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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: colorado springs, co
Bikes: yes please.
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i live in colorado springs. it's absolutely beautiful and the riding is terrific. the city is pretty cyclist friendly, but it's no portland or anything... you'll more than likely want to stick to downtown and the "westside", meaning west of i-25. the north and more east ends of town make me a worse person just even thinking about. lots of chain restaurants and big box stores and suv's and g.i.'s and trucks with american flags and crying eagle stickers and so on. ahhh... paint-on patriotism. barnett's is on the westside. the commuting sucks outside of downtown, but there are tons of bike trails and paths... more so than bike lanes.
there is some completely amazing mountain biking... so if you don't mountain bike, you will after you get here. i love that a vehicle is not neccessary to get to many great trails. the trails and riding is very diverse.
the velodrome is open to the public. it's controlled by the olympic training center so there's a lot of red tape to even practice, but most people are friendly out there. the racing is really becoming more accessible this year. racing is tuesday and thursday nights. tuesday is the competitive night... meaning that it's mostly pro's and olympians and make you cry even watching. thursdays is more laid back and fun.
as for courier work, you'd have to go to denver. this town is still a town. it's by no means a city. if you need a job, you might be able to get a job doing phone sales or warehouse work at colorado cyclist. i know a ton of people who work there and they all enjoy it. the pay is decent as well.
there are vegan friendly restaurants here, but not a ton... it's getting a lot better though, but you'll mainly have to eat at more ethnic food restaurants. there is an indian restaurant here that'll make you want to fist fight every grandma in america it's so good. also a few great thai and vietnamese restaurants.
in general, the rent is pretty reasonable around here too. my sister rents a great one bedroom apartment downtown for 550. but you can definitely find cheaper stuff as well. 2 to 3 bedroom houses can be 800 to 1000 a month. i own my house.
dead christ, i just typed my arse off. i better get back to work.
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