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Bike Rental FAQ's


  1. What is the appropriate bike for me?
      - Manufacturers have suggested rider height ranges per frame size.
      - You should reference the recommended rider height range for selecting the size bike.
     ***Smaller is NOT easier to ride***
  2. Suspension travel
     - Bike manufacturers have many different suspension travel options through their model lines. Travel refers to the amount of distance the suspension will move before it is fully compressed. These are represented in either inches or mm. Typically a bike with more travel will provide a bit more stability in rougher trail conditions, descending, and at higher speeds, however will not be quite as efficient to pedal.
      - Conversely a bike with less travel will tend to pedal more efficiently, as well as roll in smoother conditions better. It will tend to climb hills a little better, but sacrifice rough trail and descending stability.
  3. Wheel Size
     - This refers to the circumference of the actual rim of the wheel.
      - The larger the wheel the more efficiently it will roll over obstructions and stay at speed. The adverse effects are less efficient acceleration, more rider input required to make a similar turn radius of a smaller wheel bike. Larger wheels are not favored in pumptrack or dirt jumps.
      - Advances in hub technologies have made the larger 29" wheels much more capable and friendlier for a wider range of riders and riding conditions.
      - Frame geometry will have a significant effect on ride characteristics regardless of wheel size.
     Standard wheel sizes:
     - Mountain Bike/Fat Bike
     - 26"
     - 27.5" (650b)
     - 29"
     - Road/Gravel
     - 650b
     - 700c
     - Youth
     - 12"
     - 16"
     - 20"
     - 24"
  4. -Frame material
     - There are 2 main materials utilized these days by mainstream bike manufacturers: Aluminum and Carbon. Some less utilized materials are steel and titanium.
     - Aluminum:
     Most commonly found in more price conscious bike models, it is light and strong. Aluminum tends to have a bit rougher of a ride feel and lose a bit of efficiency compared to its tech savvy weight conscious brother carbon.
     - Carbon:
     With the recent advances in carbon, this frame material has become less expensive to produce and they have vastly improved the durability. Carbon can be laid up to allow for maximum pedal power and efficiency, while also allowing for a gentler feel to the bike by building in flex points, and its natural tendency to absorb vibrations.
     - Steel:
     Less utilized by mainstream brands Steel is a more expensive and heavier material to use, however its benefits come in the form of frame flex, creating a more compliant comfortable ride, most notably for more niche gravel bike models.
  5. Why can I not reserve a bike for partial day on weekends?
     - Do to high demand on weekends we are unable to reserve any bikes for partial days on Sat or Sundays
  6. When are bikes due back?
     - Full day rental: 15min before shop closes
     - Afternoon rental: 15 min before shop closes
  7. Where do I get a Kingdom Trails (KT) pass?
      You can log on th KT's website and purchase online
     https://www.kingdomtrails.org/membership
     You can go to KT welcome center and purchase in person
     478 VT Route 114, East Burke, VT 05832, United States
  8. Where should I ride?
     - Kingdom Trails puts significant effort into clearly marking the trails, and has some preplanned and mapped out suggested routes.
     Check out this link, https://www.kingdomtrails.org/trails#SummerTrails
     and/or call (802)-626-0737 or  (802)-626-0737 ahead of time to discuss some other potential routes and get more updated trail conditions
  9. - What should I bring with me to ride?
     - Appropriate clothing for biking, considering weather.
     - Proper fitting bike helmet
     A proper-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge one inch or less above your eyebrows in order to protect your forehead. Push the helmet from side to side and back to front. If it shifts noticeably (one inch or more), you need to adjust the fit.
     - Bike gloves
     - Enough water for the duration you plan to ride
     - Is there drinking water accessible:
     - Due to COVID Village Sport Shop has had to suspend our public water filling station.
     - During normal operations there may be water filling stations located near the local bike shops and other businesses, however no water stations on the trail network.
     - Village Sport Shop sells bottled water out of our Trailside shop, and bike specific water bottles to put in bottle cages.
  10. What is damage insurance?
     That covers up to $750 worth of incidental damage to the bicycle. It does not cover lost or stolen items, or damage deemed to be intentional, or through malice/negligence.
     -By selecting NO you waive any coverage of damage and will be charged the full retail value of damage incurred.
     - Damages include, but not limited to:
     Bent/broken/damaged parts or frame, cuts, scratches, tears, dents to frame or any part on the bike. 

What is the rental waiver?
 - It is the document in which the user of the equipment, or responsible legal party, acknowledges their responsibility in caring for and properly using any and all equipment rented or demo'd from Village Sport Shop, and that you recognize biking has inherent dangers and risk in participation, and are doing so at your own risk. A rental waiver must be signed for every rider each and every time they rent or demo a bike from Village Sport Shop.

VSS Bike Rental Waiver

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