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    Boulder Bike Culture

    Boulder's love affair bicycling has given rise to a distinctive bike culture. Cyclists can buy bike necessities 24/7 at the vending machine in front of U Bikes. Or join the Boulder Cruiser Ride, a themed, costumed event that's been known to draw hundreds of riders each Thursday evening (spring through fall). Mountain biking and road cycling enthusiasts will also love shopping at more than a dozen Boulder bike shops, each with a character all its own.

    In fact, the best way to really see Boulder through a local's eyes is to park your car and rent a bicycle. Here are a few ideas for how to bike Boulder, whether you choose to cruise, mountain bike or road bike:

    Pedaling Around Town

    Boulder Creek Path Biking

    Boulder has a bike-sharing program, similar to those found in many cities around the world. Thirty-eight B-cycle kiosks located around town will allow you to check out a bike for 60 minutes or less, ride wherever you'd like and return it to any of the kiosks when you're done.

    The Boulder Creek Path is a popular, leisurely Boulder bike ride that stretches from east Boulder into Boulder Canyon, winding along the cool, scenic creek. You'll also find that many streets in Boulder have a convenient bike lane, and many bike paths in town are clearly marked with green signs indicating "Bike Route."

    Mountain Biking Boulder

    Mountain Biking Boulder

    In a town where you're in the minority if you don't have a mountain bike — and with the foothills just outside Boulder's back door - rest assured there are plenty of trails to fulfill all of your singletrack fantasies. The Canyon Loop Trail at Betasso Preserve is a nearby favorite with sweeping views of Boulder Canyon. Marshall Mesa is just south of town and offers a rolling trail with vistas of the Flatirons. Up for a more advanced challenge? Enjoy the steep climbs at Walker Ranch Loop, located west of Boulder via Flagstaff Mountain. Find information on these trails and more on the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance's site.

    The Valmont Bike Park offers a well-maintained course constructed specifically as cyclo-cross park — but with something for every kind and size of rider. There's even a toddler track.

    Road Cycling

    Cyclist in Boulder

    The minute you set foot in Boulder, you'll see plenty of helmeted, lycra-clad cyclists, oftentimes in groups, getting in a workout over their lunch breaks, riding to and from work or reveling in a carefree weekend ride. Boulder's mild climate means a long cycling season. Cyclists take advantage of every sunny day, even in the middle of winter (you'll inevitably spot one or two hardcore enthusiasts plowing through snowdrifts). Add to that the huge variety of rides available — long cross-country stretches, rolling hills, grueling climbs — and you'll begin to understand why Boulder has such a dedicated road cycling community.

    If you're looking to join in the fun, try out the Morgul-Bismark Route, made famous by its appearance in the movie American Flyers. Go for distance with a scenic and popular ride on Highway 36 north from Boulder to Lyons. Or really put your thighs to the test with the ultra-challenging climb up Flagstaff Road, which rewards successful riders with a bird's-eye view of beautiful Boulder. Find more rides and helpful descriptions of the best places to bike Boulder at 303Cycling.