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Riding in Couer d' Alene, Idaho(6 posts)

Riding in Couer d' Alene, Idahomickey-mac
Jul 2, 2003 7:11 PM
A good friend moved to Couer d' Alene a few months ago and wants my family to visit some time this summer. He's also trying to talk us into moving there. I was there once as a teenager and really liked it and am considering the possibility. However, I don't know anything about cycling in the area. Are the roads and motorists cycling friendly? Is year-round cycling feasible? Any other information relevant to cycling?
it's friendly to triathletesmohair_chair
Jul 2, 2003 7:35 PM
Just over a week ago they held an Ironman there, and have held other triathlons over the years. That seems friendly enough to me.
re: Riding in Coeur d' Alene, Idahodavet
Jul 2, 2003 9:11 PM
The Coeur d'Alene/Spokane area is VERY cyclist friendly! I've lived in Spokane for six years now and am still amazed how good it is for bikes. There is the Washington/Idaho Centennial trail that's paved for over 50 miles, and the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's with 72 miles paved. Traffic is considerate of bikes, and the country roads out in the farmlands are a delight. The terrain can be anything from flat to extremely challenging. There are organized rides all the time. Very active bike clubs. Many good bike shops, particularly in Spokane (45 miles from Coeur d'Alene) Mountain biking is everywhere, we are surrounded by mountains.

Year 'round cycling can be difficult, we have four distinct seasons with snow in the winter. The winters aren't severe and riding is possible then using studded tires. But if you can't bike in the winter, it means the skiing is better!
Jul 3, 2003 5:38 AM
I've never lived in a location with a real winter but have always thought that I'd like to take up XC skiing during winter months if I moved someplace with snow. Based on what I've seen and read, the area sounds ideal for XC. The paved trails sound great; I'm going to try to bring my road bike if we go to Couer d' Alene this summer. Thanks again.
Lotsa X C and downhill skiing.........davet
Jul 3, 2003 7:49 AM
....very close to Coeur d'Alene, plus other areas within less than a days drive in Canada, Montana and other parts of Idaho and Washington. Snowboarding too, if you're into that.

The whole Inland Pacific Northwest region is a HUGE sportsman's paradise, and sometimes making the decision of what to do that day can be tough!
Jul 3, 2003 9:03 AM's US office is in Couer d'Alene, ID. I don't know if they have a brick and mortar store, but if they do I am sure you could score some great bargins on gear.