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Gear up like a local: Summit County stores make getting outdoors easy and accessible

After renting a bike from Breckenridge Ski & Sport, a cyclist rides a trail in Breckenridge. Breckenridge Ski & Sport rents its bikes by the day rather than by the hour.
Breckenridge Ski & Sport / Courtesy Photo

Summer in Summit County means more than cool breezes and great beers, it’s also a time for outdoor activities like camping, biking, hiking, and swimming.

For many visitors – and some residents – the equipment needed to participate in these activities is hard to come by. From renting e-bikes, paddle boards, and camping gear, these Summit County businesses have everything a person could need.

Breckenridge Skiing and Sports

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 970-368-4540; 116 Huron Road and 411 S. Main St., Breckenridge; BreckenridgeSkiAndSport.com

In winter, Breckenridge Ski & Sport on Huron Road is often bustling with cyclists, new and experienced, equipped with skis, snowboards, helmets and poles. In the summer, the store changes gear and offers bike rental for those looking for a new adventure.

Unlike many outfitters in the area, Breckenridge Ski & Sport rents its bikes by the day rather than by the hour, spokesman Abner Ruiz said. This allows riders to spend more time riding for less money.

The store has a wide selection of bikes that are suitable for people of all skill levels, Ruiz said. Some of the options include electric bikes, mountain bikes, gravel bikes, and comfort bikes that allow for a relaxed ride throughout the community.

It’s important for people to be aware of their comfort level before renting bikes, Ruiz said. Breckenridge Ski & Sport staff are on hand to answer questions and suggest runs based on experience level.

“If they’re going downhill mountain biking, the Breckenridge Bike Park has options for beginners, but it can still be quite dangerous and there’s still a lot of risk,” Ruiz said.

People who are unsure of their skill level or experience can always seek advice from store employees, Ruiz added.

In addition to bike rentals, Breckenridge Ski & Sport offers shuttles to and from Boreas Pass. Shuttles are an additional $15.

A customer browses inventory at Breckenridge Ski & Sport. The store offers a wide selection for all levels.
Breckenridge Ski & Sport / Courtesy Photo

Pioneer Sports

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at both locations; 970-668-3668, 842 N. Summit Blvd., Frisco; and 970-468-1632, 191 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne; PioneerSportsColorado.com

As with Breckenridge Ski & Sport, Pioneer Sports offers bike rentals from its Frisco location on Summit Boulevard.

Store manager Brent Ford said Pioneer rents bikes for people of all skill levels. Ford recommends people who aren’t used to cycling at high altitudes opt for an e-bike, which allows people to ride up to 20 miles per hour.

Ford said Pioneer Sports has worked in recent years to diversify its offerings beyond ski and bike rentals. The store is one of the only locations in Summit County to carry disc golf supplies.

People can choose from a selection of 400 records for sale and rent at the store’s Frisco and Silverthorne stores. Store staff members play the sport regularly themselves and can recommend golf and disc golf courses. Pioneer Sports is also host to the Frisco Monday Night Disc League, which starts at 6 p.m. in the summer and is free.

“We’re definitely going to be the county’s benchmark for disc golf,” Ford said. “Really no one else has that many records.”

This summer, Pioneer Sports also began offering paddle board rentals from its Frisco location. Guests can rent paddle boards to use on the Dillon Reservoir.

Additionally, the store offers camping gear, including isobutane canisters, tents, and sleeping bags.

For people who want to play traditional sports, the Pioneer Sports store in Silverthorne sells a wide selection of equipment for football, basketball, tennis, baseball and softball. Ford said it worked to expand the store’s offering after seeing the need for more sporting goods options in Summit County.

“Instead of someone having to go to Denver or jump online and order two or three different sized cleats for their kid, … they can come to the store and try on cleats on the spot,” Ford said.

rebel sports

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; 970-668-2759, 220 Main St., Frisco; 970-485-6167, 1121 Dillon Dam Road, Frisco; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; 970-968-2408, 214 Ten Mile Circle, Copper Mountain; RebelSkiAndBike.com

People who go to Rebel Sports for their bike rental will see 20 years of service in action.

The ski and bike rental shop offers a wide range of options, including comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, children’s bikes, Weehoo bike trailers, full suspension mountain bikes, trail bikes and bikes road, said store manager Bob Hufnagel.

With such a wide selection, Hufnagel said people of all skill levels can find what they need. The store has a shuttle to and from Vail Pass, and store employees often recommend people use comfort bikes, hybrid bikes, and kids’ bikes to ride this trail.

For more advanced riders, Hufnagel recommends mountain or road bikes.

All Rebel Sports bikes are rented by the hour, Hufnagel said. People who choose to rent from Rebel Sports will benefit from two decades of expertise in the bicycle business. Store employees can recommend the best trails as well as the best bikes to ride them.

“We’ve been here a long time, and our inventory is definitely more specific to customer needs than we see here,” Hufnagel said.

Breckenridge Ski & Sport staff help customers choose the bike that’s right for them. People who are unsure of their skill level or experience can always seek advice from store employees.
Breckenridge Ski & Sport / Courtesy Photo

This story previously appeared in the Summer 2022 edition of Explore Breckenridge & Summit County magazine.