Hi. I’m UK-based. but am going to be in Denver for a week or so in August. Me and my woman. Ideally we’ll spend a good chunk of time in the outdoors, a bit of mountain biking, a bit of rafting, a bit of hiking….
Here’s where I need your help.
If we want to ride bikes we are going to have to hire them. Is this easily done? I will have a rental car so hiring MTBs away from trails means we will need to transport them on the rental car. It sounds lame but I’m concerned that this is not going to be viable. Does anyone have any advice re: getting hold of bikes. In an ideal world we would drive to where the trails are, collect our bikes, ride, return the bikes, drive back to our hotel. What are our chances? Any tips?
<p style=”text-align: left;”>You could rent a mini van, fold the seats down and transport the bikes that way. Or just research bike shops that rent bikes close to established trail networks. Location could be any of the front range towns or locations in the mountains. You’ll likely have too many choices of shops to choose from.</p>
Renting a bike in the Denver area shouldn’t be a problem. If it’s a mountain biking destination in Colorado, it should surely have a bike shop or club somewhere nearby with a rental option. If there are several places that do rentals, shop around for the best rate. I’ve had rentals for several days in the past and have been cut some pretty good deals. You might also find shuttles to transport you to trail heads. Also make sure that they have bikes that would fit you and have the specifications you might want such as suspension travel, handle bar width, clipless or flat pedals etc.
Breck and Crested Butte have bus systems to move bikes around if you need to. Many shops have shuttles if you’re looking to do 1-2 rides (look at Monarch Crest trail.) Also if you do gravity riding, Keystone, Trestle and others rent bikes at the bottom of the lifts. Denver might be a bit trickier.
There is a lot of great riding all over the state, even close to Denver. It all really depends on how far you’re willing to drive, and how much time you have on your hands. At our Denver store we can get you set up with mountain bike rentals.