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Old 03-11-2009, 08:13 PM   #226
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AFD, hook us up with a time and place to meet. I will be along for the ride to Kitt!
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:32 AM   #227
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AFD, hook us up with a time and place to meet. I will be along for the ride to Kitt!
What side of town do you live on? I live on base (duh) so I know I'm basically south Tucson. I'll find somewhere in the middle, if I know where "middle" is.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:53 AM   #228
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What side of town do you live on? I live on base (duh) so I know I'm basically south Tucson. I'll find somewhere in the middle, if I know where "middle" is.
I guess I'd better be working pretty hard on Mission Control to let me go!

I'll play Super Family Guy Type Person this weekend to bank some karma.What route are you thinking, BTW? up through Arrivaca and then to Kitt via Altar Valley, etc?

I do wish there was a dirtier way to get there (here) that wouldn't get various people's noses out of joint...
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #229
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I guess I'd better be working pretty hard on Mission Control to let me go!

I'll play Super Family Guy Type Person this weekend to bank some karma.What route are you thinking, BTW? up through Arrivaca and then to Kitt via Altar Valley, etc?

I do wish there was a dirtier way to get there (here) that wouldn't get various people's noses out of joint...
Well, riding a pure road-bike, i try to avoid the "dirtier" paths. I'm looking at arivaca road to 286, then up to 86 then head out to 386(the road up to Kitt if I recall).
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:47 PM   #230
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Sounds like a nice ride. Too bad I'm out of town next weekend.

Remember to watch out for all the off-camber corners on Arivaca Road.

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:19 PM   #231
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Sounds like a nice ride. Too bad I'm out of town next weekend.

Remember to watch out for all the off-camber corners on Arivaca Road.

Have fun!
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:06 PM   #232
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Here's an excuse to call in sick tomorrow.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9287904

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Old 03-12-2009, 06:55 PM   #233
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I am southeast, near Rita Ranch.
That time of the day on Saturday, it would only take me about 15-20 minutes to get on base.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:21 PM   #234
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I am southeast, near Rita Ranch.
That time of the day on Saturday, it would only take me about 15-20 minutes to get on base.
Well, not sure if you could get on the base. We can meet at CSA at 22nd and Kolb. Ride from there down Kolb to valencia then over to 19 to get down to arivaca.

PS. I've ridden arivaca once before, not too long ago. Great road, would love to do it at a more brisk pace (50-70ish instead of 30-50), but I enjoy it a little slower, though I have a hard time not getting distraced by the scenery.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:49 PM   #235
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Well, not sure if you could get on the base. We can meet at CSA at 22nd and Kolb. Ride from there down Kolb to valencia then over to 19 to get down to arivaca.

PS. I've ridden arivaca once before, not too long ago. Great road, would love to do it at a more brisk pace (50-70ish instead of 30-50), but I enjoy it a little slower, though I have a hard time not getting distraced by the scenery.
I can get on the base (If not, my work would hear from me everyday!) if you want. Otherwise, meet me further south, not north!

Kolb and Valencia work well (wagon gas station thing, over-priced and all) or somewhere down there. I will ride Arivaca as comfortable as I can but I can't guarantee anything (never been there). If you are willing to wait (if I am too slow) for me, we are definitely all good. If not, I will not tail-gait you.
Let me know, always looking to enjoy with like-minded bikers!

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Old 03-13-2009, 08:38 AM   #236
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I will ride Arivaca as comfortable as I can but I can't guarantee anything (never been there).
Arivaca is a nice road and a blast to ride depending on the amount of traffic.

The only really difficult aspect is that practically all the corners are off camber. So, what looks like an easy corner to blast through suddenly feels like a decreasing radius curve as you go through and the pavement falls away instead of banking around. Once you make it through the first few and get a feel for how the look of the curve doesn't align with the feel of the curve, it's easier to judge your approach to the rest.
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:03 AM   #237
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Remember to watch out for all the off-camber corners on Arivaca Road.
As well as a couple cattle guards in the middle of turns.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:42 AM   #238
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I can get on the base (If not, my work would hear from me everyday!) if you want. Otherwise, meet me further south, not north!

Kolb and Valencia work well (wagon gas station thing, over-priced and all) or somewhere down there. I will ride Arivaca as comfortable as I can but I can't guarantee anything (never been there). If you are willing to wait (if I am too slow) for me, we are definitely all good. If not, I will not tail-gait you.
Let me know, always looking to enjoy with like-minded bikers!

Edit: I am AF.
Okay, so the last sentence helps. There's a diamond shamrock at Kolb and Valencia that I can meet you at. It all depends on how far north you want to come before we turn and go west then south. Most of the comments about Arivaca are true, some of the corners are off camber, but the biggest things to worry about are idiots on crotch rockets, and the cattle guards that they irritatingly placed in the middle of some of the corners.

I won't run off and leave you if you aren't right behind me the entire time. I'm not THAT much of an inconsiderate n00b, but I like to ride at a brisk pace, most of the time. It really depends on what song is playing at the time.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:35 PM   #239
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Is there a good dirt bike suspension person in the Tucson area. I just got a near-new DRZ but the PO put lowering links on it and took out much of the pre-load. Not sure what they did to the rebound etc. so would like to get it set up by a professional. I put the OEM bones back in and cranked in some preload and it doesn't seem too bad. I'm not a racer, just a trail rider but I'd like to get it close to what it should be for my size and riding style. Any info on a good shop locally would be appreciated.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:40 PM   #240
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Is there a good dirt bike suspension person in the Tucson area. I just got a near-new DRZ but the PO put lowering links on it and took out much of the pre-load. Not sure what they did to the rebound etc. so would like to get it set up by a professional. I put the OEM bones back in and cranked in some preload and it doesn't seem too bad. I'm not a racer, just a trail rider but I'd like to get it close to what it should be for my size and riding style. Any info on a good shop locally would be appreciated.
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