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Old 07-23-13, 03:24 PM   #1
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Long weekend in Salt Lake City

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I'll be going to Salt Lake City for work in mid-August and will probably stay for the weekend after. I have a cousin and his wife who live there, so can visit with them, and hopefully get in some riding! They do ride, but have been more into distance running (like 100+ mile running races) lately. They said they'll ride with me once, just more flat, and they'd probably be pretty sore after.

I found this shop that rents full carbon bikes for $50/day:
http://www.cottonwoodcyclery.com/#/rentals/4554583375

Anyone know anything about them, or have a better recommendation? I ride a Specialized Tarmac SL3 and would like something similar for this trip.

Is there a certain part of town that would be better to stay in? When I've gone before, I've stayed downtown...and that's where I'll be for work. I'd much prefer to just ride from my hotel (roll out of bed and be on the road around 6 or so). There's a bunch of hotels near that shop above. I will have a rental car, and will probably get an SUV just in case I need to get the bike around.

Lastly, can anyone recommend some good groups to try to ride with? My long rides here are typically 70-80 miles, I get in about 2000-2500 feet of climbing, and hold about 17-18 mph for that. I'd like to do one ride with more climbing (I could probably handle 4000 feet), and I know I'll be much slower. I'm willing to cut the distance down to get in more quality.

If anyone lives there and wants to show me around, that would be fantastic!
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Old 07-24-13, 07:11 AM   #2
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downtown is fine... little more expensive, but its pretty convenient. The mountains along the east house several great little climbs (2 to 8 percent grade for 6 to 15 miles). Up north right by the city is City Creek Canyon; behind the capital building. Its only open to bike traffic on odd numbered days. From the capital parking lot, its about 6.5 miles to the top; you gain about 1500 feet. Next one south is Emigration canyon; VERY popular with bikes. From the zoo, its about 7.5 miles up but only about 1400 feet. Next canyon south is Parleys (I-80)... not great for bikes. Next one south is Millcreek. From the shopping center at the bottom, its about 9.5 miles up and about 2600 feet... Next one is Big Cottonwood; its about 15 miles up and about 3500 feet... next is little cottonwood; about 10 miles and the same 3500 feet (this one is a beast... never lets up!).
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I don't know the shop you listed, but have no reason to think ill of them; most the shops I stop in are great. Roughly near downtown is one of my favorites; Contender Bicycle (www.contenderbicycle.com). They are at 989 east 900 south. I don't believe they rent, but they usually do a group ride on Sunday mornings. they run 2 rides; a light weight for beginners and something more involved. I have ridden with them several times; they usually have around 15 to 30 people and go around 4o to 60 miles with moderate hills. They move about 16 to 20... its brisk but not difficult. There is a Guthrie downtown, I believe; I have had good dealings with their other shops.
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I, too, ride an SL3 SWx Tarmac... but it seems to be in the shop a lot, lately... so my Rocky Mountain Prestige is getting quite a few miles. I ride pretty much every weekend I am in town. We might want to do a couple of the canyons; little cottonwood and big cottonwood make a great 60 mile route with lots of climb if you like climbing. if we want to flatten it out a bit, we can mix it up. post up as the dates get closer!
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Thanks for all the replies! The trip is coming up in just a few weeks (I'll be there Aug 16-18.

I was up there 2 years ago to visit with my cousin, and I was doing more running then. We ran City Creek on a Sunday morning, it was a beautiful day, and I was puzzled that it seemed we were the only people there. Even living here in AZ, I had never heard of the whole LDS no Sunday workout thing, but it certainly made our run very enjoyable. I guess a few laps on that could make a nice little ride.

I've been to Contender and it is a great shop. It doesn't look like they rent, well they don't list it on their website. And they're not open on Sunday ,when I'd want to return the bike. I could ask my cousin to return on Monday, but would rather avoid that if I can.

The first trip I stayed at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn, and I think it was $75/night, about the same now. If that isn't a bad location for riding from, I'll just stick with it.

That Contender ride sounds like it may be good. Heck, I need the climbing... I'm sure it will kick my butt. But since I don't live there, I just don't want to get lost if I get dropped. I'll have my phone with me that I can always use if I need to.
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It's easy to find your way around in salt lake... Almost all the roads are north/south/east/west In a grid... Based on the original lds temple downtown. 100 is a block... So 12300 south is 123 blocks south of the temple... Which is pretty much downtown central. Mark your hotel on your smartphone and you will ne fine... it works for me when i travel... often in Australia and new zealand. bSome lds stay home on Sundays, some don't, but traffic is typically lighter on Sunday vs. Saturday... Since Saturday is odd-numbered (17) city creek is good... Rather than twice, I would suggest city creek followed by emigration... Total round trip probably around 45 to 50 miles and about 4000 feet.
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Good rides, Tim! You "flatlanders" sure can climb! Message me next time you are up this way and we will do a couple more! Hopefully, next time, my Rocky Mountain will have wheels and we can save you some cash on the rental!

be safe!
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Good rides, Tim! You "flatlanders" sure can climb! Message me next time you are up this way and we will do a couple more! Hopefully, next time, my Rocky Mountain will have wheels and we can save you some cash on the rental!

be safe!
Thanks for showing me around! That Mill Creek was a tough climb, not sure if I could handle either of the Cottonwood rides.

I might be back in October, I'll let you know.
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