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Looking for a bike stand, RECOMMENDATIONS!!!(11 posts)

Looking for a bike stand, RECOMMENDATIONS!!!Morgan
Mar 25, 2003 2:52 PM
I am looking for a bike repair stand. Do I just go witha Park or is ther a less expensive better option. Who has the best price.

Mountain Biking in DENVER Co., Where and who?Morgan
Mar 25, 2003 2:58 PM
I will be in Denver for a Conference in June (20th-26th). Would like to do a Mountain bike ride. Can anyone recommend a bike shop, where I can rent a decent bike and direct me to some good single track to ride till my heart is content?

I plan to bring my seat and pedals and gear.

Mar 25, 2003 3:10 PM
check the following site: This is the URL for the local IMBA and MTB advocasy chapter; Boulder Offroad Alliance. There is a good rental shop and some SWEET trails up in Nederland, off Colorado 119. This is about an hour's drive from Denver downtown. Feel free to e-mail me for further details:

You will get a LOT of recommendations for the local "shelf" trails such as White Ranch, Hall Ranch, Walker, et cetera. I would recommend you avoid most of these as they are indeed convenient to downtown, but the very nature of their convenience has turned them into crowded, overused jeep road looking things that are steep, rocky, rutted, full of waterbars and not terribly fun. Most of them have a very long, steep, wide rutted initial climb that has very little "payoff" (i.e. nice singletrack) at the end.

If you are looking for true sweet hours of swooping pine-laden rolling alpine singletrack, you can't beat the West Magnolia or Switzerland Trail loops. The Colorado Trail is another good one, but it also necessitates a very long, wide and boring initial climb before you get to the real candy.
Mar 25, 2003 8:38 PM
Switzerland trail is a singletrack ride? I tried two rides there and encountered mostly boring rocky jeep roads which, like the Sourdough trail, had the uncanny ability to be uncomfortably rocky without really being technical. What's the secret - am I finding the wrong portion?

Btw - if minimizing the drive is an issue, don't discount White Ranch - w/ intermediate to advanced technical skills, it's a fabulous ride and never really feels crowded.
Mountain Biking in DENVER Co., Where and who?PDF
Mar 25, 2003 4:01 PM
Another option is the Colorado Trail at Buffalo Creek. Head up 285 to Pine Junction (approx. 50 minute drive) take a left on 126. Drive 126 for approximately 12-15 miles and you will see a trailhead tucked in off the road on your right. Super buff, rolling single track through the forest. No grueling climbs. I agree with LFR, avoid the "Jefferson County Open Space" trails that are right at the foothills. Head a little further up into the mountains and the trail network gets less crowded with more forest trails.

Regarding your rental question...A quick perusal of the yellow pages under "Bicycles-Rental" and in Denver/Boulder would be:
Bicycle Doctor/Edgeworks 303-831-7228
The Boulder Bikesmith 303-443-1132
Treads Bicycle Outfitters 303-781-1162

Feel free to ask for more info if you need it.
Is it possible to bring your bike?triple shot espresso
Mar 25, 2003 4:10 PM
It might be worth it because if it's a standard conference and you're done by 5 in the evening you could get a lot of riding in every night. Get this book "Front Range Single Tracks--the Best Single-Track Trails near Denver" The majority of the trails will be within 45 minutes of central Denver. I'll second the Buffalo Creek ride, in this book I think it's called the Meadows campground. White Ranch is a local favorite.
Spin Doctor Pro ...Humma Hah
Mar 25, 2003 3:26 PM
... when on sale for $99 is pretty good for the price, and there's a competing model some of the riders here swear is great.

The Spin Doctor Pro can handle my 42 pound cruiser without a grunt, is stable, folds up easily, and can be carried outside for bike-washing duty. I chose it because the legs are relatively flat, and I figured my clumsy feet would be less likely to trip over it.
Spin Doctor Pro ...Juanmoretime
Mar 25, 2003 5:21 PM
I second the Spin Doctor Pro. I just built a bike up on my and it's great to have the bike at working height and not have to bend over. It's saves my aging back. Plus it's rock steady in any postion and folds pretty compact.
re: Looking for a bike stand, RECOMMENDATIONS!!!dustin73
Mar 25, 2003 4:19 PM
venturing over from MTBR, i see there weren't too many replies...

i say go for the Ultimate Pro (if you can shell out the 200$) it's nice, has tripod legs, and is quite sturdy. i like the clamping mech a little more than Park's, though.
re: Looking for a bike stand, RECOMMENDATIONS!!!Tower
Mar 26, 2003 7:28 AM
Ultimate pro is on sale for $179.
m2¢: Portable or permanent ??coonass
Mar 25, 2003 4:33 PM
If you don't have room to leave the stand in position permanently, I'd recommend the Ultimate Pro..super stable; easy adjustability, sets up or take-down in seconds and raises top-tube to about 70", which is great for the back :))I've been using mine for about 6yrs and I've never regretted it...of course I'd love to have a permanent 'Shop layout' in the basement with a Park PRS-30S but that's not going to happen...Remember, if you skimp now, you'll be living with a stand that won't make you a happy camper.