Plan a Ride

Our bike rental store is conveniently located in North Scottsdale, Arizona near the renowned McDowell Sonoran Preserve off of the 101 freeway. Here on the edge of the city and the desert, there are a multitude of road and casual paved bike routes starting right at the doors of our bike rental shop. There are challenging mountain bike trails nearby and the best beginner and intermediate mountain bike trails in the area are a short 20 minute drive from our shop. Restaurants, coffee houses and shopping are close by for your convenient pre- or post-ride recharging.

Biking in Scottsdale and Phoenix

Road Biking

The road biking opportunities in Arizona’s largest metropolitan area offer some of the best on-pavement riding you can find during the winter months with a variety of heart-pumping climbs and rolling scenic drives. Scottsdale and Phoenix are young cities with new roads and wide bike lanes. The desert in and around the city offers a unique backdrop for scenic on-pavement riding right in town. Check out our Road Bike Routes below.

Mountain Biking

Imagine a city where the sun always shines and there are hundreds of miles of singletrack within an hour’s drive of the center of town. That’s Phoenix. The city and its surrounding suburbs like Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa, has been granted the “Ride Center” designation by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) in recognition of the variety of riding experiences and opportunities that abound here. Enjoy trails purpose built for a range of skill levels in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, check out the world-famous competitive track at McDowell Mountain Regional Park home to the original Specialized Cactus Cup, or ride the gnarly chunk on the locally legendary National Trail at Phoenix’s South Mountain Park. Come prepared for sunshine and cactus and leave with a smile on your face.

Get Your Bike Delivered to the Trailhead!

If renting a bike and meeting us at the trail is more convenient for you, opt for our trailhead bike delivery service! For a flat fee per group (starting at $60), we will meet you at Brown’s Ranch trailhead with your bikes, helmets, spare inner tubes, and a water bottle.

desert mountain biking past boulders on Arizona mountain bike trip

Scottsdale/Phoenix Bike Routes

When you rent a bike from one of REI’s Adventure Centers, we help you make the most of your ride with a variety of navigational tools, aids, and advice.

If you download the free app Ride with GPS and create a free account (takes 3 seconds!), you’ll have access to view and download all of our favorite road, mountain, and casual bike routes. When you get to the shop, we’ll lend you a mount for your handlebars so you can receive turn-by-turn directions on your ride!

Road Bike Routes

From Our Shop

There are multiple road bike routes that begin right at the doorstep of REI’s Adventure Center in Scottsdale. 

From Your Hotel

If you’re staying in one of the resorts around the Valley, we can deliver your rental to the hotel shortly before your rental period begins. Here are road bike routes that start from a few of the hotels we deliver to.

Mountain Bike Routes Nearby

For more help with finding mountain bike routes near Scottsdale/Phoenix, check out resources like TrailForks and MTB Project.

Arizona Gravel Rides

For those looking to rent a gravel bike and grind on some of Arizona’s best gravel rides, we’ve created a few routes on RideWithGPS to check out.

Riders should be warned, these rides are only for expert riders who are properly equipped with a gravel-specific bike, are carrying sufficient water and nutrition, and who are willing and able to put in long hours in remote areas to conquer the miles.

The Bike Shop’s Favorites

Check out the recommendations that REI’s bike techs in Arizona consider some of the best routes nearby.

  1. 33-Mile Shop Route (Road)
  2. 50-Mile Around the McDowell Mountains (Road)
  3. 16.2 Mile – The Scottsdale Greenbelt (Casual Paved Path)
  4. 9 Mile – DC Ranch Ride (Casual Paved Path)
  5. 10.5 Mile – Brown’s Ranch Ride (Mountain Bike)

Greater Phoenix Bikeways

This interactive map has been put together by the Maricopa Association of Governments and is an excellent resource for finding the best bike routes around Phoenix’s Valley of the Sun, including paved bike paths, mountain bike trails, and road bike routes in Phoenix. It also conveniently indicates bike shops and transit centers across the valley. The map does not notate difficulty of route or potential hazards, for questions about routes please ask the bike shop staff, we’re happy to help.

Garmin Users

If you have your own Garmin, you can download our GPX routes below!

Mountain bike tour group on Arizona desert trail
Cyclist on Sonoran Desert Road