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    switchback help

    I am looking for places with switchbacks preferably in the North Valley/North Scottsdale area. I am test riding a new bike and trying to compare a Large with and XL. Since switchbacks are one of my weaker areas, I need to try those and would like suggestions where to go. Thanks

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    Down Toms Thumb on the west or north side is probably the best switchback action you can find anywhere in the north valley. As a bonus, you'll get to see how that test bike climbs for you.




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    Quote Originally Posted by fbear View Post
    I am looking for places with switchbacks preferably in the North Valley/North Scottsdale area. I am test riding a new bike and trying to compare a Large with and XL. Since switchbacks are one of my weaker areas, I need to try those and would like suggestions where to go. Thanks
    up or down? OR both. Rocky or smooth or both?

    Some tight ones on Sonoran trail on the East side of the McDowells. The lower sonoran has a just a couple, but upper sonoran has a ton of them.

    There are also some tight ones at PMP on selected trails.
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    Toms thumb

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    Thanks so the suggestions so far. Both up and down, but down are harder for me. And rocky just adds to my inability so that would be good as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinatorj View Post
    Heart trail Flagstaff. Get it while u can...

    Yup, RIP.

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    toms thumb is an awesome hike... I would suggest the ridgeback trail in Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North... Apache Wash trailhead

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    As a beginner myself at riding switchbacks, I can't even imagine riding some of the switchbacks on the Tom's Thumb trail. They are hard enough to walk.

    I found some more reasonable switchbacks in the Sonoran Preserve when riding the Sidewinder and Ridgeback trails.

    There is also less foot traffic.

    I'm in favor of leaving the Tom's Thumb Trail to the hikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RajunCajun44 View Post
    I would suggest the ridgeback trail in Phoenix Sonoran Preserve North... Apache Wash trailhead

    I was thinking Ridgeback myself. Those switchbacks are the right balance of difficult and doable. There are 3 or 4 of them on the North end of the trail.

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    FWIW.

    When descending into a switchback, in addition to turning my hips and shoulders and going as wide as possible and looking through the turn, I've started to unclip my inside foot as I enter the turn for balance.

    I know this is kinda wimpy, but it seems to get me through the turn, and if I do need to take a dab it is really quick and then I'm back on my pedals.

    I'm hoping this will help me build confidence to the point I don't need to unclip.

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    Not in the north valley like you were asking, but you can definitely get your fill of tight, technical switchbacks on the east end of Alta trail @ South Mountain..

    www.trailforks.com/trails/alta/

    switchback help-somo-alta.jpg

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    Just look past the turn where you want your bike to go.....well past the actual switchback. Don't get caught up with what's right in front of your wheel.....Works for me.
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    Thanks for help on locations. Rode Ridgeback with both bikes. Had equal trouble with both sizes, so bike size was not part of my decision! Bought the XL and have been sessioning those switchbacks. Getting a little better. South Mt. Is a long way to go to crash, but I hope to get down there for a try at least. Thanks again!

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    Holbert has some good ones right off the bat.

    For uphill switchbacks, Benham Trail has one or two...
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