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    Anyone from Denver?

    Gota go to Denver Co (actually Highlands Ranch) on business this weekend. The temps there are supposed to be in the 50s. After our sub freezing temps that would feel great!

    I might have a few hours to squeeze in a bike ride if I can find a bike rental. Saw an add for ĎThe Bicycle DrĒ and some maps of bike trails. Anyone Denver natives have some advice for me?
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    Originally posted by MikeR
    Gota go to Denver Co (actually Highlands Ranch) on business this weekend.

    I might have a few hours to squeeze in a bike ride if I can find a bike rental. Saw an add for ĎThe Bicycle DrĒ and some maps of bike trails. Anyone Denver natives have some advice for me?
    Do we have to be a native to give you some advice?

    I'm not a native, but have lived here on and off since 1962. Is that okay? (just kidding)

    You can rent a bike from Treads in Parker (east of Highlands Ranch at Parker and Cottonwood), at Treads in Englewood (north of Highlands Ranch) and I would guess a lot more places. Since I live here I am not into renting bikes.

    ANyway, there are many paved trails in the Denver/Highlands Ranch area. Both of the treads are very close to bike trails, if that is your desire.

    Some options:

    1. From any intersection of C-470 and major roads on the south side you can pick up the C-470/E-470 bike trail (cement) - i.e., Quebec, Colorado, University, Broadway. The trail runs on the north side of the freeway. You can take this either east or west - east takes you to Parker, where you can go south about 10 miles, with a five mile spur to the east at the first rest stop past the rec center. Depending on where you start, this will be about a 35-50 mile round trip

    2. You can go west, and do the Chatfield Reservoir area. You can go from the entrance around the reservoir to the marina and back - a very nice ride - one of my favorites. Again, depending on where you start, a 35-50 mile round trip.

    3. From either of the Treads I mentioned you can hit a bike trail in a couple of minutes. The Treads in Parker is about 2 blocks from the Cherry Creek Trail, which intersects with the C-470/E-470 trail and you can go different ways. The Treads in Englewood is about 5 blocks from the Platte River Greenway. Go south to Chatfield or the Bear Creek Trail, go North to downtown, the Cherry Creek Trail, the Clear Creek Trail and Adams County.

    Whew. There is too much to tell. There are also many gravel trails if you rent a mtn bike - most noticeably the Highline Canal (70 miles, including some paved - and it goes through HR, the Lee Gulch Trail in Littleton, just north of HR.

    Please feel free to give me a call at 303 773 3890 when you arrive if you want to. I am home in the evenings and weekends, unless I am riding!!

    Both Treads are first class bike shops.

    I live directly on the Cherry Creek Trail just south of the Treads in Parker.
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    Hey DnvrFox! I was hoping you would see my post. I thought I remember you telling me that you no longer live in Denver, so I didn't contact you specifically. Thanks for the reply.

    Hereís the thing. I get into Denver Airport at 10:30 this Sunday morning. Iím staying at the Residence Inns in Highlands Ranch and work is at 8822 S. Ridgeline Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. I donít have to be at work until Monday morning.

    I figure that I can cycle on Sunday until it gets dark or until the bike rental runs out. I like road riding where there is not much traffic. Bike paths are fine if I can get going and donít have to stop for 40 grandmothers walking their dogs. Iím not a racer - I can do about 15 mph on the flats, but with the rolling hills I ride itís usually about 13 mph average. Iím used to rolling hills and can do some small (Pa sized) hills. Iím not TOO out of shape this winter - last Sunday I did 40 miles.

    Iím in your hands. What do you suggest?
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    Originally posted by MikeR
    Hey DnvrFox! I was hoping you would see my post. I thought I remember you telling me that you no longer live in Denver, so I didn't contact you specifically. Thanks for the reply.

    Hereís the thing. I get into Denver Airport at 10:30 this Sunday morning. Iím staying at the Residence Inns in Highlands Ranch and work is at 8822 S. Ridgeline Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. I donít have to be at work until Monday morning.

    I figure that I can cycle on Sunday until it gets dark or until the bike rental runs out. I like road riding where there is not much traffic. Bike paths are fine if I can get going and donít have to stop for 40 grandmothers walking their dogs. Iím not a racer - I can do about 15 mph on the flats, but with the rolling hills I ride itís usually about 13 mph average. Iím used to rolling hills and can do some small (Pa sized) hills. Iím not TOO out of shape this winter - last Sunday I did 40 miles.

    Iím in your hands. What do you suggest?
    I would have my biking clothes with me on the plane, rent a car and then I would take E-470 (toll road - you need some quarters for the "exact change" exits) toward I-25 and get off at Jordan Road (50 cents) - the next exit past Parker.

    Turn right (north - the mountains are always to the west) to the traffic light at Cottonwood, and head back east to the little shopping center. The bridge passes over the bike path, and you will see an Equestrian Park to the right - the bike path goes straight through this park.

    Keep going a couple of more blocks and you will see a gas station on your right and Treads, the bike store. Of course, you best call them first. If you can't find their umber, let me know. I don't have it with me. Rent your bike, head back west on the NORTH side of the street, and just across the bridge is a trail down to the bike path.

    Don't bother to go north, as it peter out in two miles. Instead head south. You will go a horse pastures with gates. Keep on going, and you will come to a sort of kiosk with a trail intersection. The trail to the right (west) is the start of the C-470/E-470 trail and you can ride all day on that. However, it does follow the freeway for some time. This will take you eventually to Chatfield State Park, but that is a good long ride, and you are at about 6,000 feet of altitude. Also, bring LOTS of water - Colorado is very dry.

    Or, my choice would be to continue south on the Cherry Creek Trail all the way to Scott Road - it follows a little creek and is scenic. There are several restrooms and areas along the way. There will be some folks on the trail, but, generally, they are used to bikes and will move readily. Of course, . . . .

    Wave after you go through the second horse pasture as my house is in the new area to your right.

    After you get to the end of the paved trail, turn arouud and head back, and if you desire, take the trail about 8 miles north at the rest area with the portapotty and covered table (not the rest area with the flush toilets) - it is about 2 miles north of that one.

    This trail heads east up into some small hills and dead ends in about 5 miles. Return, continue on back to the E-470 Trail, and if you still want more riding, head west on the trail - you can go for a loonngg ways.

    Anyway, that is what I would do.

    Have fun.
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    OK - that's what I'll do. I have the bike shop number, but they were not open earlier when I called (too early). I'm gona try again soon. I'll let you know how I do.

    If everything works out and I don't get snowed in up here, maybe I'll see you on the trail!

    Thanks
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    Also, you can change at the equestrian park on your way to the bike shop.
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    Great.
    I'll have the bike till Monday evening so I plan to make use of it until sundown on Sunday and maybe for a little while Monday morning, before work starts.

    Am I correct in assuming that there is a convenience store near the bike shop where I can buy sports drinks and watter?
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    Originally posted by MikeR
    Great.
    I'll have the bike till Monday evening so I plan to make use of it until sundown on Sunday and maybe for a little while Monday morning, before work starts.

    Am I correct in assuming that there is a convenience store near the bike shop where I can buy sports drinks and watter?
    There is a llittle store at the gas station.

    There is a huge supermarket across on the N side of Cottonwood.
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