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Visiting the Phoenix area and want to ride
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In the past, I've suggested that the Candlewood Suites could be a good place to stay for a short visit to the Valley when folks are bringing their own bikes. This hotel property has a back gate which is literally right on the paved Cave Creek Wash Trail (CCWT) and only about a mile north of the intersection of CCWT and the Arizona Canal trail. Candlewood Suites is easy to get to from the airport since it is right off I-17 (aka Black Canyon Highway). This location is very close to Metrocenter Mall. There are plenty of restaurants close by:

Candlewood Suites Phoenix
11411 North Black Canyon Highway
Phoenix, AZ

If you are looking for a rental property in the Phoenix Metro area which is close to trails and are also looking for bike rentals. I suggest getting in touch with the good folks at Trailhead Bike Shop and Cafe:

http://www.trailheadbikecafe.com/ (they are also active on Facebook).

They are at:
Trailhead Bike Cafe
6825 N 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Their location is within sight of the Arizona Canal trail and about 4 miles down the canal path from the Metrocenter Mall area. I'm not sure Trailhead rents bikes, but I have every confidence that they know how to get wheels under someone. They are very close to Trail 100 and other mountain biking opportunities in the mountain preserve areas. There is also some nice road riding areas nearby, such as Paradise Valley.

Our friends at Exhale Bikes are specialists on the mountain bike trails in the north part of the Valley (Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, Deem Hills, Black Canyon Trail, etc.). These areas are more remote and perhaps less clearly marked than Trail 100. At the same time, I think the road riding in the north part of the Valley is significantly less urban. The Skunk Creek Wash trail connects with the Arizona Canal Trail near Arrowhead Mall offering many miles of paved off-road multi-use trails in the northwest corner of the Valley.

They are at:
Exhale Bikes
2814 W Bell Rd Ste 1475
Phoenix, AZ 85053