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Fat Tire Tales and Trails: Arizona Mountain Bike Trail Guide Paperback – Nov 2007


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cosmic Ray Pub (November 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966476980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966476989
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let me say what everyone else has - the book is the wonderful - the best mountain bike guide for the state of Arizona hands down. I like the format, the casual tone and depth of information.
That said, there are a few trails that I've run into that don't match the author's description quite right. For example, I don't think most people would consider Lower Oldham Trail in Flagstaff "No Sweat" or "Darn Easy". Certainly, its not the hardest trail in Flagstaff, but it is no trail for beginners or the family, which these ratings may imply. Up is pretty brutal and even down - well, there is a pretty sustained, somewhat technical climb involved. And the comment "If you love to carve some level grove, this is the ride for you" - the trail doesn't gain a ton of altitude, but does have some step ups and downs. This description is much more accurate for the nearby "Jump Trail."
FYI - If I were reading this review, I'd wonder if the author (me) is just a weak rider. All I can say is that there areother trails in the same that are actuall substantially easier (aerobically) yet rated harder than this one.
Anyway, don't be misled. If you are into Mountain Biking in AZ, buy the book - it is well worth it. But if don't know the area and you've got beginners or kids with you (or are not used to pedaling at 7000-9000 ft), you may want to check with the local bike shop for a little more insight into the best trails for you.
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By Dan on March 30 2004
Format: Paperback
We just got back from Sedona and I had a blast on my bike. I stopped in Bike & Bean bike shop, picked up a copy of this and didn't put it down for 2 days! I read it cover to cover. Some laugh out loud stuff. The trail guides were accurate if I had only followed them the way the arrows pointed. Stupid me, had to take the hard ways. I was/am an intermediate rider who has not been on trail for a while. I didn't have the cajones to let go of the brakes going down some of the wicked downhill steps and really did a kickass endo-catwheel into a small tree and ripped my brand new computer from the transmitter . . . boo-hoo for me. I did come away with some excellent black and blue reminders of the trip. Now that I am back here in Tucson, I plan on doing more rides in this guide. I am in the Air Force stationed here at Davis Monthan. I rode a lot in Alabama, Kentucky and when I had to go on my remote to Cpyrus. I rode to the top of Mt. Olympus. Totally gnarly, off the "puck-o-meter" (as Cosmic Ray would say) scary stuff.
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By Cosmic Ray on Nov. 28 2003
Format: Paperback
This note is in response to a review by Mr. Tlangmd from Altoona, PA. Thank you for your comments. Mr. Tlangmd, you are correct, your GPS is "useless with this book, since there are no GPS points". Although I do see mountain bikers using cycle computers to calculate distance, GPS usage is virtually nill. You yourself did not carry one on your trip west. While in Sedona, you can look up from the trail and see 2000 foot tall monuments. These are your landmarks. Your waypoints if you will. If you require topographic maps, they are available at bike and outdoor shops throughout the area.
"One had to wonder if Ray rode that ride." I assure you Mr. Tlandmd, Ray rode that ride . . . and many many more that were not good enough to make the book. I ride a 7 year old Merlin hardtail. I have ridden every trail in the Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson area over the past 20 years. If you ride a trail in my book, I have ridden that trail before you.
My descriptions have usually been described as excellent. I am sorry they are not to your liking. The loops in my book do not require shuttles and I avoid long stretches of dirt or paved roads myself. However, they may be shown as an option for anyone not caring to do an out and back, preferring to bail and take the faster albeit less fun way home.
Regarding some trails left out of my guide known as "secret". Yes, there are secret trails in Sedona. Hence the name. Many of these are not legal and are left for you to find on your own. However, what you hear from a bike shop in a verbal description and what I print are two different things. There is some legal responsibility to a certain government agency involved here.
Finally, regarding your complaint about being unable to find your way around Mt.
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