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Hello from Georgia,

I am going to be in the Boulder area in late September and early October. I anticipate having 4 days to ride. I will have a rental vehicle hopefully equiped with a bike rack. I am looking for good singletrack in the area. I would glady drive up to a hour one-way to get to some great riding. I am also looking for a good shop to rent a NICE bike.

Thanks for the help!
 

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Sabertooth37 said:
Anybody else like to recommend a good shop for a quality rental bike???
You need something better than a Maverick or an Ibis? Listen to Lidarman. He has told you what you need to know.
 

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Nederland

I only have to be in Boulder on Oct. 2 so I am now thinking about staying in Nederland. Would that be a good move for riding???
 

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Nederland is just 25 minutes from Boulder, so in the context of a day of riding, driving up there is not that big a deal. There's more to do and see in Boulder if you're going to want to wander around downtown and get food and etc. However, being in Ned means you're right there at the Ned trails, and closer to the SSV/little raven/sourdough trails as well.

The trails in Nederland are extensive but confusing - its one of those casual trail networks where you get dumped out on a road and then you have to hunt around for where it starts again, and there are multiple branches, some of which lead back to where you just were before, etc. If you're ok with that then you can do rides of over 30 miles and probably over 40 without too much repeating. There are some really cool sections back in there too. Hit up this board when it gets closer to october and set up a ride with some locals!
 

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Ansible said:
Nederland is just 25 minutes from Boulder, so in the context of a day of riding, driving up there is not that big a deal. There's more to do and see in Boulder if you're going to want to wander around downtown and get food and etc. However, being in Ned means you're right there at the Ned trails, and closer to the SSV/little raven/sourdough trails as well.

The trails in Nederland are extensive but confusing - its one of those casual trail networks where you get dumped out on a road and then you have to hunt around for where it starts again, and there are multiple branches, some of which lead back to where you just were before, etc. If you're ok with that then you can do rides of over 30 miles and probably over 40 without too much repeating. There are some really cool sections back in there too. Hit up this board when it gets closer to october and set up a ride with some locals!
Good advice, thanks.
 

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nOOby said:
not sure if altitude will be an issue but ned is 2000' higher than boulder.
I was in Salida a few years ago and then Leadville. It took me about a day to adjust to the altitude. I can suffer:D with the best of them! What is the elevation in Nederland?
 

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University Bikes doesn't really rent any bikes you'd want anymore...

If you're like me, and you are with satan, then the Trek Store should do just fine. They have some decent prices on full squishy rentals.

trekstorecolorado.com

If you can't stand Trek, then I know of nothing beyond what's already been said above.

It's a bit farther, but you can hit White Ranch as well. Up by Nederlund there's the West Magnolia trails and Sourdough.

If you're looking for something particularly challenging there's Lion Gulch up in Larimer county, but pack some powerful repellant. The things listed at the beginning of the thread are closest by far, though, to town.
 

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Ned's about 8,400 ft. Bikes aren't allowed in the Indian Peaks Wilderness so most mtbing trails are to the east of the NFS and wilderness boundary. Thus they top out near 10,000 ft-excepting the Rollins Pass area. Weather is hit or miss-pack some warm kit.

This pic is on the Sourdough trail to the north of Ned is on Sept 12 of last year.



There are a couple of good maps of the area that you could pick up at a LBS when you get here. I like and own the Lat. 40 (1:37,500) map. Or, most trails have decent maps at the TH. If you've got a digital camera and aren't going to stray too far, snap a pic before you start riding and have it to refer to if you need it.
 

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EmTee said:
University Bikes doesn't really rent any bikes you'd want anymore...

If you're like me, and you are with satan, then the Trek Store should do just fine. They have some decent prices on full squishy rentals.

trekstorecolorado.com

If you can't stand Trek, then I know of nothing beyond what's already been said above.

It's a bit farther, but you can hit White Ranch as well. Up by Nederlund there's the West Magnolia trails and Sourdough.

If you're looking for something particularly challenging there's Lion Gulch up in Larimer county, but pack some powerful repellant. The things listed at the beginning of the thread are closest by far, though, to town.
Thanks for the information. I am a Trek guy, I own a Madone with Sram Red and a Fuel with Sram XX. I am waiting on a 2011 Trek Superfly 100 to replace the fuel. I will check the Trek store out.
 

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ajdonner, Thanks for the picture and info. I figured late September would be a crap shoot but I'll have to take my chances. I appreciate the advice on the warm kit.
 
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