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Old 04-09-2018, 08:48 PM
 
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Hi!

My hubby and I plan on moving to Colorado soon. One of the things we love to do is ride our bicycles. We only go for leisurely rides on paved or gravel trails. No roads or mountain bike trails.

So here's my question: In Denver, how flat are the paved/ gravel trails there? Or are they real hilly and not too flat?

The reason I ask is because of the type of bicycles we own right now might not be appropriate for there. We have heavy beach cruiser bikes that have no gears. Works great for here.....flat Houston and Galveston Seawall. Those heavy single speed bikes would be awful if we had to deal with a hilly terrain. Heck just riding against the wind with those can be a challenge. Lol! With that said they are a dream to ride if the conditions are right.

Just trying to figure out if we should sell them before we move and buy lighter bikes with gears after we get there.

Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:36 PM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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I ride a beach cruiser around my neighborhood, but to answer your question better need to know where in the Metro Area will you be?
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Denver proper is fairly flat, but it's not Houston flat. My wife had a single speed bike that she rode maybe a half dozen times around our neighborhood, and she hated it because there was just enough terrain for it to be a PITA. She sold it at a garage sale and replaced it with a mountain bike.
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Old 04-09-2018, 09:58 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Replace with bike that has gears.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Isn't the Platte River Trail from Littleton to downtown pretty flat?
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Plenty of flat trails - Bear creek bike path, Platte River (that's 30ish miles long), Cherry Creek Bike Path, Highline Canal (both the paved section and the packed dirt section are mostly flat).

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Old 04-09-2018, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Isn't the Platte River Trail from Littleton to downtown pretty flat?
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Plenty of flat trails - Bear creek bike path, Platte Rive (that's 30ish miles long), Cherry Creek Bike Path. Highline Canal (both the paved section and the packed dirt section are mostly flat).
Both of these are true, but those cruiser bikes are hot garbage on anything remotely resembling a hill because they're geared like a BMX bike and (as the OP pointed out) heavier than hell. They're perfect for a place like Houston where the biggest incline you'll encounter is the 3-5 degree slope of your driveway. Even something as simple as a 3-speed (if they still make them) will be a huge upgrade over a cruiser.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:40 PM
 
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Thanks y'all for the replies! We are going to be retiring to Colorado and right now aren't 100% positive where exactly. Could be anywhere from Colorado Springs all the way to Fort Collins. Lol! It's so nice not to have to worry about moving location based on where you work or what school district. Anyway, we have a bike rack and plan on exploring all of the paved/gravel trails in and around Denver. Yep, our bikes are really heavy and weigh about 45 lbs each. Sounds like we need to sell them and get some lighter weight bikes with gears. I appreciate the feedback!
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Both of these are true, but those cruiser bikes are hot garbage on anything remotely resembling a hill because they're geared like a BMX bike and (as the OP pointed out) heavier than hell. They're perfect for a place like Houston where the biggest incline you'll encounter is the 3-5 degree slope of your driveway. Even something as simple as a 3-speed (if they still make them) will be a huge upgrade over a cruiser.
Got it. I guess the only "cruiser" bikes I've ridden are the ones you rent in cities using your phone app, but I think you're right and they have 3 gears in an internal hub.

OP: I'd probably look into selling them and getting something new when you're here. Please stay away from Walmart bikes. If you're interested and don't have the $$ to spend at a local bike store, there's a website online, bikesdirect.com that I've ordered from a few times that have decent quality bikes for good prices (I'd be looking at around $250 or so per/bike. I'd be happy to help you pick out a new bike and assemble.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:51 PM
 
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Both of these are true, but those cruiser bikes are hot garbage on anything remotely resembling a hill because they're geared like a BMX bike and (as the OP pointed out) heavier than hell. They're perfect for a place like Houston where the biggest incline you'll encounter is the 3-5 degree slope of your driveway. Even something as simple as a 3-speed (if they still make them) will be a huge upgrade over a cruiser.
Hahaha that is so very true! Ride like a luxury car on flat ground.

When we first got them we made 2 mistakes on 1 day with them.

Mistake 1 - Took them to the Galveston Seawall on a day that was blowing 15 - 20 mph.

Mistake 2 - Rode about 8 miles WITH the wind down the Seawall. I thought I was gonna die coming back those 8 mile AGAINST the wind!

Hahahahahaha we never made that mistake again!
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