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    The Gearhead’s Guide to Boulder

    Back in the late 1800s, Boulder's first non-native settlers established the town as a supply base for gold and silver miners. Residents provided equipment, housing and transportation to workers traveling into the mountains in search of precious metals. 

    Nowadays, the city is home to an astounding number of modern-day supply shops, providing the world’s best athletes and adventurers with top gear. High altitude, sunny weather, health-centric food options and holistic practitioners have catapulted Boulder into a top spot as a playground for endurance sport athletes. (In fact, when you’re working out within city limits, there’s a good chance you’ll be on the heels of Olympians.) 

    But it’s not just the pros who get to suit up and step out. We’ve pounded the pavement to curate a gearhead-friendly list so anyone — adrenaline junkies to casual hikers alike — can get out there in the right gear.

    For The Cycle-Obsessed 

    University Bicycles

    First off, there’s a “bike museum in the rafters” at University Bicycles and secondly, there’s a parts-dispensing vending machine. Need we say more? Townie, kid bikes, mountain, road, gravel and electric are all available to rent.

    University Bicycles Boulder

    The Pro’s Closet 

    A trusted resource for quality pre-owned cycling gear, The Pro’s Closet buys overstock from retail bike shops, professional cyclists’ used equipment, samples and consignment goods. Check out their online museum of famous road and mountain bikes along with the people who made and road them.

    Boulder Cycle Sport

    A next-level neighborhood bike shop with loads of expertise behind the counter, Boulder Cycle Sport is where to go for great advice, service and selection in South Boulder and North Boulder. While you're at the NoBo location, check out Amante Coffee next door — a cyclist hangout and one of the places in town to watch the Tour de France live.

    Vecchio’s 

    Specializing in repairing high-end road bikes and components, Vecchio’s sells bikes and frames but is mainly known for its outstanding service. Be sure to take in the vintage frames, jerseys and signed posters when you step inside. 

    Full Cycle

    At Full Cycle, you can down an espresso or a beer while you wait during a bike tune-up. Shop for nearly every type of bike imaginable or rent one for the day or week. You can even catch weekly live music and grab a bite to eat.

    Full Cycle The Tune Up

    Pedego Boulder

    To experience a ride through Boulder’s endless mountain roads and bike paths but without all the…um…legwork, rent an e-bike from Pedego. Go your own way using a DIY route or book a tour with a guide.

    Green Guru

    Making products in an eco-responsible way, Green Guru repurposes old gear into new adventure products using materials that used to be billboards, wetsuits and bike tubes. 

    There are many, many more bike shops in Boulder — practically one on every corner — but these will get you started. 

    For All-Around Adventurers, Climbers or Backpackers

    Neptune Mountaineering

    With a storied past and a loyal following, Neptune Mountaineering will have you geared up to climb, ski, snowboard, orienteer or summit fourteeners in a hot second. They've been a part of the Boulder outdoor recreation scene since 1973 and are more than just a shop. They offer talks and lectures every Friday and Saturday. Be sure to save time for the in-store museum, filled with artifacts and gear collected by founder Gary Neptune himself as a fascinating tribute to his passion for climbing and skiing history.

    Go Far

    Possibly the area’s newest locally-owned lifestyle and run stores, Go Far aims to inspire fellow outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Go Far’s unique retail experience marries community with collaboration and one of only two carriers in the state that offers Superfeet and a HPfitstation, a machine that will 3Dprint a custom insole.

    Go Far

    Patagonia

    After 10 years of outfitting Boulder's outdoor lovers, Patagonia is moving to a larger location Pearl Street this fall, tripling its size. An ideal spot to pick the brains of outdoor aficionados with a passion for sustainability, you can round up durable, high-quality outerwear picks that tread lightly on the planet.

    REI 

    Choose from a variety of rental (or purchase) options for camping and hiking to climbing to cycling to paddling to snow sports, REI has it all—along with the experts to help you navigate through their endless assortment. There’s also a community center inside with a mix of free and paid classes, a hiking-boot testing rock and a climbing wall.

    Boulder Sports Recycler

    Looking for equipment on the cheap that you’d rather buy instead of rent? For smart shoppers who don’t mind trading a little time digging through racks for generously discounted gear, Boulder Sports Recycler is for you. Nab brand-name supplies for camping, hiking, biking, skiing, climbing and more at a fraction of the cost. 

    Locally Grown

    Boulder-based Topo Designs offers simple, durable, stylish and well-designed products that are built to last, with some items manufactured right here in Colorado. Well-worn pieces that need a little love can be sent to its rehab center. To be comfortable outdoors no matter the temp or the continent, stop in Red Fox for technical gear and apparel. Browse an assortment of tents, backpacks, clothing and accessories crafted to withstand harsh weather conditions. With cozy fleeces and ultra-soft tees, Mountain Standard's well-designed outdoor apparel will have you looking sharp while you brave the elements.

    Big Brands Galore

    Boulder is also home to countless adventure-enthusiast national and international chains. Gearheads can make a day out of outdoor store hopping on Pearl Street at Athleta, Fjallraven, Title Nine, prAna, North Face, Montbell, Rapha, Helly Hansen (coming soon) and Norrona or dash over to Moosejaw and Trek Light Gear.

    For Snow Bums

    Crystal Ski Shop

    If you’re seeking day- or seasonal-rentals to hit the slopes or discounted lift tickets, this family-owned shop has your back. Crystal Ski Shop also provides tune-ups and repairs for skis and snowboards. 

    Larry’s Bootfitting

    Here to equip, fit and educate consumers, this outdoor sports institution on Folsom handles ski and boot fittings, mountings, bindings and repairs like no one else. Sit in an 80s-vintage red velour movie theater seat for your shoe fitting or scour the ski-history adorned walls while you shop or get fitted at Larry’s Bootfitting.

    Larry's Bootfitting

    Epic Mountain Gear

    For retail offerings, rentals and service, try Epic Mountain Gear on Arapahoe. This full-service ski and snowboard shop offers rental options for winter mountain sports and cycling. Lift tickets, tune-ups and boot fittings are also options, and the Junior Trade Program lets kids exchange outgrown equipment as they grow.

    Boulder Nordic Sport

    Recently merged with Boulder Cycle Sport, Boulder Nordic Sport now holds all things ski and cycle under its South Broadway roof such as boots, poles, eyewear, clothing, bikes, snow skis and rollerskis. They’ll stone grind your skis and tune-up your bike.

    Boulder Nordic Sport

    Christy Sports

    Work hard, play hard. At Christy Sports, you can handpick your ski and snowboard equipment and your outdoor patio furniture while you’re at it. Because what’s better than a good meal at sundown after a day playing on the mountain? Fitness, mountain and cruiser bike rentals and tune-ups are also available.

    For Those Who Run Like the Wind

    Boulder Running Company

    Boulder Running Company is no stranger to the best running stores in the U.S. lists that come out every year. The shop has been a Boulder institution for over two decades. Peruse running and walking shoes along with casual wear at their world-famous Pearl Street location. Hop on the treadmill to get your gait analyzed and then round out your workout by selecting nutrition and recovery products.

    Boulder Running Company

    In Motion Running

    Those who like to travel on foot should pound the payment over to In Motion Running. Have a niggling run injury? Go for a PT session, receive a gait analysis and training on how to improve form to prevent re-injury, and then walk over to the shoe section to pick out a pair most suited for your feet.

    Runner’s Roost 

    In addition to providing top-notch apparel, footwear and accessories, this passionate group of runners strives to be the “go-to” place for the Boulder community by offering events and fun runs, as well as partnering with sports medicine practitioners. While you’re at Runner’s Roost, toss your old kicks into the recycling bin to be transformed into tracks and playgrounds for kids and shoes for veterans and the homeless. 

    Newton

    Headquartered in Boulder, Newton shoes use patented active technology to help bodies run better. Shop a plethora of running and trail footwear, clothing and accessories at its location on Frontier Street. The company also boasts a strong social responsibility initiative. 

    For Anglers

    Rocky Mountain Anglers

    Chat it up with an expert at one of the state’s top full-service fly fishing outfitter and retail stores. Go on a guided fly fishing trip or catch an instructional class — either one-on-one or in a group setting — at Rocky Mountain Anglers.

    Front Range Anglers

    A convenient Pearl Street location, local expertise and guided fly fishing trips around the Front Range and Rocky Mountain National Park, make Front Range Anglers a trusted pro shop. Go in to pick staff's brains, come out with a shiny new reel. 

    For Triathletes and Elite Athletes

    Colorado Multisport

    Founded in 2006, Colorado Multisport provides ultra-high-performance cycling and triathlon bikes, components and gear. But more than that, they have become an inextricable part of the thriving triathlete community in Boulder, offering an array of athlete support services — bike tuning and fitting, repairs and nutrition training — along with mentorship and educational events.

    Headquarters for Innovation

    Boulder County is headquarters for manufacturers such as Scarpa, Pearl Izumi, HEAD, Spyder, La Sportiva and Polar Bottle; industry groups such as the Outdoor Industry Association and International Mountain Biking Association are based here; and publications such as Ski, Skiing and Backpacker — as well as  the filmmaking company Warren Miller — call Boulder home, too. Boulder is indeed a supply town for the outdoor-obsessed.