Greetings. I'll be in Rancho Mirage 18-21 of October on business, but have the Sunday to myself. I'd like to get in a good ride on local trails while everyone else plays golf. Have already looked into Palm Springs Cycles, Velobum, Desert Bike Club, Big Wheel Tours, and a few other local resources, but best I could find was to rent a bike from Big Wheel Rentals and either do one of their guided tours (pricey) or stop by PS Cycles for maps and trail advice.
I'm ok with the latter (getting maps from PS Cycles and finding my way), but would prefer to ride with locals who know their way around. In addition, and I hate to sound like a snob, but I'd prefer something a bit more substantial in a bike than the lower-end V-brake hardtails from Big Wheel. Ideally, I'd like to rent a 29'er hardtail or FS (I ride an El Rey), though 26" is fine too. I'd rather not pay Continental to rape me for bringing my own bike along just so they can loose it along the way
So, a shout out to local desert dwellers/riders for your advice on where to rent a decent bike and hook up with a local ride. For what it's worth, I'm a intermediate/advanced rider who prefers technical XC riding (no hucks and big drops though , 4-5 hours, 15-25 miles or so.
Thanks in advance!
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