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    Staying in Belmont. Good MTB trails and rental shops nearby?

    The title kind of says it all. I'll be there for a week starting tomorrow. I am willing to make a bit of a drive but would like it to be not too far. Thanks.
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    Trails are plentiful right in Belmont. No big climbs though. Less than 1 k elevation. Check waterdog lake trail network.

    Unfortunately the local shop closed recently. You wouldnt even needed to leave Belmont. The next closes shop that i m aware of for quality rental is up in Burlingame call summit bikes. Across from caltrain station.

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    Your the best ...I don't care what the other guys say! Just kidding...sincerely much appreciated!
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    Water dog is still a little sloppy but ridable

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    Waterdog is close. If you don't mind a drive, skeggs. Even further is santa cruz. What kind of riding do you like to do? No idea about where to rent a bike now that passion trail is closed.

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    Waterdog and Skeggs.

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    I like aggressive trail riding. Twisty technical single track with short punchy climbs and roots and rocks are preferable. Which is more like that Waterdog, Skeggs or Santa Cruz? I called Summit in Burlingame and they told me to rent off this link. Hmm... what do you think ...Bronson or 5010? I ride a burlied up Trance normally. Ride with us! - San Jose Bike Rentals
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    If u r not going to the other side with the doubles, 5010 is sufficient

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    Quote Originally Posted by noose View Post
    I like aggressive trail riding. Twisty technical single track with short punchy climbs and roots and rocks are preferable. Which is more like that Waterdog, Skeggs or Santa Cruz? I called Summit in Burlingame and they told me to rent off this link. Hmm... what do you think ...Bronson or 5010? I ride a burlied up Trance normally. Ride with us! - San Jose Bike Rentals
    The answer is.....

    Rent a Bronson and ride in Santa Cruz with a guide - it's worth the drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loll View Post
    If u r not going to the other side with the doubles, 5010 is sufficient
    Ya that's what I was thinking. I wanted to try something lighter and snappier anyway. I'm not big on jumps but like drops and hitting gnar hard. I just read reviews and it sounds like Waterdog fits the bill for my riding perfectly:https://www.singletracks.com/bike-tr...lake-park.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyno View Post
    The answer is.....

    Rent a Bronson and ride in Santa Cruz with a guide - it's worth the drive
    If I get two days to ride I might just do that too!
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    You can also take a drive to Sea Otter this weekend and demo a bunch of bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho View Post
    You can also take a drive to Sea Otter this weekend and demo a bunch of bikes.
    Another good idea but I'm working this weekend.

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    Waterdog is alright, but I wouldn't really call it gnarly. Lots of fun loops to be made though. Check out the other side (carlmont) for more extreme stuff. If you post here someone can probably show you around any of the places mentioned. Also, be careful of the poison oak right now. It's crazy.

    I second getting out to santa cruz if you can. For sure need a guide for that though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noose View Post
    I like aggressive trail riding. Twisty technical single track with short punchy climbs and roots and rocks are preferable. Which is more like that Waterdog, Skeggs or Santa Cruz?
    One thing many visitors are surprised about when they get here is we generally don't have "short" climbs. Not sure where you are from and what sort of climbs you are used to.

    Many of the trails in our areas are basically big loops. You start at the bottom, climb to the top of a hill, and then drop back down. 5-15 miles, 500 to 1500 feet of vertical gain. Montibello Loop, Kennedy, even the Demo (one of the places which many go to when they talk about Santa Cruz, but unfortunately is closed right now due to damage from the heavy rain year we had) are all like this.

    Of the places listed, Waterdog has the shortest climbs. But it is a smallish park tucked in a canyon surrounded by houses. Good for short rides, but not really a destination.

    Skeggs is a start at the top and drop down then climb back out after type of place. There are loops of various distances and drop you different amounts down. That said, beautiful place in the redwoods.

    Santa Cruz can be many things - get a guide and they can tell you what they will show you.

    Oh, we are not really a root and rocks type of place. A few here and there, but not really our forte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noose View Post
    If I get two days to ride I might just do that too!
    Waterdog is tight twisty singletrack. Not overly technical but still requires good bike handling skills. Skeggs has more technical stuff on Manzanita and Resolution trails.

    You can do a factory demo a bike at Santa Cruz bike factory in Santa Cruz for 4 hours. It costs 20 bucks which is a great deal (used to be for free. haha). However, not too easy to find a slot last minute, but they do allow walk ins and have everything to ride. The closest park to their factory is Wilder Ranch which is not really technical, but there are some good trails just outside of Wilder (*ahem).

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