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The B in Albuquerque is for Bicycles

Albuquerque is a haven for bicyclists, be you a street biker or a trail goer. There are a number of city bike paths that can get you from here to there, and bike trails in the adjacent Sandia Mountains and in the Manzano Mountains offer all levels of difficulty. Along a fifteen mile stretch of the Rio Grande is a flat bike path that has you trekking through the center of the city without even seeing the city around you. This is part of a protected area known as the Rio Grande Valley State Park, and within that – the Rio Grande Nature Center.

Foothills in Albuquerque

Trail head in the Sandia foothills.

All these venues have earned acclaim from bicyclist all over the US. Bicycling Magazine voted Albuquerque the third “Best Place to Bike in America” in 2006, and it has only gotten better. In 2008 we were ranked #1 by Sunset Magazine for having the “Top City Bike Rides”.

Many cyclists come to Albuquerque to train. Our mile-high elevation requires flat-landers to acclimate for a few days before any power riding, but once you take that respite, biking at our 5000′+ altitude will help to increase your endurance and give you more stamina when you get back down in elevation again, much like runners who train on the beach in the sand.

Don’t want to tote your bike along? If you are flying into Albuquerque and don’t want to bring your bike, you can rent one. Our favorite bike shop doesn’t rent, but they recommend Northeast Cyclery, who doesn’t seen to have a website, but if the Bike Coop recommends them you should give them a call -  505-299-1210. This shop is very close to the foothills trails in the east part of town. Another new shop that they also recommended for bicycle rentals in Albuquerque is located downtown and closer to our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast – Gold Avenue Bicycle Company. They are also closer to the Paseo del Bosque Trail. Their website is under construction, so you may try to find it in a few weeks, but it’s best to just give them a call too – 505-243-2118. GAB is right next door to a cool Albuquerque night spot called Burt’s Tiki Lounge, so plan accordingly to stop in to wet your whistle, as long as you’re there. Good music at night, so you’ll have to return after dark as well.

PS – 8 Aug, 2011 – There is another bike rental place, next to downtown called Routes Rentals and Tours, routesrental.com. (My husband just found them this week, so that’s why I’m adding this now.)

Petroglyph National Monument

Native plants line the trails at the Petroglyphs.

Mountain Biking
Bike trails abound in the Sandia Mountain foothills, right in Albuquerque’s city limits. How cool is that? Trail heads for Embudo Canyon Open Space and Elena Gallegos Open Space Park are close to our furthermost east main city street, Tramway Blvd. Albuquerque Open Space has much more detailed info for you, so you should visit their website too.

You can explore the Petroglyph National Monument AND get a moderately difficult ride in at the Petroglyphs Open Space area. The views of the Rio Grande Valley, the city and the mountains are just fantastic from up there on the western bluff of Albuquerque. So worth it! Another great website for mountain bike trails in and near Albuquerque is Dirtworld.com, offering more venues in Albuquerque and other spots in New Mexico.

City Biking
Albuquerque’s bike paths are mostly off the city streets, although you will need to cross them occasionally. The city is not flat by any stretch, so there is still a challenge in our inner city bike trails, which is why it is such a great place to train. There is more complete info available from locals at the New Mexico Touring Society website.

Our City of Albuquerque website bike section has many interactive bike trail maps and a downloadable bike map of the Paseo del Bosque bike map, (that’s the award winning river trail).  The page shows all the bike trails within the city, and will also give you the links you need to get in touch with the various cycling groups and events Albuquerque has to offer.

Paseo del Bosque Trail

Paseo del Bosque Trail. Photo courtesy of Kimm Kiriako. Click on the pic to see more fab photos.

In the city, but not…
The award winning Paseo del Bosque Trail, as mentioned before, runs north/south right through the center of Albuquerque in the Bosque of the Rio Grande. You may even see wildlife along the way as you bike though this protected Albuquerque gem. Besides the wildlife, the mountain looks pretty darn good from there as well!

What ever kind of biking is your pleasure, Albuquerque has biking for you. Our Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast is very bike friendly and can provide you a safe place to park your bikes outside of your room, day or night, (while you’re out at Burt’s!) Happy trails!

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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
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2 Responses to “The B in Albuquerque is for Bicycles”

  1. Tom Salazar says:

    The Bosque Trail affords safe and care free riding on a flat asphalt surface for hours of riding. It’s easy to log in 15, 30 or 60 miles, which ever you prefer. Or you can ride the East Mountains, from Albuquerque. There’s a good combination of hills, descents and flats for hours and hours of safe riding on wide highway shoulders. Or ride to the top of the Sandia mountains for a real mountain climbing experience.

  2. Alexander says:

    Wow, this article makes me wanna come to Albuquerque. Living in Europe and already planned my whole summer, don’t make it possible this year. I think i really should consider book a trip to Albuquerque next summer and bring my bike. Or maybe i could rent a bike while i stay there?

    Cheers!

    Alexander

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