilbert & Riggs) and have lived in the valley since 1991 (except for a brief year and a half stint in Michigan). I started mountain biking on a regular basis when I lived at Power & Thomas in Mesa where a 5-10 minute ride from the house would deposit me on TRW or Hawes.

    In the valley I can usually be found riding at South Mountain, Hawes or Usery. I enjoy technically difficult riding, but I'm not very good at the descending part. During the summer I love to head north to Flagstaff and Sedona when it's too damned hot in the valley and I'd like to explore the Prescott area a bit more this year.

    I currently have two bikes and would love to add a chopper/cruiser to the stable. My main ride these days is a new Kona Unit SS and my other bike is a Rocky Mountain Element Race in a pimpy bright green. I also have my BMX bike from when I was a punk, a Supergoose, in the garage as a project bike for some day in the future.

    What else? I have a penchant for good beer and seem to be obsessed with Belgian beers at the moment, although I enjoy wine as well. I also enjoy homebrewing, photography, and camping. Tunes would be metal, blues, punk, pretty much anything but country music.

    If I could just get my 5 year old daughter to ride without her training wheels I'd be all set.

    Mike

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    Hey Jm: I graduated from ERAU in '91 from the satelite campus here in Phoenix.

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    Hey all,
    I'm Perry, Native Arizonan for 43yrs. Grew up in Sedona. I've been living in Tempe now since 1884. Married now for 15 years and have a gorgeous daughter that's 14. I've been mtn biking since 2000 and has been my passion now for three years. My wife is very tolerant of my biking as my attitute and tolerance levels are at their peak after rides. She's the best!
    I current stable is only three bikes.
    1. 2001 red Mtn Cycle San Andreas (my technical bike. spends most of it life on National, Holbert, Geromino all the crazy stuff). My #1 bike. referred to as "the caddy"
    2. 2003 Iron Horse Team Hollowpoint. Tricked out trail bike that's great for Hawes, Pima/Dynamite and any other South Mtn. trails except for those listed above.
    3. 2002 Cove Stiffe hardtail. This bike is set up to ride anything. I use it to sharpen the skills. Full suspension can make you lazy.
    Favorite trails: all of South Mtn. Sedona, Hawes, Pima/Dynamite. Hope to get some Flagstaff trails under my belt this year.

    Employment: Intel corp. for 20 years! Process Engineer for 7.

    Bike haulers: Red with candy colors '86 Toyota 4x4 seen every weekend at South mtn. and white '97 Chev. suburban (when I have the crew with me).

    Beer? micro's and nitro-charged suits me. Not too often though. Need to keep the weight off or those long hard climbs just create more lactic acid!

    Music? Classic rock, Jazz, some new rock. NO hip hop!

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by AZmtncycle
    Hey all,
    I've been living in Tempe now since 1884.
    Holy Crap you're old :-)

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    Cool-blue Rhythm response to age.

    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Holy Crap you're old :-)
    I prefer the word "seasoned"

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    About Me...

    Bikes: (1) Trek Liquid Fuel 30. That is until I break it again and then I will have (0) bikes. I'm trying to change that. I've been cutting a few pounds lately so I hope to stop hurting it. I hope to make my next bike the Santa Cruz Free.

    Transports: 2003 Volvo XC70 and a 1998 Volvo S90. If Volvo made a bike, I would buy that too. 2002 ET4 Vespa (until my father-in-law totalled it over Thanksgiving weekend). I plan to replace it with Vespa's Granturismo which just came to the US last month. I miss my Vespa, but not as much as when I crack my bike.

    Family: Married for 7 years, Miniature Pinscher 11 years old (named "Cabela").

    History: Born in Indianapolis, graduated from IU, lived in NYC for 5 years, met my wife Amy who was up in NY from Dallas, we moved to Seattle, got married, and then moved down to Scottsdale 3.5 years ago. I love living in Arizona more than anywhere else in the country. I enjoy backpacking, sea kayaking (little hard to do here), tennis with my wife).

    Drinking: MicroBeer! I agree with Eric, Chimay Reserve is about the best beer I've ever had, most wines (never from a box), prefer REDS unless by the pool on a hot day, Gin and Tonic (current fav), Scotch (recent fav), Grappa (fallen out of favor for the time being).

    Career: QA Analyst for a software company.

    Live: Near the base of the McDowell Mtns.

    Ride: I've been riding regularly for about 3 years. I take week day rides up the McD's or perhaps T-100 since it is near my office. If you ride the west side of the McD's and want to ride during the week, email me! Hope to see some of you at 24HITOP! Good Luck.
    Steve

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    You do know I was referring to your small typo, right?

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    whoops!

    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Holy Crap you're old :-)
    Yeh, I must be really old 1884! my fingers are too quick

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    Intro

    I'm Greg and I'm up in Holbrook.

    Currently I have a Cdale Jeckyll that needs some brake work. I drive a Dakota Quad cab 4X4. I work at the local power plant. 52 years old

    I've only met one forum member for sure. That's crashtestdummy. Met him at the Tour of the White Mtns last Sept. I get to the Valley fairly often and ride McDowell Mtn and Hawes Road when I'm there, so I may have run into a few more of you. I also get to Sedona often. I get to the Show Low area pretty regular, too. I work rotating shift so a lot of time I ride when everyone else is stuck at work.

    I'm married (26 years) and have one daughter and 3 grandsons, 2 who I ride with around the high school.

    I also enjoy riding on the road (just like turning pedals) Going to Rocky Point in April to ride the bike part of the triathalon.

    Drinking: I like it. Dos Equis amber is preferred but not crucial. I kinda like wanderring around Supergo then going to Copper Canyon for a while.

    I started riding about 12 years ago after knee surgery for rehab and found I just really enjoyed it.

    Oh yeah, the handle-on what passes for the local trail here I ride past several decent size chunks of petrified wood, so....
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    Hey All,
    I've been visiting this site for about 5 yrs. I was born and raised in Dearborn, Mich.
    after High School i moved to Traverse City in northern Mi. Lived there for 19 yrs. In Oct.
    of 2001 i moved to Sunny AZ. I live in the NW valley at 35th Ave-Union Hills. I have been to 2 AZSF gatherings so far and have meetsome good people here. I've ridden with Sundog, PedalAZ, Durtgirl, Gnarlene, Mtberzker,Silversurfer,ScottN,BrettN and a bunch of other cool peeps.I love the riding here. I've been Mtbing for at least 15 yrs. I raced dirt bikes also for 15 yrs.

    Family: Great wife of 22 yrs. 2 kids still at home, son 21, daughter, 18

    Bikes: 2003 SC Superlight, 1999 GF Supercaliber, 1976 Honda XL350, hopefully a Lemond road bike soon.

    Job: Discount Tire Co. Sr. Asst. Mgr Currently at 86th-Grand in Peoria

    Favorite trails: Pyramid Peak, P/D. SoMo, Trail 100, MtLemmon, Flag, Sedona, Payson
    Prescott and anywhere else you take me...

    Bike Haulers: 1991 Isuzu Trooper II, and 1998 Ford Escort ZX2

    Beer: NOPE, just Red Bull and Soda, RootBeer, Dr. Pepper

    Music: Classic Rock, some metal. no country or rap

    Riding: I ride on Tuesday nites with the gang from Excellent Bikes. We usually ride out in the desert north of Happy Valley. Sometimes we ride the canals to T-100, sometimes to Papago. On Thursday nite we ride on the road bikes at New River rd. and Carefree Hwy.
    On Sunday we ride local trails in the winter, and when it gets hot we head North.

    That's all for now, hope to see ya on the trails.

    Mahalo,
    JohnnyK

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    Hello I'm Charlie

    After 44 years in Rhode Island and Mass. my Wife and I made a move to Arizona three years ago. I still don't know why we waited so long. Arizona is great and getting better every day. I live in Casa Grande, 40 minutes to Phoenix, one hour to Tucson, two hours to Sedona. Small town easy life-style. My work is a equipment mechanic for a Chandler golf course.
    Bikes are Yeti Kokopelli and IRD road bike for the Mrs.. A Giant VT-2 , XTC 1 and a 10 year old Bianchi cyclo cross bike I use on the road.
    Beer ? Yes I'll have one. Love to kick back after a ride with a Fat Tire Ale. Although when in Tucson a Nimbus Pale Ale is a favorite. A Sedona ride requires a trip to Oak Creek Brewery for whatevers on tap. Moab will find us at Eddie McStiffs for a Canyon Cream Ale.
    Favorite Trail. Is there a bad trail in Arizona? Tucson love F.I. and Willow Springs. Phoenix Cactus Cup and McDowell Mountain. Sedona has to be Submarine Rock and Cathedral Rock. Local trail, well last spring some friends decided to start a trail on Casa Grande Mountain we ended up with a five mile loop that I would say right now is my favorite trail.Plus we plan about tweleve more miles of trail.
    Although I've riden the Soul Ride twice, arthitic ankles make it impossible to race so I just enjoy the ride and the incredable people I meet. I don't know if I've met any of you but perhaps some day we'll go for a ride, I'll be the guy with the big smile.
    See Ya! Life is good!

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    I'm Kevin.

    I live near Crismon and University. I started riding last May. I haven't ridden very many different trails yet. I ride Pass Mtn the most. I've only ridden Hawes half a dozen times. I work near enough to the SoMo Pima trailhead that I ride there after work fairly often too. Most of the time I ride down Beverly Canyon, up Javelina, and down the fire road. I'm hoping to get in some Sedona, Flag, and Prescott riding later this year.

    I have a 2003 Stumpjumper FSR. Just the base model. It's been great, trouble-free, and I think it suits my riding tastes.

    I also play ultimate, and I reckon I know who skinny is. Jeff?

    Beer? Yes. I'm not picky, but I do have my favorites; Kirin, Pilsner Urquell, Heineken.

    This is what Pass Mtn looked like today...
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    A DogSoldiers Tale.

    Checking back into the forum from the Land of the Two Rivers, a.k.a The Cradle of Civilization, a.k.a.Baby Bush's Folley.

    My name is Louis,

    I reside in Tucson, Catalina to be exact.

    I am a Merchant of Chaos according to Brother Elron.

    I love MTB'ing and prefer burley epic back country rides. My wife, Sandy, and I enjoy hiking, camping, and scuba diving.

    My steed is a heavy duty trailbike named "Punches Doggies".

    My bike hauler was a retired Sherpa named Chimi, but he has since retired and I now have to haul my own bike when I can't mooch a ride.

    I support SDMB when it comes to trail maintenance and ride with SAMBA on occasion.

    Pre-ride burritos and post ride chips and salsa are a favorites.

    Blue Agave rules as does post ride icy cold Corona's or Negro's.

    I have also been known to hump table legs, a.ka. hucking CJ's little red mini bike.

    I have ridden with few folks in this forum from AZ, and I must say they were all great people! PaulB, PedalAZ, JKK, C.J., G1 and the flying Nowacki's to name a few. Looking forward to riding and sharing drivel with with the AZ folks from Passion.

    It's good to be back,

    Louis

    p.s. Is this new forum some sort of anti terroism measure?

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    Hey Louis

    Welcome back SunDog,
    hope to ride with you again.
    Later,
    JohnnyK











    Quote Originally Posted by SunDog
    Checking back into the forum from the Land of the Two Rivers, a.k.a The Cradle of Civilization, a.k.a.Baby Bush's Folley.

    My name is Louis,

    I reside in Tucson, Catalina to be exact.

    I am a Merchant of Chaos according to Brother Elron.

    I love MTB'ing and prefer burley epic back country rides. My wife, Sandy, and I enjoy hiking, camping, and scuba diving.

    My steed is a heavy duty trailbike named "Punches Doggies".

    My bike hauler was a retired Sherpa named Chimi, but he has since retired and I now have to haul my own bike when I can't mooch a ride.

    I support SDMB when it comes to trail maintenance and ride with SAMBA on occasion.

    Pre-ride burritos and post ride chips and salsa are a favorites.

    Blue Agave rules as does post ride icy cold Corona's or Negro's.

    I have also been known to hump table legs, a.ka. hucking CJ's little red mini bike.

    I have ridden with few folks in this forum from AZ, and I must say they were all great people! PaulB, PedalAZ, JKK, C.J., G1 and the flying Nowacki's to name a few. Looking forward to riding and sharing drivel with with the AZ folks from Passion.

    It's good to be back,

    Louis

    p.s. Is this new forum some sort of anti terroism measure?

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    I'm avoiding work so here is my bike hauler. It sticks out a bit more than others with the roof rack and my sticker collection on the wind dam....
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    Cool thread just wanted to introduce myself.

    My name is Cesar I am 24 years old. OK I 'm really 34 years old.

    Raced BMX as a kid.(10 to 14)

    I dropped bikes completely during High School and College after finding girls and cars.

    Picked up MTB'ing in 1992 while stationed in Germany with the Air Force. First bike was a Schwinn Paramount with full XT. Nice first bike!!!! I got hooked after moving to Colorado Springs, CO and riding Palmer Park with a friend. Note: User name is my favorite riding area.

    My family and I have lived in AZ twice now and I think it will be home until I hit the LOTTO and move back to my beloved San Diego. Haha. Just moved back here in March 03. I live in Gilbert (Val Vista and Warner). I have a great wife of 8 years and three awesome boys that rule my world. 8, 4, and 2 year olds. We all ride MTB's believe it or not.

    I have had upto eight personal bikes at one time. It's a sickness!!!! I am now down to one. 12 step program helped a lot. ;-)

    I have riden in three 24 hour events. (Moab and Tucson) I plan to ride 24 hours of McDowell this year (October). I prefer rides like Pass Mtn, South Mtn (National) Mount Elden in Flagg. I like to pay before I can play. ie I gotta climb it before I can bomb it.

    I work in the semi-conductor industry. Technical Support Engineer.

    My current bike is a non-stock 03 Specialized Enduro S-Works - Easton Carbon Bar and Post, Chris King hubs and headset. XTR cranks and derailleurs, Avid Juicy Sevens and last but not least Stan's tubeless gu in the tires. I've also got an old Specialized Allez road bike that is only used for my rollers. I don't ride the roads!!!! Not that there is anything wrong with it ;-)

    My truck of choice is a 92 Toyota 4x4 pickup with a few dents here and there.

    I only drink socially or until my wife tells me that I'm making an ass of myself!!! Burrrrrrp. I love to drink good wine. Beer is for the young guys;-)

    I listen to any and all music. If it makes my feet tap then I like it.

    My favorite color is blue, my favorite number is 10 blah blah blah..........

    Anyway, I mostly ride on the weekends with a good group of friends. We mostly ride South (National to marker 18) since it has the most bang for the buck locally.

    Hope to see all of you out on the trails. Cya

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    Just moved in

    Hi, My name's Larry. My family just moved here in November, to be closer to the rest of our family (my in-laws). I took my Mongoose Rockadile out on Dessert Classic and was hooked immediately. I was a motocross racer 25 years ago, so I thought this would be similar. The answer is yes and no. It's as fun, but a lot more work.

    Anyway, after about 6 weeks on the Mongoose, I developed a painful bruise in a sensitive area, and thought I was done. Of all things, my wonderful wife convinced me to go out and get the Jekyll 800 so I could continue to ride during my brief period of unemployment.

    My goal is to race. I figure how fast can the 40-50 beginner division be?

    My fear is getting a job, and night riding during the summer.

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    Let's keep this thread rockin'!

    My name is Noel - as in Christmas- not Nole. My ride is a '99 Green Stumpy. I was introduced to MTBing by my now wife about 5 years ago when we were dating. I couldn't understand at the time what this girl's obsession was with "riding a bike". She's been riding since '96. After getting spanked by her every time out on a buddy's borrowed bike I still wasn't getting it. Then I got my first FS bike and we rode Hawes and I was in love.

    Well here we are years later having logged thousands of miles in AZ, CA, UT, CO, TX, MN, Mexico & a 10 day bike tour in Ireland for our honeymoon. We both still feel the little hairs on our arms stand up when we're getting ready to go out on a ride and still come home sweaty, exhausted, sore and smiling every time out.

    I've met many of you over the last couple of AZSFs and am looking forward to meeting more of you this year.

    My motorized ride is a 2001 4Runner.

    My favorite place to ride is wherever my tires happen to be at the time - preferably singletrack. My current favorite ride is a nice night ride on South Mountain. Still love riding in Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona & Tucson too.

    We live in South Tempe.

    We love beer - don't drink wine. My current fav is Negra Modelo and hers is Honey Brown but we'll take a Corona anytime.

    Hope to see you out on the trail....
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    I Don't Know If You Are Afraid You Will Get A Job, Or Afraid You Won't...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cannonmale
    Hi, My name's Larry.

    My goal is to race. I figure how fast can the 40-50 beginner division be?

    My fear is getting a job, and night riding during the summer.
    Larry, welcome to the area! I love to run across someone else that is old enough to remember doing anything 25 years ago!

    I couldn't help but laugh wondering if a job was gonna be a good thing, or just get in the way of your new interest in trailriding!

    I hope you give racing a try, it is LOTS of fun here in Arizona, but the answer to your question about 40-50 Beginners is, DAMN FAST!

    John W.
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    Thanks John

    Thanks for the info. I plan to head up to White Tanks this weekend to check out the potential competition.

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    OK, ok. My name is Steve and I think that I'm 36. Moved to Tucson last year and love it. Have lived in Knoxville, Seattle, Albuquerque, Taos, Los Alamos in the past. Yeah Knoxville was an outlier. I'm married to a sometimes roadie and have an 18 month old sweet terror of a son. Gonna buy a trike for him(?) soon! I work as an natural resource/water econ$m#st at UA.

    My bikes:
    Yeti ARC
    Merlin Extralight
    Bridgestone MB1 single speed
    Sakae (sucky?) aluminum single speed roadie
    AMF/huffy high-zoot,single-speed, coaster-braked, half-fendered powder blue commuter. The commuter was built during the AMF Harley Davidson era. Yeah, it's a Hog.
    Wife has a S-works hardtail and a Fuji or somesuch roadie.

    My four-wheeled rides:
    94 Toyota 4x4 truck,
    98 Subaru Outback. Hardly ever use them since moving here. Oh yeah. 67 Ranchero too - my first car. I'll give them all up for more bikes thank you very much.

    Rides: I'm in a rut. Haven't explored too much. FI and Starr Pass. Stuff around Redington. Ride often, but lack variety. (Hmmm, sounds like marria..).

    Bought my first mountain bike in 1985- Trek black and pink job ( thank god for student loans!) BTW, I was one of the early adopters of full suspension (1977 Montgomery Wards coil-sprung rear, double crown fork, go fast genuine simulated plastic gas tank and fenders, rat-trap pedals), but I've since given it up. I think I'll come back to the fold soon with an Intense or Blur.

    Beer: Yes. Prefer microbrews, The only beer I positively will not drink is rolling rock. blech. Wine is good.

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    this is sweet...az is awesome!

    it's so cool having an Arizona specific message board. I was a frequent poster on mtbr.com for a couple years before this new board was started and I think this format is really awesome and am glad to be back reading about all the cool riding and riders in AZ.

    I also post on www.freeridewest.com (cause I am radical...yes I said radical) , it is a forum that a friend in Florida started a few years back...it is basically arizona (freeridewest.com) and Florida (freeridesouth.com) people posting on it.

    I grew up in central NY...and was a cycling junkie since about 11 or 12. My dad was a roadie and long distance runner so I was always riding my bike or runnin'...and as soon as I knew what a mountain bike was I was hooked. I started racing at about 15 and was done racing by about 20. Went to College for Graphic Design, Drinking and drugs and soon became out of shape and soft like aged fruit. Finshed school and moved to AZ and started riding again...took my old trek carbon fiber race bike and made it into a singlespeed and that quickly re-kindled my love for two wheels.

    I am now 26 and part owner of Cactus Bike. I am doing what I love: guiding, riding and survivng. I LOVE showing people this awesome state. In my spare time I ride as much as I can, camp, go 4 wheelin, work on trails, design websites, take pics of my buddies doin stupid stuff and travel (well I used to before I became a small business owner). I have a redline Monocog SS, A Brodie Devo all-mountain bike, a FOES Mono DH Bike, a couple pre-war cruisers and tons of old (mostly useless) parts lying around my home and shop. I love bikes and have about 4 more I want to build. For some reason I think I need a bike for every style of riding I enjoy...I am a bit of a ****. Although I do like climbing on bikes that are designed to be ridden down.

    I have a 6 year old Black lab/ chow who I hang out with alot. She's pretty cool.

    I enjoy all types of beer...watered down domestic canned beer tastes really good after a long ride IMHO but my weekness is probably Kilt Lifter. My current GF works at 4 peaks so that has been working out really well so far. I think we really have something juz kidding...shes really the sweetest person I have met.

    You don't really care what kinda car I drive...do you?

    Can't wait to ride with ya'll at the Fling!

    Peace

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    Can I play

    Name's Stuart. 44 yrs old. Previously posted under "Cleavis Pin", but discarded that since it was stupid and nobody knew what it meant, including me. New handle is more desert-specific, I think, especially since I used to keep chuckwallas as pets as a kid. (when I was a kid, not the lizards).

    Born and raised in Yuma, AZ. U of A Class of 1981. Have lived in Willcox, Casa Grande, Ahwatukee, and have been in South Tempe since 1995.

    Married, two kids. Son is 12 and a tennis junkie. Neither my wife nor I play tennis, so I don't know how that happened. Daughter is 11 and soccer/basketball player. Kids sports sure keep your riding schedule compartmentalized.

    2001 Superlight
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    1999 Trek 2300 road bike.

    Looking forward to warmer weather. I just bought Paul B's book, so I want to try some new stuff. Normally, I ride S. Mtn, since its so close and I usually have a dang time limit. Wife rides too, actually faster'n me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck the Walla
    Name's Stuart. 44 yrs old. Previously posted under "Cleavis Pin", but discarded that since it was stupid and nobody knew what it meant, including me. New handle is more desert-specific, I think, especially since I used to keep chuckwallas as pets as a kid. (when I was a kid, not the lizards).

    Born and raised in Yuma, AZ. U of A Class of 1981. Have lived in Willcox, Casa Grande, Ahwatukee, and have been in South Tempe since 1995.

    Married, two kids. Son is 12 and a tennis junkie. Neither my wife nor I play tennis, so I don't know how that happened. Daughter is 11 and soccer/basketball player. Kids sports sure keep your riding schedule compartmentalized.

    2001 Superlight
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    1999 Trek 2300 road bike.

    Looking forward to warmer weather. I just bought Paul B's book, so I want to try some new stuff. Normally, I ride S. Mtn, since its so close and I usually have a dang time limit. Wife rides too, actually faster'n me.
    I like the new handle, Stuart! See you around our backyard, S.Mtn....

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    Outside of this place most people call me Greg.
    Used to post quite a bit in the old forum but pretty much am a lurker as of late.
    Live in Ahwatukee, just off the trail head at 27th. street. It is good to have South Mt. in the backyard!
    While I appreciate just about any type of riding my favorite times are the ones spent on more technical trails, the kind that are measure in time not distance. Most of my riding time is spent on South Mt., dispite riding there for 10 years the mountain's trails are still some of my favs.
    Grew up riding BMX on a daily basis, took about a 10 year break from biking to persue a layed back life in Hawaii where I was at the beach daily.
    I'm now really old (39), fat, slow and generally very obnoxious. I wish I could ride more but the damn career thing seems to always get in the way.
    I've participated in all but the last Spring Fling, honeymoon had priority this year.
    Current bikes are a Turner 5 Spot built up for heavy trail riding, an Ellsworth Joker more for freeride type riding and an Ultegra equipped Specialized road bike.
    I think the I've almost got the riding thing figured out...push one pedal down...the other comes up...one pedal down repeat as necessary. Now if I could just find the National trailhead??????

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    3 months late .... but there we are

    My names Edward, 27, born in the UK lived in USA for 8 years now. Living in Tucson with 1 1/2 year old and my amazing wife, about to start another degree in the fall

    I'd been using my schwinn for years to commute to college and then work, but 6 months ago someone thought they needed it more than I did so I became somewhat bikeless.

    Brother-in-law. and Father-in-law have been xc riding (and more) for a long time now and so I rented my first full suspension and got the bug. Still only 2 months into it and haven't bought my first bike yet, but I'm really close and my 'bike fund' has grown thanks to birthday presents recently.

    As for BYOB I miss that room temp. bitters but really enjoy the microbrews available near campus.

    Only ridden fantasy island a few times so far, but plan on riding 50 year trail next time I climb on a bike.
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    My Name is Harcourt Fenton Mudd aka Titus

    Welcome to 2004:

    2004 is poised to be another exciting year for both Titus Cycles and our customers. We've been building custom bicycles since 1991 and every year we get even more excited than the last to show you our latest and greatest creations. The 2004 model year promises to be one of the most exciting yet. One of the biggest developments is the introduction of new shock technologies throughout our full suspension line. Titus bikes have always been recognized as the most efficient pedaling full suspension bikes in the world and now the shock technology takes us to a whole new level. Weíve worked hand in hand with the engineers from Fox, Manitou, and Progressive suspension to custom tune and develop their shocks to work in perfect harmony with our cutting edge suspension designs. In fact, these shock technologies have enabled us to add an all-new Titus bike to the line that promises to give you more of everything. The new Super-Moto offers up to 7" of plush rear wheel travel and more adjustability than any bike that has ever come before it, plus a level of pedaling efficiency that rivals the best XC designs available.

    On the pavement front, we continue to develop our high performance road bikes by finding new ways to shave weight while increasing the ride quality and performance from every bike in the line. Finally, thereís even more excitement surrounding our ground breaking composite technologies developed in conjunction with our friends at VyaTek sports. We continue to tweak our Exogrid and Isogrid designs, attaining a ride that defines perfection.

    So, If you're looking for a new bike this year, it is a very exciting time to be a Titus customer. Visit the rest of the site to see which Titus bike fulfills all your cycling wants and dreams.

    Call us at 800.85.TITUS. We will build your dream.
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    now THAT is funny...not to mention controversial...

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    ... and if we just ...

    i moved to prescott 7 months ago from socal.im married almost ten years have for boys 4,4,8,18 and a 3 month old black lab ive only riden this area i have had a lot of different types of bikes.the last year all i ride is fixed i have a lugged steel road fixie with mustach bars,a custom fixed cross bike with mustach bars & front brake only,a surly 1x1 fixed on 2.5 weirwolfs mustach bars front brake only this is my all mountain trail bike,also a 1x8 franken bike with mustach bars set up for my rollers.i love riding fixed and i really like mustache bars

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    Southern California Rider since 1998. Started with Specialized Rock Hopper hard tail, cracked the frame at the chainstay/rear wheel hookup point. Upgraded to Turner 5 Spot in 2004 (man, that was expensive for a frame at that time) Moved to North Texas (Dallas area in 2008 and found out that limestone drops, loose rock and deep drops can really cause pain. Needless to say, the abuse of these trails killed my Turner frame and now desperately seeking Susan? Or, just another Turner frame.. hahah.. Did I mention Im a clydesdale ready to be put out to pasture at 49 and 280 solid pounds of Clydesdale fury? hahaha! I do love the mountain bike world. Much pleasure, pain and expense but every minute of it created a passion for life. RIDE ON! STAY FIT and if you crash, always remember, "STOP, DROP and ROLL DICK ROLL!! Only older folks will know where that saying came from!

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    My name is Eric, and the Earth has orbited the Sun 26 times since I have been born. I live in N. Phoenix, 7th ave and greenway about a mile from Shaw Butte. I used to race ABA BMX when i was 13, but got too tall. I bought a mountain bike 2 years ago and i now have an addiction that occupies much of my thought. I work as a tech for a non-medical laboratory, before that I worked in the firearms industry, and before that i was an Army Infantryman(11B,04-08). By night I am a professional karaoke singer/ pool shark...jk. Other than MTBing i like to play the vidya games, educate myself about things that i find interesting(zoology, ecology engineering, materials production). Once something interests me i research it until i have at least a satisfactory understanding of it. Im not much for alcohol, but i like brown ales. Moose Drool is my current favorite. No kids, not married..........ladies

    Bikes
    stock '08 ReignX2, that is about to get a new fork and brakes. Also a currently unrideable Giant revel. I also have access to a Giant talon 29er. (Im not a giant loyalist)
    Fortunately my dad is nice enough to let me take his Fuel EX8 for a spin every now and then.

    Im a kinda shy quiet guy, I have not met any forum members. However, I want to ride some more gnarly trails and I ought to meet some riding partners. Im a tall guy who usually wear a gray and green fox jersey, with a desert camo camel back. Im down for all types of riding from XC to DH. I climb at pretty leisurely pace and try to descend as fast as the trail allows. I drive an isuzu rodeo that can fit 2 bikes in the back, if slightly stacked on top of each other. I have absolutely no opposition to the occasional flag, sedona, or sunrise trip.
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    Damn! I getting old!

    And I still haven't figured out how to ride my bike! Just did some rough estimating, roughly 300 attempts to ride up the waterfall yet I've never made it. Suppose this would define insanity. Will I ever learn?

    I remember back in the late 90's when this site only had about 30-40 hits a day. My how things have changes......back then people were drilling holes in their frames to save some weight, bar-ends were about to be all the rage, suspension forks depended on elastomers (a water proof sponge) for their dampening, the narrower and flatter the handle bar was made it better, air would never be able to dampen compression or rebound, hydration packs were a fad that would soon be dead, hydraulic brakes were only good for making you do endos, there were discussions on this board about the possibility of compressing helium within frame tubing to make your bike lighter, suspension bikes were just a fad and everything cool was anodized purple.
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    Name is Brian, 44 years old, been mtn biking since 92, moved to Tucson in 92 and to Phoenix in 2000. Originally from Md and spent 3 years in Santa Barbara Calif.(UCSB got my masters in Statistics there) and one year in Morgantown, WV.

    I took a 8 year break for biking 2004-2012, and in the process eclipsed 250 lbs... back down around 200 now and loving it...

    Work as a Statistical Modeler and Programmer at American Express.

    Bikes -- 2012 Cannondale SL2, 2012 Stumpjumper Comp HT, 2013 Specialized Allez sport Roadie

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    Crazy thread bump from 2004!! This could be a record!! I'll add to the mix as this forum needs some fun threads:

    Lived here 11years, I sold my college meal plan for my first mountain bike in 1992 and lived on ramen and milwakees BEAST. Used that bike do tram laps at Jay Peak, VT on my 26" rigid!! Now ride 29er HT, hit the McDowells & T-100 area pretty often. Part time roadie, trail runner and just love being outside. Cubile jockey during the week while I work for the man, proud hubby and daddy. Like the note above my avitar, "livin' the dream...."

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    Great Idea

    I'm Shannon. Very new to MTB but learning fast. Spent many years hiking, backpacking and kayaking..now this.

    I live in NW AZ Kingman area
    I have been in AZ for 17 years
    I am finishing up an Operational Meteorolgy Degree and I currently work for a local Govt
    My first and only bike is a small 2011 C'Dale Jekyll
    Husband also has a Jekyll and son has an RZ. We get out as much as we can.
    Haul my ride around with 2008 Subaru Outback
    Anyone else from this area?

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    I'm Tony... 36 y/o, been riding on/off for 10 years.

    Live in Fountain Hills (when I'm not travelling for work) and moved from Canton, MI in 2010 and have been riding consistently since (with the exception of the last 6 months due to my damn day job... Solution Architect @ HP). Live with my wife of 7 years (I THINK?) and 2 cats.

    Do my riding on a 2010 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, and normally around the McD's and MMRP

    Happy the weather has cooled, now I can get out and drop the 20lbs that work has put on.
    Keep pedalin'. You can catch your breath on the downhill!

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    I'm Justin. 25 y/o and have been riding for about 1.5 years now.

    I live in Tempe, and frequent Somo, Papago, and Hawes among a few other places.

    I ride a 2011 Trek Fuel Ex 8 and a 2012 Giant Glory 2 (thx GnarGnar!)

    I work full time for Infusionsoft, and spend my time here writing automated software tests with Java and Selenium.
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    Hi, I'm raisingarizona aka Josh, been riding since the late 80's as a kid back in New Jersey on mostly quad trails. I generally like being in high places and enjoy a healthy dose of exposure. I love steeps. Over the last ten+ years of living in Flagstaff I am becoming more dessert dweller curious. I really dislike cities, consumerism, workalcoholism, main stream pop culture, religion, guys wearing cologne and/or gold, and overly flashy folks. I love the idea of living in a van down by whatever. I am very human and have many weaknesses, I often behave naughty but I don't feel any regret, shame, or embarrassment for such activities. I live life as a ski bum and I am proud to state so. A hedonist perhaps? A little Gonzo? Yes probably so. And yep, I love all things bike related. I often like to disappear, fall off grid and get away from people. I like dogs more than most humans and I think leash laws are retarded. I love the sound of the wind whispering through pine needles and the smell of a good juniper on fire. I value personal freedom more than anything and I think the word "safety" is WAY overused and overrated. Guns are awesome and this country was originally founded by freethinkers that had them! I could care less what your sexual orientation is but I do care that you have the freedom to be who you are, unless of course it involves children, then you should be put down. One more thing, if bikes are your end all and you think there is nothing better and would like to keep it that way you should stay away from powder skiing, it will ruin that for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Hi, I'm raisingarizona aka Josh, been riding since the late 80's as a kid back in New Jersey on mostly quad trails. I generally like being in high places and enjoy a healthy dose of exposure. I love steeps. Over the last ten+ years of living in Flagstaff I am becoming more dessert dweller curious. I really dislike cities, consumerism, workalcoholism, main stream pop culture, religion, guys wearing cologne and/or gold, and overly flashy folks. I love the idea of living in a van down by whatever. I am very human and have many weaknesses, I often behave naughty but I don't feel any regret, shame, or embarrassment for such activities. I live life as a ski bum and I am proud to state so. A hedonist perhaps? A little Gonzo? Yes probably so. And yep, I love all things bike related. I often like to disappear, fall off grid and get away from people. I like dogs more than most humans and I think leash laws are retarded. I love the sound of the wind whispering through pine needles and the smell of a good juniper on fire. I value personal freedom more than anything and I think the word "safety" is WAY overused and overrated. Guns are awesome and this country was originally founded by freethinkers that had them! I could care less what your sexual orientation is but I do care that you have the freedom to be who you are, unless of course it involves children, then you should be put down. One more thing, if bikes are your end all and you think there is nothing better and would like to keep it that way you should stay away from powder skiing, it will ruin that for you.

    I don't read posts that long unless they're in sans-serif.
    Nice KOM, sorry about your penis.

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    Hi I'm David, now on to my point.....

    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    One more thing, if bikes are your end all and you think there is nothing better and would like to keep it that way you should stay away from powder skiing, it will ruin that for you.
    I lived in a town with a near by ski area for about 7 years back in the day. I had a snow board and still do. I can agree with you that bombing through the trees in knee deep+ powder is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can ever do.

    Before that I lived by the ocean, surfing was my thing for over 10 years. Trust me, dropping into a clean double overhead bomb, screaming down face as you carve big sweeping turns, is one of the few things that truly rivals the powder experience.

    The two activities above are both at the top of the food change when it comes to excitement. The problem with both is that they are rare. Even if you live in a ski town you only have a few days of the year that are true powder days. I guess if you have a helicopter that may be a different story. The same goes for surfing at least in So Cal, you get about 50% of the days of the year that are even surf-able and only a hand full of days that are really epic, and those days always seem to happen on a work day. "Hey boss, there's a big swell hitting tomorrow, can I take the day off?"

    In contrast, I mountain bike year round. All I need to do is get up off the couch and I'm less than a 10 minute warm up to three trail heads. The conditions do change a little, but I'm never disappointed. I never have to plan for months, spend thousands of dollars for a week of mediocre conditions in Whistler. Been there done that. Still, skiing Whistler is never a bad thing, but the whole time I was there I couldn't stop thinking that I would have spent my money more wisely if I would have made the same trip in the summer, and brought my mountain bike, which is still high on my bucket list.

    I do love me some skiing and surfing, but as long as I have consistent Mountain Biking, I don't miss those things too much.

    Back to the introduction. I like to ride bikes on dirt.
    Better than most, not as good as some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjkm View Post
    Crazy thread bump from 2004!! This could be a record!! I'll add to the mix as this forum needs some fun threads:

    Lived here 11years, I sold my college meal plan for my first mountain bike in 1992 and lived on ramen and milwakees BEAST. Used that bike do tram laps at Jay Peak, VT on my 26" rigid!! Now ride 29er HT, hit the McDowells & T-100 area pretty often. Part time roadie, trail runner and just love being outside. Cubile jockey during the week while I work for the man, proud hubby and daddy. Like the note above my avitar, "livin' the dream...."
    LOVE it! Some of the people who started this thread are probably riding around in a senior center parking lot now!!!

    Anyway, I am Craig, I live in Chandler (Rural and Ray) and I spend most of my time riding with the kids (8, 6, and two 4yr olds) But get to South Mountain and anywhere else I can when ever the opportunity comes up! I am 36 years old and just getting back into mountain biking (DH/ XC) I love wrenching on and riding anything with 2 wheels! (usually you can find me in my garage cleaning/ adjusting/ lubing or building something)

    I am a property inspector (home inspector AZprecise.com ) and do enjoy the occasional beer (decent quality beer, usually the darker/ thicker the better)

    Feel free to hit me up if you are looking to take a ride or mess around with bikes some time and live in the area!

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    Cool,
    My names Cole I'm 19 and a soph at ASU studying business/Global Politics, german, and spanish. I've always been on a bike but i started mtb about 3 years ago. I am now founder and president of the mtb club at ASU, (AMBR), and maybe one day ill work for a large bike company in international business.

    I always liked to jump but i've been wanting to get into more downhill, unfortunately funds are low.
    I currently live in scottsdale and i usually ride T100 or lost dog.
    President / Founder ASU Mountain Bike Club

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    The name's Cody. I'm 29, moved to Mesa from Texas back in May and instantly wanted to start mountain biking so I bought a 2011 Stumpjumper Expert Evo which I love. I don't know if I feel like racing, but I do want to shred some downhill gnar, so I'm trying to stick to the following game plan for the next year:

    1) Summer Gravity Camp in August
    2) A nice downhill rig
    3) Find some riding compadres - if anyone wants to join, and would be more than happy to assist with shuttle runs. If you aren't an *******, hit me up - I'm worth my weight in beer.
    4) Gnar Card
    5) Sunrise/Bootleg/Flagstaff as much as possible.
    6) Find my girl an "all downhill" loop to ride so she quits yelling at me during climbs

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    Yikes this is an old thread!

    Have been lurking around here for about a year--haven't really had a question that hasn't already been asked somewhere on the forum, so just try to learn from what others have already said.

    Rode various sorts of motorcycles on and off since I was a kid; currently 42 years of age, just started mountain-biking about a year ago. And I suck. lol

    Ride a 2012 Stumpjumper FSR Comp 29'er, and I like trails like Usery Pass, Red Mountain, and National on South Mountain, etc.

    Just tried National Trail for the first time ever yesterday- it completely kicked my butt. Still, I'd rather push the bike uphill through rocks than pedal around on a bike trail.

    Learned a lot reading on this forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfndav View Post
    The two activities above are both at the top of the food change when it comes to excitement..
    I've always wondered what it would be like to be at the top of the food change!
    "This fish who keeps on swimming, is the first to chill upstream" - 311

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfndav View Post
    Hi I'm David, now on to my point.....



    I lived in a town with a near by ski area for about 7 years back in the day. I had a snow board and still do. I can agree with you that bombing through the trees in knee deep+ powder is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can ever do.

    Before that I lived by the ocean, surfing was my thing for over 10 years. Trust me, dropping into a clean double overhead bomb, screaming down face as you carve big sweeping turns, is one of the few things that truly rivals the powder experience.

    The two activities above are both at the top of the food change when it comes to excitement. The problem with both is that they are rare. Even if you live in a ski town you only have a few days of the year that are true powder days. I guess if you have a helicopter that may be a different story. The same goes for surfing at least in So Cal, you get about 50% of the days of the year that are even surf-able and only a hand full of days that are really epic, and those days always seem to happen on a work day. "Hey boss, there's a big swell hitting tomorrow, can I take the day off?"

    In contrast, I mountain bike year round. All I need to do is get up off the couch and I'm less than a 10 minute warm up to three trail heads. The conditions do change a little, but I'm never disappointed. I never have to plan for months, spend thousands of dollars for a week of mediocre conditions in Whistler. Been there done that. Still, skiing Whistler is never a bad thing, but the whole time I was there I couldn't stop thinking that I would have spent my money more wisely if I would have made the same trip in the summer, and brought my mountain bike, which is still high on my bucket list.

    I do love me some skiing and surfing, but as long as I have consistent Mountain Biking, I don't miss those things too much.

    Back to the introduction. I like to ride bikes on dirt.
    Hell yeah. Former ski bum who did time in Summit County tuning skis and waiting tables. Although that was over 10 years ago, I can relate to the memorable, epic deep days since they are so few & far between. I experienced multiple 100+ day seasons and skied about 3 years straight, hiking for turns in the summer. The deep days in the trees are true experiences that wake up your soul and remind you that you are ALIVE.

    Moving to the desert, the mountain bike took the place of the ski, the flowy single track is now the unskied goodies on the side of the trail. Nothing replaces the trees on a powder day. For those who have not experienced it, get out there and do it (just let me get first tracks!)

    Heres to a great winter and the endless mountain bike season (now entering my 11th year of riding with no off season).

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    I do really like the consistency of biking. As I'm getting older I don't love the cold as much as I used to either but powder skiing is something very special. I sometimes wish I could give up skiing all together in order to simplify my life and expenses but I just can't do it.

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    I suppose I'll add to the pile...

    I'm Craig, as you might have guessed. 30 years old and a 2nd gen. AZ native living in north Phoenix. I've been on two wheels since I was 5, spending most of that time on dirt bikes. I have begun to shift my focus away from my motorized Evel Kievel ish ways and am looking forward to buying my fourth bike in 2 years. I started mountain biking roughly two years ago on a Santa Cruz Nickel which I have since sold. I now own a Santa Cruz Butcher and a Niner RIP 9. Hopefully I'll get my downhill bike pretty soon.
    I raced motocross for about 5 years in my teens and then got into FMX back when it was in its infancy. I was lucky enough to travel the country putting on demos and shows and enjoying my early 20's. A bad crash (luckily close to home in Tucson) where I broke both wrists at the same time started my search for other hobbies and ways of paying for them. This got me into photography and videography where I could still hang with my FMX friends and document their stunts and antics.
    I still do a lot of photography and even manage to sell a few pictures here and there, although not nearly enough to be able to survive on just that. My full-time job is a dental technician where I run the CAD/CAM department. Dentistry is going digital!

    Hope that sums me up
    Check out my photography on RedBubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/fmxdbc

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    I have a Buzz Lightyear in my helmet!

    I am one of those crazy natives, been living in Desert Hills since I was born. Long before Anthem or Tramanto, when the closest grocery store was on Bell Rd., I still morn the loss of my desert.

    At the age of about 6 I got my first real mtn bike it was a Trek from Swiss America. After that my parents drug me out as much as they could, with much whining and complaining. Eventually they took me out to Cave Creek Park, which back then Go John was a straight up climb with loose rock that you could barely walk up let alone drag a bike up. A few years went by, I still disliked riding but would tolerate it. In 1996 my parents found out about a mtn bike race called the Cactus Cup, they drug me along to this event and quelled my whining with many Power Bar samples. I just remember lots of bright colorful riders and wishing I could ride my bike like them. My parents entered me into the kiddie race, and I really wanted to do it, I think the first time I really showed and interest in riding my bike. Sadly mid race I ran into a kid who cussed me out, and then in a hurry to get out of there, I slipped in a corner and fell. Not a good race experience, and I swore I would never ever race again. I did however ride a lot, and we would go to Colorado for 2 weeks and those were awesome vacations! Nothing compares to being able to ride down all day long. Yes, we did the ski slopes, ride the lift up, bomb down on a bike, get in line, repeat.

    Fast forward a few more years, I was in 8th grade, on a hand me down bike. Somehow I got peer pressured into signing up for another mtn bike race at Mcdowell mtn park. Got to the start line, everyone was decked out in their jerseys, clipless shoes, and nice bikes. They all looked intimidating but apparently I was faster. Somehow I won that race, and I was hooked after a little bit more convincing. That year I lost the state championship by one second. There are many more race stories but not enough time to tell them all.

    I am the poster child for life gets in the way, however, I still come back to my bike in the end. I found my way back to my bike again in March of this year, they built trails behind my house, and out came my bike again (it was about time!).

    My favorite places to ride would be anything that isn't new and improved trails. I cried real tears when they took out my old Go John trail. Things I had worked 3-5 years to ride up gone with one fell swoop of a mini bobcat. One hill I was one ride away from being able to clear for the first time, gone. Enough about that, I love anything up in the Schultz Creek area, Mcdowell, White Tanks (the tech loop), BCT, and Estrella (the tech loop). I live directly behind the north side of the Sonoran Desert Preserve, and have been riding the rockless, sterile new trails, praying for another rain storm to wash some rocks in the trail.

    My ride is from 2004, I would rather not talk about that poor bike. I am in the market for a new bike, just can't make up my mind yet.
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    Hi I'm Chris, 40 yrs old, recently single as far as bikes and women are concerned, started MTB riding in July. I started road biking at the end of may and set a goal to ride my bike to work on my 40th B-day in July. I made the 21 mile ride in 62 minutes and hated almost all of it. Road riding alone sucks. MTBing alone is much better, even more so with others.
    I live in East Mesa and normally ride out at Hawes for the most part though I have not explored too much of that yet. I have been to Lost Dog Wash in Scottsdale a few times and McDowell Mtn park once. Like all of them quite a bit! I am still pretty out of shape but decided to go SS, rigid because I felt it was a great excuse to stop here & there.
    My rides are 12' Gravity G29 SS, 03' Trek 5900 Wazoo carbon roadbike, and an 85 Diamondback Apex converted to SS for neighborhood errands & such. I am also working on building a CX type commuter as soon as I collect all the bits & pieces.
    I normally ride alone since all my riding friends live in North Scottsdale and have families etc.

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    Hello, I am Brent, Live in El Mirage.
    Just got into MTB'ing about 3 months ago. A buddy at work (Aaron T) has been doing this for about 17 years lol. Kind of helped the push. I also got my Wife into it and my 10 year old Son.

    I work as a Dodge tech for a Dodge dealer here in the valley

    We try to ride ever Sunday morning somewhere in the Valley normally at White Tanks. the last month or so we have added about 4 people to our group that have now gotten into this hobby also.

    Current rides are
    Me,
    13' Trek Rumblefish Elite. 29er
    13' Specialized Carv 29er. (green/white one)

    Wife
    13' Specialized Myka 29er

    Son.
    He is on just a walmart bike for now till he gets a little taller


    Plans are to build a 650b and get a DH bike. They look so badass.
    also to get ready for Flight of the pigs next year,

    My hold back right now is some lung problems. Doc found a Lung Nodule. Just had a CT scan Monday. waiting for results.
    Too Many .

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    Hi all

    I'm Eddie currently living in mesa, started biking after a dui to and from work on a Hyper 26" (80 bucks at walmart) back in February when my license got suspended. After i got my license back i stopped riding. about 3 weeks ago i dusted off the bike and intended to just do local canal but decided to go on south mountain. Needless to say i ended up breaking that bike after 2 rides (bb wobbled and snapped the fork) and had to walk back. Purchased a 2012 Nishiki Wasatch from Dicks for 300 and have been riding since trying to hit south mountain 2 or 3 times a week since it's close to my work.

    Current Bikes
    2012 Nishiki Wasatch

    Back up
    26" Hyper Havoc (replaced bb at a LBS, fork was warrantied with a beefer fork and they gave me a front brake rotor assembly)

    Future
    I can't really decided originally i wanted a Trek Rumblefish but i rode a Specialized bike i think it was a camber and like that. Also a few of the Santa Cruz bikes at seen a few LBS seem interesting as well. Also not sure about 26 or 29.

    I'm 5' 7" and pretty small. I rode a buddies trek since he wanted to test my bike and couldn't really maneuver it to well but might have been i wasn't used to it. I'm sure when I finally save up for one i'll post on here to get a better idea on which will be better since i'm just starting and went from canal path to mtbing.

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    "Do you have this in carbon?"

    I'm far too cool to ever post in this forum, and I'm sure not going to start now.

    I live in Phoenix. So does my dog. Here's a thread about our latest build.

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    Hi, I'm Matt. I'm 28 and live in Chandler and work for a landlocked municipality ensuring that the drinking water is safe for the public.
    After watching my dad finish the flag to grand canyon ride August, he inspired me to buy a mountain bike and hit the trails. I had only one set back, i had just had my shoulder repaired in June. i scoured CL and found a nice scott scale 29er and started riding it in October. i ride every weekend, but want to ride more.... I just signed up for the old pueblo 24hr. If you are looking for someone to ride with during the week, im available Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hope to see you guys on the trail!
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    Hi, Im Jason, AZ native, i have been back into mountain biking for a couple of years now and loving it. i live on the westside and consider FINS my home trail. I raced motocross my whole life and even made a living for a short while doing it ( if you want to call it a living ) and my family still owns and operates Speedworld. Im currently riding a 2013 stumpy elite my wife got me for xmas ( she's the best!) and my son is rolling my 09 Enduro. Bikes have always been my passion and there is nothing better than awesome weather and shredding some single track! Peace Out

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