Originally Posted by smoore
My wife and I will be vacationing for a week in CO Springs in early August. Can't take my roadbike but I plan to rent a couple of mountain bikes and do some low-key riding with my non-cycling wife.
However, I have also been given permission to visit some cool shops and anything similar.
What are your reccomendations? Should I visit Durango, Boulder, Denver or Ft. Collins? Are there a few bike shops or bike related places you'd reccomend?
Please check out mileage and driving time charts - i.e., mapquest or similar - for your visit. I.e., from my house in SE Denver to Durango is an 8 hour drive. You don't want to spend all of your time driving!!
Recommended - any and all of the bike paths trails in Summit County - crowded, lots and lots of folks, including some amateurs. Beautiful country except for the 2.5 million acres of dead pine trees, but still pretty. It is not fair to take a van to the top of Vail Pass and ride down, IMHO. Better to ride up and earn the privilege of riding down. With the van, you get a lot of folks who don't really know how to ride coming down some steep grades and twisting trails. There have been some accidents. Personally, I wish they would outlaw the vans.
Glenwood Springs - the 33 mile round trip from Glenwood to near Dotsero is beautiful, as is the 88 mile round trip on the new bike path from Glenwood to Aspen.
Leadville is kind of fun and funky. The highest incorporated city in the country, and it has a nice "mining Trail" - about 15 miles - that has historic sites, etc.
Then, more challenging, would be the "Copper Triangle" etc.
REI is a huge store at the confluence of two major Denver bike paths. The Platte River Trail, and the Cherry Creek Trail
Last edited by DnvrFox; 06-27-09 at 03:39 PM.