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    Hello all, I am headed up to Granite Basin in Prescott this weekend. I read through PaulB's book and got some good ideas from there. I think we are going to camp at the Yavapai campground which looks like it is just as you enter the area. We were thinking about doing the ride in PaulB's book on Saturday and then sunday I really don't have any ideas. Any suggestions? Also is this a good area to rigid SS? It sounds like it is all fairly smooth without any major climbs. Any suggestions would be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDAZ
    Hello all, I am headed up to Granite Basin in Prescott this weekend. I read through PaulB's book and got some good ideas from there. I think we are going to camp at the Yavapai campground which looks like it is just as you enter the area. We were thinking about doing the ride in PaulB's book on Saturday and then sunday I really don't have any ideas. Any suggestions? Also is this a good area to rigid SS? It sounds like it is all fairly smooth without any major climbs. Any suggestions would be great.
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    Granite Basin is a terrific place to SS with swooping turns and lots of water diversion berms to get air on. A bunch of us were up there last month and did a couple rides from the group camping area. I would do the ride that Paul has in the book with the addition of trail 349 going clockwise. You could make a figure 8 after riding the 345/347 loop.

    There's so many trails in that area, go explore some of them on Sunday and see what you find.

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    I have a map that I just finished last night that I can email (fairly big file so cant post here) that you can then print out and use. We clocked 29 miles, but the climbs are not too killer. I'll send you the map and detailed directions. There is a "bottom half" and an "upper half", the bottom half is pretty flat, both ways, but if you can do a little bit of climbing, it is worth it to ride this route to the top of trail 40, because that is a blast comming down. I've linked it in such a way that you can ride down this trail, but you dont have to ride up (I've done this too, and it stunk). The trailhead that I do it from is the willimamsonvalley trailhead, although it doesn't matter, you can start at granite basin lake and still do the same stuff because it is a figure 8. If you wanted to ride in the same place on sunday, I could lead this ride, on saturday I want to go up and do the bill-williams mountain ride. If you want to ride someplace different on sunday, I suggest the costco-big-loop, for which I also have a map and directions, but I could lead that one too and it is a lot of fun.
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    A couple of the climbs will be a grunt with a SS, but nothing is very long. Yeah, rigid would be cool. I think it would be great at night. All the trails are short, just grab the really nice map at the paybox and ride em all. Come back for lunch and ride some more. Don't even think of swimming tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDAZ
    Hello all, I am headed up to Granite Basin in Prescott this weekend. I read through PaulB's book and got some good ideas from there. I think we are going to camp at the Yavapai campground which looks like it is just as you enter the area. We were thinking about doing the ride in PaulB's book on Saturday and then sunday I really don't have any ideas. Any suggestions? Also is this a good area to rigid SS? It sounds like it is all fairly smooth without any major climbs. Any suggestions would be great.
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    Granite Basin is my all-time favorite rigid SS ride in Arizona. I run 34:18 and can climb everything, and I'm not a stellar climber. The descents are just ridiculously fast on a rigid bike -- you'll get going irresponsibly fast through some of those berms.

    Sunday: If you can, on Saturday, stop in at Southwest Sounds & Cyclery, just off town square on Montezuma (it's a 1/2 address, funky little spot -- sells CDs and repairs high-end bikes). Ask for Ed, the owner. I believe he has a Sunday a.m. ride up through the Thumb Butte area.

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    Pssssttt.....

    Sorry, Ed don't work on Saturdays!

    Not Ed, but I know!!




    Wish I didn't have to work this weekend....Granite Basin area is super nice for SS'ing! As is most all of Preskit, IMO. I'm currently setting up for rigid/fixxxy....Rudy spent last weekend at my house and has me quite intrigued!







    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    Granite Basin is my all-time favorite rigid SS ride in Arizona. I run 34:18 and can climb everything, and I'm not a stellar climber. The descents are just ridiculously fast on a rigid bike -- you'll get going irresponsibly fast through some of those berms.

    Sunday: If you can, on Saturday, stop in at Southwest Sounds & Cyclery, just off town square on Montezuma (it's a 1/2 address, funky little spot -- sells CDs and repairs high-end bikes). Ask for Ed, the owner. I believe he has a Sunday a.m. ride up through the Thumb Butte area.

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    One thing, not sure whre you are from, but it is going to be pretty warm in granite basin, it's the warmest of the 3 or 4 major riding areas we have around prescott, just something to consider. It may be low 80s elswhere, but it will easily feel like the 90s in granite basin when this is true, as it will be this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xrmattaz
    Pssssttt.....

    Sorry, Ed don't work on Saturdays!

    Not Ed, but I know!!

    Wish I didn't have to work this weekend....Granite Basin area is super nice for SS'ing! As is most all of Preskit, IMO. I'm currently setting up for rigid/fixxxy....Rudy spent last weekend at my house and has me quite intrigued!
    Yeah...he's pretty hard to track down. Forgot about the weekend thing.

    Re. fixie off-road: You'd have to pay me a lot of money, and pick up my medical insurance, to do that. I tried a fixed-gear road bike for exactly two pedal strokes before I hit the eject button. Good luck with that -- Rudy and Mark K are both studs.

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    I've always ridden rigid. Fixed gear riding will be done in the Granite Basin area exclusively for a long, long time I'd imagine. I did it for a VERY short time on the Surly...and hit the eject button as you did. Just gotta try it again!

    Wish me luck. I work in the ER, good discounts available.....






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    Yeah...he's pretty hard to track down. Forgot about the weekend thing.

    Re. fixie off-road: You'd have to pay me a lot of money, and pick up my medical insurance, to do that. I tried a fixed-gear road bike for exactly two pedal strokes before I hit the eject button. Good luck with that -- Rudy and Mark K are both studs.

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    Now I am really stoked to ride the SS up there. I Love riding the rigid down here in the valley on Hawes and Usery, this sounds like more fun than those rides. I am sure that 90's will feel really nice coming from the 100's down here! I'll be wearing the long-sleeve jersey We'll probably ride Granite basin loops on Saturday and then try out Thumb Butte on Sunday... both seem like they would be fun SS.

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