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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 19th, 2009, 12:21 am Thread Starter
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I'm wanting to ride Pikes Peak two up first part of August. 2005LT I've put 60000 miles on her but my partner is a little uneasy. Just wondering what experiences some of you may of had doing the Peak and suggestions you can make so the ride will be a success.
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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 19th, 2009, 12:54 am Thread Starter
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I'm wanting to ride Pikes Peak two up first part of August. 2005LT I've put 60000 miles on her but my partner is a little uneasy. Just wondering what experiences some of you may of had doing the Peak and suggestions you can make so the ride will be a success.
Looks like I just needed to look around a little and I would have found my answers.
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Re: Pikes Peak

Mt Evans is taller, and is fully paved (poorly, as I recall) to the top.

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Re: Pikes Peak

Just got back from five days in the Colorado Rockies, and the riding was generally awesome. But I'm old and insecure: I didn't like the absence of guardrails up from Ouray; I hated encountering SUV's on the narrow (i.e., only a bit more than one lane) approach to Independence Pass from the Aspen side, and I finally chickened out after three miles past the gate into Mount Evans; our younger riding buddies did the full trip, only to hit rain and hail at the top.

Suggestion: for the sake of your relationship with the SO, budget an extra day and rent a compact car in Colorado Springs, ride the Peak in that and then decide whehter you want to take the bike and the SO up there.
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Mt Evans try it first
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I think that you can view the BMW MOA website without being a member. I'd suggest you do a search on that site using Pikes Peak and get a better sense of what you'll be facing.

I'm old and conservative and just turned back, riding one up, three miles into the final fourteen to the summit of Mt. Evans.

And if the SO is uncomfortable with the concept, that won't help matters at all.

The Hill Country rides are flatland experiences when compared to the Rockies....
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The road up Mt Evans is paved and marked 2 lanes. There is a lack of guardrails but the road is in good shape except for one section near Summit Lake. But it is flat there and they keep warning signs too so just slow down and you should have no problems with the pavement.

I rode up in a car. There are some hairpins I know this flatlander would have really freaked out on if I were on the bike.

I don't get to say "I rode up the highest paved road in NA", but that's okay. I'm pretty sure I would not have enjoyed it. And right now, I want to keep riding because I enjoy it, not because I'm trying to make another notch on my belt.

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I would suggest going early in the AM. The storms that move in almost every afternoon can be a bad experience. We got hailed on 1/4 mile from the top. The hail turned to to a layer of ice. The ride down was interesting. The park ranger had my S.O. ride with him in the suburban. Picture the bike in first gear, at idle, and the back wheel sliding. Pucker time.

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