For more than 20 years, Colorado Sports Rental has helped visitors and locals alike get their adrenaline pumping in any season with gear in affordable rental packages. In the summer, they lend out recently purchased jet skis, fishing boats, and dirt bikes; the winter months bring new models of skis and snowboards from brands such as Burton, Neversummer, and Salomon, which patrons can rent for a day or all season. To accommodate resort hoppers, the staff can also supply ski racks and Thule boxes for the tops of cars.
Golden Bear Bikes is an outdoor sporting store that caters to myriad biking needs??housing a bundle of bike apparel, tools, and accessories, as well as offering various tune-up services. Rainy-day riders can shield themselves from cloud tears and exploding soy-sauce packets with the water-resistant Bontrager Clearly Seen rain shell ($34.99), and bodybuilding bikers can comfortably curl their pedal-propelled road ponies with a pair of Gore Bike Wear Countdown Summer lady gloves ($39.99). A quick tune-up ($55) adjusts the front and rear brakes and derailleurs, lubricates the cables and drivetrain, checks the ball bearings, and ensures cycles roll smoothly over inconveniently placed birthday cakes.
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.