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Fellow midwestern riders please help!!!(6 posts)

Fellow midwestern riders please help!!!pnitefly
Jan 21, 2003 5:01 PM
I am thinking of taking a medical applications job with a large manufacturer. However, I will have to service the Nebraska and Iowa area. I am wondering what city/town I can move to in either of these states and still have good road and mountain bike routes. I am leaning more to Iowa because I have tried to ride in NE and it! I have been spoiled here in PA, I can ride right out of my door. Please give me some input!
re: Fellow midwestern riders please help!!!Geardaddy
Jan 22, 2003 8:19 AM
I think Eastern Iowa is your best bet. Yes, there are hills and valleys in Iowa as you get towards the Mississipi. I haven't been there, but I've read good things about MTB at "Sugarbottom". Plus, the Illinois side of the Mississippi has something to offer. Also, you wouldn't be that far from the upper Mississipi valleys of Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, which has both goot MTB and road riding. As far as road riding in Iowa - well I don't know about the quality of roads, but I'm willing to guess that congestion is not a big issue. :)

I hear Cedar Rapids is a nice place to live. There might be some hope on the other side of the state near Sioux City, but I doubt there's much. All of this coming from a somewhat informed Minnesotan.
Not much help here, but...Mike-Wisc
Jan 22, 2003 8:21 AM
If you're looking for "mountains" then you'll be hard pressed to find them in the plains states. There are the Bluffs on the border of Iowa and Nebraska, and there are rumored to be hills and forests up in upper northwestern Nebraska. Your best bet may be to get close to one of the major river channels (Mississippi or Missouri) and take advantage of the drainage topography.

This is probably no help, but may provide food for thought.

Take care.
There will be nothing like you're used toMel Erickson
Jan 22, 2003 8:23 AM
in Nebraska and Iowa. Your best bet is northeast Iowa for anything other than pretty flat farmland.
Try www.bikeiowa.comcydswipe
Jan 22, 2003 10:20 AM
I live in Iowa. There are lots of places to ride. As to YOUR area, or where you decide to live, I'd check the site and post there with trail questions. The DNR has a map available at most shops in Iowa with trails marked or maintained. If you get the chance, get to Sugarbottom in North Liberty for great MTB riding. It's just north of Iowa City aroun the Coralville resivoir. If you can, Feb 1st is the BRR ride from Perry to Rippey and back. That's a good barrometer for the typical mid-Iowa landscape. Good Luck and I hope to see you on the road or trail!!
re: Fellow midwestern riders please help!!!Overhill
Jan 22, 2003 12:28 PM
Look at Southeast Iowa. Good riding groups in Iowa City and Burlington, and clubs in some of the other small towns. Burlington in particular has good roads, active riders, and an excellent LBS. Secondary roads are pretty good, but if you want more, cross the River into Western Illinois, for miles of good back roads. No mountains, but as others noted, the drainage creeks into the Mississippi provide some decent climbs. Traffic count is low, and a surprisingly high number of drivers are friendly to cyclists. Overall, good road riding.
Sugar Bottom, near Iowa City is nice for MTB; also, Spring Lake, about 30 miles east of Burlington, in Illinois, has new trails. Good luck.