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Old 07-21-09, 12:51 PM   #1
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Renting a bike at Alpenrose?

We're up in Beaverton this August to visit my wife's family. I'm bringing my road bike to do the PIR Monday race, but I was also intrigued about the track.

The website says you can rent a bike for $5 a day. Do you just show up and say I need a 54cm (or whatever) and pay $5? Are the pedals included? Should I bring my own pedals?
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I don't know about Alpenrose, but at my home track (Superdrome in Frisco, Texas), the rental bikes do not have pedals so you have to provide your own. I makes sense really, because most folks now use clipless pedals, and there are many different cleat styles. Few people ride tracks anymore with regular shoes and toe clips. Also, Alpenrose may require you to take a class before you ride; we do at the Superdrome because it is a very steep track (44 degrees). Does the Alpenrose website provide any contact info (email or phone #)?
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Show up on a Wednesday with $5 for the bike and $5 for the class. Bring your own pedals if you have them. They have clips & straps for people who like to ride with street shoes, but if you're used to clipless, use what you are most comfortable with.

They've got a whole range of sizes, so you shouldn't have a problem finding one that fits.

http://www.obra.org/track/flyers/2009/wednesdays.html
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Show up on a Wednesday with $5 for the bike and $5 for the class. Bring your own pedals if you have them. They have clips & straps for people who like to ride with street shoes, but if you're used to clipless, use what you are most comfortable with.

They've got a whole range of sizes, so you shouldn't have a problem finding one that fits.

http://www.obra.org/track/flyers/2009/wednesdays.html
Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. Another question: Is there anything around there for a wife and kids to do while I'm riding in circles, um, ovals?
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Have ridden the track before? Alpenrose is a little weird, and a lot of effort to get to the tops of the turns, but once you get get going it's pretty fun.
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Have ridden the track before? Alpenrose is a little weird, and a lot of effort to get to the tops of the turns, but once you get get going it's pretty fun.
Nope, never. I race on the road and commute on a fixed gear, so I have a little relevant experience, hopefully, but mostly it's just that it looks like another neat way to have fun on a bike!
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Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. Another question: Is there anything around there for a wife and kids to do while I'm riding in circles, um, ovals?
Washington Park is not too far from the track. Washington Square Mall is also down the road, if they're into shopping.
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Thanks. My kids went to the Children's Museum last time we were up there. That's perfect.
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but mostly it's just that it looks like another neat way to have fun on a bike!
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