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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: 71 Schwinn Paramount, 81 Univega Super Strada
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Hey there, Goldfinch! Up until last March I lived my entire life in southern Arizona. So I can help out a bit.
The park on Kolb is NOT your friend if you're planning on cycling. Unless riding on a road with traffic blowing by you at 60mph is your thing. Kolb is pretty much a 4-lane divided highway out there, and one of the main passages from I-10 to east Tucson.
The park on S. Mission is a much better bet. Traffic at somewhat slower speeds (and less of it), and on the west side of town it's easier to get out to "nowhere" for rides through the desert and/or mountains.
For the record, I didn't get into cycling until I moved up to Oregon, so I haven't ridden these areas myself. But when you live somewhere for 30+ years you get familiar with the landscape. In short, look at locations on the western edge of town rather than the east. The west has mountains and out-of-the-way roads, the east has urban sprawl and everything wants to be a highway.
On a final note, if you get a chance, do head over to the east side to ride Old Spanish Trail, east from about Houghton Road. Good stuff, but be prepared for hills.
You can PM me with any other questions if you like.
Bike repair was so simple when we were all so ignorant we didn't know we couldn't do it. -- FBinNY
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