Criterium Bicycles and the Monument Ride Center offer bikes, gear, and professional instruction to two-wheel devotees and pedal-pumping travelers. The Beginner Mountain/Comfort Bike class covers training basics, including a gear overview and the keys to proper steering, climbing, descending, and stopping on a dime, picking it up, and buying a Chiclet without ever dismounting. The Riding for Fitness and Weight Loss course teaches more-experienced riders efficient, reasonable ways to bike off calories and build strength while still relishing the ride. Because Criterium Bicycles’ instructors compete in mountain-bike racing, track racing, and Ironman Triathlons, they’re fully prepared to answer any questions, be they about gear ratios or keeping top hats atop heads while riding. Groupon holders may also apply the value to one of Criterium's two $90 classes and pay the $30 difference.
Ascent Cycling is a community-focused bike shop dedicated to serving every aspect of cyclists' needs. Check up on your bi-wheeled pal after a long, rough summer with a sport tune safety overhaul. Each service session begins with a full adjustment of the drive train and brakes, ensuring chains are freed of lodged tumbleweeds and impervious to attacks from microscopic chainsaws. The skilled staff will then spot-true wheel sets so that Sunday rides and sprints across troll-guarded bridges are dependably smooth. Momentum retention and pedal-pumping efficiency will be bolstered by a safety check, while a frame wipe-down will add glistening shine to each ride.
Blindside, which CityVoters named Best Ski and Snowboard Shop in 2009, is home to knowledgeable local riders and board menders with its owner possessing more than 18 years of experience. The owner or a friendly staff member has personally tested all of the assorted name-brand apparel, gear, and products that line the stocked store shelves. The ski and snowboard rental packages allow thrill-seekers of all ages to scale the mountain snowscapes in chunks, ranging from a one-day kids ski package ($10, aged 12 and under) to an adult snowboarding package for one day ($22) or three days ($42).
Endorsed by Orvis as a fly-fishing outfitter, Angler's Covey boasts more than 5,000 square feet of products to equip piscators and fisherpeople with the tools needed to reel in river-dwellers. Step into the lodge-looking shop and navigate racks of rods and reels resting atop a floor painted to resemble a winding stream. Angler's Covey carries more than 80 different fly-rod models ($59.99+) from some of the industry's top pole producers—try your new rod or fulfill A River Runs Through It–fueled fantasies in the shop's casting ponds, located just outside of the store. The shop also stocks an impressive collection of flies and ties, along with nets, lines, and other fly-fishing goods.
Since 1968, Mountain Chalet has been outfitting trailblazers of all ages with the gear needed to conquer the great outdoors. A duo of wintry adventurers can strap on snow-sneakers and snatch up a pair of poles for two days of traversing the scenic trails of the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region, where snowy conditions are ideal for setting up lucrative italian-ice stands. Sage staff members stand by to fit customers with the proper shoe size and instruct them in basic snow-strolling techniques. After employees advise them on the best routes to avoid encounters with pushy yetis peddling haphazard toboggans, customers are ready to scale such trails as the Stanley Canyon or the Garden of the Gods. Stock up on wintry gear in Mountain Chalet's outdoor-equipment shop with an outstanding array of gloves, hats, and other survival trappings.