Mountain Biking – Biking in the Denver Mountains

admin January 27, 2010 0
Wendy Pan asked:

Denver, Colorado has 850 miles of urban trails that are absolutely breath-taking to bike through. Denver has one of the biggest biking, jogging, and hiking trail systems in the entire nation. The Denver mountain biking trails are an absolute paradise for those of us that love biking through open land, off-road trails, and exploring our great land! These paved trails connect to hundreds of dirt trails that will lead you right up the Rocky Mountains giving you a sweet taste of biking adventure and scenic views that will make your heart skip a beat. If you don’t have a bike, no worries! There are plenty of rental shops located throughout the mountains and at the beginning of the trails to give you an array of choices to find a bike that is comfortable and will fit your needs.

What Kind Of Rider Are You?

Before going biking on the Denver mountain biking trails, it’s important to decide what kind of rider you are. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or professional mountain biker? With 850 miles of paved trails to chose from, there is something for everybody. You also want to decide if you want to do off-road, paved, or up-hill trails, which will take you up the mountains. Some of these trails are well over 40 miles, so you have to decide how many miles you are willing or able to do. For the beginner, it’s nice to take some of the easier trails so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery without burning those muscles too much!

What To Bring On The Trail

Denver is the mile-high city, quite literally. The city is a mile above sea level. For most of us that visit this area, that is a very big difference. It is extremely important to stay hydrated while on the Denver mountain biking trails! ALWAYS carry water with you, especially while doing a sport like biking. Of course, if you go above the 10,000 feet mark there’s always snow to drink! Do some research on the trails throughout the city and decide which trail you want to go on. Then, get a map. Don’t ever forget your map. It’s easy to get lost in the mountains when you’re not familiar with them. Of course, you need a bike and all the gear that goes with it like a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads. You could always bring your own bike too. It’s always helpful to bring a pump and extra tubes in case you blow a tire. These things are easy to fit into a hiking bag. It’ll be a lot easier to go through these trails with a bike that has locking foot pedals. If you decide to take a longer trail, eat a healthy breakfast and pack up on some snacks to get you through the day.

The Denver mountain biking trails offer something for every kind of rider whether you are beginning, intermediate, or professional. Don’t forget to respect the natural life while visiting!

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