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Does anyone have some recommendations for nice rides in the northern suburbs of Denver. I am coming from the Northglenn area.

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I don't know how far you want to go. In the summer, a great ride is the Peak to Peak Highway, which isn't that far from you. Hey, when the weather gets better, stay in touch and check the rides section of the board. We have quite a few people in the area who get together to ride on a fairly regular basis.

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Like jukief said, it all depends how far you want to go.

I also live in Northglenn.

For a short ride to keep my bike up, I usually go N on either I-25 or Huron to Colo 52, E to Fort Lupton (grab a burrito at the rebuilt, original Santiago's) , South on 85 to Brighton, continue S. on 85, Brighton Rd, or Riverdale to 104th, then E back home.

A little longer ride is Huron to 144th, E on 144th to 287, N through Lafayette to Longmont, Mexican food at DeliCioso, then back along a multitude of possible routes-back the same way, E to I-25, SW on the Diagonal to Boulder, W to Lyons then S to Boulder.

Longer yet is I-25 or 287 N to Windsor, (sadly no more Rocky Mountain Oysters in Severance), to Eaton, then Greeley (could try the original Armadillo Mexican Restaurant in La Salle) and back on 85.

You can take a loop of taking 36 to Estes and back down Big Thompson Canyon to Loveland then back home, or once in Estes, take jukief's suggestion and take the Peak to Peak to Nederland, to Boulder and back.

104th to I-76, NE to Hudson, lunch at the Pepper Pod, W to Fort Lupton, then back on any of all kinds of ways.

W on I-76 and I-70, SW on Evergreen Pkwy, W 66 (Squaw Pass Rd) to Idaho Springs, E on I-70 to Central City Pkwy to Central City/Blackhawk (drop some money at the casinos and try a buffet or two), 119 either N to Nederland, to Boulder and back home or S to 6 and back through Clear Ck. Canyon.

Of course there's Poudre Canyon.

That's just a few of the many different "short" rides I've taken from Northglenn.

Some words of caution, however. As jukief gave the, "In the summer," qualifier, during this time of the year, at the higher and when cold, at lower altitudes too, you can run into black ice in the shadows. I luckily stayed up when I hit some on the Squaw Pass Rd, three years ago when riding to see the Aspens in early October!! Good thing there wasn't any traffic, because I used both lanes and the far shoulder in that one! A couple warm days will usually leave the routes to the N and E nearly ice free. Then all you have to watch out for is the gravel they spread on the ice!!
 

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Why north? Some great rides south! Garden Of The Gods to Manitou, up Ute Pass....wind your way up to Cripple Creek...heck go all the way To Telluride if you want...keeps getting more and more beautiful!
 

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Greenie,

You're absolutely right, but Rider65 was asking about rides, "in the northern suburbs." There's all kinds of beautiful rides South. Of course, in Colorado, unless you head East, all rides are beautiful!! All my long rides have been South -- Vegas; Lovington, NM; and Albuquerque. I did, however, "cheat" on my Vegas ride and come back through Salt Lake City, Steamboat, and Berthoud Pass.

When I had my VN800 with drag pipes, there was a time I was avoiding Colo. Springs when their policy was to stop and ticket every bike they SAW which they didn't think had factory pipes. I've heard they backed off some from that plan. I haven't heard much lately on Denver's plan to ticket any bike that didn't have the EPA stamp on its pipes.
 

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For the best ride north, join us for the annual trek to Red Lodge, Montana, in July!!!
 

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jukief,

Sounds tempting, but will have to pass for '08. Starting to jell a run to Seattle to visit friends. If another friend can talk his wife into letting him go, we'll probably head back after spending a few days visiting. If I run solo, I just might head down to visit my daughter in the LA area after Seattle.

Aaahhh. The terrible problems with retirement!!
 

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hharada,

It sounds like you almost had a bad spill on that Squaw Pass Rd. I guess you are lucky that there were no bystanders or police around or they might have "grilled" you on why you were going so fast in an unsafe area. I used to work at a wastewater lab where the manager would do that very thing- "grill" you in the office for hours about why you spilt a small amount of something, or try to humiliate you for wasting a few pennies worth of a liquid. Sadly, I think his family suffered in the end because they were less likely to seek medical attention for ailments, knowing this might be a more than "few pennies" expense.
 

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Hwy 119 up to Nederland, over to Black Hawk, have a little lunch, pull a few slot handles, come back the same way or go down 119 to 6 and out to Golden.

Peak to Peak is pretty much a must do. 119 up to Nederland, over to Estes then back down 34 or 36 to Lyons. pretty much just go, all of them are good rides.
 

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Take 287 North through Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins. Continue North to Wyoming and stop in Virginia Dale (right over the State Line). They've got pretty good Ice Cream there.
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Yeah, and if you stop in Fort Collins, you can visit ME!
 

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I rode in telluride,silverton,durango,euray last september,the best scenery ever!
go hit the 4wheelin trails in the San Juan mountains and you'll really see some spectacular sceenery. Red Mountain pass between Durango and Uray is a classic drive, take the off shoot trails and its unbeleiveable. If you really enjoy mountains scenery, the San Juan mountains are a must do at least once in your life.
 

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I was visiting my parents in Pueblo this past fall, and we went up to La Veta and over Cucharra Pass. Man, what a beautiful road--from La Veta up over the pass. When I got home I told my husband we have to ride that next year. The road itself is in great shape (it's newly paved), but it also has really nice sweepers and twisties and the scenery is fabulous.
 

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I've been in the area. Came back over La Veta Pass, last September, on the ride I took to Albuquerque on my 900. I was over Cucharra many years ago as a boy, but don't recall much except passing through that stone wall close to Trinidad. I agree it's a beautiful part of Colorado. I'll have to try it on two wheels one of these days, soon.

Is Cucharra like the old La Veta -- lots of switchbacks and curves? I was saddened when they straightened La Veta out and turned it into two inclined planes. I don't know what it's condition is now, but you can still go over the old La Veta. Drove my folks over it to reminisce a little over 10-12 years ago. We used to go over it often, when I was a kid, to fish in the San Luis Valley and drove my wife over it on our honeymoon. There were a lot of potholes on that last ride, but passable.
 

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Whatever route you take -- heck, just wander around on the two-lanes north of town -- if you get to Dacono there is a good bike-friendly bar and grill there. I can't remember the name because it has been awhile since I've been there but it's a nice place, good burgers. It's on the south side of CO 52 just as you come in from the west.

Then ride on over to Fort Lupton and down to Brighton. From Brighton go just a bit west on highway 7 and go south on Riverdale Drive. Riverdale is one of the nicest roads in that vicinity, although it is getting built up now.

As for the other rides around the state that the folks above have been discussing, I'd suggest you take a look Motorcycle Colorado - Passes and Canyons. That's my website and I try to provide a wealth of information about roads and rides throughout the state. Happy riding.
 
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