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What is the best place in the U.S. for a cyclist to live?

I am looking to move, but where should I move to? I am a roady but I wouldn’t mind buying a mountain bike and hitting some trail from time to time as well.

I would like a combination of good weather and good infrastructure. I would rather ride in 100 degree heat than 40 degree cold and hate riding in the rain and refuse to ride in snow. I also want good infrastructure where it is safe to ride. After almost being killed by a car this is especially important to me. Preferably this place would have good bike trails where one could ride at 20 mph+ and not have to worry about weaving through tons of comfort bikes on 8 mph Sunday strolls.

So lets hear your opinions? Where is cycling nirvana? At least the United States’ version of it.
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What is the best place in the U.S. for a cyclist to live?

I am looking to move, but where should I move to? I am a roady but I wouldn’t mind buying a mountain bike and hitting some trail from time to time as well.
Marin County California - just north of San Francisco. This is the birthplace of mountainbiking and the road riding on Mount Tamalpais as well as in West Marin is spectacular. The place is hellish expensive though.

Many top riders live in Boulder or Durango Colorado. They must have a reason. Those places are gorgeous also.
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Denver, Co. The slopes are only an hour away for downhill/freeriding, near the metro area are tons of trail for mtn. biking, dirt jumps for jumping, and more than enough paved hills to grind up and fly down if road is more your style. Just my $.02
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asheville, nc.
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Denver, Co. The slopes are only an hour away for downhill/freeriding, near the metro area are tons of trail for mtn. biking, dirt jumps for jumping, and more than enough paved hills to grind up and fly down if road is more your style. Just my $.02
Not to mention 300 days of sunshine a year.
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asheville, nc.
Didn't Ashville get pelted with two hurricanes in like a weeks time? I'm not sure that qualifies as good weather.

Why is that a good place?
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asheville is incredibly bike friendly. plus, they are in the beautiful smoky mountains. hey...if it's good enough for hincape.


the mtn. biking is tremendous there as well. the pisgah and tsali trails are world-class. they'll def. wear you out and f**k you up if you aren't careful.
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Denver, Co. The slopes are only an hour away for downhill/freeriding, near the metro area are tons of trail for mtn. biking, dirt jumps for jumping, and more than enough paved hills to grind up and fly down if road is more your style. Just my $.02
Apparently due to global warming Denver never gets below 40 anymore per the guy's dream locale. RTFQ
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Apparently due to global warming Denver never gets below 40 anymore per the guy's dream locale. RTFQ
The average highs in Denver are about 44 degrees in December and January so that definitly meets my criteria. Its not like I am going to be riding bike at 1 am when its colder. Its ok if it gets below 40 as long as the winters are not too severe. I grew up in Minnesota so I know that places up north are out.

Denver, CO Springs and Fort Collins are already on my list of no brainer places to move to. However, I am looking for other possibilites because I can't seem to get a job interview in Colorado to save my life.

Most places in California are out as well because it is not worth to me paying a half a million bucks for a 3 bedroom rancher, when I could buy a mansion in other parts of the country (i.e. Ashville NC) for that much. Areas in the central coast of California and north of San Fran seem more reasonable as far as cost of living, so I am looking there however.
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Phoenix is 95% flat, 350 days of sunshine, 110 degree heat in the summer. I don't really think it's great for riding... but it has no rain and no snow Theres a nice long bike path that goes across the city too, about 30-40 miles probably
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Phoenix is 95% flat, 350 days of sunshine, 110 degree heat in the summer. I don't really think it's great for riding... but it has no rain and no snow Theres a nice long bike path that goes across the city too, about 30-40 miles probably
But its all flats!!! Nothing beats the Bay Area, here in Northern California where you got just about enough hills to make you a mountain goat!!! The weather is perfect for riding the whole year round - winter is not that cold and summer not that hot; you can never run out of places you can go out and ride. Going back to hills, we got MtDiablo wherein its the only one where you have almost all 11 miles going uphill. If you can climb this, you can climb any hills.
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Madison, WI. A bikers paradise, its beautiful and a bike friendly city thanks to the Trek factory right outside of town. There are hundreds of miles of paved roads with little traffic (thanks to the milk industry). the longest climbs are about a mile but there steepness makes up for the lack of length. and you can bike from march-oct outside with decent weather. also collegiate road nationals were held there this year.
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Northern Sonoma County, California

Why?
1.Beautiful weather
Avg min temp is 39' in Dec- Avg. temp 47'
Avg yearly rainfall 29"- most of it in Dec, Jan, and Feb
Avg Max temp 89' all year (it does get hotter though-spikes as high as 115)
2.Most beautiful place in the world-
3.Great wineries on every bike ride- good for getting some suger if you need
4.Cyclist friendly, but not cyclist burdened (there are not a lot- saw three in 60+ miles today- can go as high as twenty)
5.The further North, the less traffic
6.Great small communities (mine is Cloverdale)
7.No Marin-ites (sorry guys, you know what I mean) north of Petaluma
8. A bike rack will get you to thousands of rides
9.good local shops
10.Within reasonable distances of beaches and forests
11. LOTS of Mountain Biking
12. Lots of lakes and wild life
13.Trees!
14.Home of the VINEMAN Triathalon and many club rides that are up to speed
15.Sweet hills-hard climbs
16. very few dogs in the road
17. The river- for cooling off after a hard ride
18. Fat shoulders on most roads
19.100s of continuous no-freeway miles
20.Friendly cyclists

Why not-
1.It's spendy-coming from any where else, California is going to hurt

Just my 2c worth
but of course- this is where I live- I better love it right?
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i forgot to mention wisconsin has superweek, the best racing series in the country!
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7.No Marin-ites (sorry guys, you know what I mean) north of Petaluma
Sorry, but I don't know what you mean? what is a Marin-ite?

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Why not-
1.It's spendy-coming from any where else, California is going to hurt

How expensive is it compared to the Bay area? I though it was significantly cheaper up there but still higher than most other places in the US.
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