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Q. Do I have to wear a helmet?
A. Yes, and a helmet is provided with each snow bike rental at no extra charge. You can bring your own helmet if you wish. A ski/snowboard helmet works well in cold weather.
Q. What kind of pedals are on your snow bikes?
A. Our snow bikes have platform BMX-style pedals with metal pins that grip well on snow boots or hiking boots. If you have your own pedals that you prefer, you may bring them, and we will install them on the bike for you. We do not have other pedals available for rent.
Q. Is there a speedometer/odometer on the bikes?
A. No. Expect to go a good bit slower than you would on a regular bike. If you want to know how far you've ridden, we have maps of the Towpath Trail with mileages between trailheads.
Q. Are emergency repair supplied included?
A. No. Flat tires are very rare when riding in the snow.
Q. What if I break down and can't get going on my own?
A. In the unlikely event that you break down on the Towpath Trail on one of our snow bikes, we recommend that you carry a mobile phone with you. Call us at 330-657-2209 and we'll figure out a way to rescue you.
Q. Are water bottles included?
A. No, you should bring your own water bottles, or buy some in the store when you come to ride the bike. The snow bikes have two water bottle holders that fit standard bicycle water bottles. You may also want to think about filling your water bottles at home, too, because our running water in the store is non-drinkable. There is a water fountain near the trailhead, but it will likely be frozen or shut off during the winter.
Q. What should I wear for riding in the snow?
A. You should dress for the temperature, taking into account that you'll be building up heat with physical activity. Dress a little warmer than you would for winter trail running or cross-country skiing. Dress in layers so that you can add or remove layers as you warm up or cool down. Thick, warm gloves are recommended. A balaclava, ski mask, or warm cap that can fit under a bike helmet is a good idea. For your feet, wool socks and waterproof hiking boots are your best bet. See our tips for dressing for winter cycling for more details.
Q. Can I take a snow bike in my car/truck to ride on another trail?
A. No, sorry. Check back with us next year, but for now, we're trying to keep things simple by sticking with just allowing riding on the Towpath Trail
Q. Are your rental snow bikes for sale?
A. Not for the time being, but if you decide you'd like to buy a snow bike that we have in stock within 14 days of riding our rental snow bike, we'll apply the price of your rental towards the bike purchase!
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