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    bike rental/demo for the Vermont 50?

    i am signed up, will be coming from out of state. I can bring my bike of course, but wondering if I can skip the hassle/expense and rent a nice bike for 24 hrs, nearby or reasonably close. I will be coming up from Boston most likely.

    Thanks!

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    cross bike. the 50 is smooth with a **** ton of dirt road riding. not really a mtb course.

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    Not nearby. Area shops have mostly given up on MTB rentals - they get too beat up. The only ones available are cheap, heavy ones. No bike rep is going to knowingly put you out on a demo for 50 miles.

    Nothing in the 50 is very technical, but the last 20 miles is mostly singletrack. If you are a very good rider, and very competitive, a cross bike may give you enough of an advantage on the roads and double-track, but anyone I know who has gone skinnier and slicker has regretted it. But definitely include a lot of road riding in your training.

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    Good to know. Sounds like a hardtail course. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy View Post
    Good to know. Sounds like a hardtail course. Thanks.
    full rigid mo bettah.

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    If anyone wants to sell their registration for this, let me know. I'm cool riding as someone else.

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    Jim-- Went to the VT MTB Fest at Ascutney--great time but did not get on parts of the system. Have Wind Up & Broadway U & L been built? I am going there Friday with some friends. The stabvt.org site was down today... somebody needs to run 1 chairlift with enough vert to build a Highlands/ Burke type park---and add all the xc singletrack and lodging and you got a Destination... And make it a backcountry telemark destination.... Damnation

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    riding ascutney area is 100 times better than burke, imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    Jim-- Went to the VT MTB Fest at Ascutney--great time but did not get on parts of the system. Have Wind Up & Broadway U & L been built? I am going there Friday with some friends. The stabvt.org site was down today... somebody needs to run 1 chairlift with enough vert to build a Highlands/ Burke type park---and add all the xc singletrack and lodging and you got a Destination... And make it a backcountry telemark destination.... Damnation
    Wind Up is done. Here's a pic from the fest, with several ride groups climbing it. It's a climb that most anyone can do - traversing a ski slope, back and forth, switching back in the trees. Coming down, the tight, banked turns are too challenging for novices, but a lot of fun for everyone else. Upper and Lower Broadway may have to wait 'til spring - tough to lay out a trail in four feet of grass and scrub.bike rental/demo for the Vermont 50?-wind-up.jpg
    After 3 years of court battles, it's finally determined what creditor owns the ski area. Hopefully they can now find a buyer who might do a DH park. Any takers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    riding ascutney area is 100 times better than burke, imo

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    Thanks, Rog. I've been amazed at how slowly the word of mouth has been getting out about Ascutney Trails. It has exploded since the Vt MTB Fest - to the point where you actually might see someone else on the trails. I wonder if a lot of people equate the VT50 route with the trail selection at Ascutney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    And make it a backcountry telemark destination.... Damnation
    Here's what you'll find, if you're willing to climb:

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    bike rental/demo for the Vermont 50?

    I would rent a HT 29er for the 50

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    Bike Rental - www.goodalesbikeshop.com This place is near rt 93 in Hooksett, NH. Probably others if You search.

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