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    Looking for some MTB riding partners

    Hi, I'm relatively new to MTBing, been doing it 2 years in my free time and nothing competitive. I live in the East Valley and mostly hit Usery and SanTan as they are closest to me. I ride alone mostly, and love the challenging trails, but this isn't always the safest thing, especially for a woman. I have looked for east valley MTB riding clubs but have found nothing. Just want maybe some weekly rides, on some semi challenging trails. I'm not a newbie but defnately far from expert. If anyone knows of anything, clubs etc please let me know. Thanks!

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    I too was looking for people to ride with and while doing research I found "Buzzard bait" or something along those lines and they rode from Gilbert or somewhere like that. Google them and see what you find. I am in Scottsdale so a little far for me to travel.

    Good luck,

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    Too bad you don't live up here in the Verde Valley! Look me up if you ever venture up here, the riding is most excellent.

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    I don't think you're going to find a club, as you think of it....most of us who ride the dirt are pretty individualistic...as it seems you are too. Just keep your eye posted for rides up on this board....unfortunately, things are heating up down here and MTBR-AZ tends to really mean MTBR-PHX.....with a few exceptions (and those exceptions tend to be stellar). The implication being that most of the impromptu, posted up rides down here in the lowlands go down in terms of frequency during the season....and griping and moaning online goes up....that does not mean, however; there are no group rides going on.

    If you want some more challenging trails over what you've been doing so far....venture away from SanTan and try Hawes....it's not so far off the beaten path that if you get into trouble, that someone won't notice you and be able to help. It's fairly well traveled in the mornings and evenings with hikers and bikers. Also, check out your LBS; chances are that they have a regular ride during the week. Lastly, do a search on the monthly nite rides out at Pemberton this summer if you have to stay in town....good place to venture out with lots of people....and while Pemberton may be tame....riding at night always ratchets up the stoke factor just a bit....

    Good Luck and welcome.
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    All around good advice from Maad. If you are interested in the night riding scene, there is one at San Tan this Friday evening.

    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan...?EventID=15260

    Have fun!

    Bob
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    Just keep checking the AZ board and you'll find plenty of good people to pedal with...........Drew

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    Wow, thank you for all the positive responses! Your right, I am not so much in it for the social as I am for the challenge of trying new places. Always helps to go with people who know or have been though. So I'll rephrase and say if there is any women or men in the east velley that want to ride, or have groups, keep me in mind, and I am even willing to go to verde valley :-). I will keep checking the board for info on rides. As for this Friday eve, I will keep it in mind as I have a previous obligation but if at falls through.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azninjamom
    Wow, thank you for all the positive responses! Your right, I am not so much in it for the social as I am for the challenge of trying new places. Always helps to go with people who know or have been though. So I'll rephrase and say if there is any women or men in the east velley that want to ride, or have groups, keep me in mind, and I am even willing to go to verde valley :-). I will keep checking the board for info on rides. As for this Friday eve, I will keep it in mind as I have a previous obligation but if at falls through.....
    Im in East Mesa and try to ride at least twice a week as a minimum. Ive been hooked on riding Pass Mt lately and there is plenty of tech on that trail for sure. Ill post up next time Im heading up that way.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did." Mark Twain

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    Im down in gilbert. And i usually hit up either Usery or Hawes depending on the condition of the bike (only had one brake). And i usually try to get out once or twice a week. Let me know if your ever up to going to one of the places

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    i hafta wait 4 more frickin weeks... but ill be good for crack-o-dawn rides at hawes as it will soon be my back yard...

    ill need to go bike shopping first though. my decade and a half year old XC bike is not going to cut it there...

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    Oh yes it will! It'll leave some character marks!




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    I'm in mesa @ lindsay and broadway but I work over by power and mckdowell. I'm down for an early morning or afternoon ride @ haws or lower S.R. almost any days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike
    i hafta wait 4 more frickin weeks... but ill be good for crack-o-dawn rides at hawes as it will soon be my back yard...

    ill need to go bike shopping first though. my decade and a half year old XC bike is not going to cut it there...
    Nah .... Just upgrade your wheels to tubeless and you will be good to go. My 95 Avalanche LE still rocks it with the best of them.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did." Mark Twain

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    I dont think anyone wants to ride with me. I dont like to know where I'm going and just wing it.

    though I do wish I had friends to ride with too.... :_(
    have fun

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    I figured I'd finally join this board instead of just lurk occasionally. I'm in Gilbert and Chandler and used to live in 'tukee. I'm pretty familiar with everything on SoMo but have been venturing out to the east trails like usery, hawes, etc. SanTan, as I found out, is pretty lame but the girl likes the more tame ride there so we'll hit that once in a while.

    Azninjamom - I have some of my rides w/ gps data on my profile here: http://www.everytrail.com/profile.php?user_id=95654
    That site is a goldmine for cool trails and details; I've just started to record and add my own.

    Bituman - I need to get some night gear for that ride.. maybe next one. no lights for me (yet). I've seen the Landis crew on SoMo when i'm comin down with their lights on going up... since then i've wanted to do the same.


    Re: buzzards bait... never heard of them but looked it up.. no longer a site on the domain but the same dude owns it.
    buzzardbaitcyclists.org
    Mark Lassiter
    19675 E. Via Del Oro
    Queen Creek, AZ 85242
    4802184455
    Registrant Email:mlassiter@lassiterlawfirm.com

    Anyways... A couple of my friends and I have done some rides together on SoMo and T100 up north - I really need to check out hawes as everybody says that's pretty cool. I'm down to ride, I'm just busy and my schedule sucks... that and I'm more of night owl and don't wake up before 10 usually

    Cheers
    - Chuck

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    mtb clubs

    try these meetup groups:
    global bikes: http://www.meetup.com/Global-Bikes-Meetup/
    scottsdale: http://www.meetup.com/mtbike/
    amy's: http://www.meetup.com/mtbike/

    i'm an older, intermediate female rider who rides at slower pace. i'm going to ride desert classic at 6:30am tomorrow (5/24). if anyone would like to hook up, let me know.
    "If God is your co-pilot you're in the wrong seat!" S Barrington

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    nice... thx kaboose
    With all the spammy networking crap I normally get on meetup I tend to ignore it as a good source of anything lol...

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