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Where is the best place to live in the US for a cyclist?(15 posts)

Where is the best place to live in the US for a cyclist?zeeno
May 7, 2002 8:27 AM
Both MTB and roadie?
That is easy it is Boisesmilycook
May 7, 2002 8:54 AM
I think we already chatted about this, but I think Boise, ID is the best place for mountain biking and road biking. Idaho recieved an A in trail access from IMBA and Boise has great trail riding, I have tons of trails which are a one minute ride from my house. And the road biking clubs are great too, and we have some fun rides and big climbs and also we have a good race scene for mtb and roadies. But you must be cool and intresting to move to Boise, because we don't want it to get too crowded!
Santa Cruzgrzy
May 7, 2002 10:14 AM
The riding and the skill level of the riders around here is simply insane. A good chunk of the bike industry is located around here and you often see and get to ride some very trick stuff. We ride all year round on juicy single track trough the redwoods and sweet twisty roads in the mountains. You gotta be willing to climb and the rewards are epic views and smoking descents. We keep all the Hateful Old Hikers over in the Valley and up in Marin. the big downside to Santa Cruz is that it's ridiculously expensive to live here and it recently was awarded the title of "least affordable place to live" due to the gap between housing costs and average wages. All this can be solved if you come from money or have a high tech job in Silicon Valley. Bike magazine just did a profile on the 5 best towns for MTBing - good article, but SC doesn't make it due to the cost issue. Still, you get what you pay for.
For Mtb, but Aptos or Monterey for road. nmrideslikeagirl
May 7, 2002 10:30 AM
For Mtb, but Aptos or Monterey for road. nmgrzy
May 7, 2002 1:45 PM
By Santa Cruz I kinda meant the whole county. Ain't no real hills down thata way unless you want to mess around with the rednecks in Prune-tucky. Up around SC proper we have, in no particular order: Alba, Jamison, Felton Empire, Emprie Grade, China Grade, Hwy 9, Hwy 236, Mtn. Charlie, Zaynate, Boony Doone Rd. Hwy 1, Swanton Loop, Skyline, Summit, Old San Jose, Granite Creek, Glenwood, Gazos Cut Off, Stage Rd., etc., etc. Problem with riding down around Aptos is that it's crowded and there's lots of people heading for the beach. You can get off the beaten path around Watsonville and head up Hazel Dell. Monterey has some decent riding, but it's mostly out and back stuff and there aren't as much backroads through the redwoods. Frankly, the only time we head towards Aptos and Montery is if we want something flat.
Santa Cruzgtx
May 7, 2002 10:45 AM
you forgot about the annoying hippie scene and influx of idiots on sunny weekends. But yeah, great riding. I'd live there if I could afford the housing and didn't have a job that required me to commute down highway 17.
Santa Cruzgrzy
May 7, 2002 1:52 PM
Yeah there's a real lack of Republicans preaching family values. Hippies hang out down town and panhandle and you can usually smell them before they get to close. The idiots on the weekends stick to the major roads that head to the beach and don't have a clue as to any of the backroads. The only people on the back roads are the few locals, bikers and the occasional organ donors on crotch rockets, buth they're a dying breed. Dunno if hippies are really any more annoying than any other stereotype. I'd take them over the "tourons" and right-wingers any day.

It's kind of staggering when your realize that a basic tear-down goes for $500K.
Santa Cruzgtx
May 7, 2002 2:21 PM
I consider myself pretty darn left but for some reason hippies bug the cr@p out of me. Maybe I just hate the Dead and patchouli. I grew up in the Bay Area but was priced out. I'd love to return some day if I won the lottery--currently I'm only willing to work so hard for the roof over my head, and I'm getting used to riding in the rain.
Santa Cruzcolker
May 7, 2002 3:22 PM
may be in sf for a week in june (end of june).. what to expect? never been in ca.
Business or pleasure? nmrideslikeagirl
May 7, 2002 3:52 PM
May 7, 2002 8:29 PM
but i'll have a lot of time to know the place. guess i can't bring the bike though..
May 7, 2002 8:53 PM
Bring your riding clothes, shoes, pedals and helmet and head down to Stayon street--there are about 6 or so shops--someone should be able to rent you a half-decent mtb. Buy the trails map for Marin. Go ride the Headlands, Mt. Tam, etc. Best old school roadie shop is the Bike Nook, out in the Sunset District. You should also check out American Cyclery (on Stanyon and Frederick). And make sure to get a burrito at La Taqueria at 25th and Mission (on Mission)...heaven.
Santa Cruzjc66502
May 7, 2002 8:15 PM
Don't you live in Seattle? My wife and I are starting the re-location lottery. Our options are pretty wide open and we're eager to escape the Midwest. She's a veterinary student and the job market for her is very good nationally (this year's graduating class has something like a 4:1 job to graduates ratio). We've got a year or so to make our decision.

How do you like the Seattle area? Cost of living? Job market (for me, not her)?

Santa Cruzgtx
May 7, 2002 8:47 PM
I think Seattle may have the bext combo of salary vs. cost of living in the nation. Of course I could be wrong. But then the economy sucks now--but I think that's the same most places. High tech is very slow at the moment. Seattle and Washington state have some major hurdles to overcome in terms of infrastructure in the next 5-10 years or so. The rain...well, you just have to get used to it. Just plan on getting a dedicated rain bike and some good rain gear. The road riding is quite good. Most of the good mtb riding requires a car, which bums me out.
re: Where is the best place to live in the US for a cyclist?cyafshin
May 7, 2002 9:18 PM
Bend,OR. Hopefully most of you have no idea where I live. Excellent single track along rivers, great mountains (over 10,000ft) and long uncrowded roads.