January 10, 2013 by IowaTriBob
This week I’m attending the consumer electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Working with my coach we were able to plan the week’s workouts around several runs and a couple of swims in a local pool (a post for another time on why it’s NOT a good idea to schedule workouts while in Vegas). After my first day’s run I felt tired and sluggish with a slight pull in my calf and a little tightness in my ankle. Not wanting to take a day off and seeing that the weather was perfect for a bike ride, I was determined to find a way to make it happen.
Fortunately there are several options available for those looking to rent a bike in Las Vegas. After a few quick Google searches I chose to go with an outfit called Broken Spoke Bikes (http://brokenspokebikeslv.com) located near the Red Rock Canyon. When searching I couldn’t find anything on the strip and after thinking about it I wouldn’t want to rent or ride a bike anywhere near the Vegas strip given the options such a short drive away (not to mention the thought of having to fight with the traffic and crowds).
Broken Spoke Bikes was the only shop that opened at 9am. All the others I found didn’t open until at least 10am. Given I knew I wanted to put in a good bike ride, the earlier the better for me.
Broken Spokes is a short car ride from the strip (14 miles from the MGM Grand) and is located at 11700 West Charleston, just over from the Red Rock Casino. The drive only took 25 minutes from door to door.
Their website showed they had bikes available for rent so without hesitation I left the MGM and arrived just as the doors were opening. The shop is very nice, clean, and looks to have a good selection of bikes available. The rental itself was a 2012 Giant Defy which was well taken care of. I had brought my own shoes with me and the bike tech was able to match up a pair of pedals and get the bike ready to roll in a matter of minutes. I had forgot to bring my helmet but luckily the Broken Spoke also has those available as part of your rental fee. After a 10 minute check-in process and paying a $45 half day fee, I was off and ready to ride.
The bike technician recommended two routes; the Red Rock Canyon ride which costs $3 to enter the park, consists of a 10 mile path and a 1000+ foot steep climb, or a longer 30 mile ride along the canyon road and back. He highly recommended the longer ride and said it was one of the most popular bike routes in the Vegas area. I decided the longer route it was and I couldn’t have been more pleased.
The route itself was challenging with a consistent climb to the mid-point with some parts that were just steep enough to get you out of the saddle. Yet the route was gradual enough to still be enjoyable and relaxing.
The ride was absolutely amazing. The road you follow has bike lanes on both sides along the shoulder which are wide enough for two riders to go side by side without fear of crowding into the car lanes. The entire time I was on the road I actually saw as many bike riders as I did cars, which were far and few in between. What was even more amazing was the scenery along the route.
I’m so glad that I took the opportunity to get out from the strip and enjoy such a great ride. I’d highly recommend the Broken Spoke Bikes shop for renting a bike in Las Vegas and won’t hesitate to do it again next time.