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Bike Vegas

Kari Bodnarchuk for the boston globe

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LAS VEGAS — Cycling the Las Vegas Strip is like riding an electric scooter through Boston during rush hour: challenging and risky, but doable. I spent five days biking Vegas last month during International CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, which draws 150,000 people to the already-bustling area and creates enormously long lines for taxis, buses, and the monorail. A friend and I rented basic but sturdy Specialized Tricross bikes from one of the area’s top bike shops, Las Vegas Cyclery in the community of Summerlin. The best way to reach the shop from The Strip is with a $20 to $30 taxi ride (try A Cab Taxi); then it’s about a 10-mile ride back to your hotel. Drivers appeared surprised to see us along Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) and uncertain on how to maneuver around us (there are no bike lanes). We occasionally pedaled on sidewalks if they were free of pedestrians, but many had obstructions. Mostly, we cycled along Koval Lane and Frank Sinatra Drive, streets to the east and west of Las Vegas Boulevard that tended to be quieter and less congested. We mainly parked the bikes in our room, or checked them at bell desks at the MGM Grand, Caesar’s, and Mandalay Bay. We quickly learned that in Vegas, it is essential to be decisive, use clear hand signals, and ride with purpose, just like cycling in Boston. Bike rentals start at $135 per week.  702-596-2953, www.lasvegascyclery.com

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