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Mountain Bike America: Moab: An Atlas of Moab, Utah's Greatest Off-Road Bicycle Rides (Mountain Bike America Guidebooks) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Lee Bridgers
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  • Taschenbuch: 398 Seiten
  • Verlag: Globe Pequot Press (April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 076270702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762707027
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,3 x 13,7 x 2,5 cm
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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,

"There are trail guides, and then there’s 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 America’s 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

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When I bought this book a couple of months ago, there were favorable reviews and unfavorable ones--About evenly split. I bought it anyway, to see the controversy first hand. I don't have any personal beef--I'm not one of the offended local businesses, I don't know anyone personally in Moab. And I'd been to Moab with the very same family I took this time.
Reading this book made me think I shouldn't be riding in Moab! Especially not with the kids, even though they were now three years older than when we safely rode there last time. I wanted to cancel the trip after first reading the book. That would have been a mistake.
The author describes most trails other than jeep roads as very dangerous. Instead of telling you if the cliffs and big dropoffs can be seen before you fall off, or can be bypassed, every trail with a cliff is described as too dangerous for kids and intermediate adults. Heck, we just get off and walk the bikes. Yet, I couldn't tell which trails would be safe to take the kids on from the book.
For example, Slickrock Trail is "technically very difficult to extremely dangerous. You shouldn't be out here unless you are an advanced rider." B.S.! (The author defines "advanced" in his book as a very high skill level which most of us will never achieve.) I'm a skilled, middle-aged bike patroller, and my 15-year-old daughter is an athlete who rarely gets on a bike. We rode just part of the main trail because of the heat, but there was nowhere that I got even worried about our safety. Nowhere was there an exposure an experienced rider couldn't see and dismount to avoid. A better guidebook would have told me where to get my kids off their bikes in advance, where not to go because of hidden hazards, and where to just trust my eyes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read 19. Juli 2000
This book provided just what we needed to plan and enjoy our vacation. We felt like we'd already visited by the time we drove in. More than just revealing great biking routes, Bridgers' tells it like it is about the local restaurants and accommodations. The funny stories and local environmental cautions throughout the book make it an enjoyable read like no other guidebook we've ever seen. This is a book that will make you want to go, and help you stay safe when you get there. That said, I'd strongly recommend a guide on your first trip. Moab is dangerous.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lee Bridges knows what he is talking about 27. Juni 2000
I have not read this book yet, but I have taken several guided rides with Lee in Moab, and this man knows what he is talking about.
I found his attention to safety impeccable. He was extremely cautious when necessary, and I appreciated that.
There is ALOT more to Moab mountain biking than Skickrock. As a matter of fact, Slickrock would have been considered a beginner trail compared to a few of the remote places that Lee had taken me to.
The places I am referring to were so obscure, that it would have been easy getting lost just driving to the trail. The trails were extremely exposed and very dangerous. If a serious injury occured on one of these rides, even a helicopter rescue might not be an option. This is why Lee takes saftey VERY seriously. He leaves NOTHING to chance. A person died on Slickrock while I was out there, and that was not the first time.
Lee's navigational skills are incredible. He has radar. His rides are not found on any map or in any other guidebook of the Moab area. You would NEVER find these places on your own, and you could die trying.
I trusted Lee explicitly and look forward to riding with him in the future.
Please take into consideration when you read the negative comment on this book that your safety is Lees' business. If it appears that he is pushing his guide service, it is for a reason. His rides are worth twice what he charges.
Please note that I have no affiliation with Lee, or his company, Dreamride...just a satisfied customer.
Buy this book and hopefully you will take from it the respect that the remote Moab territory deserves.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sets a new benchmark for guidebooks! 5. Juni 2000
As a professional photo-journalist, my work takes me all over the world. Therefore I rely on guidebooks to get me where I want to go and to tell me something about the place when I get there. That's why Lee Bridgers' guide to Moab is so damn good. In fact it sets a benchmark for other guidebooks (including Lonely Planet) to follow. Bridgers' has not only included accurate and detailed information about Moab's myriad of magic trails, he has managed to do so in an honest and entertaining manner. Let's look at those two aspects in more detail: a) Honesty: Not something most guidbooks are big on in these days where money talks. Bridgers on the other hand tells it how it is. It might not always be what we (or the townsfolk of Moab) would like to hear, but it's from the heart and above all it's useful. This book will be a Godsend to anybody whose ever been ripped off, or given food poisoning in some dingy tourist trap! It will be a Godsend to anybody who has ever checked in at a motel only to discover that it's overpriced and overhyped and full of belching German tourists. b) Entertainment: While most guidebook are about as entertaining as an accountant's dinner party, this one possitively sizzles. It's brimming with anecdotes about Moab's history and more importantly, its people, who Bridgers manages to paint full of life, dignity and humour. If you own a mountain bike, then you have to ride Moab at least once in your need this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book IS Awsome
Want to ride Moab, never been there? This is your guide. 379 pages of well written straight forward usefull information about the Mecca of Mountain Biking. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 2000 von "serider"
5.0 von 5 Sternen This book IS Awsome
Want to ride Moab, never been there? This is your guide. 379 pages of well written straight forward usefull information about the Mecca of Mountain Biking. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 2000 von "serider"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent
Lee Bridgers has definitely set a new standard in mountain bike guide books. One of the best things about is how simple it is to follow the ride descriptions. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Way more than I expected
I've been going to Moab to ride the awesome Slickrock for years. This place is Mecca for mountain bikers. I just wish I had this book a long time ago. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow!
Mountain Bike Moab goes beyond the "here is a trail isn't it pretty" guidebook propoganda that makes you wonder if authors are taking kickbacks from the local chamber of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. April 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Not your typical guidebook
Naturally, a guide book of mystical Moab needs to offer a little more... And this guide delivers. Lee runs a local touring business, and he writes about the trails from the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 15. April 2000 veröffentlicht
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