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    Just getting into mountain biking

    Hey all, just starting to get into biking. Picked up a used Specialized Enduro FSR. Looking for some trails and guys and gals to go with to get started on while I get my endurance and confidence on the bike up.

    Any places people post to get together and ride? Especially newbies? I'm in Ahwatukee off south mountain.

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    well since your here, its a good time to tell you RUN! RUN AWAY!!! you'll get addicted to it

    All kidding aside, South mountain is a HUGE go to place for people. theres usually a run there about every other day from what i can tell. However from what i have heard there isnt much beginner stuff there...but dont quote me on that. But check out the old and slow 2011 thread.

    Just like you, i just started out. I usually go to either the Hawes trail system or out to Usery park.

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    Sell your car now and buy 3 bikes. Welcome! SoMo has a little of everything and a bunch of riders at all levels. Post up a time and I'm sure you'll find a riding pal.............Drew

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    New to Mountain Biking as well. K-Trail off of Kingsranch road offers lots of levels of riding. Check out Gold Canyon 050111 on You Tube.

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    Start with the Desert Classic trail off Pima Canyon to get your endurance up.... It's #7 on this map:

    http://hikearizona.com/location_g.php?X=4

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    Bad time to start. The world is going to end in 3 days... That according to the propeller-heads and conspiracy theorists.

    Hopefully, should we survive the pending doom, you'll be able to endure the heat we're about to get into (today notwithstanding).
    Keep pedalin'. You can catch your breath on the downhill!

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    there are a number of entry points

    Quote Originally Posted by nukeduster
    Hey all, just starting to get into biking. Picked up a used Specialized Enduro FSR. Looking for some trails and guys and gals to go with to get started on while I get my endurance and confidence on the bike up.

    Any places people post to get together and ride? Especially newbies? I'm in Ahwatukee off south mountain.
    D.C. is the trail for you. Since you already live in Ahwatukee, there's no reason to drive to Pima wash. You can enter at the Telegraph Pass trail head, or off on Chandler Blvd. around 30th street (you would need someone to show you how to find), off Warpaint (where most enter), Las Lomas School and on San Gariel. All of these will put you on DC which is fine for beginners (especially the eastern half of the trail).

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    start with desert classic as suggested above, except not from the ahwatukee/telegraph entrance as that's not very beginner friendly. warpaint and san gabriel (off of 44th street and elliot) are your best bets. can you ride early during the week?
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    Thanks for the help guys! yea, I am unemployed and out of school for the summer so I can ride whenever. Heat doesn't bother me too much, I know how to stay properly hydrated. Spent some time in the middle east, with gear on in 130+ degree weather, so AZ isnt QUITE as bad. I planned on trying to ride mon/wed/fri starting out, probably in the mornings.

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    yes a newbie mountain biker myself, i would also recommend riding desert classic

    that is the first trail i have ever ridden and that was the first time i have ever been on a mountain bike...

    i rented a bike from cactus cycles on somewhere near 48th st and Elliot and me and a friend rode from there and rode for a couple of hours and came back... if i can do it, anyone can ride that trail ( or at least that section that we did ) ... after that ride , i found a new hobby, ... i now own my own mtn bike and ride 2-3 times a week .. i ride trail 100 mostly ( i live only a few minutes away ) .. i also would recommend checking this trail out too.. also weekday riding is preferred because of less traffic on the trails -- i usually ride before work and the trails are not as busy as the weekends

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    Quote Originally Posted by tplace
    Bad time to start. The world is going to end in 3 days... That according to the propeller-heads and conspiracy theorists.

    Hopefully, should we survive the pending doom, you'll be able to endure the heat we're about to get into (today notwithstanding).
    tplace is right I'm afraid. Make sure you have a proper underground bunker for yourself and family. Stock it with needed provisions such as dried and canned foods, alcohol weed and tobacco, lots of water and of course plenty of porn. Lets not forget explosives and firearms. In three days or so you will want to stash that new bike and hunker down for the next two or three years before you start taking this whole new to biking thing seriously. Good luck and hopefully things will work themselves out.

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    I'm inviting Selma Hayek to come stay in my bunker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo
    I'm inviting Selma Hayek to come stay in my bunker
    Sorry bro, she wants to stay in my bunker. But hey, I have an ungodly amount of porn I no longer need if you want it.

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    I invited Jessica Simpson to stay with me in my bunker & she's bringing fried chicken, beer & whiskey (can't comment on the other things included due to public forum!).

    Yee Haw! Hand me a beer & pass the ammunition!

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    im coming up on 1 year biking pretty soon here. if i want to sweat id say hands down the haws trail system is the most fun. its a workout for sure. i almost threw up my first time, but after that if was just all fun. it has an amazing mix of terrain. i hit it up about 2 times a week for a while. then i found south mountain. oops. now i spend lots of money repairing my bike because that place likes to eat them. but ill tell you, its worth every penny. there is a shuttle group there every wednesday and saturday too, its a bit more technical but awesome none the less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theycallmebrown
    im coming up on 1 year biking pretty soon here. if i want to sweat id say hands down the haws trail system is the most fun. its a workout for sure. i almost threw up my first time, but after that if was just all fun. it has an amazing mix of terrain. i hit it up about 2 times a week for a while. then i found south mountain. oops. now i spend lots of money repairing my bike because that place likes to eat them. but ill tell you, its worth every penny. there is a shuttle group there every wednesday and saturday too, its a bit more technical but awesome none the less.
    Hawes is a fun place. That was my first ride...it was such a fun ride, even though i lasted all of 30 minutes out there my first time

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    nuke, how about tuesday morning from san gabriel/41st, RTR 6am? "the flats" is a good mile and a half warm up to the water tank and beyond. anyone else??

    Quote Originally Posted by nukeduster
    Thanks for the help guys! yea, I am unemployed and out of school for the summer so I can ride whenever. Heat doesn't bother me too much, I know how to stay properly hydrated. Spent some time in the middle east, with gear on in 130+ degree weather, so AZ isnt QUITE as bad. I planned on trying to ride mon/wed/fri starting out, probably in the mornings.
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    riding desert classic tomorrow 5/24 from pima canyon, RTR 6:30am if anyone wants to join this older, intermediate lady!
    Last edited by kaboose; 05-23-2011 at 02:41 PM.
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    I'm still probably too out of shape to keep up with most for at least a couple more weeks. I just started trying to get my endurance and fitness level back up after a back surgery a few months ago. Ill give it a shot though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukeduster
    I'm still probably too out of shape to keep up with most for at least a couple more weeks. I just started trying to get my endurance and fitness level back up after a back surgery a few months ago. Ill give it a shot though!
    not to worry, i'm slow. i'll be there ~6:15 and RTR 6:30am. i drive a black honda element.
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    Sorry I wasn't able to show, someone decided to hit and run my car overnight while it was parked on the street, so I'm now without a car for about 2 weeks while they fix the front end. Joy.

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