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    Visiting Denver - Need Ride & Rental Advice

    I'll be in Denver this Thursday and have the whole day open to get a rental and a ride in.

    1.) Where to rent in Denver? I'd like a dialed bike from a place that preferably provides flat pedals that don't suck.

    2.) Where can I get in a 4-5 hr ride? Don't mind driving up to an hour away from the rental shop. Nothing with crazy long climbs. Just wanna have fun and not get brutalized by the elevation. I do enough riding in the mountains around Los Angeles (5,000-7,000 ft) that I'm not gonna die pedaling around up there, I just don't wanna do any rides that involve sustained climbs longer than an hour. I'm an advanced rider comfortable with pretty much any level of technical features short of full on free ride stuff.

    3.) I assume that at this point cold weather gear is in order? I've got gear that'll keep me comfortable down into the teens so covered there.


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    It's going to be 70 degrees, don't worry about cold weather gear. Most of the high elevation stuff is snowed in, so you'll have to stay down below 9000 feet... which is just fine anyways.

    There's not much around here that's a ton of fun that doesn't have long'ish sustained climbs. Depending on what type of riding you're up for, I'd recommend:

    Morning ride at Dakota Ridge or Chimney/Apex in Golden
    Afternoon ride at White Ranch (the climb sucks, but it's so worth it)

    Rent from the Golden Bike Shop, they're right in town and you'll be super close.

    If you want more mellow- but still super fun- singletrack that goes for miles, I'd check out Buffalo Creek. It's about an hour'ish southwest of Denver off 285.

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