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Old 12-11-2012, 08:36 AM   #16
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There are some good paved twisty roads around us, but I can only imagine that with the mountains of CO there are plenty of twisty paved roads for street/sportbikes?
From my [very limited] experience in Colorado, it's a lot harder to find twisties of the same caliber you find out east. Not to say they don't exist, but they are far less abundant than you would think given the ratio you're used to.

I used to live in West Virginia in an area where every road around my house was world class street riding (aside from some winter gravel left over during spring months). Out here (in New Mexico), I have only found one road within 100 miles that even comes close to the stuff I used to have. The mountains are just so big that roads almost have to go up passes, rather than straight over like they do in Appalachia.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:58 AM   #17
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Moving to Colorado

The Boulder area is nice but you better be bringing plenty of money with you if you want to live there. I lived in Nederland for 20 years because I came to Colorado to live in the mountains not near them. Nederland is not for everyone but I loved it. I now live in Lafayette. It is very reasonable for the most part but does not have the community that Nederland has. On the other hand most people would not consider Nederland because it has such a reputation due to the summer transient hippies that flock there.

The other small mountain towns in the area are nice as well. Estes Park, Lyons, and Jamestown are all nice and less expensive than Boulder.

You may find yourselves fleeing religious radicals only to land in left wing liberal hell. .
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #18
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Hey guys, I've been checking out the Rockies regional forum for a few weeks, just trying to get an idea what things are like out there. My Dad and I are hoping to make a trip out to Colorado in a couple weeks (middle of December). Our family is considering moving from PA and we want to check out as many places as possible while we're there.

Where we're mainly focusing is the Front Range region, since Boulder is what originally caught our eye. Unfortunately living IN Boulder seems out of the question, with the cost of houses. What attracted us to that area though was the cleanliness, culture, abundance of outdoor sports (motorcycling, trails, mountains, etc...), and lack of hardcore conservative Christians.

Any suggestions or tips? Nothing about the trip is set in stone yet, aside from us leaving to come out there around December 14/15.
Please don't move to Colorado Springs , we already have our share of closed minded individuals here .
Go up to the northern part of the Front Range , according to a few of the locals the MENSA meetings are overflowing .
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:09 AM   #19
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Please don't move to Colorado Springs , we already have our share of closed minded individuals here .
Go up to the northern part of the Front Range , according to a few of the locals the MENSA meetings are overflowing .
I'm not sure I follow? Poor attempt at humor; sarcasm maybe?
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:15 AM   #20
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Please don't move to Colorado Springs , we already have our share of closed minded individuals here .
Go up to the northern part of the Front Range , according to a few of the locals the MENSA meetings are overflowing .

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Old 12-12-2012, 12:54 PM   #21
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I'm not sure I follow? Poor attempt at humor; sarcasm maybe?
obviously he was ticked off by the lack of hardcore conservative Christians comment & yet that group is very much my way or the hiway thinking...and yes there is a bit of that in Colo. Spgs.

i also now live in Fort Collins (was living in Steamboat Springs for years. awesome place to live...I still own 2 houses there, but got burnt out on long cold winters) and for the front range it's a great place (mountains to the west, great riding, outdoor activities galore, one of the better down towns of any city in the US, reasonable housing, plenty of arts & entertainment, college town youth-fullness etc.). it's got a good bit of everything except the massive crowds and traffic of Denver/Boulder area.

no one else brought this up (& not sure if it pertains to your family) but I have a 4yr old and the Poudre School District has some phenomenal schools and people move here for the schools. also the parks and recreation program is over the top with program availability http://www.fcgov.com/recreator/

ps i grew up in northern Delaware, have family in Doylestown and Lancaster and yes I wanted to the hell out asap. the west is best.
people will think your nuts for going in the winter, but you'll find winters (& summers) much more comfortable than back east because of the low humidity and high # of days of sunshine. drink more water than you think you need and wear sunscreen!
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #22
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You may find yourselves fleeing religious radicals only to land in left wing liberal hell. .
yes boulder swings 180 degrees the opposite way of colorado springs, it's the most liberal place in colorado and top spots in the country.

on that note i've found fort collins to be kinda in the middle in this aspect.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:31 PM   #23
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Right/left wingers.

You'll find all manner of ideology here, and a few on each end of the spectrum can be a bit judgemental. Don't let it worry you........ the vast majority of folks along the front range are friendly to those of diverse opinions. I can tell ya stories......... plenty of examples. There aren't many cloistered communities here, because most everyone came from somewhere else ~ or their parents did. If rocking the boat is a favored acivity, then there's always someone around to help make waves, of course....there's a few in every crowd. Polite people are treated respectfully everywhere. Wear a smile, and you'll make all kinds of friends. Don't worry 'bout it.

Look for places in your price range, in lesser-tagged neighborhoods, with the features nearby that appeal to ya. There's plenty to choose from, within 15 minutes of fun in the foothills and reasonable commutes to jobs.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:03 AM   #24
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Despite the major consensus in this thread, there are many nice areas of Colorado Springs. Old Colorado City is pretty nice, and I've found the cost of living here isn't too bad, compared with Denver, Boulder, Breck, etc. The religious culture is not in your face. Since I moved here, I haven't had one solicitation. Everyone minds their own biz.

Depending on where in PA your coming from, there may be a bit of a shock. All along the front range it seems like one big endless city. (At least it did to me). If your looking for more expansive, desolate areas, I'd keep your trip pointed West towards the Grand Junction area.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:47 AM   #25
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I have lived in the Colorado Springs proximity since 85 and I have seen it go from country conservative (poodunk) with a main staple of military/christian conservative to Californication with a carriage house and a pinch of gangsta.
I have gone from never taking keys out of rigs or lockin up to locked and loaded and surveillance cameras. Kinda sucks really' I liked it when it was Poodunk. 454 days and I am out of here in search of another Poodunk Paridise too watch the sunset on my life of Metamucil-Adventure in search of the perfect piece of pie. KYSHO.
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I have gone from never taking keys out of rigs or lockin up to locked and loaded and surveillance cameras. Kinda sucks really' I liked it when it was Poodunk. 454 days and I am out of here in search of another Poodunk Paridise too watch the sunset on my life of Metamucil-Adventure in search of the perfect piece of pie. KYSHO.
Montana. Thats where I'm going back to after we are done here. Very nice country, and some great people here, but I want the great wide open again.
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Consider this.

I'm based out of a lab in Golden, (very cool little community) but live in Grand Junction, 250 mile to the west. Best comute in colorado!!
I only commute a couple of times a month, for field projects. Love it in GJ. It's very close to Moab, Telluride, Aspen, etc and alot of open country in every direction. PUBLIC LAND...Just not the crowds. Amazing vistas and landscapes...

An abundance of Culture on the Front Range, restaurants, events, etc...Also, alot of outdoor opportunities, but keep in mind, you'll be sharing it with everyone else on the front who are into the same experience. You still have to drive a bit to get to the good stuff.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:04 PM   #28
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Despite the major consensus in this thread, there are many nice areas of Colorado Springs. Old Colorado City is pretty nice, and I've found the cost of living here isn't too bad, compared with Denver, Boulder, Breck, etc. The religious culture is not in your face. Since I moved here, I haven't had one solicitation. Everyone minds their own biz.

Depending on where in PA your coming from, there may be a bit of a shock. All along the front range it seems like one big endless city. (At least it did to me). If your looking for more expansive, desolate areas, I'd keep your trip pointed West towards the Grand Junction area.
i would add that places like manitou springs is it's own unique spot in the colo spgs bowl and very funky & way cool.
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I'm based out of a lab in Golden, (very cool little community) but live in Grand Junction, 250 mile to the west. Best comute in colorado!!
I only commute a couple of times a month, for field projects. Love it in GJ. It's very close to Moab, Telluride, Aspen, etc and alot of open country in every direction. PUBLIC LAND...Just not the crowds. Amazing vistas and landscapes...

An abundance of Culture on the Front Range, restaurants, events, etc...Also, alot of outdoor opportunities, but keep in mind, you'll be sharing it with everyone else on the front who are into the same experience. You still have to drive a bit to get to the good stuff.
ever spend anytime in costal southern California? that place gives a whole new meaning to sharing the experience with everyone else.
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Montana. Thats where I'm going back to after we are done here. Very nice country, and some great people here, but I want the great wide open again.
some great riding up that way for sure, but wow be prepared for some long winters.
not much different than moving up into the mtns in colo.
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