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Question for Denver area riders(10 posts)

Question for Denver area ridersB-Duff
Apr 24, 2003 6:12 AM
Hi,
My wife and I are moving out there this summer, buying a house in May or June. We were thinking about Golden, but we can't find any houses we like - we want an older house in a traditional style neighborhood. We'll probably end up somewhere like Wash Park area or Northwest Denver, Sloan lake area. Are there good road rides in/around Denver - like after work type rides? I know there a tons of bike paths, but I have a feeling that you can't really cruise at 17-20 mph on those. What about Golden? (but then your commute is longer) We also mtb a lot.
Thanks,
Brian
re: Question for Denver area riderssingletrackusa
Apr 24, 2003 6:36 AM
Denver is a great place for biking, road and mountain. We live in Wheat Ridge and there are a lot of road options and easy access to some good climbs. Ditto for singletrack. For a large urban area, we are really lucky.

If you have the $ Golden would be a great place to live, but things are more affordable a few miles east.
Problem with Golden for us is...B-Duff
Apr 24, 2003 6:47 AM
Not to be a snob, but we don't like most of the houses in Golden. They are all plasticy generic subdivision houses, with the entire house built around a two car garage. We haven't been able to find anything we like close to town in Golden. We don't really want to be in a subdivision that is basically only automobile accessible from town and shopping/bars/restaurants, looking for more of a traditional older neighborhood. Golden seems to have that in town, but it doesn't seem like there are any homes for sale there - just in the subdivisions around Golden. (We were spoiled, cause we used to live in Park City, Utah, in the Old Town section).

So, where do you head out to ride on the road?
re: Question for Denver area ridersCima Coppi
Apr 24, 2003 6:38 AM
As you get to know the roads in Denver, you'll quickly find that the residential streets are good alternatives to the paths which run along the Platte, Clear Creek, or Cherry Creek. I have ridden through the Wash Park area, DU, Hill Top, Capital Hill, etc. You'll quickly find that remaining off the main roads will lengthen your life span, but the problem with the back streets is that Denver is set up in almost a perfect grid, so you'll find lot's of stop signs.

Best of luck on your move, and maybe I'll see you out on the roads when I move back in June.

CC
Nope, no good roads/rides here, reconsider the move.triple shot espresso
Apr 24, 2003 6:42 AM
You'll be saying the same thing to other people by JUly. If you're working in Denver than live in Denver, the commute in from Golden is hellish. Wash Park is a great area, I can only afford to rent, the houses are solid cool, all different and older. You can ride at 20+ on all the paths around here, slowing occasionally for slower traffic about as often as you would for a traffic light. The paths will take you to the resevoirs and to better riding roads. By spring I don't want to go near the paths because of increased traffic and because we spend so much time on them in the winter by spring it's just hard to take.

I'd be happy to answer any questions for you about the different areas, I know both Denver and Golden pretty good, I live in Denver and work in Golden, reverse drive. You can email me at denvermanno@yahoo.com.
re: Question for Denver area ridersjtolleson
Apr 24, 2003 7:28 AM
Northwest Denver remains one of Denver's more affordable neighborhoods, has great diversity, houses with character, and good proximity to several bike paths. Affordable is relatively, and in Denver it means under $275k or so, which is still a lot of money. But it is in the heart of it all. We are building a new house right now and will be selling in NW Denver in the fall.

Only caveat... lots are smaller and schools are not nearly as good as in the Wash Park area. In turn, the median price in Wash Park is probably closer to $400k. Hard to believe.

You can cruise on the bike path more than you'd think, especially if you get away from the few high traffic areas that draw pedestrians (like right around Confluence Park or Cherry Creek Mall). Once you get 2-3 miles from the start you can usually cut loose a bit.

I also ride Lookout Mtn after work quite a bit in the summer, just schlepping the bike out to Golden (about 25 minutes away).
where are you gonna work?ColnagoFE
Apr 24, 2003 7:28 AM
Wash park is hella expensive as is Boulder. Golden is getting there. SLoan lake a bit more affordable. Actually it is a major buyers market for real estate now. TONS of houses for sale everywhere. Goood rides everywhere depending on what you are looking for. Mountain bike rides almost always require a bit of a drive or a longer ride to the trailhead. Some local, but not that much anymore due to special interest groups driving out the MTB crowd from the local trails.
Welcome to suburbian sprawl. . .js5280
Apr 24, 2003 7:47 AM
Yep, not many old houses in Denver compared the huge amount of building that's gone on in the last 15 years. It's getting worse too, I used to be the northern Denver outskirts at 120th and I-25, but there will be another 7 miles of sprawl to the north to meet E470 soon. In addition to older houses being few and far between, they usually are very small too. Wash Park is a great area, but you pay big dollars relative to square footage. Same is true for Golden and Boulder. You might try Broomfield which is also northwest, has older houses/neighborhoods that aren't outrageous. Could try the mountains too. I'll definately consider living close to work though. Traffic is quite bad nowdays. As for the riding, Denver has a very good network of multi-use trails and dedicated bike lanes. Newer areas tend to have better access as the trails have been planned into the community. Stop by an LBS or the Tattered Cover (bookstore) and you can find a city bike map which might help with ride options. Denver's great, it's just getting really, really, crowded and the residental building is not slowing in the least. Feel free to drop me an email. . .
Sprawl...B-Duff
Apr 24, 2003 8:02 AM
I hear you man. I'm finishing up my master's in City and Regional Planning at Cornell. As I finish my thesis, I'm eating and breathing sprawl and the issues around it. Denver definately sprawls. At least there are bike paths to give people some transportation options besides the good 'ol SOV (not SUV - single occupancy vehicle).

Know anyone that needs a smart person with a masters degree in planning/real estate and finance and likes to ride bikes?

Brian
re: Question for Denver area ridersmsmootsiemartin
Apr 24, 2003 9:59 AM
If you like Wash Park, you may want to look at Park Hill/Mayfair...it's kind of like Wash Park without the park. Similar house styles and a "little" more affordable. My husband and I have many bike routes from our house in Mayfair, partly on the paths and partly on the roads. Short after work rides usually take us to Wash Park for a few laps and back home. Weekend rides take us anywhere from routes around CC Res., trips out to Chatfield and up Deer Creek and beyond, and rides to Golden/Lookout Mtn. Lots of options. Once you get settled in town, check out Heartcycle and/or Rocky Mtn. Cycling Club (RMCC). They both offer rides on the weekends...it is a good way to learn cycling routes and meet lots of great people. Good luck!