Bike Shop Girl | Dialing in a New Bike Commute to Louisville, Colorado
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Dialing in a New Bike Commute to Louisville, Colorado

Pearl Izumi Bike Commute

Dialing in a New Bike Commute to Louisville, Colorado

The above photo was taken for my sweet Em and her love of cows.

It’s been two and a half weeks of work at the new job and pretty early on it was apparent that I need to do something with this 45 minute car commute each direction. Between the time spent staring at cars and mountains ahead of me, the miles on the car and the gas being wasted a bike commute plan needed to be made ASAP.

Last Tuesday I rode into the office at Pearl Izumi for the first time. Roughly 28 miles each direction (an extra 5 on the way home after getting lost) added up to a solid day of riding but broken down into two bite size segments so my legs weren’t toasted when I woke up the next morning. There is a perfect mix of greenways (paved and gravel), road riding and dirt roads to keep everything interesting. The sights are gorgeous thanks to in the morning riding towards the mountain and then riding through “open space” with animals all around. I’ve already seen cows, foxes, prairie dogs and a ton of cool looking birds. Also, I’ve already wiped out on the greenway due to some construction and really soft sand being thrown across some gravel. Don’t worry, the bikes okay.

Pearl Izumi Bike Commute

I’m scheming up a rather lofty goal for August when it comes to bike commuting, it will mean random commuting rants on here, a lot of great gear reviews and all of you keeping me motivated but look for a full disclosure of this crazy plan come early next week.

Hopefully, your week is going well and you’ve put some time in the saddle! Who else commuted by bike today??

  • Garyrblh
    Posted at 10:59h, 25 July Reply


  • RedMedusa30
    Posted at 11:20h, 25 July Reply

    @BikeShopGirlcom so proud/jealous of you! Part of my dream job is to be able to ride to work…

  • Shelley Childers
    Posted at 16:44h, 25 July Reply

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  • Libby (@libbyfelts)
    Posted at 16:49h, 25 July Reply

    Props to you for this commute! Mine by bike is only 15 miles one-way, and I’ve done it a couple of times, but I’d like to do it more often for the same reasons as you. I’m looking forward to hearing more about gear, etc. Right now I don’t have a good commuter setup, which is one reason I don’t ride to work.

    • Bike Shop Girl
      Posted at 23:14h, 25 July

      Libby- what is your current setup? Often a different set of tires and some lights can turn any bike into an awesome commuter!

    • Libby (@libbyfelts)
      Posted at 00:14h, 26 July

      I’m riding my Surly Cross Check. It could be a great commuter, except it’s a little too big… hand-me-down…

  • Catherine Van Alstine Aitken
    Posted at 20:14h, 25 July Reply

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  • PhillipW00
    Posted at 17:09h, 25 July Reply

    @BikeShopGirlcom I started commuting to work on my bike last week. 10 mile each way. I don’t think I’ll be using my car in the weekdays now!

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:26h, 25 July Reply

    re: bike commuting. I did! I did! It was brilliant! My commute is only 16 miles each way by bike (half trails, half streets) but today was cooler and overcast and just a delicious ride. Felt like a Friday.

    • Bike Shop Girl
      Posted at 23:14h, 25 July

      16 miles each way is amazing! Great work 🙂

  • Laura Kelly
    Posted at 00:29h, 26 July Reply

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  • Carole
    Posted at 01:37h, 26 July Reply

    A rather lofty goal? Can’t wait to hear. I’m all on for providing motivation. Hoping it will offer up a challenge, which would motivate me!

  • Nick
    Posted at 13:08h, 29 July Reply

    That is a really good ride. I sometimes ride from home in Stapleton to my office in Broomfield by way of the Sand Creek Trail and then the Little Dry Creek trail. However, since it takes me at least 2 hours each way, I more often head to downtown Denver and through my bike on the RTD bus at Market St Station.

  • BikeShopGirlcom
    Posted at 14:11h, 29 July Reply

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  • Jennifer
    Posted at 13:32h, 31 July Reply

    A few random google searches for Surly bike dealers in Denver somehow led me to your blog. Welcome to CO! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. I live in Breckenridge but my girlfriend lives in Denver and I ride down there a lot too. Sounds like you are enjoying our fine city. So you work for Salvagetti? I’ve been meaning to stop in there, have never been to the new location. I am looking to pick up a cross check, but just saw the new Surly Straggler will be coming out soon and I think I want that instead. Save one for me when they do come out 🙂

    • Bike Shop Girl
      Posted at 22:40h, 31 July

      Hey Jennifer! I’m now up at Pearl Izumi full time. I’m sure the guys at Salvagetti will have a Straggler as soon as they are available!!

      where in denver do you live? shoot me an email – arleigh at

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