Phoenix Knollfest

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  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Phoenix Knollfest
    There seems to be an increased interest in a Knolly gathering in Phoenix this winter. For those that have not been here, we have perfect riding weather this time of year. Does sunny and 65-75 degrees work for you? :) Oh yeah, we have some pretty good riding too!

    Dirtbag and I are always here, tell me when you guys want to show up and we will make it happen. I can probably host a few people at my house and we can create a nice ride schedule.

    For those who are serious about coming in, let's set something up.

    I think they call this "chunk"

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  • 10-25-2012
    KRob
    Knolly Arizona Chunkfest!

    Checking with my trip scheduling coordinator as we speak.

    It would be fun to get together with you and Dirtbag again and meet some of the other Knomers. Maybe Dusty could even make his way over with some demos for the potential knolly customers to check out?
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    I am down. Awesome. I dont mind crashing at a nearby hotel / whatever...but wont turn down the offer of a place to crash. My calendar is pretty messed up at the moment..and the minute i organize something...work will screw me around. Are you totally flexible?

    Anytime after thx giving is probably best for me.

    Three days of riding (Fri - Sun) Fly out Sunday evening?
    I would try fly in Thu to get built up for Friday morning.

    11/29 - 12/2
    12/6 - 12/9
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    Will you force us to ride up that trail? Sweet.
  • 10-25-2012
    Calhoun
    Great idea.

    Not too long of a drive from Burque. And I know it doesn't help, but I have no scheduling conflicts :D
    I can go whenever.
  • 10-25-2012
    Dude!
    Depending on when this happens, I am in for this! There will be shuttles - right;):thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Guys,

    I am open, so throw out some dates. I think I can host a few people and certainly make arrangements to pickup and provide transport for those that may be flying in.

    Once we get some dates that work we can widdle them down to something that hopefully works for everyone. This would be a total trip!

    BTW, there will be no XC sissy rides, they will be Endo/Chili approved rides. :thumbsup:

    Here are some thoughts on routes:

    Goat Camp (this is a MUST) - superchunk
    National/Holbert/Kiwanis/National - a bit of everything
    National/Cochise - interesting switchbacks
    National/Viejo - steep and loose
    National/Old Lady Ames - 7 of the toughest switchbacks you will ever ride
    Alta - Swtchbacks "Doom", "Death", and "Destruction"
    Kiwanis/National West - Phoenix "XC", still a kick in the pants
  • 10-25-2012
    ebxtreme
    Dreaming how I could make this happen. Hmmm.....
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Dreaming how I could make this happen. Hmmm.....

    Aeroplane - Fly :)
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dude! View Post
    Depending on when this happens, I am in for this! There will be shuttles - right;):thumbsup:

    If by shuttling you mean pedaling, then yes, there will be plenty :D
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    If its 2012 -
    11/29 - 12/2 or
    12/6 - 12/9
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Dreaming how I could make this happen. Hmmm.....

    Southwest Airlines...I think it is $50 for your bike, or ship it to me.
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    If its 2012 -
    11/29 - 12/2 or
    12/6 - 12/9

    Both are excellent dates with great weather.
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    how much for you to build it up and service the bike if we ship it to you?
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    State your date
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Both are excellent dates with great weather.

    OK. Lets set a window...by when the date is decided (Sunday night? - no need to screw around)

    If you're interested - chime in if either of these dates are better / worse

    Doesnt take too many folks to have a party on the trails.
  • 10-25-2012
    woodyak
    I could make this happen. Keep posting details. Would like to know the date and the housing arrangements ASAP. Either of those dates would work. Checking airfare from Boston as I type this...
  • 10-25-2012
    Calhoun
    Is it National that has the campgrounds? I heard that it is a nice campground with showers.

    Both of Muttonchops weekends work for me. There are at least three more Knomers in ABQ, would be nice to carpool :D
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    how much for you to build it up and service the bike if we ship it to you?

    Free, especially if you have something on your bike I want :D. Seriously, I could have your bike built and ready to go if you send it my way.
  • 10-25-2012
    woodyak
    11/29 arriving 10:56 PM
    12/1 leaving 11:41 PM
    JetBlue Direct Flight from Boston
    $335

    The weekend following is about the same. Gotta see how much the kitchen pass costs now...
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    OK. Lets set a window...by when the date is decided (Sunday night? - no need to screw around)

    If you're interested - chime in if either of these dates are better / worse

    Doesnt take too many folks to have a party on the trails.


    I like the way you think.
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Is it National that has the campgrounds? I heard that it is a nice campground with showers.

    Both of Muttonchops weekends work for me. There are at least three more Knomers in ABQ, would be nice to carpool :D

    No camping at National, you can camp at USERY which is way out west, or at the White tanks I believe. If you stay at the White tanks you can shower at my place, it isn't too far away (about 15 minutes)

    Parks & Recreation - Maricopa County
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by woodyak View Post
    11/29 arriving 10:56 PM
    12/1 leaving 11:41 PM
    JetBlue Direct Flight from Boston
    $335

    The weekend following is about the same. Gotta see how much the kitchen pass costs now...

    Wow, that is a great rate. You are welcome to stay at my place. Depending on how many people show, we may need to setup some air matresses.
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Additional motivation if you are on the fence

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  • 10-25-2012
    woodyak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Wow, that is a great rate. You are welcome to stay at my place. Depending on how many people show, we may need to setup some air matresses.

    Awesome! Thanks for the proposed hospitality. Gotta talk to the boss to see if I can get the thumbs up. Trails look chunky and mean. I like that!
  • 10-25-2012
    Muttonchops
    Is it more painful to fall and land on those gnarly rocks OR a cactus?
  • 10-25-2012
    honns
    You know you've been living in the desert too long when its 75 and you are wearing long sleeves and/or jacket! (I kid I kid) Man those trails looks gnarly, I might have to bring a bike the next time I visit.
  • 10-25-2012
    Rock dude
    We Have the same terrain here in Southern Utah and I would take a rock hit any day over cactus.
  • 10-25-2012
    Calhoun
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    No camping at National, you can camp at USERY which is way out west, or at the White tanks I believe. If you stay at the White tanks you can shower at my place, it isn't too far away (about 15 minutes)

    Parks & Recreation - Maricopa County

    Alright, thanks for that clarification.

    I am in and at least one other NM Knolly.
  • 10-25-2012
    knollybikes.com
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Is it more painful to fall and land on those gnarly rocks OR a cactus?

    Cactus - by far!

    I once spent a half hour pulling spines out of someone's back after the looped out on the airport mesa trail climb in Sedona and went back wards into a giant prickly pear.

    And, they're not all soft and cuddly like they look in cartoons: most of them are scrawny desert plants that are only slightly more forgiving than re-bar.

    Don't even ride near a cholla - those things pretty much just jump out at you!
  • 10-25-2012
    LncNuvue
    I can attest to the goodness AZ has to offer! We just rode with tiSSer and gang during our trip last weekend. Did the 'go-to' ride at SoMo: National/Holbert/Kiwanis/National. Highly recommend getting out there, soon! Great group of guys. More motivation:

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    Bring your legs, lungs, balls and UST tires. Good times:thumbsup:

    BTW - those Chili's look mighty fine in person. Surprised by how light the shock setups were as well.
  • 10-25-2012
    Apache1
    South Mountain is always fun! Rode there quite a few times on my Titus before becoming Knollified. I'll be riding in Tucson 11/18 - 11/23 and Sedona 11/25 - 11/26 if anyone is interested in riding (PM me). Won't have my Chili as I can't afford to ship it back and forth from NJ so I'll be renting.:thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    Bullit_cn
    Waaaah!
    Those trails are awesome:thumbsup:
  • 10-25-2012
    dirtbag
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ebxtreme View Post
    Dreaming how I could make this happen. Hmmm.....

    Allegiant Air

    If all life's questions were this easy.
  • 10-25-2012
    dirtbag
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  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtbag View Post
    switchback of death

    Too bad the photos don't do it justice.
  • 10-25-2012
    Dusty Bottoms
    I would prefer 12/6 thru 9.

    Oh wait.... can I come? :D
  • 10-25-2012
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    I would prefer 12/6 thru 9.

    Oh wait.... can I come? :D

    Of course! You're the guest of honor...... well, unless Noel shows up.

    I like that date as well....... or New Year's weekend Dec 28-31.
  • 10-25-2012
    tiSS'er
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dusty Bottoms View Post
    I would prefer 12/6 thru 9.

    Oh wait.... can I come? :D

    Let's finalize the dates...I am good with either.
  • 10-25-2012
    rdhfreethought
    I would also be totally down for this. Dec 7th is my birthday. Not sure if that is a good thing or bad regarding dates. Not like I am used to actually doing anything on my b-day (years and years of finals on my birthday). Either of those dates would work for me, just need a bit of advanced notice.

    The rain and cold and darkness has finally settled in up here in the PNW. In another month or two I will be deep in Seasonal Affective Disorder. So this would be a great break! Lets make it happen!
  • 10-25-2012
    ebxtreme
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirtbag View Post
    Allegiant Air

    If all life's questions were this easy.

    $287 direct Bellingham to Phoenix.....ooh boy.
  • 10-26-2012
    Dusty Bottoms
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Of course! You're the guest of honor...... well, unless Noel shows up.

    I like that date as well....... or New Year's weekend Dec 28-31.

    Thanks!

    BTW, how does one amass a rep power of 30, and all those green dots? Are you over on the 'DIY lights' board complimenting the hell out of everyone? Typing the words 'rep power' makes me think of Dungeons & Dragons. Haha.
  • 10-26-2012
    Muttonchops
    12/6 - 12/9
    Tiss'er is good with it and seems like there is a crew:-

    Mutton
    Krob
    Dusty
    EBx (you can do it buddy)
    RDH
    dulyebr
    Woodyak?

    Albuquerque crew
    -calhoun

    I will update this thread with names....sorry if i missed anyone

    Confirmed? Re
  • 10-26-2012
    dulyebr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Muttonchops View Post
    Tiss'er is good with it and seems like there is a crew:-

    Mutton
    Krob
    Dusty
    EBx (you can do it buddy)
    RDH
    Woodyak?

    Albuquerque crew?

    I will update this thread with names....sorry if i missed anyone

    Confirmed? Re

    Count me in. Been trying to get dusty to sponsor one of these for six months...
  • 10-26-2012
    Calhoun
    I will let the other Burquenos speak up, but I will be there!
  • 10-26-2012
    LncNuvue
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tiSS'er View Post
    Let's finalize the dates...I am good with either.

    12/6-9 looks good. I should be Knollified by then and allowed to attend:)
  • 10-26-2012
    Rock dude
    I'm going to try to make it but Dec. is very very busy with my coupon blog.
  • 10-26-2012
    bionicman
    I'll try to make the drive down to hang out
  • 10-26-2012
    Muttonchops
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dulyebr View Post
    Count me in. Been trying to get dusty to sponsor one of these for six months...

    AWESOME...so he has agreed to buy all the beer!
  • 10-26-2012
    tiSS'er
    Alright, I suggest we stage at my house. Everyone can leave their bikes there, those camping can shower at my place, and we can head out from my house. I think one night we will go to Pinos for dinner, the others we can BBQ at my place or go out, whatever works. I can have a few people (3-4 depending on wife approval - some will need to sleep on air matresses or spoon with others :) ). I can carry 3 bikes/people, so we will need to work out transportation.

    Who plans on staying at my place? Who would be flying in?

    Initial route plans are as follows:

    National/Holbert/Kiwanis/National
    Kiwanis/National/Geronimo/Coshise
    Goat Camp

    This will cover much of stuff you guys will want to hit.

    Accommodations: (these are all within a few miles of my house - many others as well)

    https://www.room77.com/hotel-litchfi...9640&ghf=r77tp

    https://travela.priceline.com/hotel/...=null&LRQ=null

    Parks & Recreation - Maricopa County
  • 10-26-2012
    Muttonchops
    Rad. I am ready to pull the trigger on my flights. Would dig to crash at your spot if possible...but super easy and willing to stay wherever / hotel etc..

    I will be flying in and arrive around 7pm on Thursday and departing around 7:30pm Sunday.Will probably ship my bike direct to your house.

    Questions:

    How far from the airport is your place?
    Do we need to rent a car / catch a cab to your spot?
    Is it worth coordinating our travel as best we can - so we can get to / from the airport and your house?

    Rad - this is coming together pretty quickly.

    Regaring routes...I am happy to follow you wherever you take us bru! Stoked.