Finding a bike to ride for one day in NH

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  1. rideit

    rideit Bob the Builder

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    So, I am having a bitch of a time finding a bike to rent/borrow/steal for June 16th in hanover NH (Dartmouth reunion for wifey). I have tried (I think) the shops in the 'nearby' towns (lebanon, white river junction, lebanon, etc).
    Anyone have any leads on finding a 'fun' bike to rent? (130-150 travel, Medium size).
    I appear to be striking out.
     

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    are you flying into Logan Airport in Boston or Manchester NH? if Logan, I think JRA cycles in Medford, MA has Pivots to rent for testing. you can pick it up on your way out of Boston since I'll assume your heading up Rt 93 to NH
     
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    Yep, they have a bunch of demo bikes to try. I live only 15 minutes from JRA cycles and know them quite well (I ride with the owner in a group ride once in a while), they are good people.
     
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    they really are a great shop. definitely the best in the Boston area.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    We will be in Vermont for a few days afterwards, and I only have time for a ride on the 16th, so a Boston based rental wouldn't work.
    Thanks though.
     
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    Where in Vermont?
     
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    Let me see if I can dig any additional info at local forums. In the worst case scenario, if I manage to drive up on the 16th, you'll be welcome to enjoy my unrideabru HT. ;)
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Ok, may have hatched a new plan. Giant is doing free demos at the Killington Bike Park...have any of you ridden there? Impressions?
    You get two free uphill tickets with the free demos, seems like a no-brainer.
    I guess it is about an hour from Hanover to KBP?
     
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    http://www.omerandbobs.com/bikes/mountain-bike-demo-program/
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Omer and bobs only have an 18.5 Stache plus bike, waaay too big for me.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    We are coming up to Burlington for a night.
     
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    Try Highland Bike park. Not too far and they rent trail bikes. Or rent a DH bike and ride all day there.
     
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    There are many bike shops in town and I think most of 'em rent.

    Earl's Cyclery & Fitness, 2500 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403, http://www.earlsbikes.com/
    Alpine Shop, 1184 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403, https://www.alpineshopvt.com/
    North Star Sports, 100 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401
    Skirack, 85 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401
    Outdoor Gear Exchange, 37 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

    Lots of riding in the area.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    We are just sleeping in Burlington, (no ride time).
    Wanna grab a beer?
     
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    What night?
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Sunday night. (17th) We will go out to eat somewhere...suggestions?
    (Kiddo eats about anything)
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    That 'A single pebble' looks intriguing...but definitely a bit pricey. Cool menu options.
     
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    Me, I'd go to VP&B.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Sounds good, wifey's first comment on the other one was 'looks a bit pricey'
     
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    Killington it is then? Big mountain with old school trails served by the gondola and a brand new gravity logic built park on the side of the mountain.

    For me, Killington is memorable for lousy weather, in any season. Dress well.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    You wanna drive up for the day?
     
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    I might drive down, depending...
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    That could be a good plan.
     
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    I'll see. It is ~3hrs for me each way, and my wife will be returning from her trip to EU so that makes things a little more challenging.
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Looks like I am renting a Pivot Firebird for the morning, and a Norco Aurum for DH laps at the bike park in the afternoon. Should be fun!
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    Can anyone recommend a good techy XC ride to do in the morning in the immediate Killington area?
     
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    Pine Hill Park, Rutland, or Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield. What date is this?
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    June 16th. Looks like i will ride XC in the AM, DH in the afternoon. Staying in Killington, got a line on some trails there. More to come...you should join!
     
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    can they install a headset in straight?
     
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    I would say yes
     
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    Why don't you do a full day of DH? :phone:
     
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    rideit Bob the Builder

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    I really wanna ride some East Coast Rox while I am there, both up and down...and see what all the fuss is about with the Firebird...
     
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    We are one of the Meccas of Pivot dentistry and the Firebird doesn't exist here - it's either the 429 (if you ride in spandex), or the Switchblade (if you ride in spandex and a non-roadie helmet).
     
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    The Firebird was the only non-DH bike that I could find in Killington to rent. Should be fun, 170mm x 160mm....
     
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    very interested to hear your thoughts on the firebird...seen a couple around here. many more mach 4,5,etc...it was a contender when i was looking at new bikes