It looks like I will be working in Phoenix in a couple weeks. Looking at the maps, this is what I'm thinking.
The Sky Harbour (airport) is only ~12 miles from the hotel that I will probably be staying in. And the hotel is a 15 minute walk from the office. The contract is scheduled for 6 to 9 months (probably longer as most contracts tend to get extended).
So what I'm thinking is that I'd get a rental car for the first week or two while I get adjusted. But since I will be working most of the time and really won't need a rental car other than to come and go from the office or to step out for dinner - all of which is available within walking distance. I could save a TON of money if I didn't keep the car. Use the shuttle service to and from the airport. And simply buy a mountain bike to get around town for most of my stay. (you can do the calculus as to what a rental car costs for 5 months and what that number looks like in terms of a bike!)
I've never been to Phoenix before, but I understand that it is rather dry, so rain won't be much an issue. A couple panier bags would all be I need for anything that I may need to commute with. I would get a mountain bike as opposed to a commuter - as it would be of more use to me at the end of the contract.
And at the end of the contract, mailing the bike back home.
So I ask you...
Is there something that I'm over looking in this plan?
Can you recommend an LBS in the Phoenix area that would be get me onto a good bike AND would be willing to handle shipping it back home (I don't know the first thing about shipping a bicycle - actually, I'm a road rider and know nothing about mountain bikes either).