Hey guys, I would like to start off by saying that I love this site and the amount of posts on these forums. It is a very good source of information and motivation.
I moved to CO about a year ago to attend a school and asked for a bike for xmas because I wanted to do something to get into aerobic shape. I literally know almost nothing about the sport, but reading stories on these forums is great motivation.
My two starting questions are:
First, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in posting back with some translations of acronyms that may be used in posts? I am able to figure some of them out from context clues, but for example a few that describe types of rides elude me.
Secondly, can any of the native CO readers suggest good beginner tracks near Broomfield/Westminster area. I searched for ones close enough that I could ride to from my apt. and rode to Standley Lake which was only about 4 miles away. However, I did not ride completely around the lake because I didn’t gear myself out well enough (I’m from Texas, and I was wearing fingerless gloves in 20 degree weather) but it didn’t look like the trail really had any incline to it at all aside from the riding down to the lake and back out.
I look forward to any feedback, and thanks again for the great site.
Which acronyms or terms in particular are the most cryptic? I don’t much get out of the ‘Springs, but there’s a couple guys here from up around Denver that’ll probably know more about beginner trails in your area.
Oh yeah, it’s been kinda cold out, so you might wanna at least get some long-fingered gloves. 😮
Cake,welcome to single tracks.I live in the same area as you do and so does my riding partner.We’ve rode the coaltin trail a few years ago that is at I-36 and Mcaslin.It is gravel pack so you wont have to ride on pavement or concrete.It has a new addition that we havent ridden,although i thought you might like it for a beginner trail.we used to ride it going east bound and back.I looked it up on single tracks here and the trail is called High plains Trail,in Superior.you can get to it from I-36 and Mcaslin,go south bound on Mcaslin from I-36 and take a right turn(west bound)at the conoco gas station and take your first left(south bound)and that will take you directly to the trail head of the coalton trail.There you can either go east bound or west bound,and like I said the new trail of High Plains Trail is west bound.And after you get used to that,I would suggest getting up to Green Mountain Open Space where you can really get used to riding up hill.There is a service road(rock gravel)that is on the west side of the mountain,and it will challenge you to climb it.cant remember how far it is up,although i would say it is about a half to three quarter mile up to the top.There’s enough trail here to get your legs feeling the burn.And when you get used to that,Mathews/Winter’s and Dakota Ridge are just on the other side of the highway of C-470.As a beginner you’ll want to try these trails respectivly,going to Mathew’s/Winter’s first.Although the nice thing about mountain biking and being a beginner as well as an experienced rider is that if you are really curious to see what a expert trail is like,go on and head up to it.You can hike-a-bike your way through the technically challenging parts so you dont kill yourself on somthing your not used to yet.As for more trails around your area,there are some trails along highway 93.I’ll have to look them up as well.I’ve never ridden them,just seen them from the road.They really look like xc trails to me.xc means cross country.
If you want to know about those acronyms,post em up so we can all play pop quiz and tell ya what they mean.