Moab is a mecca for mountain bikers, who come from around the world to ride its challenging trails. Whether you're a newcomer to the area or a frequent fat-tire flier, Mountain Bike America: Moab
is a great addition to your fanny pack. Local cyclist Lee Bridgers blends his passion for mountain biking with his obvious love of Moab, describing 49 rides ranging from easy (Old Moab Highway, Dalton Wells) to "very difficult to abusive" (Porcupine Rim). Each starts with an overview--where to start, how far the ride is, how long you can expect it to take, warnings, environmental concerns, and how to get there--before launching into a detailed description of what you'll experience along the way, be it slick rock, deep sand, dinosaur tracks, or rusted mining equipment. Bridgers is careful to point out places where cyclists should use caution, encouraging less experienced riders to dismount--"if you are pushing a mountain bike, you are still mountain biking. Live to ride tomorrow." Detailed maps will help you plan your days--especially the cross-sections of each ride's ups and downs. Throughout the book, Bridgers emphasizes the need to protect the environment--"as mountain bikers we had better learn to co-exist with nature or else we'll lose the privileges to enjoy it from the saddle"--and offers up stories from his experiences as one of Moab's leading bike tour guides. Special sections on safety (carry more water than you think you'll need), bike selection and repair, Moab-necessary techniques (sand riding, dealing with flies), and area food, lodging, and services make this a useful all-around resource. --Sunny Delaney
Much more than your average guidebook
When we asked local mountain bike tour guide Lee Bridgers to write a guidebook for mountain biking in Moab, we knew we would get something different than your average mountain bike book. Certainly, the fact that he earns his living guiding people into the area's challenging and dangerous desert terrain put him high on our list of author candidates. However, it was his sensibilities toward the environment, his concern for the fragile desert ecosystem, and the passion and love for his adopted hometown of Moab, Utah, that made him a clear choice for writing what is definitely not your average guidebook.
At last, a refreshingly honest voice that truly guides people through town and to the trails -- from family-friendly tours to outright hard-core adventures. Not everyone will like what this book has to say and certainly not everyone will agree with the author's perspective. But readers can be assured of one thing -- they will turn through this 400-page guide laughing hysterically, learning immensely, and finding, with accurate detail, the most amazing places to ride a mountain bike. Above all else, readers will surely fall in love with this small outlaw town in Utah's canyon country at least as much as the author did many years ago.
Mountain Bike America: Moab delivers the goods like no other book on the market. It's not just a mountain bike guide to Moab. It's a guide to Moab by mountain bike.
"Local cyclist Lee Bridgers blends his passion for mountain biking with his obvious love of Moab, emphasizing safety and the need to protect the environment - while having the ride of your life." -- Sunny Delaney, Sports & Outdoors Editor, Amazon.com
"There are trail guides, and then theres the real deal. This 400-page guide written by Moab local Lee Bridgers is a labor of love filled with local lore and sage observations about wildlife, geology, and the environment. Trail descriptions are top-notch. Don't leave Moab on a bike without it." -- Marc Sani, Editor in Chief, Bike Magazine.
"Mountain Bike Americas Moab guide is setting a new standard for guidebooks. Lee Bridgers first-hand accounts give the reader a sense that they have some behind-the-scenes information about Moab." -- Brian Fiske, Senior Editor of Mountain Bike Magazine