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Old 12-06-08, 06:01 PM
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So, any of you road forum guys (or girls)

in the Phoenix Metro area? It might be road trip time for Brandy.
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No ... but anytime you want to come up to Central Alberta to ride ........
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I'd love to Machka, but we'd need to convince my parents to move there first. Going to visit them and sneak in a couple of rides while they're watching...errr...I mean, visiting with the kids.
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You might also try the regional forum for that area.
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You might also try the regional forum for that area.
I would, but I'm a roadie snob and there might be mountain bikers and bmx'ers in there. I like to stick to my peeps.
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in the Phoenix Metro area? It might be road trip time for Brandy.
Is it about time to take a vacation from that nasty So Cal winter?
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I'm in Mesa, lots of good routes around here
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Is it about time to take a vacation from that nasty So Cal winter?
Yes, I'm fed up and can't take it anymore. Damn sunny skies.
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I'm in Fountain Hills, AZ which is Northeast Phoenix. There are some nice rides around here depending on what you're looking to do. When do you plan on being in town?

More importantly, is your husband coming with?
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I'm in Mesa, lots of good routes around here
Mesa is beautiful. I used to travel monthly through there on business. The first time I visited Arizona I was astounded by the geology...how different it is from other areas of the US. Globe is right out of a Hollywood western in terms of native Americans and Flagstaff has wonderful skiing. Even the reservoir lakes are great for water skiing. I used to play a lot of golf there and great golf courses. In the summer that place is an oven however...fries the paint right off the cars in the parking lot...literally. But there are few nicer places to visit like right now where the weather has just taken a cold turn in the midwest.

A quick and poignant story about a good friend of mine who lived there. His name was Ken. Ken was athletic and brilliant and so we became friends. We did a lot of paling around together...played a lot of tennis...rollerbladed and picked up chicks together. He met the girl he wanted to marry who was also athletic and they both rode mountain bikes up a high passage in Mesa where Ken had secretly planned to propose. When they crested the mountain, she accepted and they both descended together to come down and share their joy with their friends. She traversed the road at the base of the mountain first at the bottom and then Ken came following her lead. A car came fast around the corner and Ken hit the B pillar of the car with his head...he was wearing a helmet which was split in half by the concussion and Ken died in the arms of the girl he just proposed to. It was and still is an incredible tragedy. I will never forget Ken for not only his intellect but passion for life only matched by the intensity of his incredible blue eyes. The irony is Ken was also an expert sky diver and instructor with thousands of jumps to his credit and died in his 30's riding a bicycle.

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Mesa is beautiful. I used to travel monthly through there on business. The first time I visited Arizona I was astounded by the geology...how different it is from other areas of the US. Globe is right out of a Hollywood western in terms of native Americans and Flagstaff has wonderful skiing. Even the reservoir lakes are great for water skiing. I used to play a lot of golf there and great golf courses. In the summer that place is an oven however...fries the paint right off the cars in the parking lot...literally. But there are few nicer places to visit like right now where the weather has just taken a cold turn in the midwest.

A quick and poignant story about a good friend of mine who lived there. His name was Ken. Ken was athletic and brilliant and so we became friends. We did a lot of paling around together...played a lot of tennis...rollerbladed and picked up chicks together. He met the girl he wanted to marry who was also athletic and they both rode mountain bikes up a high passage in Mesa to propose to her. When they crested the mountain, she accepted and they both descended together to come down and share their joy with their friends. She traversed the road at the base of the mountain first at the bottom and then Ken came following her lead. A car came fast around the corner and Ken hit the B pillar of the car with his head...he was wearing a helmet which was split in half by the concussion and Ken died in the arms of the girl he just proposed to. It was and still is an incredible tradegy. I will never forget Ken for not only his intellect but passion for life only matched by his incredible intense blue eyes. The irony is Ken was also an expert sky diver and instructor and died in his 30's riding a bicycle.
jesus..sorry about your friend man

i'm pretty new so i've only ridden out here so far but when it cools down up north next year i am DEFINITELY hitting up sedona/flag, my goal is to do tour de tucson next year
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jesus..sorry about your friend man

i'm pretty new so i've only ridden out here so far but when it cools down up north next year i am DEFINITELY hitting up sedona/flag, my goal is to do tour de tucson next year
Thanks. He was just a great guy and we were so much alike. It could have been me I suppose.
Mesa is a very cool place and I have so many fond memories of Arizona and lots of great friends there.
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Really depends on where you will be visiting, Phoenix is a large city in the respect that you drive vast distances just to get from one side of the metropolitan area to the other.

I'm in what is considered Lower East Valley, and PMBC has some great ride maps for this area... https://www.sportsfun.com/gaba/ridemaps.html

Sat are the leisurely rides for all types (breaks down into A/B/C/Straggler groups), Sun is the spin cycle group with the usual 24-28mph pace.

If you let us know specificly what town/city you'll be visiting it will be easier for us to point you in the right direction.

Hell, I think this would be a great time to have a BF/Phoenix Metro get together.
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i'm definitely down for a regular ride
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Have a weird sched, but I ride a bit. Love to ride with you sometime.
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Hell, I think this would be a great time to have a BF/Phoenix Metro get together.
I agree. I suggest it also begin and end in Fountain Hills. There are some real nice rides out into Indian territory and State parks though. Rio Verde is my casual scenic ride. Out to Saguaro Lake if I want some climbing and scenery as well. B line to Gilbert Road if I just want a quick jaunt.

I suggest a loop on B line to Saguaro Lake with a continuation on the Bush Highway down to Mesa, then back up B line. That should be enough climbing and scenery for most.
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i will be out there for a week in a half around christmas. i stay right by south mountain and try to get some training up it every day while there.
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well hey if anyone wants to go for a ride just send me a pm anytime, i would love to find some new routes in my area or anywhere else, especially scenic stuff without too many stops
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I will be in Surprise, staying with my parents for just a couple of days. I'm driving out on Friday the 26th and will be there until Sunday evening.

I'd love to join in on a BF ride if someone wants to put one together!
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For a nice hill ride, check out the South Mountain park in Phoenix. Anyone know if the road is still closed to traffic? Last time I was there there were no cars and it was AMAZING.
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Bahh. Surprise. Complete opposite side of the world for most in Phoenix.
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I travel to Phoenix many many times a year, and "beautiful" is not what I would call Mesa. It reminds me of San Bernadino area in SoCal. Fountain Hills is beautiful. North of Scottsdale has some beautiful areas. Apache Junction and Superstitions are beautiful (one of my favorite areas). The far west side of town and White Tanks are beautiful. Wickenberg area is beautiful (take a ride out near Vulture Mountain), as is Stanton area. But Mesa. It's an over-developed zoning gone wild smoggy auto-congested city. Yuck.

Brandy - while you're out there check out the bike shop in Tempe across from the Sun Devils stadium and ASU campus. The guy there is a famous old-school bicycle frame craftsman. You know, when they made bikes by hand with lugs. His vintage frames are classics. He's not in good health, but he's a very nice chap and can tell you lots of stories about cycling and racing from years gone by.

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Mesa is beautiful. I used to travel monthly through there on business. The first time I visited Arizona I was astounded by the geology...how different it is from other areas of the US. Globe is right out of a Hollywood western in terms of native Americans and Flagstaff has wonderful skiing. Even the reservoir lakes are great for water skiing. I used to play a lot of golf there and great golf courses. In the summer that place is an oven however...fries the paint right off the cars in the parking lot...literally. But there are few nicer places to visit like right now where the weather has just taken a cold turn in the midwest.

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in the Phoenix Metro area? It might be road trip time for Brandy.
Why don't you do a real road trip and come to Chester, a scant 20 minute ride from the home of everybody's favorite Trailer Trash TV Show.

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Bahh. Surprise. Complete opposite side of the world for most in Phoenix.
I'm driving 359 miles and you're complaining about driving across the valley?
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Surprise area...check out White Tank Mountains on west side. Also you can drive up to Wickenberg and then ride out to Vulture Mine area. The road to Wickenberg from Phoenix ain't too bike friendly, but the road to Vulture Mine area is usually void of many cars and makes a nice ride this time of year.

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I will be in Surprise, staying with my parents for just a couple of days. I'm driving out on Friday the 26th and will be there until Sunday evening.

I'd love to join in on a BF ride if someone wants to put one together!
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