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    Moving to Chico

    My husband and I will be moving to Chico next month from western North Carolina near Brevard/Asheville (very close to Sierra Nevada's new East Coast Headquarters, actually). What would be the closest riding other than Bidwell? Any advice on places to ride, shops, group rides, etc., would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletracksister View Post
    My husband and I will be moving to Chico next month from western North Carolina near Brevard/Asheville (very close to Sierra Nevada's new East Coast Headquarters, actually). What would be the closest riding other than Bidwell? Any advice on places to ride, shops, group rides, etc., would be greatly appreciated!
    I'm not from the area, but there is riding up Skyway (road out of Chico that takes you up to forested areas) near the towns of Magalia and Paradise. Just rode there on Sunday at a place called Upper Ridge Nature Preserve. It's small but fun, and there are several areas like it around. Lots of motorcycle trails to explore, and several flume rides that are cool.

    PM me and I can hook you up with my buddy & his wife who live in Paradise. They both ride, altho they aren't hammerheads. Good people. I'm down the road in Stockton, but visit them every now & then.

    He used to work at Sports LTD in Chico, good shop. Chico Sports, LTD On-Line Store | Outdoor Equipment and Apparel Also Pullins was voted best shop in a recent issue of the Chico News & Review http://www.newsreview.com/chico/home Pullins Cyclery - Chico, CA

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    P.S. Be sure to investigate the Feather Falls Casino in Oroville. Fun place, with good food and excellent beer. The brewer used to brew for Sierra Nevada. Pints are only $2! Feather Falls Casino | California's Best Bet!
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    I moved to Chico about 3 years ago, good riding here. I grew up near Brevard, PM me.
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    Fp, you are a plethora.....of something. :@ Looks sort of like Boggs.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Fp, you are a plethora.....of something. :@ Looks sort of like Boggs.
    Just for you, buddy.
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    Chico has the shops. When Bidwell gets wet, Oroville is like a second home for Chico riders.
    See my link for Oroville info.

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    Oh, and don't forget this:



    Chico's Sundial Bridge, with a beautiful bike path on either side.
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    isn't that bridge in redding?

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    Indeed. Unfortunately the Calatrava Sundial bridge is in Redding. There is lots of great mountain biking up there too and only 75 minutes from Chico.

    Be sure and bring your full suspension bikes with you, Chico is bumpy.
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    There are some trails between Oroville Dam & the afterbay that are ok. Not nearly as challenging as upper Bidwell park but a nice change of pace.

    Downieville is less than 2 hours away and north Shore Tahoe/Northstar is about an hour farther. Not exactly close, but lots of tasty bits abound in those parts...
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    I have never been to Feather Falls casino but the bike ride to Feather falls is awesome. Take the long way both ways and don't go on the weekends. Everything else near Chico has been covered here.

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    I have family in Chico, and I keep hearing about Bidwell. Sounds good, will bring my bike next time up.



    But I KNOW some of you Chester muffuggers are holdin' out on the goods. There's got to be some tasty stuff between Chico and Chester. I'll find it... someday, I will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westeast View Post
    isn't that bridge in redding?
    Lol, I is a shumdit.

    Next thing you know, I'll be telling people to go see this in Chico.

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    I was thinking older photo with the Zion but then seeing Endo told me otherwise. Haven't seen you on that for awhile.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    I was thinking older photo with the Zion but then seeing Endo told me otherwise. Haven't seen you on that for awhile.
    Excellent deducing there, Holmes. Yeah, that bike is geared for flat ground at higher speeds. I knew we wouldn't be riding anything too strenuous/hilly, so I brought that one.
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    Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    One more question, if you all don't mind: how often are the trails at Bidwell Park closed? Winter seems to be the rainier season, and I understand the necessity of closing trails. I just didn't know if was all of the time or an occasional occurence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Lol, I is a shumdit.

    Next thing you know, I'll be telling people to go see this in Chico.

    Wait, the Eiffle tower is not in Chico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletracksister View Post
    Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    One more question, if you all don't mind: how often are the trails at Bidwell Park closed? Winter seems to be the rainier season, and I understand the necessity of closing trails. I just didn't know if was all of the time or an occasional occurence.
    Yes, the upper park trials will be closed when they are wet. However, the road to the end of the park is not included in the wet conditions closure. So a good training ride to the end of the Upper Bidwell Park road and back can usually be done, even in mid winter. Fine views, especially if the waterfalls are gushing off the south side from about the fish ladders and farther upstream.

    Even with the fact that I have done the above training ride well over a thousand times, I will still usually opt to do it again rather than drive to ride at some other local area.
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    Jenna! I was exploring all the same threads and knew immediately it was you. Figure out Bidwell and then show me around. Can't wait.

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