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Indoor park is a mecca for mountain bikers

by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN


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Looking for a way to stay active in the cold and snow? You might want to give mountain biking a whirl. You don't need a mountain. You don't even need to go outdoors. And the man who makes it possible didn't need a business plan. Let's take a spin through Ray's Mountain Bike Park:
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Most of the rental bikes are Gary Fishers but all the major manufacturers are represented at Ray's.
Bikes can be stored on-site.
Riders have to sign a waiver and helmets are required.
The foam pit is a major attraction.
Riders must be 16 or over unless accompanied by an adult.
Riders under 18 must have a parent sign the waiver.
Riders sharpen their skills at Ray's for challenges they'll face on the trails when the weather breaks.
The original obstacle course was 70,000 square feet, now expanded to 97,000 square feet.
Ray's motto spelled out in a bicycle chain adorns the entrance.
Ray Petro says he has no desire to build an empire of indoor mountain bike parks although he's had offers from prospective partners from all over the world.
Some trails at Ray's are not as narrow as the single-tracks mountain bikers build for themselves outdoors, but  still help hone balancing skills.
Professional mountain biker Shaums March coaches a skills session at Ray's.

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Ray's Mountain Bike Park

Professional Mountain Biker Shaums March

 
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