Mountain Biking

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Every cycling enthusiast knows that there’s no better way to explore rugged the Colorado terrain than with a mountain bike. With over 50 different mountain biking trails — from the beginner-level Espresso to the experts-only Valhalla experts ­— Snowmass has something for mountain bikers of every skill level and ability. Many local venues have shuttle service to the area, and the bike-friendly chairlift ensures that you can access the best trails Snowmass has to offer.

Whether you’re a beginner who doesn’t even own a bike, or an advanced rider who needs some extra equipment, the Snowmass/Aspen area has plenty by way of mountain bike shops and rentals. Here are a few of the best.

With four locations in the Aspen / Snowmass area, Four Mountain Sports has long been a local favorite for mountain bike rentals. The expert staff at Four Mountain will help you select the proper ride and the correct gear. And if you’re truly a novice to off-road riding, Four Mountain has plenty of biking clinics to prep you for taking on the unique terrain of the Rocky Mountains: there are private lessons, group practices, and even classes just for kids.

Gene Taylors Sporting Goods in Snowmass has over 50 years of outdoor expertise to offer visitors – and they’ve got some pretty great deals on mountain bike rentals, too. The friendly staff at this family-owned business will help you find the best mountain bike for your needs, and they’ll even fit you with the proper helmet. They’ll have plenty of advice about the best places to ride depending on your abilities. Gene Taylors opens on June 1 for the summer season, but they don’t take Internet reservations for bike rentals. Your best bet is to call the Snowmass location at (970)923-4339 to book your rental.

Aspen Velo Bicycles is the largest bike shop in the area. Conveniently located in Aspen, the Aspen Velo shop has a knowledgeable staff that will outfit you with the best bike for your upcoming adventure. If you’ve brought your own bike (and managed to pop a tire or get a few dings) this hot shop will fix you up with repairs with a 24-hour turnaround. Not to mention that the Aspen Velo family knows the best routes to take, and they offer free breakdown assistance anywhere on the trail.

If you love the idea of mountain biking but aren’t sure if you’re ready to brave the trails alone, Blazing Adventures has the perfect service to meet your mountain biking needs. Blazing Adventures offers a wide array of group mountain bike tours for riders of every skill level. That means you’ll be getting a guided trip tailored to your abilities, and you’ll ride the trails and see the scenery with an experienced expert at your side. They offer everything from spectacular downhill rides to challenging single track and off-road adventures. Blazing Adventures mountain bike tours are perfect for families and those traveling in large groups.

With so many options for mountain bike rentals in Snowmass, you can pedal your way to adventure all summer long.