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    Where to live outside Boulder for a good bicycle commute?

    I may be transferring to Boulder in the Fall for work and will be coming out for a visit soon and my only mode of transportation will be on a bike. I will be there for only 6 days, so I want to ride around to find a possible location to live, most likely outside Boulder due to how expensive it is. Also, I love a ride to work. I am fine with riding up to about 12 miles one way. My work location is right next to the 29th Street Mall. It would be great to have a commute on a trail most of the way and bike lanes on quiet streets the rest. I don't mind going a little out of the way for a more relaxed ride. I am used to wild Pittsburgh traffic with no shoulders much, but it would be great to not deal with that anymore if at all possible. What areas would be good for a single mid 40 year old? I don't mind seclusion or a little neighborhood, or really any style living. My budget would be around $1,150 or less and I don't care how small the place is, but it would be really cool if it had two bedrooms, but I know that probably isn't possible.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Gunbarrel. (Full disclosures, I live in Gunbarrel.) 20-30 minutes by bike to the 29th st. mall, partial trail and bike lane options (several safe options), lots of cheap (relatively, for boulder) apartments and condos for rent. It's the 'burbs, and features all the attributes of 'burbs, both good and bad. Not much local character, but it's really easy to live here, there's a grocery store (lookout & 63d), banks, dr. office, coffee shop, gym. No good cute local eating establishments, but that might change soon, they are finishing up a new hotel and there is supposed to be some additional retail around it.

    There's a bus to boulder too, if riding doesn't work due to weather.

    http://boulder.craigslist.org/search...Ask=&bedrooms=

    This is the general area: http://goo.gl/maps/rgf05

    It's right on the north/east edge of developed Boulder, so if you head north from Gunbarrel, in just a few blocks you are out on farm roads with shoulders that are great to ride on. 25 minutes to the foot of the mountains for when you want to ride up hill.
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    Thanks valgrl. I was wondering what it was like up that way. Wow, a 2 bedroom with a garage was on that list for my price range. Hmm. Thanks. I will put it on my list. Well that is the only thing on my list at the moment, but it is a start. Can't wait to ride around in that area. Really looks amazing.

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    not sure if this is too late for you but..

    Louisvile or Superior might also have something that works both are south and east from Boulder along US-36. From either town it would be around 10 miles one way to 29th street. Some parts of Superior might be a little farther. On South Boulder Road, traffic moves 50-55mph (speed limit 45) with good wide shoulders. On the Marshall road, traffic is usually just slightly slower with less wide shoulders, and more scenic. Neither has a good trail connection to Boulder, you'll have to ride on roads. Lots of people commute to Boulder from both towns.
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    another late reply...

    If you can truly do without 2 bedrooms, you should be able to find something in Boulder in your budget.

    Think winter while you're riding around. Bike lanes and street shoulders can be useless much of the winter due to snow plowed into them that turns to ice. Paths are plowed in winter. If you don't want to be in Boulder, I'd pick a spot that's easy walking distance from one of the intercity buses, so you can take the bus when the streets aren't a safe option. Louisville and Lafayette have their own lives; Gunbarrel is just a suburb. Choose according to your preferences (my bias is clear).

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