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Likes2ridefar
12-20-2017, 04:32 PM
Thus far I’ve found the riding underwhelming and I hope it is because I just haven’t found it being new to the area. However, the commuting is great with the dry sunny days and canal paths...

So where are the nice routes that don’t involve getting buzzed by cars all day? I see mountains all around but have only been up south mountain on one of the silent sundays. The park is nice but getting there is the typical Phoenix area flat, mostly canal path route I take to work every day.

ls1togo
12-20-2017, 08:13 PM
I am interested in any replies that you receive as we, too, will be moving to the Phoenix AZ metro area within the next year and I'm looking for kind of a “lay of the land “ perspective. It appears from my cursory inspection that most of the cycling is on the east side, Scottsdale/Mesa or closer into Phoenix proper. We are retired and will be looking at Queen Creek/Florence (Merrill Ranch), Buckeye or Peoria, all south or on the west side. We currently live in the Sandhills area (Pinehurst) of North Carolina although we moved here a couple of years ago from Reno Nevada and are from Northern California, both the Bay Area and then north of Sacramento.

I generally ride alone unless I make a riding buddy, but I'm not much of a shop or group rider. I do like the occasional organized/supported rides, although not as many centuries any more but certainly metrics. In spite of being 70, I still manage 5K+ miles a year.

I'm looking for a sense of road cycling in the areas I mentioned, I like to ride out of my garage and put in 30 to 50 miles in a circuit. I don't mine throwing my bike in my car and driving to a start place but it would be great to avoid it as it cuts into riding time.

Is there an area that has greater access to road riding...area that is safer that others?....I don't mind hills or climbing so elevations are unimportant. Anything I should know?, animals?, flats?..

There have been some answers on other forums but mostly they relate to the Tucson area.

I've gone through this before as we have moved and unfortunately, I've ended up mostly finding my rides on my own.

Highpowernut
12-20-2017, 08:39 PM
Where to start , I live in north phoenix and although this year was low mileage about 2000 or so. Most of my riding buddies are around 4-10 k .
There is a lot of decent roads up north with less traffic. Sonoran parkway , and the routes up to the towers by lake Bartlett .

West side has a large group ride leaving LA fitness in Avondale . Several scottsdale shops do well attended rides . Careful some are hammer fest, 40-50 miles at 23 plus avg speed.

One friend I ride with sponsors a team he send out email announcements of lots of different rides for all levels and areas. Everything from road ,crits to cross to mtn.
Look up Fleming wealth management. Or send me your email, I’ll get you on his list to find rides on your side of the valley.
There is a Christmas ride sun 24th , 12 climbs of Christmas. It’s about 20 miles but lots of climbing around camelback mountain.
He’s taking his mtn bike for the gears .
I can give lots of suggestions, need more specific details like actual area and what kind of rides. More than happy to help , and if you want to come over for a ride that works too.

Wayne


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zmudshark
12-20-2017, 08:51 PM
Paradise Valley or North in Carefree area are the only places I know.

It doesn't suck.

Likes2ridefar
12-20-2017, 08:53 PM
I haven’t made it to paradise valley yet, but will go up there this weekend.

zmudshark
12-20-2017, 09:11 PM
I haven’t made it to paradise valley yet, but will go up there this weekend.
The climb to the castle on Camelback is good, the rides around Mummy are terrific.

The nice thing about PV is you can climb as much or little as you want, and the local motorized traffic is mostly bicycle aware. More tourists on the holiday weekend, so be careful.

Highpowernut
12-20-2017, 09:12 PM
I haven’t made it to paradise valley yet, but will go up there this weekend.



Shadetree bikes does a ride though paradise valley on Sunday great ride

Ken Robb
12-20-2017, 10:56 PM
I'm curious: why move from N.C. to AZ?

Lewis Moon
12-21-2017, 08:07 AM
PV/Mummy is great. Via Linda to the end, Fountain hills and the Pinnacle Peak area are very nice. Ahwatukee (down in your area) is OK if you know the back roads. I could meet you some Sunday near Rustler's Roost (don't eat there) and show you the area.
Basically the Phoenix area = cars. I've ridden here since God was a boy so I'm used to it.

Likes2ridefar
12-21-2017, 08:14 AM
Thanks for the offer. I’ll take you up on it sometime. I have gone up Linda to the end. I found a route on an adventure company site and tried to follow it but my inexperience with a garmin 1000 messed it up so I ended up on Linda. That was nice.

Rafa
12-21-2017, 12:29 PM
I don’t live in AZ, but I was in Scottsdale for a conference a few months ago. I rented a road bike from Arizona Outback Adventures. They had a bunch of routes listed on their website starting from various hotels across town. The routes were also tied to a smartphone app for turn-by-turn navigation. I’m not usually a turn-by-turn person, but it was kinda nice to not have to think about the route much. I hit a few routes North of town, like out Pima Rd, that were nice.

Rafa

ls1togo
12-21-2017, 08:32 PM
I'm curious: why move from N.C. to AZ?

We moved here from Reno Nevada three years ago to take care of my ailing mother who has since passed away...We are originally from the Bay Area in Northern California and our children/grandchildren are spread out in NorCal, Colorado and in Gilbert Az.
In addition, we are retired and the warmer, dryer climate in the Phoenix area is better for my wife's health (as well as mine!)...the relatively high dew point and humidity on the East Coast is by our experience unbearable. A return to California or Northern Nevada is financially more difficult now but the greater Phoenix area offers an advantage on all fronts plus year around riding! :)
Don't misunderstand, the Pinehurst area in NC is a beautiful place, a golf mecca (I don't play) , some 27-28 golf courses including #2 where the US Open is regularly held...it's hilly and home to the long leaf pine...there's a lot to recommend but it's not like home...we need to come West again..:)

thegunner
12-21-2017, 09:01 PM
Careful some are hammer fest, 40-50 miles at 23 plus avg speed.

lol i suspect this is not a problem.

Likes2ridefar
12-21-2017, 09:16 PM
lol i suspect this is not a problem.

:banana:

Highpowernut
12-21-2017, 10:54 PM
:banana:

Always up for a challenge myself, just get dropped by pros is something my ego doesn’t like.

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floxy1
12-22-2017, 06:01 AM
Here are a couple good ones, IMO.

https://www.strava.com/activities/269331935#6308088823

https://www.strava.com/activities/269331935#6308088823
(This ones’s long. I’d suggest starting in Apache Junction and riding east to EOP (end of pavement). The Usery climb is also really good)

zmudshark
12-22-2017, 10:59 AM
If you want fast, PM @azrider.

Lewis Moon
12-22-2017, 11:29 AM
Here are a couple good ones, IMO.

https://www.strava.com/activities/269331935#6308088823

https://www.strava.com/activities/269331935#6308088823
(This ones’s long. I’d suggest starting in Apache Junction and riding east to EOP (end of pavement). The Usery climb is also really good)

The ride to Canyon Lake is also beautiful, I've done it dozens of times, but the pavement is scheit and there is absolutely no shoulder. Do not do it any time you might expect any traffic.