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Old 07-01-08, 05:27 PM
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need a route to Denver.

I am on an extended tour and will be heading to Rocky Mountain Park and then into Denver.
I am meeting a friend who is flying into meet me at Boulder CO. I want to find a friendly bike route, (if one exsist) as possible for him from Boulder to Denver.
We are headed to the downtown or bus depot.

Also any ideas on getting him a bike to ride in on would be nice.


As I mentioned I did a search here couldn't find anything under Boulder route. I really don't have to many resources out on tour to look either.

Any help would be great.
I thought it would be great to include him on my tour.
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This one of my favorite rides. it can be a bit windy, but it's beautiful. South From Estes Park on Peak to Peak Highway to the town of Ward, then down the beautiful and low traffic paved road through Left Hand Canyon and into Boulder's back door. Here's the map:
https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2039539
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I'd have to agree with Shifty -- that's probably the best route. There's not a huge shoulder on Lefthand Canyon, but it's almost always low traffic. One modification: if you're really tired towards the end of the ride, stay on Lefthand canyon (i.e. dont turn at Old Stage) to US-36 back to Boulder. 36 is much busier, but has a big shoulder & is not as steep as Old Stage.

You have two other options:

1. Bike down 36 to Lyons -- dont do this on a weekend or you'll get ran over by a giant motor home
Here's a variation of that ride that I've done:
https://blog.pschmitt.com/2007/05/bik...k-highway.html
2. Bike south on Peak to Peak Highway and take 7 from roughly Allenspark to Lyons. 7 has fresh smooth pavement and a decent sized shoulder.

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By the way. . . If your touring rig is good for dirt roads, you should *definitely* pass through Gold Hill between 9am-4pm and eat some delicious pie @ the Gold Hill General Store! You can take Sunshine or 4 mile canyon back down into Boulder.

General Store:
https://www.goldhillstore.com/

There's a route starting just south from Ward on Peak to Peak Highway to Gold Hill here:
https://blog.pschmitt.com/2008/06/goo...-colorado.html

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Old 07-01-08, 06:41 PM
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a forum search reveals this thread:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...r+route+denver

and if you google "bike route boulder to denver" the first thing you get is a bikely link.

However, I would say your friend will get a pretty poor idea of what touring is all about, that's some nasty riding, about as traffic-y as it gets in Colorado. There's a god-awful no-bike's-land of newly-overcrowded suburbia between the two cities, and I haven't been able to figure out a route that is pleasant.

Are you looking for a one-way bike rental? there are plenty of shops in Boulder that rent bikes by the day or week - University Bike is one.

If you are going to be around here before 7/11 give me a buzz and I'll do what I can to help, which may be next-to-nothing.
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Old 07-01-08, 06:47 PM
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Ack--I didn't read the original post very carefully... Denver Airport to Boulder? I would take the AB bus ($10 one-way). As wheel said, it's suburban hell between Denver & Boulder.

https://www.rtd-denver.com/Routes/index.html#skyRide
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Thanks for the route, that will help out.
I won't be there for another month. Right now in Rock Springs. Wyoming.
Yea university he has already rented from them. Will check out the one way.
I was also thinking craislist. Anyone in Boulder that knows of a better classifid ad? A long shot. But what the heck..


Yea he os taking the bus up, will check for options there.
Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by valygrl
a forum search reveals this thread:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...r+route+denver
I've ridden the route listed above 4 or 5 times in the past year. It is pretty good with some nice stretches along Clear Creek. The warning given regarding one section having a lot of broken glass should be heeded. Consider buying a Denver Bike Map when renting the bike. It will help in navigating a few sections where the signage is less than ideal.
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Old 07-06-08, 01:16 PM
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I rode from Boulder to Denver on the 4th, check out this post to see the Google Map I created for the route:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...17#post7008217
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