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    Anchorage in July

    I will be vacationing/visiting friends in Anchorage July 11-17 and would love to get an opportunity to ride while I am there. So a few questions.

    I plan on bringing shoes and pedals and am looking for a place I can rent a bike. Is there anywhere I can rent a decent XC bike? I normally ride a 29" SS but for the sake of being able to ride anything besides a hybrid will do.

    Are there any MTB group rides in the area I could jump in?

    Trail recomendations? I have read the trail reviews here but my question is... if I only had one day to ride where should I go or what shouldnt I miss?

    Any thoughts or tips are appreciated.

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    Where are you coming from?

    What kind of riding do you do? There is a 40 mile trail that I wouldn't miss if I was coming up here. (Resurrection Pass) otherwise, Lost Lake is 16 miles and also a "no misser".

    www.arcticbike.org

    follow the links to the touring division schedule and see what they are up to. On the weekends, they usually ride the peninsula. Weekdays are shorter in town rides, generally.
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    Watch out for the cowparsnip!

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    Dmat

    You got a DHR I can borrow for my Whistler trip?
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    We have decent xc bikes for rent in our shop in Palmer, Backcountry Bikes-746-5018. As for the riding, it depends on whether you have time to hit the Peninsula or not. As mentioned above, Resurrection is definitely a "can't miss". We just rode Devils Pass to Hope yesterday and the trail is in great shape. Otherwise, there is good riding on the Anchorage Hillside, or out here the trails where the 24 hr race is next weekend, Kepler-Bradley.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I will technically be in staying in Eagle River so I will make a trip out to Palmer to pick up a bike.

    As for time, I have plenty of it, especially for some mtb'ing.

    For the ride, Resurection Pass might be the one. The distance (40 miles?) doesnt worry me nor do minor mechanicals while riding. But, is that the kind of ride someone should do on their own?

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    not a solo ride

    It would be a good idea to go with someone on that ride. Its kinda long and pretty remote as soon as you leave the trail heads.

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