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    Moving to SoCal, LA vs. San Diego

    Hello Everyone,

    I have a job offer in San Diego and one in Palos Verdes. I'm trying to figure out which location has better mountain biking close by. Los Angeles or San Diego?

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    There is a little bit of riding in PV, but after that it is a bit of a drive/ride to get to any riding areas. And traffic getting into and out of PV can be gruesome. BUT, many parts of PV are quite nice as far as living conditions as long as you can afford it and wish to live close to work. Definitely check it out in person before committing. Depending on what part of San Diego you're looking at, it might not be much different with respect to being close to riding.

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    It all depends on where you plan on living. Both counties are fairly big.

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    San Diego. Without a doubt.

    There's plenty of good riding, and so much less traffic. Do yourself a favor and stay away from LA.
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    If I had the choice, I'd pick the San Diego area for living, first and foremost. Both have tons of mtn biking to do. San Diego has a better climate and is less crowded. BTW, I live in Los Angeles.
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    You should definitely move to LA, SD sucks. We have no riding, the weather is horrible, mexican food blows and the people are rude.

    Sent by concerned SD citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    You should definitely move to LA, SD sucks. We have no riding, the weather is horrible, mexican food blows and the people are rude.

    Sent by concerned SD citizen.
    I like the way we are both trying to pawn him off to the other location!
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    You might want to check out El Centro. I hear its beautiful.


    (Joking)

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    As a mountain biker and a shameless real estate broker (from L.A. 30+ years ago), San Diego has the advantage here. Depending on the price range of housing (rental OR purchase) trail access is almost guaranteed form all point in the county.

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    SD over LA any day. Better weather, less people, more riding.
    telling me to stay out of a former bombing range next to a dump while you build huge houses next to it? Screw you.-sandmangts

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    ^^ Yep, I endured 12 years living in OC, commuting to LA (think hell with more pollution and meaner people). We moved to the Bay area, but San Diego is definitely a step in the right direction!
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    One more vote for San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    SD over LA any day. Better weather, less people, more riding.
    Seems to me like you're forgetting something important!

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    I hear LA is nice.... =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    Seems to me like you're forgetting something important!
    Better beer?
    San Diego needs singletrack

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    Our beer here in SD is horrible. So strong and a lot of hops. There is a Miller Brewing facility in Irwindale near LA. Another reason to move to LA!

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    San Diego has fewer people, less traffic, somewhat less pollution, and lots of open space, which would make it seem like a shoe-in for a mtb'er to choose.
    The fly in the ointment is that we have some of the most regressive municipalities and city/county officials when it comes to trails, and more so when it comes to trail access for bicycles.

    A lot of the guys voting for San Diego, are riding on and thinking about trails that are actually illegal to ride on. I have to do the same thing too, in order to get a decent ride in in many areas. Compared to the trails that existed here 20 years ago, this place basically sucks.
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    What about Orange County? There's more easily accessible, great MTB riding here than in San Diego.

    San Diego and LA are both great though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Raton View Post
    San Diego has fewer people, less traffic, somewhat less pollution, and lots of open space, which would make it seem like a shoe-in for a mtb'er to choose.
    The fly in the ointment is that we have some of the most regressive municipalities and city/county officials when it comes to trails, and more so when it comes to trail access for bicycles.

    A lot of the guys voting for San Diego, are riding on and thinking about trails that are actually illegal to ride on. I have to do the same thing too, in order to get a decent ride in in many areas. Compared to the trails that existed here 20 years ago, this place basically sucks.
    Are you in North County? Not too many illegal trails around here, but there are a few in Del Mar Mesa etc. I agree that things have changed pretty radically in the last 25 years.

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    Sd > la

    Quote Originally Posted by cMc View Post
    What about Orange County? There's more easily accessible, great MTB riding here than in San Diego.

    San Diego and LA are both great though.
    I lived in SD for 17 years and just spent the last year living in OC and commuting to LA. I can say without a doubt that San Diego is your better bet.

    The riding in Orange County is the best out of SD, LA, or OC, but SD has a fair amount of riding.

    Riding aside, the livability of SD is unparalleled. I really miss living there (I lived in Ocean Beach and North Park). People are nice in OC, but kind of vanilla. LA is just a ****-show. Avoid it at all costs. It is miserable.

    All that being said, I'm moving to Oregon in a few weeks. See ya!

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    The real question is who the hell moves TO California.
    Unless of course you like over priced homes, highest gas prices in the nation with no public transportation, highest taxes in the nation, high unemployment, higher medical costs due to "free loaders" using the system. Ever go to a emergency room at night.

    Oh, and lets not forget Governor "moon beam" Brown.

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    51-year S.D. native here. I don't know enough about L.A.-area riding to make a comparison, but you could never get me to live there. I can barely stand the "traffic" down here; living up there would drive me to insanity.

    One nice thing about living in S.D. is, once you get bored with the trails we have to offer here, you can access the great trails in Orange and Riverside Counties without the traffic penalty of living in L.A.

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    All that being said, I'm moving to Oregon in a few weeks. See ya!
    When my obligations in CA are done I'll look ya up when I move there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiverMeTimbers View Post
    All that being said, I'm moving to Oregon in a few weeks. See ya!
    Congrats on moving to Oregon. I'm sure you're looking forward to it.

    On a side note.... Why does your profile only say that you've posted 9 times? You've been here forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbell View Post
    Congrats on moving to Oregon. I'm sure you're looking forward to it.

    On a side note.... Why does your profile only say that you've posted 9 times? You've been here forever.
    I think there may be another Shivermetimbers... I carried this name over from the surfermag forum.


    Definitely looking forward to the change. I know I'll miss SoCal between December and March, but that's what road trips are for.

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    LA has the better trails, it is the journey to them that will suck.

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