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« on: May 30, 2016, 06:20:33 pm »

Just moved to Denver.  Throwing together a ride up Pikes Peak.  

I haven't been up this way before.  I hear it is paved all the way up now.  It looks like only a few hours to the top from Denver, but if anyone has any tips on the ride, other worthwhile stops, routes, etc. worth mentioning, please feel free to add feedback.

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 08:01:15 pm »

Yes it's paved all the way but call ahead on the day you want to climb.  One day in July they stopped me at 11,000' due to icy corners.  Was a beautiful sunny day too.  The view on the way down is spectacular.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016, 11:41:59 pm »

Be sure to flush all your hydraulics first (brakes and clutch if so appointed). At elevation ANY moisture in the line will boil and you'll lose brakes and/or clutch. I've seen a guy who did his the year before so did the brakes again anyway; forgetting the clutch. Sure enough, he lost clutch at altitude.

We also had snow at the top that covered my tall shield so I had to look around the side of it to see the road. This was when it was nearly 100 degrees at normal elevations.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2016, 09:35:31 am »


Be sure to flush all your hydraulics first (brakes and clutch if so appointed). At elevation ANY moisture in the line will boil and you'll lose brakes and/or clutch. I've seen a guy who did his the year before so did the brakes again anyway; forgetting the clutch. Sure enough, he lost clutch at altitude.

We also had snow at the top that covered my tall shield so I had to look around the side of it to see the road. This was when it was nearly 100 degrees at normal elevations.


And along those lines, use engine braking going downhill to prevent brake-fade, warped discs and/or overheating the fluid.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2016, 09:59:54 am »


And along those lines, use engine braking going downhill to prevent brake-fade, warped discs and/or overheating the fluid.


At the time it wasn't fully paved and the road turned to slime and huge RVs were doing 3 point turned to negotiate the hair pin corners. It all added up to having to finesse out bikes at speeds slower than engine braking allowed.

With pavement now there the biggest deal will be the rolling road blocks that should never be allowed past the rangers' station.
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