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bmeryman
02-26-2017, 11:22 AM
Hey Paceline folks,

After spending the first 27 years of my life in NH and VT, I've made the move to CO. I know, I know, everyone's moving to Colorado. It's for a job.

Anyways, being the reserved New Englander that I am, I thought I'd check on here to see if there's anyone from the area (or familiar with the area) who'd like to recommend riding to be done (road, mountain, cross, whatever) or to even go on a ride.

I'm living in Highlands Ranch and working in Centennial. I'd love the chance to meet up with some Paceliners and get to know the area a little bit. I'm also trying to see if I can work a trip to NAHBS this year into my schedule (not much time left for planning).

Thanks,
Brendan

Schmed
02-26-2017, 12:08 PM
Welcome to Colorado. Did you know that everyone is moving here? :D

I'm a bit North, but there's great riding just about everywhere. Castle Rock has some fun MTB trails without much climbing, Deer Creek canyon is a popular longer road ride option near you. You can cyclocross up the gravel road at Waterton Canyon and watch guys fly fish or stand about 10' from bighorn sheep as they butt heads.

You can also ride the trail that runs along C470 and end up doing a 70+ mile loop around Denver / Golden / Littleton.

Welcome!

Puget Pounder
02-26-2017, 12:10 PM
Hey, I'm moving there in June!

Cicli
02-26-2017, 12:16 PM
Denver is awesome.

Watch out for this guy. Not an exact likeness but you will get the idea.

Schmed
02-26-2017, 12:16 PM
OK. After you two, no more. ;)

gdw
02-26-2017, 12:22 PM
We need to build a wall.:banana:

Schmed
02-26-2017, 12:36 PM
We need to build a wall.:banana:

Who should pay for it? California?

jr59
02-26-2017, 12:40 PM
Denver is awesome.

Watch out for this guy. Not an exact likeness but you will get the idea.

Needs a campy tattoo

gdw
02-26-2017, 12:51 PM
Seven seems to be a popular number lately. We should make California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois pay for it and ban further immigration until we find a way to better vet their refugees.

bmeryman
02-26-2017, 01:39 PM
Haha. Thanks for the recommendations and the welcome. I'm certainly looking forward to getting out and riding a whole bunch of new terrain.

panache_mode
02-26-2017, 02:05 PM
I fled Denver for Idaho about 3 years ago and I miss riding out there.

You should have plenty of new places to explore but I would head west into the mountains. You will find plenty of places to ride. If you are looking for flatter and longer road rides you could head east into the plains.

Enjoy the sunshine and the fact that you will never want to leave Colorado.


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adamhell
02-26-2017, 02:11 PM
denver is aight. i visit there because my dad moved to fort collins a while ago, but i like denver way more. check out sweet bloom coffee (not sure if they have a storefront or just roast but either way it's the nuclearbomb.com). that's all i got for ya

flydhest
02-26-2017, 02:47 PM
I am jealous. My wife moved to CO when she was 12, to Denver, left after college. Now, her mother and brother (and sis-in-law, and nieces) live in/near Ft Collins. I love CO and have a part of me die every time she says she never wants to move back.

Sure, only 300 days of sun per year, but you also have to put up with low humidity and no mosquitos.

I would rather ride there in 25 degrees than here in the mid-Atlantic at 40 degrees.

Schmed
02-26-2017, 03:06 PM
flydhest - you have it all wrong. Tons of smog, crime, horrible riding, ice storms, famine, flood, snakes, dark and cold most of the year.

flydhest
02-26-2017, 04:48 PM
flydhest - you have it all wrong. Tons of smog, crime, horrible riding, ice storms, famine, flood, snakes, dark and cold most of the year.



Uh... yeah, exactly. Nobody should move there. Don't even visit. It is awful (fingers crossed that it stays great since I will keep visiting)

Bradford
02-26-2017, 05:07 PM
I'm a former New Englander, live in Highlands Ranch, and would be happy to sit down and go over my favorite routes some night or weekend. The quick version is that there are great rides this side of town.

The only problem is that this is ski season and I'm away many weekends. (I just rolled in from Winter Park 30 minutes ago and I'm heading back on Tuesday).

Send me a PM, I'll shoot you my phone number, and we can figure out a time to talk. I'd take you out for a few rides when I'm back on the road, but I'm old, fat, and slow, so I'd just hold you back.

Now that you are here, you need to knock off some of the classic Colorado routes. Do Ride the Rockies every year you can (lottery closes at 5:00 PM MT today, so you are running out of time for this year), Copper Triangle, and Tour of the Moon are good starts. For the classic South Side ride, E-Rock (Elephant Rock) is the traditional century to start the year.

Welcome to The Ranch, its a great place to live and raise a family.

Stephen

bmeryman
02-26-2017, 05:07 PM
flydhest - you have it all wrong. Tons of smog, crime, horrible riding, ice storms, famine, flood, snakes, dark and cold most of the year.

You know, I was getting a bit of an Oregon Trail vibe on the way out here. We had to eat one of our oxen, repair a wagon wheel, and I think I feel a bit of dysentery coming on...

Puget Pounder
03-18-2017, 03:47 PM
It's official - I'll be moving there in June to do medical residency for the next 3 years. Match day was yesterday for those who know what that is.

Sorry to add to the transplants... I hear CO natives are quite vehement about transplants. I'm from Seattle, so I get it. Hoping to get some insight from y'all:

I've been perusing the market to rent a house and think we can do a small house for <$1800. What neighborhoods would you guys recommend for a late 20s couple sans children? I'll be splitting most of my time between UC Denver in aurora and Denver health downtown.

What kind of cars do you guys drive? This is an opportunity for us to get a new car that would be better for outdoors adventures that would be a bit better for snow. I drive a yaris and my wife drives a mazda 3. We will probably get rid of the yaris before we move over and look into getting a subaru crosstrek or mazda CX-5. Even with AWD, are snow tires necessary throughout the winter? Do you have separate rims or just get the tires switched twice a year?

Are bike fenders necessary? I have a set of honjos I was planning on putting on my commuter, but may not need them if I'm going to the sunniest city in the US.

Thanks for the help!

Schmed
03-18-2017, 04:15 PM
Although we say we are full and don't want transplants, I highly doubt you'll be treated any different than anyone else. Heck - most of the state are transplants. As long as you realize, however, that there are no friends on powder days. :)

Both your cars are fine if you choose to keep them. Snow tires on 2wd cars are all you need unless you live up a steep canyon. But, if you want to fit in and look like the rest of Colorado, yes, buy a subaru.

If you have AWD, all-season tires are probably all you need, but it is safer to run snow tires no matter what drive configuration you have. I run RWD and snow tires and travel 35k miles per year all over the state including the mountains.

Fenders are nice for the commute home, maybe. Rarely do we get rain except for summer afternoon thunderstorms that roll in and out very quickly. Like in 15 minutes.

Highlands seems like a neat area to live, but I doubt you'll find $1800/month. Sunnyside neighborhood, too, but $$$, I think. Personally, I don't think I'd like living near UC Health / Aurora, but maybe you would. I think I'd like to be W of Federal and S of I70 or somewhere maybe near Stapleton area or Colorado and 19th. I'd rather live further West than all of those, but not if I had to go to Anschutz or Denver Health.

Bradford
03-18-2017, 04:28 PM
...What neighborhoods would you guys recommend for a late 20s couple sans children? I'll be splitting most of my time between UC Denver in aurora and Denver health downtown...

I'm too old, too many kids, and too suburban to help with that.

...What kind of cars do you guys drive? Even with AWD, are snow tires necessary throughout the winter? Do you have separate rims or just get the tires switched twice a year?...

If you don't plan on going to the mountains, you won't see too much snow and it melts away fast; so front wheel drive would be fine. If you are planning on spending any time in the mountains, then you need AWD. I drive an AWD CRV and my wife drives an AWD Sienna. Any AWD should be fine, but I wouldn't drive to the mountains in the winter without it. The Crosstek would be perfect, but not the only option that will work well enough.

I'm fine with 4 season tires, because I know how to drive and we usually take the other car to the mountains. My wife has winter tires for the mini van, with an extra set of rims, because, well, she needs them. And seriously, if you go the mountains enough, you will eventually find yourself in a whiteout on a mountain pass and will be really happy you have winter tires and AWD.

...Are bike fenders necessary? I have a set of honjos I was planning on putting on my commuter, but may not need them if I'm going to the sunniest city in the US...

Denver is basically a desert, so you don't need fenders. I tend ride year round and don't let a little snow/sleet/slush keep me in, so one of my bikes has fenders, but they end up being used just a few days a year. Dorothy, you aren't in Seattle anymore.

Good luck when you get here, get yourself to the high country as much as you can in the three good seasons (skip mud season), and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. :banana:

Schmed
03-18-2017, 04:33 PM
If you are planning on spending any time in the mountains, then you might want AWD, but certainly don'tneed AWD.

Fixed it for you :cool:

(Colorado Mountain Express runs what? About 150 trips daily from Vail to DIA airport? All year round. Probably more trips in the winter. All in RWD sprinter vans. With snow tires.)