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07 June 2019 - Fort Collins, CO

Explore New Grounds: Fort Collins

Shimano STEPS Demo Driver Robert Plumb takes a trip to Fort Collins, Colorado to explore the town by e-Bike.

Fort Collins, Colorado was founded in 1864 as a military fort called “Camp Collins” and incorporated as a town in 1873. Some of the names of the streets today reflect some of the historical figures that have led the city or have had an impact on the city such as Mason Street or Mathews Street. Other names of Fort Collins have been “Fort Fun” for the cities activities as well as numerous festivals hosted.

On April 19th the Fort Collins city council approved a one-year electric bicycle pilot program that will open up the paved trails in Fort Collins. The change is made as by a new Colorado Law allowing e-Bikes on trails that otherwise would be restricted by local jurisdiction. The cities bicycle advocacy committee along with six other boards passed the recommendation in support of a pilot program.

 

The 1-year Fort Collins e-bike pilot includes:

  • Class 1 and 2 e-bikes only
  • All Paved trails
  • Extensive education and evaluation

 

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We wanted to see what Fort Collins has to offer for ourselves, so we headed out on the BMC AlpenChallenge to explore the paved trails in the city.

We started our bike tour at Bindle Coffee (Rumored to have the best latte, espresso, chai, or Chemex in Colorado) located just outside downtown Fort Collins. Riding the Shimano Steps equipped bikes the BMC Alpine Challenge LTD and the Wallerang Tapper made for a great ride around the city.

 

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Next we rolled onto the Cache la Poudre River trails for some scenic paved trails that go for miles around the city connecting various neighborhoods and parks.

 

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We then rolled to the campus of Colorado State University to take in some of the sights and enjoy the amazing architecture that can be found on the campus. We rode around oval drive which connects all the administrative buildings.

 

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And through the center which has expansive grass areas and tree lined sidewalks.

 

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We then ended our ride at the World Famous New Belgium Brewery home of the Annual Fat Tire Fest and various other Festivities throughout the year for some amazing food and Beverages.

 

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Exploring the city via Shimano STEP's E6000 system was an extremely enjoyable experience. We were able to cover more ground and take in the sights with the comfort of the e-assist.

To try the BMC AlpenChallenge, check when our STEPS team will be near you at our next Demo Event.