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Old 02-09-18, 10:48 AM
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Tucson ROCKS

just got back from the gem/rock/fossil/whatever show in tuscon ... took my WABI and toured the city for 7 days ... great bike path(s) and bike lanes throughout the city ... EVERYTHING else was great ... bike shops are helpful ... A+ bike map of the city ... stayed at STARR PASS !? > going to town wasn't too hard coming back was a lot to achieve for an old guy on a fix .... tuscon is like austin tx before commercialization grid locked it ... also checked out BISBEE & SILVER CITY NM & parts of big bend > all were A+ but EL PASO aint the best place to urban bike
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El Paso is a horrible urban biking area. However the suburbs on the west end are very bike friendly, and there are tons of MTB trails around. Probably not the funnest and most varied, but if I were stuck in the that town, it wouldn't be all that bad.
Tucson is a gem for riders.
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Give it a try in the summer. I left that hell hole 4.5 years ago and Iíve never looked back.
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Give it a try in the summer. I left that hell hole 4.5 years ago and Iíve never looked back.
Thank you for leaving. The last thing AZ needs is more people that complain about the heat.
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Thank you for leaving. The last thing AZ needs is more people that complain about the heat.
People complain about the heat? Wonder why?
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People complain about the heat? Wonder why?
Probably because they are weak.
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Originally Posted by arizonamed View Post
People complain about the heat? Wonder why?
Probably because they are weak.
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Probably because they are weak.
Great point! Nothing I love more than a lovely ride through the desert in 110 degree heat. Stupid weaklings oughta just shut up and stay inside.
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Originally Posted by arizonamed View Post
Great point! Nothing I love more than a lovely ride through the desert in 110 degree heat. Stupid weaklings oughta just shut up and stay inside.
He posted the same comment twice so he must be right.
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Originally Posted by arizonamed View Post
Great point! Nothing I love more than a lovely ride through the desert in 110 degree heat. Stupid weaklings oughta just shut up and stay inside.
I love riding through the desert in 110 degree heat, because the weak people that can't handle it, have usually moved back north for the summer.

The crowds + traffic we get from snowbirds really bothers me. April through October are my favorite months because of this.

BTW, I never called people that can't handle the heat "stupid".

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Originally Posted by arizonamed View Post
Great point! Nothing I love more than a lovely ride through the desert in 110 degree heat. Stupid weaklings oughta just shut up and stay inside.
I admit Iím old and weak and complain about the heat. What can I say. Itís might be a dry heat but is also a very hot heat in the summer. With that said I just finished a 40 miler in absolutely beautiful weather here in the ole pueblo aka Tucson. And if one is willing you can ride early in the mornings in the summer and I do mean early. That means 12 months of riding. Anyway I too would like to move from Tucson but Iím too weak to move. 😎
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El Paso - Did the Transmountain Drive last winter...a nice little climb. Overall, the bike infrastructure seems hit or miss, better in the newer areas.

Tucson - Did Mt. Lemmon a few days later. Nuff' said. A fantastic area.

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Hey I was just there too. Didn't ride, but they have a nice bike-sharing system, and it looks like a fun place to ride. Their downtown and outlying areas blend nicely. I've only been there in winter, but in summer, I don't think I could take it. I have a physical reaction when the temperatures go above the mid 90s...I guess I'm in the weakling zone, oh well.
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Did Mt.Lemmon and Kitt Peak 2 years ago, great place to ride indeed!
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I was out riding one of the mups Friday, and had a bobcat run across the path in front of me.

I wouldn't mind seeing the snowbirds leave early this year. I'm afraid our mild winter this year may encourage them to stay longer.
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I was out riding one of the mups Friday, and had a bobcat run across the path in front of me.

I wouldn't mind seeing the snowbirds leave early this year. I'm afraid our mild winter this year may encourage them to stay longer.
As a previous Arizonian? Arizoninan?....I never got the snowbird hate. It's a major part of the economy.
All the bike path projects had them in mind.
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As a previous Arizonian? Arizoninan?....I never got the snowbird hate. It's a major part of the economy.
All the bike path projects had them in mind .
Great for them, but I hate riding the MUPs. They are terrible for fast riding. The only time I use them is for late night commuting.
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I wouldn't mind seeing the snowbirds leave early this year. I'm afraid our mild winter this year may encourage them to stay longer.
Hopefully we'll have a very warm spring, so they'll pack up and leave early.

MLB spring training ends early this year, so that should help.
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Great for them, but I hate riding the MUPs. They are terrible for fast riding. The only time I use them is for late night commuting.
Depends which one you're on, and when you're on it.

Ride the Rillito path on a weekend day, and you better be on it to enjoy the scenery. Ride it on a 90 degree weekday afternoon, and you pretty much have it to yourself. And that's the busy one.

I tend to be more choosy about day, time, and location I'll ride roads around here.

I have no problem heading down Tangerine and riding around Marana, or heading up towards Biosphere on a Sunday morn, no way to either during the week.

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As a previous Arizonian? Arizoninan?....I never got the snowbird hate. It's a major part of the economy.
All the bike path projects had them in mind.
All the paths were designed for flood control access, public access was an after thought.
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Great for them, but I hate riding the MUPs. They are terrible for fast riding. The only time I use them is for late night commuting.


While we are on the subject, the increasing lack of edicate on MUP's from non cyclists is getting out of hand. Pro dog walkers with 10 dogs taking up both lanes, normal dog walkers with tons of slack on the leash, only 2 walkers side by side taking up a whole lane, and massive jogging groups generally being ignorant.

And cyclists get all the hate on MUP's.
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All the paths were designed for flood control access, public access was an after thought.
All the paths? Not sure about that. But sure, just go with your bad self on hating people.
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Originally Posted by Wileyrat View Post
Depends which one you're on, and when you're on it.

Ride the Rillito path on a weekend day, and you better be on it to enjoy the scenery. Ride it on a 90 degree weekday afternoon, and you pretty much have it to yourself. And that's the busy one.

I tend to be more choosy about day, time, and location I'll ride roads around here.

I have no problem heading down Tangerine and riding around Marana, or heading up towards Biosphere on a Sunday morn, no way to either during the week.
I'm talking about the ones in my area(NW of Phoenix).

Mid-week, during the warmer months, they go pretty much unused. At this time of year, the paths in this area are clogged with seniors and dog walkers. I love seeing seniors out getting exercise, but I'd rather not worry about a collision.
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Add me to the weakling list then. Last time was over 100 here during a heat wave, I nearly passed out climbing a hill, had to take a break in the shade and head home, I gave up and ran on a treadmill inside an A/C gym.
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All the paths? Not sure about that. But sure, just go with your bad self on hating people.
I this area(NW Phoenix) all of the paths are built alongside existing drainage canals.
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