The serious cyclist needs more than just a bike—there’s a whole inventory of gear, parts, and accessories that make bicycling fun, safe, and comfortable. That’s where ProBike Tucson steps in, offering the both essential bicycling components and new technology-enhanced gadgets, plus a team of techs to the keep bikes running smoothly. Riders outfit themselves in Garneau helmets, Oakley eyewear, and Shimano shoes that help improve performance while competing in cyclist fashion shows. Peruse ProBike’s selection of bikes, which spans brands from Pinarello and BMC to Ridley. Customers can chat with staff members to choose what kind of cycle would be best for their wants, whether road, mountain, tri, or urban bike.
Fitter Tim Carolan and mechanic Scott Anderson work to ensure that each cyclist's machine runs optimally with the cyclist’s body and with the road. Bikes can roll in for tune-ups and complete overhauls. For especially mysterious problems—perhaps when the brake stops working or when the bicycle bell keeps attracting unwanted mountain lions—the shop’s staff is happy to take look and determine the problem.
Serial cross-country runner and duathlete Kate Anderson would sometimes trek nearly 100 miles to attend a race, until she decided to start hosting her own. In 2011, she gathered a team of fellow runners around her cause and founded Anderson Racing Adventures. Since then, the company has devised events ranging from cycling and swimming duathlons through rugged natural terrain to seasonally themed costume runs. Anderson's team is always present at each race: a former triathlete distributes medals, a former competitive runner guides participants through the course, and a former coach times the events.
The dunes aren’t going to ride themselves. That’s why GoFast Rental puts off-roaders behind the wheels of buggies such as the RZR XP 4 900 EPS that seats up to four. For those trundling dirt paths, they offer similar buggies as well as quads. With dirt and sand covered, the only thing left is the wet stuff. To crest waves, they slip patrons into V-drive wakeboarding boats and jet skis.
Red Rock Company tests athletic mettle with barn-burning feats of speed ranging from cycle races to triathlon competitions. Multiple divisions for many races encourage all genders and species to participate. Cyclists might go spoke-to-spoke through the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests during the Landis Cyclery Barn Burner 104 ($115 individual registration) or hit the pavement with the Four Peaks Brewing Urban Dirt Triathlon ($85 entry). Customers can also opt to compete in both the 1-mile swim and 5K run with the Top Banana registration ($50 registration, $70 day-of) or try a 2-mile standup paddleboard or paddle race ($35 registration, $45 day-of). The company also puts on Surftech RSP3 events, which include paddleboarding, running, and swimming races.
Bike Emporium’s able staff equips riders with bicycles and accessories from top brands and keeps gear running smoothly with repair and maintenance services. Walk-ins can ride out of the store atop new spinning spokes by Giant, Electra, or Haro, as well as recumbent bikes by Sun. When any make or model of bike requires maintenance, wounded wheels benefit from a full range of repair services, including flats fixed while the owner waits and tune-ups completed in 24 hours. Bike Emporium also rents out bicycles ($17/hour; $37/day) and points riders in the direction of the Greenbelt half a mile away, a nearby mountain bike trail, and a giant hamster wheel that affords riders spectacular views of the skyline.
"Unity in motion." That's the motto of SYNCD-N owners Howard and Dawn Lindsay, and it's not lip service?it's literal. That's because the husband-and-wife duo deal exclusively in tandem bicycles. "Riding a tandem bicycle requires a team to communicate thoroughly, to trust each other...and to lean on one another when one team member gets tired," they share on their website. This shines through in both their commitment to each other?which has been strengthened since they took up the sport?and to their customers, to whom they offer trial rides. The rides familiarize the customers with the skills necessary for navigating a bicycle together, from peddling in sync to leaning in the same direction in order to dodge puddles full of tears from lonely unicyclists.