Front Range Scene

Get Your Beer in Gear

Marrying two of Colorado’s favorite activities: riding bikes and quaffing suds.

May 2012

Bicycles are good all by themselves. But they’re even better when paired with Colorado’s favorite beverage: beer. This intersection of brew and two-wheeler has become a jumping-off point for several new Front Range businesses. Ride on over and check out these spots. 

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Full Service Road 34

 

There’s really no need to ever leave Road 34—except to ride your bike. Born from a love of singletrack trails and postride brews, this full-service bike mechanic and high-end mountain bike shop sports 24 taps and a full deli menu.

 

Try: Owner Will Overbagh’s favorite, the Philly with “lots of steak, provolone, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers topped with creamy queso.” Stay long after your bike is ready and catch one of the local bands that frequent the shop’s stage on the weekends.

1213 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, 970-491-9934, road34.com

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Craft Bikes and Pints Cranknstein

 

When you ride up to Crank-nstein, don’t bother stopping at the threshold. Just glide through the garage door straight into the indoor bike parking lot. Then settle in with a house-roasted cup of joe and a slice of just-out-of-the-oven strawberry crumble pie or a pint from the 13 ever-revolving draft beers.

 

Bonus: Ask Evan Rau (the mechanic and co-owner) to concoct a “Frankenstein” bike customized with your dream frame and parts.

215A N. College Ave., Fort Collins, 970-818-7025

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On the Road The Denver Bicycle Cafe

 

From dawn past dusk, the Denver Bicycle Cafe feeds cyclists’ needs for hops and caffeine, while also serving as a clubhouse for the biking community. 

 

Drop in: Road warrior commuters stop by for a before-work espresso, and spandex-clad group riders cap the night with a pint from one of the six local rotating beer offerings. Got a flat?  The on-site bicycle mechanic will keep you rolling.

1308 E. 17th Ave., 720-446-8029, denverbicyclecafe.com