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Bike rentals and rides in Sedona, AZ

Old 03-21-08, 05:48 PM
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Bike rentals and rides in Sedona, AZ

Going to Sedona in a few months and while I know they have great Mtb riding, what's the road situation like? Any notable rides to hit up? I looked on the google, so I've seen some options, but nothing that said which rides were better than others.

Also, never rented before, what's the deal with that? Do I bring shoes and pedals? Any insights would be helpful
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Old 03-21-08, 06:03 PM
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I was mountain biking in Sedona a few years ago but we brought our bikes and didn't have to rent. However, my wifes Camelback sprung a leak and we needed to buy a bladder. These folks were very nice. They rent road bikes and mountain bikes http://www.absolutebikes.net/sedona/sed_frset.html

I would bring my pedals and shoes.

If you get a chance, go mountain biking. Sedona has some world class slick rock. Laama trail & Submarine rock are fabulous mtb trails.

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I was in Sedona last month, and there wasn't a road bike to be seen, although plenty of mountain bike rentals. I don't remember much in the way of shoulders either, and the road from the freeway to Sedona is construction all the way. The only bike shops I saw in Sedona were mountain bike shops.

But it's a very beautiful part of the world.
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I was in Sedona last May, the scenery and hiking is spectacular - however the biking is limited to mostly mtn biking.... The main roads (89A and 179) are very narrow and i would not risk riding, especially 89A which is probably one of the most beautiful roads in America.

There are 2 bike stores on 179 (past the villiage of Oak Creek), Absolute Bikes and Bike and Bean. I've only rented from B&B and they were really cool people to deal with. Unfortunately they only deal in Mtn Bikes because that's all to be had out there. They were hoping to start a road bike rental once the widening of 179 was complete.... The bikes are "strap in" pedals so you don't need your bike shoes. The rentals seemed reasonable, $25 or 30 for a couple hours. There's about 10 miles of easy riding, beyond that it's all single track and fairly challanging.

If you want to road bike, head up to Flagstaff, there are several bike stores up there that rent road bikes, and it's a whole lot safer than biking 89.

Enjoy, it's probably the most spectacular place I've ever been to....
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I was all set to rent a mtn bike at B&B about 4 yrs ago at the end of a business trip, but massive flooding in the area kept me away.

It is a spectacular area. Let us know how things work out.
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Old 03-21-08, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
I was in Sedona last month, and there wasn't a road bike to be seen, although plenty of mountain bike rentals. I don't remember much in the way of shoulders either, and the road from the freeway to Sedona is construction all the way. The only bike shops I saw in Sedona were mountain bike shops.

But it's a very beautiful part of the world.
Hey I was on the road in Sedona last month! There are lots of roadies in Sedona. Yes Mt. biking is what it is known for but there were at least a dozen of us on the roads.

OP - renting a road bike in Sedona may take some phone work. Call Absolute Bikes(sorry I am in PA and have no links to offer). They have a big shop in Flagstaff. The Bike and Bean shop(their coffed is worth the stop) is a great little LBS also but I think Mt. bike rental only, againg look em up and call. Mt. Bike Heaven is exactly what the title says but the owner is a roadie. Another call that might pan out is Zoomers in Cottonwood. Pretty new store but they seem to know what they are doing.

Now as to rides and another issue you have to consider. Several months as in June or July? It is going to be hot. During the summer months you have to start real early to beat the heat. I almost always use a camelback to ensure enough water. Another issue I have is adjusting to the higher altitude. Only takes a couple of days, but 4600 ft. is way higher than my normal 800 ft. base.

I like the Sedona to Clarkdale & return thru Cornville & Page Springs which you can actually make into a century if you don't mind some double back. Another good ride is up in the Flagstaff area, Lake Mary Loop which is about 58 miles. Usually cooler up there at 7,000 feet. There are plenty of short rides around town, out Dry Creek Road, etc. For the most part drivers are pretty good. Senior citizen tourists gawking at the red rocks are the worst however.

The road between I-17 and Sedona is pretty dicy but some start at VOC(Village of Oak Creek) and grab Beaver Flat Rd. over to Cornville. The road between Cottonwood and I-17 is a death trap for cars let alone bikes. It may take years but they are supposed to put bike lanes on both those roads.

I think Sedona is a great place to ride. Pick your weapon, road or mt.
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Also head north a bit between Sedona and Flagstaff and ride Mormon Lake loop. Suggest pedaling from Flag to Sedona DOWN Oak Creek Canyon early in the day . . . do not ride UP Oak Creek Canyon, you'll be too slow (lots elevation gain, curvy road and way too much traffic trying to pass you on the way up).
Ride from Flag to Cameron or Valle, elevation about 7,000' or do the Wupatki Loop outside of Flagstaff.
If you're ambitious there is a 200 mile loop (3 or 4 days riding). Start in Flag up to Valle up to Grand Canyon then to Cameron then back to Flag.
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Something hit me that I better post before I forget again. Check RouteSlip.com for some of the rides mentioned above. The only one I saw that I can not endorse is the Cottonwood to Camp Verde down 260
no shoulder on that road at all.
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Old 03-25-08, 02:49 AM
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We rented mountain bikes at B & B which is literally across the street from some great riding. Nice bikes and folks. We've been in Sedona the last two years in May on our way to run the Whiskey Row marathon in Prescott and I recall seeing very few if any road bikes in Sedona or between Sedona and Prescott.
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Any updates here from anyone that has ridden on the road in Sedona more recently? Thanks
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I was just near the Sedona and Cottonwood area a few weeks ago. I rode 89A through Jerome. Also very scenic and less busy than Sedona.
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I was in Scottsdale in February and rented 2 Emonda SL6 from AOA. They might be able to help with routes in Sedona.


https://aoa-adventures.com/scottsdal...-bike-rentals/

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Originally Posted by highrpm View Post
I was just near the Sedona and Cottonwood area a few weeks ago. I rode 89A through Jerome. Also very scenic and less busy than Sedona.
I'm no expert on the Sedona area, but I too was going to suggest climbing Mingus Mountain, which takes you through Jerome. Several nice climbs out of Prescott too.
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Also, never rented before, what's the deal with that? Do I bring shoes and pedals? Any insights would be helpful
Generally, the bike shop will supply flat pedals, or maybe a set of SPD's. Best bet is to bring your shoes and pedals, the shop can install the pedals. If you're picky about the saddle, bring yours, again the shop can install it.

Shoes, pedals, saddle, plus the usual riding kit. Shops are kind of hit & miss on flat repair kits, you may want to bring yours.

If you're going mountain biking, bring a shock pump.

Key items: Shoes, pedals (if not flat), helmet, water bottles, riding kit (jersey, shorts, gloves).
Optional: Saddle, flat kit, electronics (w/ mounts), shock pump (mtn only)
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Also, never rented before, what's the deal with that? Do I bring shoes and pedals? Any insights would be helpful
AOA asked me what cleats I had and put on the correct pedals. They also supply a helmet, tool kit and 2 water bottles.

I brought my bibs, jersey, socks, gloves and shoes.

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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
They also supply . . . 2 water bottles.
Doesn't that get you through about the first 30 minutes of a ride out there?
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Doesn't that get you through about the first 30 minutes of a ride out there?
We did the 53 mile "1/2 Ironman" bike route. Two bottles was enough to get to the next place to refill. If you need to carry more water, I suggest bringing a Camelback. They might rent them since they also rent MTB and run organized excursions.
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In 2011 while in Sedona I rented a very nice Ibis from The Fat Tier Bike Shop, owner Dave Cichan. Great place and guy. Not sure if he is still there.
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Here's a shot of my ride on Mingus Mountain, near Jerome. Beautiful country out there.

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