Meet a MAC Member: Trailside Rentals

Trailside RentalsIt is evident that the High Trestle Trail is one of Madrid’s highlights; that said, it is important to make the trail accessible to everyone in the community.

Trailside Rentals is a service that “gets people on the trail who might not be able to otherwise,” says owner, Dave Johnson. Trailside Rentals was opened by Dave Johnson and Becky Roorda in 2011, coinciding with the opening of the High Trestle Trail.

Bikes have been a long-time hobby for Dave, and he offers full-service bike repair as well as rentals of bikes, recumbent trikes, tandem trikes, gravel bikes, kids bikes, tag-a-longs, and small child Burley trailers. They are open from late April through mid-October.

In addition to the bike shop, a Guest House service is also available for people passing through town, whether for biking expeditions or otherwise.

In addition to promoting the trail and enabling others to enjoy it, Trailside Rentals wants to promote traffic in Madrid. By encouraging use of the trail, the owners hope to stimulate interest in Madrid as a whole, thereby promoting other businesses.

Walking into Trailside Rentals, customers are sure to see a large map, covered in pins, on the wall. Dave and Becky explain that each pin represents a person that has visited the shop to hit the trails. There’s hardly a location that isn’t emphasized by a pin. The best part about being a small business in Madrid, according to Becky, is meeting the variety of people that come to enjoy the trail.