TWEED RIDE DENVER 2015
Saturday, November 14th | RiNo | Denver
3525 Walnut St. meetup at 3pm
Details and RSVP: tweedridedenver.com
Hosted byRiNoVELO Bicycle Workshop | Sponsored by:
Hosted byRiNoVELO Bicycle Workshop | Sponsored by:
Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper announced a $100 million plan to make Colorado “the best state for biking.”
The plan is a welcomed one for residents; while many consider Denver a bike-friendly city, two-wheeling commuters and longtime locals know the metro area has room for improvement. Hickenlooper says the four-year initiative—dubbed the Colorado Pedals Project—will fuel the state’s economic growth and tourism, benefit the environment, and help cement Colorado’s status as one of the healthiest states in America. Want specifics? Here’s a breakdown of where the money will come from:
Of the total $100 million, about 70 percent will come from CDOT, which in the past has had tough regulations for bike paths. However, under the new executive director Shailen Bhatt, the department is offering more support for bike innovation.
The Colorado Pedals Project should ensure that planners, engineers, transportation managers, and government leaders will prioritize bike routes that are safe, well marked, and continuous. While this most likely won’t lead to bike lanes on every street, the goal is to make bicycling an easier and more appealing choice for Coloradans and tourists, says Tim Blumenthal, president of People for Bikes, a local organization that promotes the benefits of bike riding.
In addition to changes on the road, trails will be catalogued and connected through an expansive greenway trail system that will connect urban wildlife refuges and parks around the Denver area. This expansion will eventually include a cycling route to Rocky Mountain National Park. Hickenlooper hopes that if his plan comes together, Colorado will become a destination for cycling tourism, and our state’s economy will reap the benefits.
Hickenlooper says the plan is to get the department to cooperate with other organizations, such as Bicycle Colorado, GOCO, and the Department of Local Affairs, to make projects and grants more efficient. Here’s to hoping that $100 million in biking is a worthwhile investment for Colorado.
Open those hips and ride faster as you find your inner yogi.
– Class led by certified yoga instructor Elise Zanotti
– Donations and good karma accepted
– Complimentary bicycle wash and lube while you yoga
– 20% off parts and accessories for participants
– Bring mats, water and good vibes
Sunday: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
3525 Walnut St, Denver, Colorado 80205
Rocky mountain high by bicycle.
Metro Denver is such a great place for cycling that you could pretty much head in any direction from your front door and find kindred spirits and stunning scenery. But there are many rides that have rightfully reached legendary status; here are ten that should have you on a roll this summer.
Downtown Denver to Oskar Blues
Start at Platte River Trail
We’re sure you have friends who crave Oskar Blues’s ever-popular beer and comfort food as much as you do but don’t have the legs to bike 55 winding miles from Denver to Lyons in order to indulge. So ask them to meet you there; that way, they can give you a ride back. From downtown Denver, take the Platte River Trail all the way to Arvada, use the Little Dry Creek Path to make your way through Superior and Louisville, then head north on Broadway Street in Boulder until it becomes the idyllic rolling hills of Highway 36, which is full of cyclists of all skill levels every weekend. Have a Dale’s Pale Ale to celebrate the end of the run: Some nutritionists are now calling hoppy beer a bona fide recovery beverage.
Denver cyclist Tim Franklin climbing Poorman Road.
Start at Boulder Creek Path
If you work in Boulder and need a perfect hour-long lunchtime ride or are simply a newbie cyclist looking to strengthen your legs, try tackling the ten-mile Poorman loop this summer. With a road, hybrid or mountain bike, start anywhere along Boulder Creek Path (pavement and then gravel) and take it until you see the porta-potties, then cross carefully to flood-damaged Fourmile Canyon, where you’ll climb gradually about two and a half miles to a sharp right turn onto Poorman. It’s a grind from the start, feeling significantly steeper than the top elevation of 14 percent because of the dirt surface (which will make subsequent road climbs seem easy), but the awe-inspiring rush of flying down Sunshine Canyon after conquering Poorman is worth it.
Boulder cyclist Irene Joyce gives thumbs up with Denver in the distance on the way from Boulder to Coors Field.
Boulder to Coors Field on “Bike to the Game” Sundays
Start at Lucile’s Creole Cafe, 2124 14th Street, Boulder
Chicory coffee, two eggs, red beans and a couple of beignets: That’s the perfect way to fuel up before biking south on Broadway in Boulder to Arvada — via Marshall, McCaslin and Coalton roads, then Interlocken and Wadsworth boulevards. From there you’ll jump onto the Little Dry Creek Path at 80th Avenue and take the smooth and serene (except for the smelly Commerce City “Poop Loop”) route to Gate E at Coors Field. At noon on Sunday game days, the Rockies offer monitored bike parking, complimentary energy bars and bottled water, and entry into a lottery for in-game prizes like autographed memorabilia, tickets and invitations to batting practice. Bike all the way from Boulder (forty miles, two and a half hours) and you’ve burned enough calories to justifying inhaling hot dogs and beer during the game, too.
Start at Washington Park
There is surprisingly little climbing in this genuine bucket-list ride, which takes you from downtown Denver to the greatest outdoor music venue in the world in just over twenty miles. But after you’ve made it through Bear Creek, the steeper-than-steep (but thankfully short) climb through sandstone to Red Rocks Amphitheatre won’t feel like a “little” climbing. On a summer night — say, July 27, when Alt-J and TV on the Radio play Red Rocks — check out 303Cycling.com’s intricate directions and bike from Denver to Morrison, toward the waiting music and a waiting friend who’ll drive you home after the show.
Lee Hill on the way to Ward.
Boulder to Ward
Start on Broadway in Boulder
Good for professional training, preparation if you’re planning a bike tour, or just a mid-summer quest for some cool weather, the challenging climb from Boulder to Ward via Lefthand Canyon is a staple for Front Range cyclists more interested in physical and mental challenges than scenery. From Broadway in Boulder, head north to Lee Hill, then make a left to begin an unforgettably punishing climb that finishes with a view of a junkyard. Continue over Olde Stage Road — a heart-pumping ascent — until the relenting roll to Lefthand Canyon. There you’ll climb a couple of gradual miles until the iconic left turn that begins the real deal: eleven miles of steep, mostly nondescript climbing that is almost masochistic in the final mile (a 20 percent grade) to Utica Street Market, where you’ll find hearty cyclists sipping espresso and munching on snacks. With 4,000 feet of climbing in forty miles, you’ll need snacks on the way, too.
Cherry Creek Reservoir
Start anywhere in downtown Denver
It’s a great, mellow ride from downtown to the heart of Cherry Creek State Park, with barely any climbing but lots of classic scenery on a jaunt you could fit in at lunchtime or make a day of, depending on your starting point. According to local attorney Tim Franklin, who has lived in Denver for nearly 25 years, “No matter what part of town I’ve lived in, it dawns on me when cresting the hill on the south side [of Cherry Creek Reservoir] how lucky we are to have such a beautiful ride in the middle of the city. The Denver skyline framed by the Rocky Mountains, with deer eating grass by the side of the road, has to be one of the best go-to in-a-hurry rides in the country.”
Irene Joyce and Adam Perry at the Gold Hill Inn after biking up from Boulder.
Boulder to Gold Hill
Start in downtown Boulder
About 3,000 feet above Boulder sits Gold Hill, with its general store and the Gold Hill Inn (a respected music-venue/restaurant), a population of about 200 people, and a history — dating back to the 1850s — of legendary gold discoveries. For a very challenging ten-mile climb with a maximum ascent grade of 23 percent, take Mapleton Street west from downtown Boulder until it turns into Sunshine Canyon and leads all the way up to Gold Hill, traversing pavement, gravel and dirt. For a more gradual, casual climb to the funky former mining town, take the Boulder Creek Path to serene Fourmile Canyon, where you’ll see lingering damage from the 2010 fire that destroyed about 170 homes in and around Gold Hill. Bring full-fingered gloves if you’ll be bombing back to Boulder near sundown, as it gets cold quickly up there.
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Kickstarter always has a ton of innovative bike projects. This month there happens to be some pretty sweet bike-lights. We’ll feature a few here today. The first project we’ll feature however is from our good buddy and neighbor James with his awesome laptop stand The Roost. Pick up a Roost and grab some lights for your bike. Summer is here and Colorado nights are gorgeous.
Odds are, you’re well acquainted with the neck and other pains that come with hours of leaning over a laptop. It doesn’t have to be that way!
The new Roost Laptop Stand is the world’s most portable, eye-level laptop stand that elevates your screen to prevent ‘laptop hunch.’ Used with a portable keyboard and mouse, or next to your desktop monitor, the Roost Laptop Stand transforms your laptop into a posture-perfect desktop workstation, literally anywhere.
As cyclists who regularly ride in the city, we are vulnerable to distracted and neglectful drivers. We wanted to do something to change that and have some fun while doing so. Bike Balls are more visible and noticeable than your average bike light, making you more safe and confident as you ride through the city streets at night. It takes grit, wit, and huge balls to ride in the city so show ’em what you got!
We have developed Wheelscreen bike light system in order to show the world your individuality. The variety of colors turns you into an artist and your bike into the masterpiece. Paint the night with your own colors! If you are fine with being an eye-catcher, be ready to hear the admiration of others! We launch our Kickstarter campaign now in order to complete all deliveries before August!
Hi Folks. Barlight Limited is a small, independent company created by a group of designers, innovators and cycling enthusiasts who are determined to do something about the appalling number of accidents involving cyclists both here in the UK and the rest of the world.
We have applied our 80 years of accumulated design knowledge to produce a simple, but very effective, product that will change the odds back in favour of the cyclist and make cycling safer. Say hello to the Barlight lighting platform for bicycles – the lighting system bikes should have always had!
Barlight is a lighting platform that fits in to each end of a bicycle’s handlebars, allowing the cyclist to place lights at the extremities of the bicycle. By making the bike’s full width clearly visible to other vehicles, Barlight creates an enhanced safety zone around the rider and ensures that other road-users pass the rider in a safer fashion. Barlight’s ability to support both front and rear-facing lights also means that the cyclist can be seen and safely passed by vehicles on either side of the road.
Join us as we embark on the annual pilgrimage to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in a birthday celebration for a friend and Ambassador of The Radical Life**
20$ gets you a ticket, beer, keg cup, expert bike advice (even if you don’t want it), escorted ride and snacks.
4:00 – Air up your tires and inflate your balls as we gather, engage in jovial spirits and get ready to ride. Beer provided by RiNo’s own Great Divide Brewing can be enjoyed from a state of the art custom Le Tour De Zach 2015 commemorative cup. Stretching and HGH intake will be on your own.
5:30 – The peloton will roll at 5:30 as we make our way to Dicks. Don’t worry, the ride is mostly bike path and DJ Dave will be spinning tunes along the way. Prepare for an hour long ride at a leisurely pace. We plan to arrive at the stadium before game time of 7:00
9:30 – After a resounding victory by the Rapids side, we will make our way back to the shop for post ride smores, more delicious Great Divide Beer and goodies from El Carte 303. Bring your lights and layers for the ride back. Leave your slings at home.
** including but not limited to the following things of radness: bikes, shoes, food, trucks, cat shirts, hats, scarves, soccer, beer, friends, hip-hop, dancing, fire and bears.