10 Essential Bicycle Resources in Metro Phoenix
Get back on those saddles, Phoenix!
Being a cyclist might mean outfitting yourself in all spandex and going for weekend rides on your high-dollar Specialized ride. It might also mean riding to the farmers market in a sundress and putting organic kale in your wicker basket, ringing your bell as you head out. Maybe both are way off base and you just want a safe, cheap, and fun way to do your favorite outdoor exercise. In any case, there's a few helpful shops, groups, and apps to help Phoenix area cyclists get out there and get pedaling.
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Tempe Bicycle Action Group
Whether this year was your first time riding on the Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride or you've been a weekly C.R.A.P. rider for years, T.B.A.G. is about more than a bunch of silly acronyms and social rides. A big part of what this advocacy group does is work with the city to improve bike infrastructure and laws in Tempe. The volunteers who run the group have also been known to teach safety seminars for kids and even help run the annual Tour de Fat bike and beer festival with New Belgium Brewery and other local bike organizations. Anyone can join the cause, so if you're interested in making a difference for Tempe's cyclists, check outwww.biketempe.org for information on how to help.
From quickly fixing a flat tire to meticulously truing a wheel, there's a lot to learn about fixing up your whip. Well, the folks over at Rusty Spoke in downtown Phoenix are there to help you learn all of that and more -- free of charge. The nonprofit is focused on making bikes accessible in every way, regardless of how much cash you have on hand. The community education center, located in the PHX Bike Lab, also has a stock of ready-to-build-up bikes in case you need one to learn on.
Sure, you can buy new and used bikes that are ready to roll from Bicycle Cellar. However, the shop also functions as a commuter support facility conveniently located at the Tempe Transit Station. What is a commuter support facility? Well, showers, lockers, and monitored bike racks to lock up are only part of it. The friendly, knowledgeable staff is also there to help you with minor and major repairs, as well as lend their bike expertise in other areas.
The newly launched app is jam-packed with useful information for Phoenix cyclists. Whether you're a serious mountain trail rider, a casual weekend cruiser, or a daily bike commuter, the app probably has some useful information, as well as a suggested route, for you. Developed with the help of local bike shops, it's available on the iTunes app store completely free, so you might as well give it a test ride.
If you're going to ride a State bike, you're going to need some State gear.
State Bicycle Co.
Having our very own bike brand is a pretty big part of showing that this city has a legit bike culture. And luckily the Phoenix-based State Bicycle Co. shows not only that but also that we have style. The brightly colored, simplistic single-speed and fixed gear bikes definitely look hip. However, with weekly rides and special alley cat races, State Bicycle is more than just a bike maker. They're also dedicated to expanding cycling in Phoenix and making it fun while they do it.
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