Here’s a Jeff Kerkove-esque self shot from the Roosevelt canal in Gilbert. I’ve recently started hitting the local canal trails as a way to get more time/miles on the bike. Without a road bike to step up my conditioning, I’ll use what I have.
I never knew there were so many canals to ride around town. But thanks to the Bike Ways Phoenix Map I have a whole valley to explore…I never even considered urban riding as something that could be fun. Sure the canal trails are boring (flat, wide, zero tech) and everywhere I look are views of the mountain ranges where my favorite trails are all nestled…Superstition, Goldfield, Usery, McDowell, South, Estrella…I have to squint to see the White Tanks… but the canals do have their advantages. No road traffic is my favorite.
This kind of riding isn’t replacing the trail, it’s just more time on the bike. And more time on the bike is never a bad thing.