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Old 03-04-14, 05:13 AM   #1
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Flying into Phoenix - where to 'set-up' for 4 days of riding

There are direct flights from where I live (live in Toronto, flying out of Buffalo) to Phoenix. Want to visit at the end of March. I would like to skip on a car rental...my plan is to arrive and take a cab/shuttle to a town or city where there is affordable accommodation ($100 or so a night), a bike store where I can rent a good road bike (would rent a mtn bike for another day if close to trails), and easy access to nice roads (mix of flat roads and hills, very little traffic if possible). My goal is to just to have fun and ride about 80-100k a day at a leisurely pace.

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Old 03-04-14, 08:11 AM   #2
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Perhaps the south or southeast part of Phoenix? I'm not all that familiar with what's out there, but it would most likely be cheaper accommodations than downtown or Scottsdale and not as long of cab ride to the north valley.
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I'm not sure about accommodations but both Tempe and Tucson have some great mtn bike trails as well as nice road riding and easy to get to by shuttle/light rail from the airport. In Tucson a good bike rental place is http://fairwheelbikes.com/tucson-ari...ion-ezp-1.html and they are not far from where the shuttle drops you off.

I hope this helps.
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If you are looking to be close to both good trails and good roads, I'd suggest staying in or around here:
Luxury Phoenix Arizona Hotels | Arizona Grand Resort | Family Friendly Vacation Resorts

The resort has easy access to the airport and literally backs up to South Mountain Park which is the largest urban park in the US, with over 100 miles in trails:
http://phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/south/

Also, there is really good road riding to the South (Ahwatukee) and roads that lead you up to the top of South Mountain if you're in the mood for a little climb.
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I have a place in Tucson that is empty from the 25th-31st you are welcome to use.

In phoenix I like scottsdale, you are on the edge of the city and the roads are really nice. Riding to fountain hills or cave creek are good routes. You can also reach south mountain out and back in decent time.
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