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Why do you love riding where you live?(29 posts)

Why do you love riding where you live?js5280
Dec 27, 2001 10:05 AM
Thought this would be a fun topic for the post-holiday wind down. I enjoy hearing about people's rides around the US and the world for that matter. I'll go first. . .

I live in the Denver-Boulder area and I love the diversity of riding that is available. Denver is for the most part a cycling friendly city w/ paths and bike lanes which run throughout the metropolitian area. Shoulders tend to be generous as they are needed for our snowy days. There is a lot of different terrain available; from the flat plains to the east, to rolling foothills as you go west, and lung-busting climbs in the nearby mountains. To many people's surprise, Denver is a fairly temperate climate w/ pleasant riding year round, limited very hot or cold days, snow doesn't stick around long at the lower altitudes, very little rain, low humidity. Winter Park, Durango, Fruita, and Moab are very do-able weekend get aways for mountain bike ethusiasts. There are also many great MTB rides in the nearby mountains and foothills.

Alas, if you bring your UHaul to the border you will be turned around as Colorado is no longer accepting new residents. However, it you wish to put your name on the waiting list you can send me the $100 application fee and I'll make sure your name is added. We are happy, however, to accept well-heeled tourists for limited stays ;-)
re: Why do you love riding where you live?morey
Dec 27, 2001 10:14 AM
I live in the Tampa Bay area. Around my home is the Thonotosassa area which is great riding albeit a little flat. The Clermont area is great, rural, many hills.
San Antonio is hilly, very good riding. The Withlacoochee trail, flat, but no cars. The trail is approx. 92 miles.
AND, you cannot beat the weather!!!!
re: ... cuz it's where I live...Akirasho
Dec 27, 2001 10:34 AM
... the alternative would be to wait until I moved to an area more condusive to cycling, either here or abroad... not a good option.

... and since it's where I live, I try to make the best of it... and it's not too bad...

Varied terrain, varied weather patterns, good backroads, a trail system if so inclined, good local shops and good folks to ride with.

Yup, the grass might be greener over the septic tank (thanks Erma) but it might smell a bit too.

Love the roads you're with... do - do - do - do - do - do - do do

We abide.

Remain In Light.
peace and quietgrandemamou
Dec 27, 2001 10:45 AM
I live in rural SW Louisiana. I'm out my front door and on back country roads in 15 mins. The roads are pretty good but what I really love is that there are routes that I can take where I do not cross another vehicle for hours at a time.

Also, pace is more laid back and I don't have to deal with the road rage problems many of you guys deal with. The natives are pretty friendly. If I make a stop at a rural store someone always walks up to strike up a conversation. They think I'm nuts when they find out how far I ride and how much my bike costs but thats ok because I sometimes have doubts myself.
webbed toes an option?Tig
Dec 27, 2001 11:07 AM
Dey ask you why for you ride a bike and not in a piroque? Do you have to dodge 'gators and skeeters? OK, enough of the coonass jokes... I never knew it was so nice to ride there. I live south of smog-filled Houston and we have a few rural roads to enjoy, but even they can get busy with cars. To really get out into the clean air and back roads requires a 1 hour drive from here.
no but great road killgrandemamou
Dec 27, 2001 1:09 PM
O.K. leave the coonass jokes aside and I won't mention any aggie jokes. Lived on the southwest side of Houston for a while. There are some pretty good FM roads there. I try to do the Katy Flatland every year. I'll dodge gators any day to avoid the traffic in Houston.
webbed toes an option?doc
Dec 27, 2001 4:42 PM
What Part of Houston?
Clear Lake area. -NMTig
Dec 28, 2001 11:34 AM
'cause the road starts at my back door.12x23
Dec 27, 2001 10:47 AM
No drive to the ride, and the road are mostly low-traffic with nice pavement. They are also pretty much free of glass, (rednecks prefer their beer out of a can . . at least I do). Better watch it though; running over a flattened beer can in a turn on a steep descent will make your life 'flash before your eyes.' Winter isn't too bad, and I love the heat and high humidity in the summer.
Hills and moderate climateTypeOne
Dec 27, 2001 10:48 AM
Hmmm...Denver doesn't sound too bad!
I probably like riding in the Seattle area because there are no extreme temperatures, and rain really isn't so bad. I keep telling myself that, anyway. And I think it's beautiful.
If I had the choice to live anywhere in the US and cycle, I might pick coastal northern California for the same reasons. The only problem there? Too windy. I look forward to reading others' responses.
I'll stop beating the drum for Seattle. This place really sucks.
mountains, good weather, varietyDog
Dec 27, 2001 10:49 AM
Just take a look at some of these training routes: Wonderful variety of routes, and big hills or flats.

I can ride every day of the year no problem.

Also, many events close by. Lots of doubles, centuries, and road races in California.

BTW, nice job on the web site routes. . .js5280
Dec 27, 2001 11:25 AM
The Topo 3D graphics you used does a great job of showing what the terrain is really like. Plus high scores for the cool factor! Looks like great riding out there too. I have the same software but unfortuantely it doesn't do a good job for MTB trails. Need a GPS to take down the waypoints. . .must buy more gadgets ;-)

I visited the Fresno area a few years back. Went down to Selma, raisin capital of the world if I remember correctly, for some business. Seems like a nice area, a bit rural for my tastes, but didn't get a chance to check out Fresno which I'm sure is much more cosmopolitian. I know someday I'm going to get fed up w/ the Denver population growth and move on somewhere for the same reasons that brought me here 12 years ago.
re: Why do you love riding where you live?ashleyrenfroe
Dec 27, 2001 11:22 AM
Charlotte is so nice and the roads are quite wide here in the center of town. I love being able to ride at lunchtime, as there is much less traffic and the city is generally very active. Great cycling community and the birthplace, not current home though, of George Hincapie.

Much better than Atlanta.
coz its faster than any motor powered vehicles....secourir
Dec 27, 2001 11:52 AM
and the chicks always give you a second long look.

nyc :-)
re: Why do you love riding where you live?MCCL
Dec 27, 2001 12:07 PM
Wow I really feel fortunate. I bought land in Pagosa Springs 4 years ago. Just another Souther Cal. moving out some day. But as for Souther Cal. It's just another SUN FUN DAY. I would not say it's bike friendly here. I have been to quite a few states and Wisconsin get's my vote for the friendliest. MCCL
re: Faster than a car...jrm
Dec 27, 2001 12:18 PM
And the SF East bay is pretty bike "friendly". The dirts pretty good here too.
New York City is THE place to ride! ;) (NOT!)nigel
Dec 27, 2001 1:40 PM
Greetings, all.

I don't love riding where I live at all, really. Must confess though, that in addition to being quite adept to it and skilled at it, I'm to the point where riding in major NYC traffic is like being inside an arcade game. Would I prefer not to have to ride in traffic? Hell yeah, but I live in the capital of the world and the city offers so much.

Central Park in midtown is a very nice 6.2-mile loop to ride/race on; it's small, but it's what we have. I generally ride about twelve miles to upper New Jersey and New York on the west side of the Hudson River to escape the traffic and for nicer roads, hills, varied terrain, and all that nice stuff.

Happy holidays,
BoulderErik W
Dec 27, 2001 3:37 PM
I live in North Boulder so it's only couple of traffic lights and a few minutes to get out of town. I like it here for all the reasons you stated. Hard to beat 300 days of sun a year and year round riding. It's fun to go on a dry road ride on Sat. then drive 45 minutes into the mountains for a powdery snowshoe jaunt on Sun. The terrain around here is great for riding too. Rolling hills to flat terrain to the east and steep to the west. Some great hill climbs are Old Stage, Lee Hill, the ride to Ward, and Magnolia Rd. Some sections of these will really work you. They are all easily accesable from my front door. Like many people here I'm a transplant. I've lived in Maryland, Rhode Island, Florida, Alaska and Montana and visited all 50 states. I'd say, for me, this is the best place there is.
Erik W
Hidden treasuresmickey-mac
Dec 27, 2001 3:58 PM
Most people who visit the Los Angeles area imagine it as one of the worst possible places to ride. It can be if you don't know your way around town and don't know about some of the city's gems. The Angeles National Forest is absolutely beautiful with hundreds of miles of low-traffic roads winding through scrub-brush, chaparral, and cool pine forests. The mountains reach a height of approximately 7500 feet. The Santa Monica Mountains don't have the same elevation, but they also have some wonderfully quiet roads with plenty of climbing and spectacular views. Some of the panoramic vistas with ocean views on Latigo Canyon and Mulholland are amazing. The SM Mountains also provide hundreds of miles of dirt trails for mountain biking. When I ride in these areas, I'm always amazed by the number of people in L.A. County who never visit them. For purely selfish reasons, I hope it stays that way.
Hidden treasureslap3
Dec 28, 2001 12:12 PM
I agree that although most people may not consider So. Cal a cycling-friendly area, we do have some nice paths and trails. One of my personal favorites is the training ride in Simi Valley. It runs from November to February and starts from about 30 miles and picks up to about 70 miles. Most of the time, you can even some pros riding along with you.
I dont! It tracks up the carpet...bluto
Dec 27, 2001 4:05 PM
Colorado... enough said...nmGeof
Dec 27, 2001 4:19 PM
re: Why do you love riding where you live?mackgoo
Dec 27, 2001 5:31 PM
Because I live here. The fact of the matter is I wish I lived in CA, not MA. But I do so I make the best of it
East Salt Lake City: 6 canyons w/in 10 miles of my house...Leisure
Dec 28, 2001 2:04 AM
...with smooth roads leading to them, as well as plenty of trails in each. It's hard to qualify how cycling-friendly the place is, as there are a good number of cyclists and considerate people, but also a good number of hillbillies. So basically you learn to ride in the right places, just like anywhere else. But it's the variety of mountainbiking I really love.
re: Why do you love riding where you live?MJ
Dec 28, 2001 3:14 AM

like Nigel above it's an arcade game (except I sweat alot more) - riding in dense, heavy traffic is second nature - so much so that sometimes I forget how dangerous it can be and don't understand the look on non-believers faces when they find out how I get to work - there's a quite a cycling culture here as well - everybody from English eccentrics, to Italian goth anarchists, to couriers, to serious riders, to daily commuters get in on the act - anybody on two wheels is a friend

London is a great place to ride for what you get to ride past - I would reccomend anybody who visits to try and get out on a bike (post me here I'll rustle up a bike and a two hour ride about town - riding on the left isn't that hard) - cycling means you see things most people never get to see and you see things that everybody sees in a different way - my old route from Clapham took me along the Thames past Westminster, Big Bend, Parliament; the Embankment and into the City past St Pauls cathedral - it's a great way to see London - you get plugged in to the mains on a bike

as for riding here for training it's almost impossible (except for red light intervals) - to get any serious miles in you have to get out of the city which is super bike friendly as putting a bike on a train is no problem - this is great for me especially as I haven't had a car since I moved here from Texas 8 years ago - there's quality cycling on reasonable roads a short train ride away in almost every direction around London (traffic can still be an issue as SE England is pretty densely populated)

my preferred destination is Surrey as it has some great hills and scenery - riding to the coast is also an option - there's some decent offroad stuff in Surrey as well - as it's the only (nearby) place I can do any mtb. - my mtb now lives with Muncher in his garage (a small flat and fed up wife also came into play)

obviously living in London gives you great acess to the continent which for touring and riding is hard to beat - there are so many options (geography, language, food, drink) - 18 months ago I took the ferry to Hamburg and cycled (solo) back to Amsterdam - this summer a few of us are planning a Berlin to Prague riding week - which will be mostly about enjoying the elegance of the best form of transport, being outside and... beer, of course
re: Why I love riding where I live...4bykn
Dec 28, 2001 6:44 AM
Central Illinois, where the roads are flat and straight. I can't ride for about 3 months of the year, so I can avoid burn-out. In the spring when I'm building back up, if there's a headwind (which there invariably is), I can draft off a John Deere.
Guadalajara; Pacific bike sale going on now!Crankist
Dec 28, 2001 9:01 AM
lots of pornga
Dec 29, 2001 7:51 AM
I find tons of porn on the side of the road. Several magazines, 2 DVD discs and 1 VHS. Hours of naked female enjoyment.
re: Why do you love riding where you live?ridgerider
Dec 29, 2001 2:39 PM
I live in the Blue Ridge foothills about 30 miles from Boone, NC. I can ride out my front door and gain 1200 feet in elevation in eight miles. The views are inspiring, the cars are sparse and the hills are a challenge or a thrill, depending on whether you're going up or down them. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a road cyclist's dream and there are lots of other back roads to explore. Lance Armstrong came up here to get back into physical and emotional form after's a great place to ride!