The bike industry has finally recognized this as a problem and tried to address this age-induced lack of wanderlust by creating a new style of bike to try and reignite the flame of adventure in those of us who have settled into a rut over the years.
For most people, the introduction to bicycles came as children, and as kids the bike was a means of escape, exploration and freedom. We all can recall riding to the corner store on our own to buy some candy, or going to explore that open field near our neighborhood with friends. Every corner you came to and each trail or street you wandered down provided a new adventure and sense of wonder. Unfortunately for most of us, as we all grew older we lost that sense of adventure and settled into our work routine, seeing the same streets and areas of town as we commute to and from work, errands and appointments.
The bike industry has finally recognized this as a problem and tried to address this age-induced lack of wanderlust by creating a new style of bike to try and reignite the flame of adventure in those of us who have settled into a rut over the years. These new bikes, called adventure bikes (or gravel bikes), have comfortable geometries to allow riders to sit a little more upright and make the bike very stable handling.
They also have drop bars with multiple hand positions to allow riders to change up their positions to keep feeling comfortable for long days of exploration. Also, these bikes feature extra tire clearance to allow for knobby or wide slick tires, disc brakes for confident stopping, and mounts for racks and fenders if you want to carry some cargo and ride in any weather. Some examples of these models of bikes are the Specialized Sequoia, Cannondale Slate, Litespeed T5 Gravel, or the Felt VR series. Aboard any of these bikes anyone will feel like a kid again and feel the urge to seek out some new adventure.
In a state like Colorado, and especially in Colorado Springs, there are many opportunities to get off the beaten path and pavement and get away from it all.
With a huge network of dirt roads, dirt bike paths and trails, you have access to a seemingly unending network of possible adventures starting from your front door. Many of these trails and dirt roads can be accessed from multiple locations in town within a short distance from anywhere within the city. So, there is no reason you can’t start from your front door to go on a long adventure-filled journey, or just a short hour-long jaunt to get away for a while. Just visit the Trails and Open Space Coalition’s website and take a look at the network of trails and spend some time on Google Earth scanning around the city and you will find a massive number of dirt roads and unincorporated space begging to be explored.
Some of the fun trips I’ve taken were short jaunts out to Peyton to have a beer at the Pop a Top Saloon, while other times I have packed a change of clothes and a credit card and headed out for an all day ride through the mountains that ended up in Breckenridge or Cripple Creek, where I spent the night and rode back the next day. There are just so many possibilities for these bikes, and so many adventures to be had, it makes me excited for spring and planning my next trip.
If this type of riding sounds appealing, you are not alone. This is one of the fastest growing segments in cycling, and so now your bike options within this category are plentiful. Stop by Criterium and take some test rides, you may find just the right spark to ignite that fire of exploration. We are located at 6150 Corporate Drive in Colorado Springs or by phone at 719-599-0149.