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    Considering Prescott for retirement - How's the cycling comunity?

    My wife and I are tired of fighting the snow, cold and grey skies of winter in Upstate NY and are considering Prescott as the place we might settle. We're both already retired, in our early 60s, active and enjoy biking and hiking.

    Is there a active cycling community in the Prescott area that a couple of new recruits might find to spend time with? My wife is also a competitive swimmer and would be looking for good pool access.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Hugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sciguy View Post
    My wife and I are tired of fighting the snow, cold and grey skies of winter in Upstate NY and are considering Prescott as the place we might settle. We're both already retired, in our early 60s, active and enjoy biking and hiking.

    Is there a active cycling community in the Prescott area that a couple of new recruits might find to spend time with? My wife is also a competitive swimmer and would be looking for good pool access.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Hugh
    I'm not really any help on your question but coincidentally I'm considering exactly the same thing. We've made our initial foray to check it out and it is lovely and there is an active MTB community and apparently lots of great riding. I haven't gotten to the bottom of the road scene there yet. Luckily I do both. Good luck, maybe I'll see you out there

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    I didn't make it through Prescott, but I vacationed a couple of days in Sedona - camping out near Cottonwood. Sedona was pretty void of road cyclists - I spotted a handful. I actually stopped by a few bike shops - they are big on their single track mountain bike trails. I gather that Tucson is a big retreat for winter training road cyclists.

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    Thanks for the info on your experience. I'm getting the distinct impression that mountain biking is way more popular that road biking in the area. Tucson in the winter is appealing but the summers are hotter than we would prefer.

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    Cotton wood, only place I ever walked in a restaurant with guys sitting around with big old sidearms,,, and they did not look like cops either!! Prescott is hot alright, nice area , not sure if the locals pay enough attention on the road, we drove very fast there. Weather sure beats NY.... Good luck with your search, Jerome is tres cool.

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    I grew up in Phoenix and Prescott was always the AWESOME place to get away to. The hills/mountains around Prescott make for a huge variety of rides. A large Mountain bike community builds trails and is active. The road rides are in some outstanding Pine country. Plus you have the Sedona, Flagstaff, Williams, Route 66 area. Good place to live and ride.

    There are races (not for me) as well as sight seeing rides.

    About 5 years ago one of the biggest mountain lions on record was killed on I-40 close to Williams. The good news, animal attacks have been in California, not AZ.
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    Just make sure you pronounce it Presquit, (like biscuit) or be forever ridiculed as a Ferginer.

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    Thanks for the positive and iinformative feedback. We will probably spend a couple of weeks there this summer to make sure that we enjoy the area during the part of the year when the weather is often nice where we currently live. We're certain that winters in Prescott will be wonderful compared to the icebox called upstate NY. We're just wrapping up the coldest February on record with the high never getting above 32F for the whole month and many night time lows setting all time records.


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    Xmas cactus.jpgKay & Rudy2.jpgPrescott can get snow in winter.
    Tucson has a huge cycling community.
    In summer you ride at daybreak, hit the pool and then take a nap . . . in winter ride in the afternoon.
    Lived in Tucson since 1978. We do not have to shovel the sunshine!
    Photos: winter in Tucson . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Xmas cactus.jpgKay & Rudy2.jpgPrescott can get snow in winter.
    Tucson has a huge cycling community.
    In summer you ride at daybreak, hit the pool and then take a nap . . . in winter ride in the afternoon.
    Lived in Tucson since 1978. We do not have to shovel the sunshine!
    Photos: winter in Tucson . . .
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    Rudy & Kay,

    Thanks for the Tucson recommendation. We've always considered it might be hotter there than we might enjoy during the summer. Perhaps we need to take a second look though.
    Can you tell us about pools in Tucson area. My wife is a good triathlete so she's always looking for good pool access.

    Best Regards,

    Hugh

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    As long as you are okay with early morning training, Tucson is hard to beat. In the summer, I am on my bike by 4:30 am and done by 9:30, latest. Hide from the sun until near sunset and then the evenings are very enjoyable outdoors as well.

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    Prescott isn't all that cool in the summer either. Maybe 5-10 degrees cooler than Tucson. Temps in Arizona are all about elevation, figure 5 degrees per 2500'. Take a look at Catalina north of Oro Valley. Its noticibly cooler than Tucson particularly at night. Once Oracle Road is finished in 2016 it will be a great place for cyclists.

    I'm gonna agree with others, for road cycling there is a much larger community in the Tucson area and many more routes available.

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    Boy I don't know, I'd say that the weather in Prescott is pretty darned perfect, at least if you like a hint of seasons!

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    Jumping in here rather than start a new thread. Wife and I have friends who retired there about five years ago and we have been several times. That thing about it being 5-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix/Tuscon is a big deal, and makes it very livable. Every time we have gone I have seen a quite a few roadies. We are headed up there next weekend and I am taking my road bike. Any locals who see this are invited to chime in on my planned ride. Prescutt - Prescott, AZ

    I've driven the area a couple of times and am kind of familiar with it, but not THAT familiar. I would like to do the Skull Valley loop some day, but won't have time for that this trip.
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    FWIW, Phoenix is 5 or so degrees warmer than Tucson, so 10-15 warmer than Preskitt.

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    I'm not local, but I've ridden the western half of your route. If I remember right, Pioneer Parkway mostly has a good bike lane, but felt a little like a bigger road; not too bad though. Iron Springs Road has some narrow sight lines, but was good fun. Like you, I'm planning to do the Skull Valley loop during my next visit.

    Have a good ride.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuteCommando View Post
    Jumping in here rather than start a new thread. Wife and I have friends who retired there about five years ago and we have been several times. That thing about it being 5-10 degrees cooler than Phoenix/Tuscon is a big deal, and makes it very livable. Every time we have gone I have seen a quite a few roadies. We are headed up there next weekend and I am taking my road bike. Any locals who see this are invited to chime in on my planned ride. Prescutt - Prescott, AZ

    I've driven the area a couple of times and am kind of familiar with it, but not THAT familiar. I would like to do the Skull Valley loop some day, but won't have time for that this trip.

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    To OP.

    My wife and I have driven there from Southern California at least five times over the last several years. Our route takes us through the small town of Yarnell. This will be our first trip since the fire that nearly destroyed that town. Prescott is located at a higher elevation than Phoenix, and is "greener" for that reason. Think movies like Tombstone, of Stagecoach when considering Phoenix, and High Planes Drifter for Prescott. Fire is a serious risk to consider, especially in the neighborhoods east of town going toward Thumb Butte. That is a very picturesque area with houses built among the pines, but fire insurance may be a problem. There are areas in the Prescott area where it is not a huge risk, but it needs to be considered.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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