A bicycle riding group the opposite of the speeding scourge along city bike paths has been formed in the Cherry Creek Valley.
Cherry Creek Cruisers is a group of age 50+ single baby boomers who are bringing slow and social cruising back to the local bicycle trails.
“We don’t race, speed or wear Spandex,” explained co-organizer John Edwards. “We revert back to the wide handle bars and balloon tire bicycles of our youth.” “We do require headgear and irritating bicycle bells.”
Avid cruiser bicyclist Larry Rivera heads the group and leads the peddling pack along different local trails on Tuesday nights. The group was formed to get boomers, who already have a bicycle with a flat tire sitting in the garage, out to enjoy the many bicycle paths throughout the Cherry Creek Valley as well as along the Highline Canal Trail and into Cherry Creek State Park. (Admittance into Cherry Creek State Park is free to bicycle riders.)
“We try to keep our keep our cruisers off the dangerous streets,” explained group leader Rivera.
The adult singles bring their bicycles to the Bicycle Village parking lot near the Cherry Creek Trail in Aurora to have the necessary air and sealant pumped into their flat tires.
Starting near the parking lot at Havana and Yale, Rivera selects different routes each week. After a few miles, the group stops along the trail for a picnic before heading back along a different route. A restaurant serving frozen margaritas awaits back at the starting parking lot.
“OK, it is a less-sweaty bicycle experience but we aren’t hunched over, dressed weird and scaring little children and dogs,” Edwards explained.
Another consideration for women and older cyclists is a bicycle breakdown on the trails far away from help. They may not have the tools, spare tire or experience to repair a flat so they don’t ride.
The Cherry Creek Cruisers events include a “chase van” (just like the Tour de France) complete with two spare replacement bicycles that can be delivered to a breakdown.
“We leave no single cyclist stranded,” Edwards added.
The single cruisers ride every Tuesday afternoon at 6 p.m. The cost for the escorted ride, wine, barbeque picnic and soft drinks is $15. They meet in the west parking lot of Bicycle Village at South Havana and Yale in Aurora.