• 12-24-2004
    luvmybike
    Moving to COlorado Springs advice
    My wife just took a job in Colorado Springs and we will be moving there from Ohio next month. I have not really had an oppotrunity to see much of the area. We are flying out Jan 2, for a week to find a place to rent etc.... Any advice on the area would be fantastic! How rideable are trails this time of year? are there bike paths? where the hell should we live? Realtors are alright but I'd rather get some info from the folks on this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any help would be great
    Chip
  • 12-24-2004
    s1ngletrack
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by luvmybike
    My wife just took a job in Colorado Springs and we will be moving there from Ohio next month. I have not really had an oppotrunity to see much of the area. We are flying out Jan 2, for a week to find a place to rent etc.... Any advice on the area would be fantastic! How rideable are trails this time of year? are there bike paths? where the hell should we live? Realtors are alright but I'd rather get some info from the folks on this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any help would be great
    Chip

    You're gonna love it - PM "kristian" - he lives down there and shows all of us Denver / Boulder people where the good stuff is and he's a super nice guy. There's alot of great riding down there. Hope to ride with you soon.

    Josh
  • 12-24-2004
    muddywings
    you'll love it
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by luvmybike
    My wife just took a job in Colorado Springs and we will be moving there from Ohio next month. I have not really had an oppotrunity to see much of the area. We are flying out Jan 2, for a week to find a place to rent etc.... Any advice on the area would be fantastic! How rideable are trails this time of year? are there bike paths? where the hell should we live? Realtors are alright but I'd rather get some info from the folks on this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any help would be great
    Chip


    I spent several years at the rocky mountain skool for wayword boys and girls there in north c springs. Lots a great riding although I wasn't riding when i was there. My mom ended up moving there because she liked it everytime she came to visit. As for trails, check out the trail reviews for colorado. as for real estate...don't ask me but they are constantly building out there.
    Enjoy
  • 12-24-2004
    pacman
    Choose a place so your wife doesn't have to drive much on I-25 to work. Only 2 lanes in each direction for a city of 360,000+. There are some bike paths but that won't thrill advanced riders. Prepare to drive to find decent riding, when the weather allows.
  • 12-24-2004
    Ken2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by luvmybike
    My wife just took a job in Colorado Springs and we will be moving there from Ohio next month. I have not really had an oppotrunity to see much of the area. We are flying out Jan 2, for a week to find a place to rent etc.... Any advice on the area would be fantastic! How rideable are trails this time of year? are there bike paths? where the hell should we live? Realtors are alright but I'd rather get some info from the folks on this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any help would be great
    Chip

    Some very good mtn. biking right in town, at Palmer Park, all levels to rather advanced. CS gets less snow than Denver and it can be reasonable for riding year round, given that sometimes it's just too cold or snow covered but that changes pretty quickly even in the dead of winter. Also Olympic Training Center there, plenty of good road rides too.
  • 12-24-2004
    kjfp
    I envy you. I spent a week out there last year, the riding looks endless. There seemed to be a lot of stuff around Pikes Peak and we stopped near the Continental divide which is not far from there (1-2 hours) and it looked like serious outback riding. I would check the Colorado forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 12-28-2004
    Jeff in CO
    Great trails....
    There are great trails all over the town. East of the interstate (towards the flatter part of town) Palmer Park is a great place to ride. As you continue further east, you start running into the larger (and newer) housing developments. This is where most of the growth is going.
    West of the interstate (towards the mountain range) you'll find some older homes and more established neighborhoods. In the Northwest area, Ute Valley Park is a nice area to ride. This is where I ride quite a bit and it's only about 5 minutes from my house.
    Colorado Springs is great any you'll love it here. FYI - My wife sales real estate all over the city and if you have any questions on home prices in different areas, etc. let me know. She loves what she does and is quite good at it (I wish I loved my job that much!) It's a great place to live!
  • 12-28-2004
    bulC
    better git yerself sum religion, boy
    they don't take kindly to heathens in Springs, it's bigtime jesus/bush country.
  • 12-28-2004
    Jeff in CO
    This could be really strange but......
    you don't happen to have a wife named Kristen do you?? I just was talking to my wife and she said she was in contact with some people (Chip & Kristen) moving from Ohio and were coming out the first part of January. How weird is that!? Her name is Rachel. Anyways, I hope it works out for you and if you are the same couple, you're in great hands. Good luck with your move and you'll love it here. Lots of great riding all over the city!
  • 12-28-2004
    s1ngletrack
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bulC
    they don't take kindly to heathens in Springs, it's bigtime jesus/bush country.

    Gotta watch them thumpers fo sho...
  • 12-29-2004
    Loudpawlz
    Yea, what Jeff in CO said.

    If you want to be within quick, easy riding distance to mountain bike trails, check out the neighborhoods surrounding Palmer Park , Ute Valley Park, and Cheyenne Canyon.

    There are miles and miles of bike path in the city.

    There is a series of (two) maps that show almost all of the established trails and bike paths in the city and the north slope of Pikes Peak. They aren't terribly detailed, but they are a good reference. Most bike shops carry and/or post the maps. I know Criterium and Performance stock them.

    Post over on the Colorado Front Range board when get your bike unpacked and you will probably find someone who can show you around.
  • 12-29-2004
    Moo Shoo Pork
    Better Than Having a Flipper For Prezzzz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bulC
    they don't take kindly to heathens in Springs, it's bigtime jesus/bush country.

    Bush country, me likes it big time. Better than a bunch of tree huggers anyday, IMO. I'm no jesus freak, but I definitely don't prescribe to socialism :).

    Congrats on moving out West. I moved from the Windy City (You can understand my aversion from almost all things liberal. Other than the politics, Chicago is a great city but the riding blows big time). I moved out to the left coast (CA) and love it. Literally, I choose our new house to be near a trailhead (1/2 mile). And, we have dedicated lanes for road riding. Start saving your money. I bought a Duallie and a Roadie within the first six months. Colorado awsome! Gonna hook up with some buds in the summer to go riding in Telluride. Enjoy!
  • 12-29-2004
    girlywhirly
    Westside
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by luvmybike
    My wife just took a job in Colorado Springs and we will be moving there from Ohio next month. I have not really had an oppotrunity to see much of the area. We are flying out Jan 2, for a week to find a place to rent etc.... Any advice on the area would be fantastic! How rideable are trails this time of year? are there bike paths? where the hell should we live? Realtors are alright but I'd rather get some info from the folks on this board!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any help would be great
    Chip

    Hey! I've got a cute little 1894 fixer upper on the west side/Old Colorado City I'm looking to sell. (I live in Austin now.)

    Westside or Manitou Springs are cool. Avoid living where you'll have to commute on I-25.

    girlywhirly
  • 01-01-2005
    wildman
    where you coming from in ohio?
    email me, my address is behind my name.

    im from cincinnati, moved here abotu 1.5 years ago. cincinnati is fairly cheaper, so unless your in the money, brace yourself for some higher prices.

    other than, that, id never move back!! the weather is perfect, the mountians are beautiful and it never ends.


    id be happy to talk with you and all about what ever.


    mike, wildman

    PS, wanna buy my house?!?!
  • 01-07-2005
    luvmybike
    Thanks a ton
    Just got back from a week in Co Springs... This is definitely gonna work. I want to thank everyone for the info.... Did not get to ride but obviously there are places to ride... Hellooo Colorado!
  • 01-07-2005
    s1ngletrack
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by luvmybike
    Just got back from a week in Co Springs... This is definitely gonna work. I want to thank everyone for the info.... Did not get to ride but obviously there are places to ride... Hellooo Colorado!

    Post on the CO / Front Range board when you arrive and we'll get a group "welcome" ride going.
  • 01-07-2005
    dwj
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bulC
    they don't take kindly to heathens in Springs, it's bigtime jesus/bush country.

    i'm heathen and most of my friends are heathens too, and they do take kindly to us, most of the time. we've already taken manitou, now we're taking over c-springs. :D