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    Ahhh the pain....
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    Why your infatuation with single track is limiting you...

    Your limits are both physical and mental. Suffering will help you find and overcome both.
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    Cool stuff, Ray. I've been on that meadow SW of Flag, lots of forest roads in that area, way easy to get lost.

    Singletrack is great but there's way more out there, stuff like HAB and jeep roads that take you places like the ones in your blog.

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    Great post!

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    sweet post Ray!

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    Nice! I wish I had your motivation to just go ride but I honestly don't. I envy you man.

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    You forgot to mention, with double track you can ride hand in hand with any of your friends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaseco View Post
    You forgot to mention, with double track you can ride hand in hand with any of your friends!
    One camelback, 2 straws. Sounds romantic.
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    Love exploration! It's the most satisfying ride of all.

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    Hell yeah, ride what you got. I'm a 25 minute drive from any single track. So I've learned make the most of the terrian around me, riding every ditch and dirt pile with a 5 mile radius of my house. I'm always finding hiden away places you never see from a car and would never walk to. I put a short freeride stem and big bmx pedals on my rigid SS 29er to make it more play friendly.
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    Time is what is limiting me. When I have limited time to ride I tend to want to ride the best bits of trail I can in the least overall time. There are 3 trail systems I can ride out of the house, but I mostly drive to trail heads just to cut the time down. Riding to these trails adds miles and some what ok trail/path/road with short bits of pavement, but I just don't have time to ride there. This is particular true when riding the summer mornings in Phx as there is a limited window of cool rideable weather. In winter it is about getting the time to do a proper all day ride which I rarely do given family commitments.
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    Spot on Ray!! The last two bikepacking outings were roughly 1/2 forest roads drawn in using Topofusion. I love singletrack, but I also enjoy a nice long all day ride on a mix of terrain.
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    Why your infatuation with single track is limiting you...

    Great post! Thanks
    Chances are .. You're full of !$@&?

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    I've got a set of Avid 5's and a seat post I'm not using. I've been having this vague desire to build it into a 1x10 or SS hardtail that I could use for FS roads or easier trails where my Tallboy LT is a bit overkill.

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    very nice story !!

    I too have an affection for the wide ones :

    Why are MTBers so Obsessed with Trail Width ??
    fat old man ... fueled by Mexican pastries....

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    speaking of forest roads... I've been looking at a dirt road route in the Sups starting at Hewitt station road in Queen Valley, connecting to Queen Creek Canyon road, and dropping the road back to superior. there are a fair amount of roads back there. I plan to explore them this fall.

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    Why your infatuation with single track is limiting you...

    Quote Originally Posted by chongoman View Post
    speaking of forest roads... I've been looking at a dirt road route in the Sups starting at Hewitt station road in Queen Valley, connecting to Queen Creek Canyon road, and dropping the road back to superior. there are a fair amount of roads back there. I plan to explore them this fall.
    I did Hewitt Station Road once on the KLR. Not even much fun on the overweight dual sport. Follows the train tracks (aka flat), mildly sandy and lotsa motorized dusty traffic. But I have scoped out some big loops on the maps with some of the "canyon" named roads. Even up the mountains east of Superior and loop around the mines.

    More "intel"...turning right instead of left towards the PicketPost trailhead quickly runs into a small quarry/mining operation gate

    Ryan

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    Well done Ray!!

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    Man, now I feel deprived. All the riding within 5 minutes or less of my house is singletrack. Even right out my back gate, just singletrack. No fire roads. What to do, what to do...
    "Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion."-Jack Kerouac

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    Sounds like a marketing spin.

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