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    From Austin, TX. Visiting Boulder in May

    So, like the title says, I'm from Austin (aka: Lanceland / Biking capital of Texas) and I just got the word from my boss that I am being sent to Boulder May 8-11 for some work related training. I'm considering extending my stay through the weekend(s) like from the 6th to the 14th and try to do some riding while I'm up there. Any suggestions on nearby trails and places to rent a bike for a few days?

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    Lots of options, but for anything more than a day or two day of riding, it's probably worth it to bring your bike.

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    I just moved to Denver form aTx. Haven't rode the bike yet but should know some trails by the time you get here. Which Austin trails do you like best and I'll see if I can find some that fit your needs.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Boulder Rides!

    You should def. ride Walker Ranch from town. fo sho...

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    University Cycles in Boulder is a great shop and they offer rentals for $25/day. Walker Ranch is the only Boulder trail I've done and I would recommend it. Search the trail reviews on this site for trails near Boulder and Lyons to find several choice rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by case
    I just moved to Denver form aTx. Haven't rode the bike yet but should know some trails by the time you get here. Which Austin trails do you like best and I'll see if I can find some that fit your needs.
    I've been riding the Barton Creek Greenbelt once or twice every weekend. It's got a good variety and isn't too easy/boring like Walnut Creek. I rode Mule Shoe once a while back and liked it too. It's kinda easy but is faster than some other local trails. I like a little bit of technical difficulty, but if my wife comes, we may need to tame it down a little.

    Thanks,

    Ian

    Oh, I'm also considering shipping my bike to a LBS up there and have it waiting for me when I arrive. Any experience with Full Cycle Cycles on 13th (I think)? It's close to where I'll be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallin222
    Oh, I'm also considering shipping my bike to a LBS up there and have it waiting for me when I arrive. Any experience with Full Cycle Cycles on 13th (I think)? It's close to where I'll be.
    IMHO, I would use Sports Garage, Vecchio's or Excel, all in downtown Boulder and MUCH better attitudes.
    BTW, I moved to Boulder from ATX in August. Lot's of good stuff around just bring your climbing legs!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm will you have a rental car?

    there are really only 3 challenging trails *near* boulder (IMHO)--

    walker ranch
    heil valley ranch
    hall ranch

    if you're in decent shape, you can ride to walker and heil from boulder (just did the latter this evening), but you're talking ~30 miles (and you might change your mind on the way to walker halfway up flagstaff ) hall is a bit further north near lyons, but has some fun (technical) rocks at the bottom before a sweeping lollipop loop up top.

    there is a lot of other "fun" or scenic path riding in boulder too (boulder creek, or up canyon) but in terms of singletrack i'd suggest one of the three above.

    or if you've got a car, head up west and hit the switzerland trail, or even sourdough. check out our friends at the 'boudler mountainbike alliance' for maps.

    i'd join you, but i'll be on the kokopelli tail that weekend.

    enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    there are really only 3 challenging trails *near* boulder (IMHO)--
    Everyone needs "challenging" trails to motivate their riding?


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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Everyone needs "challenging" trails to motivate their riding?
    is that a rhetorical question?


    my point is only that if i lived out of state and went to the trouble to ship my trail bike to boulder, colorado, and then found out i'd be spinning on the boulder creek path i'd be a tad disappointed...

    lots of fine places to ride in/near boulder, but i don't think most warrant shipping a bike.

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    riding in the Boulder area

    I'm going to take the position that (correct me if I'm way off base) that you're an average rider and don't do that much steep climbing at altitude down Austin way. Hall is about 30 minutes away from Boulder and would be a great introductory ride. Try to do it during the week--weekends are very crowded. If you find that too tame, check out Walker Ranch, my all-time favorite. Now we're talking climbing at altitude. If you like Walker, ride it again the opposite direction. I wouldn't attempt to ride Walker from Boulder until you know your legs/lungs/heart are ready for that kind of pump. I don't have an opinion on which bikeshop to ship your bike to, but that's the only way to do it if you're here for awhile. Make sure we know when you're in town so we can hook up with you.

    There are many trails to ride on the Front Range, not just in the Boulder area. In fact, you have to drive to most all trailheads, unless high high mileage is what you're after. If you decide to quit your job and just ride here all summer I'm sure the low humidity will suit you, and those hills back in Austin you thought were tough--well, you won't even notice them when you get back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt

    lots of fine places to ride in/near boulder, but i don't think most warrant shipping a bike.
    Still doesn't make sense.

    If he rents, costs will be comparible...and who knows, his work might ship his bike for him. I think the criterion for whether to ship a bike or not depends on the time spent, not on the quality of the trails. I shipped my bike to Illinois one time because I was there a month. I rode flat roads around cornfields everyday but was happy I was on my bike.

    BTW, Halin, Full Cycle is a great shop.

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    ...to each his own.

    if i'm gonna be spinning on a bike path, i'd happily ride a rental 3-speed/borrowed cruiser/$100 wal-mart special; if i'm hitting walker ranch, i'd want my bike, dialed in just for me.

    now he's got multiple opinions to choose from.

    fwiw, i agree that he'd be fine w/ "full cycle"-- attitude or not, those guys seem to know what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallin222
    Any suggestions on nearby trails and places to rent a bike for a few days?
    Maybe call Yeti to arrange a demo and ride White Ranch or do an Apex - Dakota Ridge - Red Rocks loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    ...to each his own.

    if i'm gonna be spinning on a bike path, i'd happily ride a rental 3-speed/borrowed cruiser/$100 wal-mart special; if i'm hitting walker ranch, i'd want my bike, dialed in just for me.

    now he's got multiple opinions to choose from.

    fwiw, i agree that he'd be fine w/ "full cycle"-- attitude or not, those guys seem to know what they're doing.

    happy trails.
    Lost focus have we?

    So far you have:

    • expressed an elitist attiude about trail difficulty in Boulder area trails
    • called the kettle black in regards to full cycle
    • tried to use the boulder creek path to support your weak point that one should not bother shipping their bike to boulder based on point number one.
    • Contradict it all with walker ranch which is on your original list of trails, that if your point was correct, it would be worth his time to ship his bike just to ride walker for the 1.25 hrs that takes.
    ....and I validate it all up by taking the time to bother replying...silly me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudpawlz
    Maybe call Yeti to arrange a demo and ride White Ranch or do an Apex - Dakota Ridge - Red Rocks loop.
    I'm with this idea....or he could come out, hook up with some locals and borrow a bike! If I had a spare in working order, I would volunteer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    ....and I validate it all up by taking the time to bother replying...silly me.
    silly you indeed.

    guess i'll have to defer to you-- anybody who works w/ lasers and has 3,000+ posts must know what they're talking about.


    ian: bring your bike out, ride walker, heil, and hall, and you'll get a good sense of colorado front range riding. if you have time,
    throw in sourdough and/or switzerland trails. you'll be glad you did (just be ready to ask for a permanent transfer).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I'm with this idea....or he could come out, hook up with some locals and borrow a bike! If I had a spare in working order, I would volunteer.
    Heck yeah. A free bike for a week(end) sounds perfect, regardless of who supplies it. I'm quickly discovering that getting my own bike up there is a pricey affair.

    I'll try contacting Yeti next week to see if they have a demo available in an XL (20-21").

    Ian
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    I'd say give Anthony a ring @ Wheat Ridge Cyclery and see if he can't point you in the right direction (bike and trail wise).

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    I think I'm going to be renting a rig from Boulder Bikesmith as they look to have a decent selection and good prices. It's just not worth it financially for me to ship my Kona up there for only three full days of riding. Bummer.

    Looks like I'll be riding Sat, Sun, Mon the 6th,7th, & 8th. Work related obligations will keep me busy the rest of the week.

    See you guys on the trail.

    Ian

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    Riding in Boulder

    Give us more info when you get here. We'll show you some good riding.

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    The travel arrangements are set, and I'll be on my way north a week from tomorrow. My wife has decided to come along with me after all, so my choice of trails may have just decreased. Any suggestions on local trails for a beginner? We've both only been riding again for about a year, but am currently in better shape (and much more daring) than she is. She's been recovering from a few minor surgeries over the last few months and conditioning as slipped a little. I still ride about 3 times a week for at least an hour, and up to 2.5+hrs or so at a time.

    My wife's favorite trail is still the Barton Creeek Greenbelt here in Austin, for those of you who know it. She still refuses to try riding up (or down) the Hill of Life though.

    Thanks folks.

    Ian
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    Keep in mind that you can ride until about 7 pm now....

    With the wife, I'd suggest Batasso and Heil. For you Walker and Hall, if you have the lungs and legs for Hall and especially Walker, maybe a trip up to Sourdough (if it's dry) would be an awesome end.

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    austin has plenty of climbing..
    just not all at once!

    most guys that ride "the good stuff" here have no problem riding anywhere else in the country..

    the elevation and oxegen deprivation is what slows most of us down..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammerheadbikes
    austin has plenty of climbing..
    just not all at once!

    most guys that ride "the good stuff" here have no problem riding anywhere else in the country..

    the elevation and oxegen deprivation is what slows most of us down..
    Well, Chuck, even I still have yet to make it to the top of the Hill of Life without dismounting and walking the upper 1/3 or more. Those 18" step-ups and extremely loose conditions make it hard for me to find that balance of wheelies and spinning out. The ride down sure is fun, though. Most other parts of Austin trails are 95% ridable for me. I'm still learning. I tend to power through stuff with not much grace, but I'm working on that.

    We'll be looking into the Boulder trail scene in more detail this week. Thanks for all of your input, folks. t's greatly appreciated.

    Ian

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