The sporting experts at Beavers Sports Shop's four Winter Park locations outfit mountaineers and snow-surfers with brand-name equipment for chilly rendezvous with the great outdoors. Before taking to Colorado?s slopes, thrill-seekers gear up with snowboards and skis from brands such as Salomon, Dynastar, and K2, and slip into rental suits, parkas, and bibs, which shield wearers against frigid weather and icy glares from abominable snowmen on whose lawns they?ll be trespassing. During snowless summer months, trekkers hit the Winter Park area's numerous cross-country and mountain trails with bikes and gear from producers such as Shimano, Fox, Bontrager, and SRAM.
When Hungarian road cyclist Frank Barvik immigrated to America in the late 1950s, he laid the foundation for his American dream by opening his own bike shop. Inspired by their patriarch’s love of bicycles, his descendants opened up a bike shop of their own in 1984. Adventure Cycling still welcomes cyclists today, with a carousel display near the entrance inviting customers to scrutinize new models of Orbea, Yeti, and Specialized bicycles. Stockpiles of cycling shoes, helmets, air pumps, and other accessories line the vivid red and blue walls, competing for attention with posters, vintage photographs, and the childhood height chart of Greg LeMond. The shop’s in-house bike mechanics repair and replace worn-out parts, getting wheels ready for guided rides on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.
To say Denver is bike friendly would be an understatement. Bikers can get anywhere in the city via its 75 miles of trails and 125 miles of bike paths. Even better, all 205 city parks are connected—by bike paths. And you don’t even need your own two-wheeler; B-cycle’s bike-sharing stations are scattered throughout town in convenient locations.
At Cycleton, a Specialized Elite store and service shop, the friendly staff restores bicycles with professional-level maintenance skills. Boasting more than 60 years of combined experience, the staff of wheel whisperers begins each tune-up by scrubbing the body to remove muck and rust, followed by adjustments to the derailleur gears, brakes, bearings, and warp thrusters. Maintenance experts summon their velocipedal clairvoyance to correctly align the derailleur hanger, true the wheels, and tighten all the hardware to ensure nothing rattles or uncontrollably sobs. With a freshly lubed chain and well-pumped tires, cycles will be prepared for any epic journeys, from the Tour de France to the Oregon Trail. Cyclists can drop off bikes on the fly or make appointments for faster returns.
A nonprofit full service bike shop, The Bike Depot employs pedal savvy pros that skillfully prepare two-wheeled transports for a season of safe street-glissading with an array of maintenance services. The standard tune-up rejuvenates bikes worn down from midnight 1,000-mile cheese runs to Wisconsin. After a proper hose-down, an expert tightens every bolt, trues wheels so they sport symmetrical spokes, and lubricates the chain and cables to ensure smooth sailing on cement seas. Additionally, barrel adjusters are reset to ensure easy shifting between gears when traversing treacherous terrain or being pursued by a supersonic land shark.
At Mojo Wheels, people soup up their steel stallions with high-performance mountain-bike equipment and garb themselves with protective gear and clothing in brands such as Fox, Hadley, and Atomlab. Alert oncoming sherpas or feral theater ushers to your approach with the Blackburn Light Voyageur 2.0 ($16.99) or replace worn brakes with a fresh set of BrakeAuth Disc Brake Pads ($18.99–$29.99). The on-site staff also services sickly cycles—building wheels, assembling custom bikes, and mentoring suspensions. Mojo Wheels sponsors a 60-person racing team that competes in races across the continent.