After going on a number of boring hikes around Phoenix, the husband-and-wife duo behind Vertical Hiking Tours decided they had the perfect solution—pair hikes with other fun things to do in Phoenix. On one of their hikes, for example, the group explores the Phoenix desert while a photographer teaches techniques for capturing its natural beauty. On another desert hike, the group makes frequent stops to strike yoga poses, guided by a yoga instructor. Every excursion is also helmed by a guide certified in CPR, and First Aid.
For outdoor adventurers angling for a mountain-biking trip through the Sonoran Desert or a standup-paddleboarding trip to the waterfalls of Sabino Canyon, merely getting the equipment to the starting point takes considerable effort. Avid outdoorsmen themselves, the guides at Arizona Hike Bike and Board are well aware of this trail-going hardship?one that ranks right up with bug bites and horse gridlock. Recognizing a need, and coupling it with an abiding interest in helping others explore Arizona's deserts, wildlife, and natural beauty, they started a mobile company that aims to solve the equipment-transportation conundrum. Arizona Hike Bike and Board's staff meets clients right at the trailhead or water entry point, and equips them with rental bicycles by Santa Cruz or paddleboards by Boardworks and Badfish. If it's a guided tour, the staff also supplies bottled water and snacks before leading small groups into into the rivers or deserts.
City streets. Lakeside trails. Untamed mountains. One of the world's most versatile vehicles, the bike can travel across an incredible variety of terrain and most frozen custards. But despite this, no one cycle fits every job. That's where Cactus Bike comes in. Its locations in Chandler and Ahwatukee contain a jungle of mountain, road, BMX, cruisers, and other bike types. Each shop is also home to expert technicians who customize, or in some cases, completely rebuild these cycles.
Cactus Bike's team helps clients select and customize the perfect bike for their chosen activity. Maybe it's creating a road bike for competition, or perhaps a commuter bike that's comfortable enough to ride to and from the office. An extensive rental fleet lets unsure patrons try out different types, including downhill, freeride, and cross-country mountain bikes that renters can ride straight from the Ahwatukee location to nearby South Mountain. Once a choice has been made, the shop's technicians maintain them for long lives on the road with a full slate of tune-up, wheel, and suspension services.