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Stowe Vermont - Which Bike?(8 posts)

Stowe Vermont - Which Bike?Fred the Cross-Poser
Oct 3, 2001 6:21 AM
I will be spending a week in Stowe Vermont. I am unfamiliar with the area and its biking offerings. Unfortunately, I am limited to just one bike. I can't decide between my mountain bike which I use for very rough trails, the cyclocross bike which I used for fireroads/rail trails, or my road bike. The road bike is my primary bike.

Which bike would you bring?

Thanks in advance!
I lived in Champlain ValleyKristin
Oct 3, 2001 6:52 AM
I don't know Stowe well, except to say that its a ski town. There will be mountains near you. Its small too and tourist season doesn't begin until late Oct. From Nov-April you may want to avoid road biking -- tourists are bad drivers. Otherwise, you can pretty much take your pick. What kinda riding do you want to do? I can garentee you'll find fire roads in the ski areas.

Heres some links:

Mountain Biking & Cycling in Stowe:

Charles River Wheelman Velo Route thru Stowe:
Cue Sheet:

Another forum...referal to "Steer Off Road":

Mountain Bike and Sport Shop, Stowe
Welcome to VT!Mazz
Oct 3, 2001 7:29 AM
I'm from that area! Welcome to VT in advance. You know, you really can't go wrong with whatever bike you bring. Stowe has some great XC trails, downhills on the ski slopes (pay for a lift ride), and route 100 is great for road biking. Route 108 through the notch to Smuggler's Notch is a great challenge, if you are big into mountain climbs on your road bike. After you go over to Jeffersonville, you can bike route 15 to Johnson. That will be one heck of a bike ride.

I guess it all depends on how much time you have and what you really want to do.

If you go to you can check out the trail reviews. That might give you a better idea of what's up there. Also there are a couple of bike shops on the mountain road in Stowe, and you can ask them to show you the local trails.

Anyway, have fun!
It's ALL good.grzy
Oct 3, 2001 8:46 AM
I'd lean towards the MTB since eyou're only going to be there for a week. You'll putz around on the roads enough with the car, but the MTB will get you off the roads and into the mountains. If you just take the road bike you'll miss all of the trails. It's a very beautiful area and the ski area(s) offer instant access to spectacular scenery - not that you can't get it on a road bike. Ultimately you can put a set of slicks on the MTB to do some road touring as well.
Road bikeScott
Oct 3, 2001 11:19 AM
That's an easy one. Bring the road bike. There are lots of places that rent mountain bikes. That way you can do both. Just bring your mountain bike shoes and pedals and your set.

If you like climbing there are several nice gaps just south of Stowe. Off of Route 100 you can find Lincon, Ap, Brandon etc. My cycling club does a weekend down there every August where we do four gaps in one day.
re: Stowe Vermont - Which Bike?Woof the dog
Oct 4, 2001 6:13 AM
Try Bolton. You can either climb it on a road bike and have fun doing 50 down it or have fun on the Bolton trails on a mtn. bike.

And another thing....WHAT CARS? WHAT TOURISTS? Its only october.


Woof the dog.
He didn't say <i><b>when</i></b> he was going. (nm)Kristin
Oct 4, 2001 7:11 AM
Thanks! re: Stowe Vermont - Which Bike?Fred the Cross-Poser
Oct 5, 2001 5:59 AM
Hey folks -

Thanks to everybody for all the tips, the info, and the links. I think I'll bring the road bike and do the Charles River Wheelmen Route (Thanks Kristen!). Perhaps I'll get brave and do the Smugglers Notch route as well.

I'll be up there next week (10/6) trying to get past 2,000 miles for the season...

Thanks again!