We spent five exhilarating days in February 2014 biking with Beto, the owner of San Miguel’s Bici-Burro bike store/touring company. The rides Beto took us on are not for sissies—there is a reason why Beto supplies excellent quality, full-shock mountain bikes. The trails for the most part are double-tracked—but the conditions are at times closer to single track (rocks, rocky plates, gullies, sand, hills, cobblestones).
We do not want to scare you off—just to let you know that if you like off-road biking, you are in for a treat. (To put the difficulty in perspective, we are in our mid-sixties—good but not great mountain bikers.)
The scenery was beautiful, particularly on the two trips we took with Beto near Dolores Hidalgo. Beto also took us on a ride to visit two abandoned mines , even taking us part way into abandoned mine shaft. The highlight of another trip was the ruins of a Toltec observatory.
Beto himself is a pleasure to be with. He is low-key and very accommodating. When we stopped at historical sites, he provided a commentary.
As we had arranged a private trip with Beto, we were the only two bicycling with him. We started our trips at 10 AM, as we like biking in warmer conditions. If you start early, be prepared to shed layers (and bring a backpack to carry discards).
Also, talk to Beto about lunch/food. Generally, there is nothing available on the trail, and sometimes nothing at either end. We brought our own lunch on all trips—for us that was perfect. But our suggestion is to have a discussion in advance with Beto, and make arrangements which are suitable for you.
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