The charm of watching drunken bargoers take their turn on a mechanical bull wears off quickly. On their first spin they usually fall off easily because they've exchanged upper body strength for hands-in-hair sex appeal. It’s all about practicality the second time as they cling to the grip for dear life, minimizing their sexy, sexy whiplash. A final defeated go ends their mechanical bull riding career, typically after underwear (or lack thereof) is accidentally exposed.
Sometimes it's smarter to leave it to the professionals. Each and every Friday (on Wednesdays, too), Cave Creek's Buffalo Chip Saloon packs in boot-scootin’ patrons for live bull riding done by accredited cowboys. They might not wear midriff-bearing tops and cut-offs, but these rough-and-tumble fellas know how to handle a bucking bull with the best of them, all in the never-dull atmosphere of the old timey southwestern saloon.