USA Trip 2016: Moab I

Moab is mountain Bike Paradise.

Technical trails and astonishing sightseeing all in a friendly town with lots of possibilities to lodge and eat. There are plenty of bike shops where you can rent great bikes. And if you don’t feel like pedaling a lot, there are shuttles available everywhere.
We rented ours from Poison Spider. We wanted to shuttle but we wanted to pedal too, so we rented Allmountain bikes: Pivot Switchblade, Yeti SB5.5, Yeti SB4.5 and a Niner RIP 9.

Poison spider can offer you pedals and helmets if you did not bring yours. They set up the bikes and explain you everything about them. IMHO if you’re going to Moab, you may already know how to set up the bike.
As per Fruita, finding trails in Moab is pretty straightforward, you find all the trails and how tricky or tiring they might be in www.mtbproject.com.
 Trailheads are really well signed and there’s always a parking lot to leave your car. By the way, when you rent your bike they ask for the license plate of your car. They say it is in case you get lost and they see an empty car at the trailhead.
We got our bikes and headed to Slickrock. It’s a must!

It is fun and you have to do it. It is also absolutely physical, all the uphills are very, very steep and explosive. Miles and miles of petrified dunes of slickrock. You won’t believe the grip till you ride this. You can pedal standing uphill grades that must be over 30% and the tires will traction. You can cross water puddles right before climbing some silly wall and you can feel how the tires hold on.

So it is something to be done but to us it was the least fun trail in Moab. We knew there was much better to ride! 

Coming from Europe, where sometimes it is hard to share the trails with people running, horse riding or just walking, it’s amazing how in Moab you share them with Jeeps or motorcycles going through the very same trails. We know they were there first and they were all really polite and cheerful. Nice!

1 comment:

  1. christania’s “cargo bike rental” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.