Have hired from several places in Aviemore over the years. Some have laughed at me when I asked for a trail bike with a mudguard. Others have charged extra for pick-up the previous afternoon.
Bothy Bikes (at new location at Dalfaber) were down-to-earth, friendly and supplied us with great bikes with minimum fuss. I haven't mtb'd for a year, and my girlfriend has never done it, but the Genesis Mantle bikes they supplied were light-weight and well-appointed for our needs. We felt confident on both road and trail.
The chap who served us gave us some advice on the trails to take, and about the weather that may hit us if we went high up (e.g. Burma Road). Just a really friendly and genuine service. We were offered trail maps too (complimentary I think, but I had some).
We collected our bikes late the previous afternoon for no charge as we were just going to take them to the house and set off early the next morning. We dropped them off with no fuss, and a general acceptance on trust that we hadn't wrecked them.
I didn't realise it was the same place that I'd hired from about 3 years ago at their old location in Rothiemurchus. That time, every bike shop in the town was out of stock due to a charity event. Bothy Bikes managed to get one for me - I think they might have put one together the previous night. I remember thinking that was a great way to keep a customer happy, when the other shops were unable to accommodate me.
Top marks, and it looks like quite a well-stocked shop they have too.
Will use again.
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