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    Bike to work day

    I was getting all amped up for Wednesday and it's a week out from there. Anyone else plan on riding to work?

    Anyone work in Golden / Lakewood and will be riding in?

    Anyone going south to north?

    Anyone going from Castle Rock to Golden?

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    Bike to work is good! Will be heading east to west.

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    the only day of the year i drive to work

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    That's what I was thinking... on BtWD the bike path seems to be really clogged up with people who haven't really figured out biking to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaconBoyeeee View Post
    That's what I was thinking... on BtWD the bike path seems to be really clogged up with people who haven't really figured out anything due to only participating in rah-rah "events" to make them feel like they did something.
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    Hmmph. I'll do it anyway. Or maybe I don't want to be associated with all the noobs who think it's cool to only do it once a year.....

    Nahhh. I'll just ride anyway and make sure I tell them all how lame they are.....

    Wait.... maybe I can encourage them to do it more often and then drive to work with no traffic.

    No. Not a good idea, not enough sleeveless jerseys out there.

    I know! I'll do it anyway, encourage more people to do it and drop their Arse like a hot biscuit on strava.

    Nope, no one really goes my way.

    Dang it....... what should I do?

    I know! Do it because it's what I want to do and it doesn't effect anyone else but me commuting for 6.5 hrs in one day.


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    It's true that it may be a mess...but be polite to the new people and instruct them nicely if they seem to be lost. If they get defensive after you telling them they did something wrong/dangerous, then just move along...but if they accept the criticism, be nice about it.

    But Yeah, I still chuckle at all the people that buy new bikes and kits to ride to work one day out of the year, but I do love to see more people out biking. Be nice, and hopefully, one day, bikers can at least have a good reputation amongst other bikers.

    I'm very sincere about this....but I'm also stepping off the horse I wish I had....

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    The 27th is bike to work day, but June is bike to work month as well.

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    I ride from Lakewood to downtown Denver.
    On Bike to Work Day I do it for the free food and swag
    Even on the Platte River path I've never had any problem with too much bike traffic. It's actually pretty pleasant to see more people out on bikes.
    I drank the 29er koolaid- turns out it was POWERade

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarateChicken View Post
    the only day of the year i drive to work
    Nah, you've got to make it a day off and take a tour of the aid stations. Only, don't take the path, ride the roads and get pockets full of goods. I usually get a years worth of snack bars and free water bottles. Plus the hilarity of watching the Cat. 6 competition at its finest is totally worth it.

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    Funny with bike to work, it resembles my normal commute as I live in Denver and head out to 470. Silly suburbanites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    I was getting all amped up for Wednesday and it's a week out from there. Anyone else plan on riding to work?

    Anyone work in Golden / Lakewood and will be riding in?

    Anyone going south to north?

    Anyone going from Castle Rock to Golden?
    Will be riding Golden to NW Denver.

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    Bike to Work to is awesome. It makes me feel so good about my skill level (or lack there of) when I get to pass everyone on the way in. Its the perfect day to get out the chopper bike and spin like mad. The bike path has traffic issues and it helps to control speed. Perhaps this year I will ride this bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANTkiller View Post
    Will be riding Golden to NW Denver.
    I'll pass the baton at Santiago's

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    Lakewood to downtown, I'll be stuffing my face at all the "aid" stations and yelling STRAVA! the entire commute.

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    I'll be sure to ride around my house once.And I'll setup my own aid station, with some single malt goodness.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    I'll pass the baton at Santiago's
    This confuses me (don't be too proud - it's easy to do).
    I do not see a Santiago's on the Breakfast Station list.
    Does this mean you will be buying a burrito at the Golden Santiago's? - Even with all the free stuff elsewhere?
    If so, and the timing matches (which I doubt) - your burrito will be on me, what with the impressive Castle Rock to Golden bike commute.
    Lemme know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogbie View Post
    Plus the hilarity of watching the Cat. 6 competition at its finest is totally worth it.
    I might do it, but only for tha lulz.

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    What route do you use from Castle Rock to... even 470. Do you ride 85? I only ask because I am starting a commute Car/bike mix from Conifer to Castle Rock


    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funrover View Post
    What route do you use from Castle Rock to... even 470. Do you ride 85? I only ask because I am starting a commute Car/bike mix from Conifer to Castle Rock
    Thanks!
    All depends on how motivated I am. In the morning(4am) traffic is non-existant I'll go up 85 to sedalia, frontage road to Louvirs, back on 85 to titan off ramp, cross over and go against traffic 1/4 mile to the highline canal. Take that about 3/4 to 1 mile up and go across the chatfield dam to the 470 trail all the way to Golden.

    Sometimes if I'm eager on the way home and I leave an hour early, I go out the south end of chatfield though roxbough and hook up with CR 5 to swallowtail to ringtail to 67 east to 105 down to Wolfsenberger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    All depends on how motivated I am. In the morning(4am) traffic is non-existant I'll go up 85 to sedalia, frontage road to Louvirs, back on 85 to titan off ramp, cross over and go against traffic 1/4 mile to the highline canal. Take that about 3/4 to 1 mile up and go across the chatfield dam to the 470 trail all the way to Golden.

    Sometimes if I'm eager on the way home and I leave an hour early, I go out the south end of chatfield though roxbough and hook up with CR 5 to swallowtail to ringtail to 67 east to 105 down to Wolfsenberger.
    Respect. Please tell me this is not a daily commute...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    I know! Do it because it's what I want to do and it doesn't effect anyone else but me commuting for 6.5 hrs in one day.
    It's the one day of the year I miss not working up in Longmont anymore, was more like 5.5 hours (80ish miles) round trip from Golden, had good weather both years I did it.

    Say Hi! when we pass on Rooney Road as I now head from Golden to 285/Sante Fe.

    As for all this bike path stuff, it's been a circus on the Bear Creek path every time I've riden in this summer, don't need Bike to Work to bring out the non attentive head phone wearing weaving all over the path Strava kings and queens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ingluis View Post
    Respect. Please tell me this is not a daily commute...
    Nope - just once a week is all I can handle.

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    Pre-ride stoke

    Figured since I was all amped up with no where to go, ride. I left at 4:35 (over slept) so it was still pretty dark. I picked up an amoeba light and this thing ROCKS! When I would come up to speed limit or merge signs I would have to duck my head so the reflection off the signs wouldn't blind me. Crappy crappy droid camera doesn't do the light justice.

    38.96 miles 2hr 46 min

    Long dark Santa Fe Ahead
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    Chatfield dam
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    Back east at north end of dam
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    Cheering section
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    Over the hump
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    All down hill from here
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    Made it
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    Nice job!

    You are one crazy MoFo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    You are one crazy MoFo.

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    ^^^ lulz, no kidding.

    JayCR - how often do you eat at D'Deli?
    I think I could eat there every day.
    Such awesome sandwhiches.
    Have you been to the new place Scar was telling me about where Quizno's used to be?

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    Rockin!! That is a hell of a commute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIANTkiller View Post
    ^^^ lulz, no kidding.

    JayCR - how often do you eat at D'Deli?
    I think I could eat there every day.
    Such awesome sandwhiches.
    Have you been to the new place Scar was telling me about where Quizno's used to be?
    Crazy ~~~ maybe. I'm not fast just steady and can do the distance. The ladies like it. I get to ride it all back home also!

    I like D'Deli but the lines are often crazy and a bit $$. If I'm in the mood for a sandwich I normally just go up to Golden Natural Market by GCB. They have rocking sandwiches for a few bucks less which means I can get a good drink and chips and be flat with D'Deli. Snarfs ROCKS. Same $$ as D'Deli but better I think. I used to eat at the one on pearl street in boulder all the time when I worked up there. I dig it when I'm feeling spendy. The prime rib and provalone is my all time favorite. The Colombian joint next to D'Deli is really good also if you are into that kind of food. On extra hungry days Sherpa house buffet cant be beat. After 4 trips back they start to look at me funny. Crazy white boy keeps going back, when's he going to pop? Thai Monkey Club has the best green curry.

    I only ride to justify how much I eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycastlerock View Post
    On extra hungry days Sherpa house buffet cant be beat. After 4 trips back they start to look at me funny. Crazy white boy keeps going back, when's he going to pop?

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    Not so good on the way home 3:10

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    I try to ride 2 days a week during the summer. Never seen the Schwag on the way into work, but my route probably doesn't come near the aid stations

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardtail05 View Post
    I try to ride 2 days a week during the summer. Never seen the Schwag on the way into work, but my route probably doesn't come near the aid stations
    Here is the map page for the day.

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    Hmm, I telecommute but maybe I could bike out for some free breakfast. If I bike back home I technically did bike to work.

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    I'll try traveling on BTW day unfortunately. Otherwise I usually ride in. Jay that is quite a commute. Good luck. I'd probably be ready to turn around and head home after that ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquidmantis View Post
    Hmm, I telecommute but maybe I could bike out for some free breakfast. If I bike back home I technically did bike to work.
    Perfect - way to make it "work"

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    No great BTWD commute stories?

    Mine was Apex>Chimney>52nd and Federal
    Nothing funny to report.
    Was gonna reverse the route for the commute home, but now kinda thinking:
    52nd and Federal>12th and Cheyenne

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    My commute was awesome, you guys should get off the highways moar often!
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    My ride home isn't looking promising. 18 miles in the rain. I may thumb a ride from a co-worker.

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    Skipped out of work early today when I saw the clouds rolling in. Was rolling into the garage when the rain started. I think this bike to work thing might become a habit...I was much more awake throughout the day.

    Anyone got any recommendations for a decent lock that isn't too pricey? I lost my old U-lock, so I grabbed one of these guys on the way to work today....big mistake.

    On Guard OG Series Mini U-Lock with Additional Security Cable, OG Mini U-lock, Hardened Steel Shackle Lock, Double Bolt Lock

    Seemed like a decent lock, but it was way too small to properly lock a standard sized bike. It must be built for kids bikes or something. I ended up locking my wheel to my chainstay with the U-lock (thats all that would fit) and then using the cable to lock the frame to the bike rack.

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    I still haven't bike to work yet. So I'll do that around 5pm. Maybe a little Chimpex in some hero dirt. WKD?
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    Deer God.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu View Post
    My ride home isn't looking promising. 18 miles in the rain. I may thumb a ride from a co-worker.
    I got soaked really good during my lunch hour here in Buena Vista. Sweet 25 miles this morning up from Salida.

    Probably have the best "something interesting happened on the way to work" story:

    I was about 8 miles west of Salida. Wide open stretch of highway. I see two mule deer at a dead run coming up from my right to cross the highway. I'm calculating the possible collision course--looking like one will pass in front of me and the other behind. And after I conclude that I'm OK I look up and see an early 70's Chevy Caprice Classic (parade boat) rolling toward me in the far lane. The deer that was set to pass in front of me now looks like it will broadside the Chevy if it doesn't slow down a little or take a little jog to the right to pass behind it...

    The deer decides to try to jump the Chevy. It makes contact with the top of the driver's side windshield, and I look up to see it cartwheeling over and over; it was probably thrown 30-40 feet into the air. This happened like 10 feet to my left as I rode by. Unreal.

    I slowed down so I could go back to check and see if the people in the car were OK, but they stopped and got out and were looking around so I just kept going. Did not see what happened to the deer. If it survived? ... holy crap. Doubtful.

    Can anybody top that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Can anybody top that?
    I had a tasty smoothie at an aid station on my little ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guacamole View Post
    I had a tasty smoothie at an aid station on my little ride.

    lulzors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR View Post
    You are a
    Ha.

    There were also trees blowing sideways, I don't feel like riding in 35+ mph wind gusts in the rain. Why the heck would anyone? Tomorrow looks better, I'm going to ride in then to make up for it. Has that pleased the Internet?

    And TomP I do not have any type of biking story with that much carnage or flying deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post

    Can anybody top that?
    Dayam. That's pretty good. If I even have a story, I work from home, and decided to do my ride to work day around 5pm, right after the rain came through here in Golden.

    I was one of the early ones on the trail after the rain. The Humidity was off the charts, no wind, things seemed to go pretty well. Then, out of the blue... A biker. She was cute and fast, I wasn't sure what do to. Pedal harder? nah, that didn't work. Fine, I'll relent and let her pass. She passes with a smile after being behind me for all of 1 last switchback. I'll try to catch her. no avail. I got passed by a chick. cool.

    Then towards the top, I hear another rider behind me (where are these people coming from?). He's in his kit (all white mind you) standing on the pedals. I'm only guessing he's one of the top 10 Strava guys. Wow. I got passed by white lycra. ugh.

    I get towards the top, the hot babe is already turned around and coming down, didn't want to stop for me, but rather went around (meh, there was enough room). The White Lycra guy waited for me to get out of the trail with my slow self and cruise down. Perfect, just three of us.

    I head down, thinking my ride is over. Then I pull over about 20 times (had to yield to the 5:30 crowd. It gets old, but hey, I'm not gunning for a strava best. I get towards the bottom and my neighbor cuts me off. "Glad I caught I caught up with you", he says.

    "Great, I'm headed down" I return.

    "No you're not. We're going over to Apex".

    "No I'm not, I'm on my way down", I return. I'm already in the DH mindset gunning for a beer. Then, he says the magic 4 words I can't deny.

    "Harden the F#@K up. Turn your bike around".

    Up we go, once again going to the top again. Really? Can I really do this? Over to Apex we go. Oh no, its an odd day. ****e! I have moar climbing? Ah hell, it'll look good in my Strava account. I could use some real climbing kudos as opposed to all the 10k lift climbing I'm doing.

    Finally, at the top of pick n' sledge, I make a beer appointment with WKD-RDR. I know there's an oasis with a cool guy down there that has beer. Down we go, not many riders, good solid hero dirt. Ahh. No pinch flats, no more thoughts of 29er vs. 26ers go through my head.

    Two PBR's later, we compare the stories of CB. Although he managed to get in the ride I wanted (Agate Creek). Dayam, I want to do that!

    Onward home ... errr. I mean to work, we ride back on a nice cool evening to the house. 19.1 miles and 3700+ feet of climbing. Food waiting on the table.

    Not a deer story, but I got passed by a chick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    . Did not see what happened to the deer.

    Holy crap, crazy story. You could have had a fast food breakfast

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funrover View Post
    Holy crap, crazy story. You could have had a fast food breakfast
    On my way back by there last night I watched the ditch to see that twisted up deer. Was not there. Maybe CDOT came and picked him up so he wouldn't turn into smelly buzzard bait. But maybe he got up and ran off?

    That would be too crazy to be possible...
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