Getting to NoBo
From Denver, take U.S. 36 to Boulder and continue as it turns into 28th St. Turn left on Yarmouth Ave. to Broadway St.
Why go in late spring: There’s no better place than Boulder to cycle your way into spring.
Where to start your rides: NoBo, the northern edge of North Boulder, where great rides and even better coffee come together.
Dress code: Pearl Izumi or Descente Athletic (pearlizumi.com; descenteathletic.com), both Boulder-area cycle-wear companies.
Miles of bikeways: 381 Percent of residents who commute by bike: 9 (compared with the national average of less than 1 percent).
Definition of a “freiker”: A frequent biker; the Freiker program (freiker.org) gives out helmet computer chips for tracking mileage.
Number of bike shops in town: 16
Get a free bike: At Community Cycles (2805 Wilderness Place, Ste. 1000; communitycycles.org), earn a bike by donating 12 hours of bike maintenance time.
Most valuable “wheel estate”: Pedal to Properties of Boulder (1113 Spruce St.; 303/381-2525) takes clients to view houses on cruiser bikes.
If you’ve never had a pupusa (or even if you have), head to Pupusas Sabor Hispano. This little eatery with a line out the door is the place to try the traditional Salvadoran corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, roasted chiles, or even fiddlehead ferns. Top it off with one of six fresh salsas. $; 4457 Broadway St.; 303/444-1729.
Stop at Candy’s for the perfect ’60s sheath dress or well-worn pair of cowboy boots. The funky shop is jammed full of vintage clothing, western wear, and costumes. You can’t miss the bright pink and turquoise shed. 4483 Broadway St.; 303/442-6186.
Boulder’s popular Angie Star Jewelry opened North Star Jewelry Supply about a year ago. Drop in to make your own jewelry designs, inspired by the creative instructors and a treasure trove of gems and beads. 4680 Broadway St.; 303/442-2577.