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Published: 01/16/2013
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Heather Arnold, Routes Rentals & Tours, Inc. (505) 933-5667 hwess@routesrentals.com

Fresh Valentine’s Tradition for Couples and Singles Too

Local bicycle shop offers heart-friendly bicycle tours through some of Albuquerque’s most scenic and exciting spots
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan 15, 2013 -- Routes Rentals & Tours (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan 15, 2013 -- Routes Rentals & Tours (www.routesrentals.com), a bicycle rental and tour company located near historic Old Town Albuquerque, has announced their second annual ‘Bikes On the Rio’ tour series to celebrate the Valentine’s season in style (February 14, 16, and 17). Two options are available: ‘Romance on the Rio’ for couples and ‘Vino on the Rio’ for singles.

‘Romance on the Rio’ is a unique bike tour designed for couples that travels to some of the most romantic spots along the Rio Grande. Participants will enjoy a mixture of spectacular landscapes, Valentine’s folklore, and New Mexican styles in an intimate, casual setting perfect for lovers. Couples can mount up on Routes’ signature, yellow-tired cruisers or choose to ride a tandem (bike for two) for the ultimate Valentine’s experience. Each ticket includes hot cocoa, a red rose for the couple (upon request), and locally-made gourmet chocolates and gifts upon returning to Routes.

‘Vino on the Rio’ is a casual singles ride that provides a great option for the un-attached this February. Bicycles are a perfect medium to meet new people, and this tour is specially designed to encourage conversation and shared interests / experiences in some of Albuquerque’s most enjoyable spots. Each ticket includes a full wine tasting at the idyllic Casa Rondeña Winery, a “Be my Valentine” card, and locally-made gourmet chocolates and gifts upon returning to Routes.

‘Bikes on the Rio’ is the first professionally-led Valentine’s bicycle tour series in Albuquerque, and puts a fresh spin on romantic traditions by-wheel. All tour packages may be customized with a number of amenities including photographs, romantic gifts, and extended rentals. For those who prefer to make their own way, Routes also offers a variety of self-guided “bike dates” which include bike rentals, picnic lunches, and suggested routes / maps.

“We are excited to offer a fun, eco-friendly option for people this Valentine’s season”, said Heather Arnold, who owns and operates Routes Rentals & Tours with her husband, Josh. “Albuquerque is a great city for lovers, and bikes are one of the most time-honored ways to celebrate romance and to meet new people. Romance on the Rio is a wonderful way to start 2013.”

Guests can purchase tickets for the ‘Bikes on the Rio’ tour series on the Routes Rentals & Tours website by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button next to their preferred tour time (http://www.routesrentals.com/tours/albuquerque valentines-day-bike-tour.html) or by calling (505) 933-5667 during business hours. All tours are approximately three hours, and packages begin at $30 with bike rental. Customers may also choose to bring their own bicycles at a discount.

About Routes Rentals & Tours
Routes Rentals & Tours (www.routesrentals.com) is a family-owned bicycle tour and rental boutique in the historic urban core of Albuquerque, NM with a focus on providing unique, sustainable experiences and products for their patrons. Founded in spring 2011, Routes is the only company in Albuquerque to feature professionally-guided bicycle tours and rentals throughout the year. Daily, custom, and seasonal packages are available including ‘Bikes on the Rio’, ‘Lights and Luminarias’, 'Tour de Frights’, and ‘Bikes and Balloons’ in October. Routes offers a range of high-end bicycle types and sizes to choose from, including the company’s signature, yellow-tire city cruisers. Snowshoes are offered in winter months and can be enjoyed in the nearby Sandia Mountains (accessible via theSandia Peak Aerial Tramway) or the Jemez Mountains.
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