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Hi all

Right first off sorry for being lazy and asking this but google isn't helping too much. Me and my better fairer half are visiting friends in Richmond and we are keen go and find a few local trails.

So the first problem is our bikes will be stuck in the UK so we need to find somewhere to hires out relatively good bikes can any one point me in the direction of a local shop that would do this for a reasonable amount of money?

Secondly as we don't know the area can any one advise where is good to go time is going to be against us so would want to find some nice riding that we can both enjoy. I like fast single track with technical sections but keep both wheels on the floor. She likes to do the same sort of stuff just a lot slower. So if anyone can help out it would be much appreciated.

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Matt
 

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Can't help you with a shop that rents bikes in Richmond, but can recommend a place to ride. That would be Pocahontas State Park located in the far southwest suburbs of Richmond. I ride there a few times a year and I like the mix of trails. Trails are mainly intermediate with some beginner and advanced sections. Quite a bit of mileage to be had if you add up all the different sections. The two main areas are Lakeview (which has sections 1, 2, and 3), and 'Lil West Virginia (which has a red, blue, and green loops). I like the Lil West Virginia section more, as it has more techy sections and some fun downhill parts as well.

Check out the Trailhead section on this site for more info on Pocahontas and other riding spots in and around Richmond. http://www.cyclingcentralva.org/forums/
 

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denjen said:
I think Rowletts used to rent bikes not sure if they still do or not. Might also try Contes, I think they have a demo bike program.

Try this site out too. Local Richmond site where you should be able to get all your questions answered
http://cyclingcentralva.org/forums/index.php?act=idx
Last year, Rowlett's had a demo program. You put down a deposit, take the bike out for the day (Giant, Rocky Mountain) and get your deposit back when you return the bikes. You would need to check with them to see if they are still offering that program.

IMO, the best technical trail in the area is the James River Park System loop. Add Forest Hill Park in for the faster flowy stuff. If you google "ccva forums", you can get maps and more advice from locals like denjen and I.

Pocohontas is another good park, #2 in my book. Might be an entire day event to get bikes from Rowlett's, drive 45 min to Pocohontas, ride, 45 minutes back. You'll need to drop off bikes before close of business hours.

Another idea is to visit the local forums. Someone might be willing to show you around, and may have an extra steed or two for you to use. My wife and I ride as well, so depending on when you plan to visit we may be able to help as tour guides.
 
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