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Old 12-08-15, 02:05 PM
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Moving to Denver in Jan!

Going to be moving to Denver in early Jan with the GF and couldnt be more excited! Just wanted to start the conversation about what cycling clubs to check out along with social rides and the Velodrome dealio. Not looking for a super hardcore club but something in the middle.. Are there social weekly rides when the weather is nice?

Coming from SF and participate fairly heavily in the bike culture here and would like to continue to do so in Denver!

Any input would be amazing..!
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Welcome! I moved from Santa Cruz about 9 years ago - love it here. Once you learn what to wear, you can ride most of the year.

Try Rocky Mountain Cycling Club. Rocky Mountain Cycling Club: Colorado Bicycle Club - Denver, Golden, Boulder and the Colorado Front Range

I haven't been able to find many clubs in the Boulder area, but there are tons of race teams. You may find more in Denver, hope someone else has some info for you.
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Rule #1 in CO: Never tell anyone you are from CA or TX.
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I'm from.. Canada

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Sweet, thanks for the link!

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Welcome! I moved from Santa Cruz about 9 years ago - love it here. Once you learn what to wear, you can ride most of the year.

Try Rocky Mountain Cycling Club. Rocky Mountain Cycling Club: Colorado Bicycle Club - Denver, Golden, Boulder and the Colorado Front Range

I haven't been able to find many clubs in the Boulder area, but there are tons of race teams. You may find more in Denver, hope someone else has some info for you.
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Since this place opened, a former coworker has gotten into it hardcore.
Posts his GPS logs, (they look like triangles), bought a track bike, and races.

Boulder Valley Velodrome
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A few ideas:

Faster rides: Cycleton "FDR" weekend ride, or the midweek PHP (Park Hill Peloton) round Cherry Creek park.
Longer and hillier rides: RMCC as noted above.
More sedate rides, often with faster options: Adventure Cycling in South Denver, Highlands Ranch CC also in South Denver.

I've done all of these at least once and they're all good. I like RMCC because they seem to appreciate the hills and have a good diversity of riders. But they have midweek city rides too, at least when the days get longer.
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Originally Posted by yarb
A few ideas:

Faster rides: Cycleton "FDR" weekend ride, or the midweek PHP (Park Hill Peloton) round Cherry Creek park.
Longer and hillier rides: RMCC as noted above.
More sedate rides, often with faster options: Adventure Cycling in South Denver, Highlands Ranch CC also in South Denver.

I've done all of these at least once and they're all good. I like RMCC because they seem to appreciate the hills and have a good diversity of riders. But they have midweek city rides too, at least when the days get longer.
A friend of mine does the FDR and PHP rides regularly. I'm considering joining in this Spring. From what I hear they are fast - average 25mph+ usually, and competitive. I think if you want to get a feel for what it's like to ride in a tight pack at high speed, this is the way to go.
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Welcome. The cycling culture here is pretty strong but I think you will enjoy it more if you get involved with a group or two...maybe a Meetup even. I'm going to get more involved in 2016 but I see groups all the time.
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I told myself last year that I would join a cycling club but I ended up doing almost all of my riding with a bunch of friends/coworkers on our own so I never did. Looks like 2016 is going to be the year for me!
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If you tell us that you are from California, we are likely to just make rude remarks. If you tell us that you are from Texas...well this sums it up nicely:

Q: How do you tell the difference between a dead coyote and a dead Texan on a Colorado highway?

A: There are skid marks in front of the coyote.
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I recently moved to Denver too. I haven't found the area ideal for cycling. Automobile traffic is heavy and aggressive. Also, the weather is not ideal.

Still, I have found a way. It is too dangerous for me to ride all the way to work so I drive half way and then ditch the car. Then I can ride the rest of the way on trails and paved paths.

The snow, ice, slush and mud associated with winter riding has required investments in lights, fenders, gloves and finally studded tires. Let me tell you, those studded tires really make the difference. I have been commuting every day right through the worst conditions.

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Originally Posted by pedro_uno
I recently moved to Denver too. I haven't found the area ideal for cycling. Automobile traffic is heavy and aggressive. Also, the weather is not ideal.

Still, I have found a way. It is too dangerous for me to ride all the way to work so I drive half way and then ditch the car. Then I can ride the rest of the way on trails and paved paths.

The snow, ice, slush and mud associated with winter riding has required investments in lights, fenders, gloves and finally studded tires. Let me tell you, those studded tires really make the difference. I have been commuting every day right through the worst conditions.

Pedro
Sorry you haven't found ideal conditions for cycling. I have been here for decades and the traffic over the last few years is like nothing I remember. Lots of people are moving in. The Denver area is huge and some areas are better than others for cycling. In my experience the south is better than the north in general. And yeah I think it's a given if you're going to ride through the winter here you need all of that stuff. I have it and so does everyone else I know who bikes year round (well some of us don't have fenders). Major kudos on doing it every day. I hope you find some better routes or can move to a more bike-friendly area. I do a 40 mile round trip each day between Lakewood and Highlands Ranch and have a few route options. It's a mix of MUPs and mostly residential streets. I'm not forced into anything too risky. Luckily for us they are constantly improving and expanding the infrastructure for bicycling. It's only going to get better. The weather may not be ideal but you can get a lot of miles in for most of 9 months of the year. For now, the dark icy days are over
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I often do most of my riding solo because of a very dynamic work schedule, however I have found a very good group of guys to ride with that have been here for a long time and know just about ALL of the in's and out's of cycling in the area. check out COBRAS | COBRAS! Weekly Saturday morning rides, and last year they did a mid-week evening hard ride for race training.

Great group of guys and lots of knowledge to be gained from them!
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