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An on going series of riding and commuting in my new city of Denver Colorado. See more about my Denver Cycling experienced here.
Over the past couple weeks I have been reminded about some key things for commuting and riding in a major city like Denver, CO.
- Maps aren’t always perfect, but it adds to the adventure.
- Cable locks are useless and shouldn’t be sold to keep your bike safe
- Thorn resistant tires are required in the west. I’ve seen tires with 10-30 “goat heads” after riding through a city park, on the greenway.
- Finding new routes on greenways, make shift single track through parks, sharrowed bike lanes and back alleys are never ending. Thank you BikeDenver and everyone else involved.
- No matter how “bike friendly” a city is, there are still jacks in cars, on bikes and walking the streets. Put yourself and your safety first.
As I’m getting used to the world of Denver, CO I’ve been able to start bike commuting to the shop I’m at, Salvagetti. This is amazing for me as I haven’t had the luxury of being able to bike commute for roughly 3 years. (If you remember, I used to ride daily and didn’t even own a car for a while.)
This week I’ve been able to ride into work on the Cherry Creek Greenway, cut over on a bike lane and arrive at the bike shop with little contact with true street traffic. The full ride is roughly 12-14 miles depending how I get to the greenway and I can easily say I’m in cycling heaven.
A few key things that have helped me navigate:
BikeDenver Bike Map
Google Maps “Bicycle” Function
A patient girlfriend that has been able to ride in with me two of the days for entertainment and quality time
Over the next few months I plan on documenting in better detail my commute, different areas/bike paths and greenways. I even hope to do some bike camping sooner than later. If you are in the area, let me know! I would love to explore with folks.
Within the next few weeks I’ll be finding my way around the city of Denver, calling a new address my home, plotting out new bike routes, meeting new friends, starting a new job and creating a new chapter of daily life with my Emily.
Going Back to Retail
When I visited Denver a couple months ago I fell in love with a bike shop. The vibe, the customer centric approach and the mission of this shop made me feel at home. While I wasn’t planning on going back “into retail” I am happy to write that you’ll be able to find me at Salvagetti. Splitting time between selling, fitting and community events I believe I’ll find my way in Denver pretty quickly with this handpicked family of bike geeks.
Time for Bike Shop Girl
Going back in retail is allowing me to devote more time towards the community of Bike Shop Girl. With a great calendar of content for the upcoming weeks and being able to spend more time with consumers I plan on delivering more content on what is relevant, needed and lacking across the rest of the cycling world. At the end of all of this I want to spread my passion of cycling to more people, that means empowering, educating and motivating you to get on your bike!
Let me know what you are wanting to see, is it product reviews? More tech articles? The Podcast? Add comments below to let me know!
Finding Joy in Love
I realize that I have done a horrible job recently with musings, opinions, rants and those heart felt post that always seem to get a ton of comments. Hopefully having a well planned content calendar, and surrounding myself with passionate cyclists will allow the time and motivation to push the bike industry forward.
The top 10 worst bike racks for theft in Denver, CO over on 9news.
A couple key notes to keep your bike safer
Here’s the short story, between now and middle of June my little family is moving to Denver Colorado.
Why Denver, CO? Great question…
My better half is starting pediatric residency as a rockstar doctor at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Orientation starts June 17th, and we are relocating!
Looking for Jobs, Houses and New Friends!
We head out this coming weekend to look at new houses. Somewhere in Denver proper as she needs to be within an easy ride to two different hospitals. I have a couple of job opportunities in mind but I would love to hear of any positions in the area that you think I’ll be interested in!
If you are looking for the mushy stuff, read here.