Colorado bicycles at rest and in use

Peorian Lar Davis headed out to Colorado to visit his niece in Wheat Ridge over Christmas. He recently talked to me about three pictures I spied on his Facebook page.

A bicycle that once belonged to long-distance cyclist Susan Notorangelo crowns the front window of Peak Cycles in Golden, along with several historical machines, including a 19th-century high-wheeler (left) and a slightly younger wooden-rim safety bicycle missing its front tire (right). “I thought, I’m in Colorado, I must go to a bicycle shop,” Larry said. “Once inside, I turned around and saw the bike. Probably because it was bright pink.”

Downtown Boulder benefits from its intentional preservation of pre-Interstate architecture and the presence of the University of Colorado. This bicycle rack on Spruce Street is near the Boulder Theater and the retail-packed Pearl Street Mall, a former street turned over to pedestrian use in 1977.

Simple U-racks in use on the south side of Denver. “Anytime we turned a corner, we saw bicycles,” Larry said. “A lot of riders on single-speed bicycles carrying messenger bags over one shoulder. If you were on the northwest edge of town near I-70, you saw lycra-wearing road riders headed into the country. Downtown on the weekend, seemed like there were more than a few casual hipsters: people riding in regular clothes and cloth hats, Yehuda Moon style.”

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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