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Old 05-09-17, 07:57 AM
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Pikes Peak

I am looking into a trip out to Colorado Springs and wanted to get some insight about biking Pikes Peak...time, what kind of bike, places to rent a bike etc.

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Old 06-08-17, 07:44 PM
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wow, with all the bike riders in colorado you would think someone would have responded, i to am planning a co trip in a couple of weeks and was looking for similar info. good luck. i plan to bring my own bike and ride the garden of the gods park. i don't think i can do pikes peak unless i do downhill only. way to much of a climb for this flat lander.
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My wife and I were up there a few years ago and we happened to drive up pike's peak on a day that they have that big race. There were riders in the ditch with paramedics helping them for the last 5 miles before she summit. That is a brutal climb. I used to go to CO mtn biking every year, there is no oxygen up there. We're going up in about 2 months but this time we're just taking the Jeep doing Jeep trails, not biking
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I rode Pikes Peak in 2013 as part of a 3 week trip ticking climbs in the Eastern Sierra, CO and then Arizona and back in CA around LA.

Can't help with bike hire as I brought my own bike, but can comment about the climb.

The road is now sealed the whole way, therefore a road bike is fine. Just make sure it has compact cranks. Only climb anywhere around the world where I've wished I had a lower gear than 39*29!

The climb is steep, especially at the top with a long section above 10% - noting that at 14,000 feet your FTP is ~72% of that at Sea level due to the altitude...

The Climbing Lama: Pikes Peak 14th September
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I did it with a 39/25 granny a few weeks ago and it was a horrible grind. Loads of fun though. I've recently changed to 29 for my granny as a result. I'll head back up there this season and give it another go.

Plan for 3-4 hours from the entrance station.

I reckon any local shop that rents road bikes would be fine. I don't know of any. It sounds like a hassle, shoes, helmet, the works. It's $15 bucks to pass then entrance station. Be careful going down if it's an unfamiliar rental bike.

How acclimated are you? Whether it be hiking, biking, driving, or mountaineering, the advice is the same. Drink copius water, don't go straight up without a few days in the hills first. Sunscreen. Jacket.
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I just rode up Pikes Peak a week ago. I brought my hybrid bike with me. I came directly from Michigan so I was not used to the altitude.


My advice is to take your time and ride slower than you feel you need to. You'll make it.


For a flatlander like me, breathing above 12,000 feet was hard. I just took my time and took many breaks.

I burned through my brake pads on the way down. So be careful with that. You gain speed very quickly.
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Originally Posted by Doughboy6 View Post
I am looking into a trip out to Colorado Springs and wanted to get some insight about biking Pikes Peak...time, what kind of bike, places to rent a bike etc.

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sucks no one responded. i am interested in pikes peak also
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Old 10-29-17, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by adamant118 View Post
sucks no one responded. i am interested in pikes peak also
This was a heck of an experience. I rented a bike from Criterium Bicycles (Criterium Bicycles - Bike Shop - Colorado Springs, Co), they were awesome! Id suggest calling ahead to reserve a bike and let them know what your plan is, so they can prep it for you. I had a brand new Felt with disc brakes, you'll want them. Even though it was May, there was still snow at the top and the summit was closed due to a late snowstorm. Bring a whole bunch of food and water and some cash to get in the gate. The weather changes a lot as you go up, so brings layers. And watch out for Sasquatch....you'll see what I mean by that.
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