With 300 days of sunshine a year, Phoenix, Arizona, is a prime destination for outdoor recreation, and the city and surrounding desert have great bike trails, whatever your level of experience. Here are the best independent spots in the Valley to get set up with some high-quality wheels to take on your own adventure.
Found on Bell Road in North Phoenix, Exhale Bikes is a friendly shop offering a selection of road bikes, mountain bikes and comfort bikes. It’s truly a one-stop shop, as all rentals come with a complimentary helmet, flat tire repair kit and small cable lock. Experienced shop assistants are eager to point you in the direction of the nearest mountain trails or riding pathways. Most of the bikes here cost around $35 per day.
A haven for bike commuters and cycling enthusiasts, Bicycle Cellar provides excellent service and rentals in Tempe. Its vast selection of rental bikes includes city bikes for a relaxing pedal along Tempe Town Lake, heavy-duty wheels designed for camping trips and even cargo bikes so that you can take your little ones along for the ride. Truly dedicated to sustainability and healthy living, Bicycle Cellar is housed in an eco-friendly building near the light rail.
If you’re seeking an unforgettable ride in Arizona’s stunning Sonoran Desert, Sonoran Outdoor Adventures provides exciting fat tire and electric bike tours so that you can experience the area’s expansive trail system. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down: you can even sign up for a night ride to see the nocturnal side of the desert. If a tour isn’t your thing, you can also rent a fat tire bike and design your own journey. Sonoran Outdoor Adventures can also deliver bikes within the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Grey Matter Family Bicycle Shop offers bike maintenance, pro fitting and cruiser rentals, along with a serious dose of inspiration. Cycling enthusiast Kyle Claffey founded Grey Matter in 2014 while battling brain cancer, as a way to share his passion and give back to his community. A portion of the shop’s proceeds goes to Barrow Neurological Institute for brain tumor research and awareness. Find the shop near Highway 51, a straight shot to the thrilling trails that run through the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.
Founded by a group of devoted cyclists, McDowell Mountain Cycles provides a variety of bike rentals, including mountain bikes, electric bikes, road bikes and racks. Additionally, they bring the Phoenix biking community together with regular events, rides and clinics in Fountain Hills and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. As well as being a great way to explore the desert, you can also connect with fellow athletes.
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