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    Considering a move to Las Vegas

    Well I may have an opportunity to move to Las Vegas for work. I'm currently in Los Angeles and am from Detroit originally.

    I've only been to the Strip a couple times, and know thats not all that Vegas is about . . . what's life like there for a young 30s married couple without kids? How is the cost of living? Here in LA, it costs me a body part in rent each month for very modest accommodations.

    I assume the riding is stellar . . . can you ride year round (thinking about summer heat here)?

    I realize this is an open ended, vague question . . .
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    Cost of living isnt cheap anymore but its not LA either. If your going to rent you can get a nice house for about 1200 a month. Riding is awesome with different trail systems spread out all over town not to mention stellar riding in Utah a few hours away(think Brian Head alpine riding for the summer months) In the summer I start riding in the late evenings and ride into the night so invest in a good riding light.
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    It's Vegas, your a couple just coming into your 30's. Vegas will be whatever you make of it... You want quiet, peaceful, family oriented neighborhoods? We have that, think Summerlin, Anthem, Providence, Mountains Edge, etc... . Want partying, gambling and your typical(or not so typical) night of debauchery, were the best place in the world.
    We're cheaper than LA by far for housing and cost of living but Shawn's right it's not cheap like it used to be...
    The riding here has come along way in the last 10 years or so...we have pretty much a lil bit of everything. When it's in the 100's generally most of us ride early or late to avoid the heat, but a 30 min drive puts you in Kyle Cyn at Mt Charleston which will be considerably cooler, again Shawn's right above, a 2-3 hr drive north or east puts you in Southern Utah(St George(check it out for sure), Brianhead, thunder mtn, etc) east is AZ and well there's so much good stuff in AZ I don't know where to start... BOTH places So. Utah and AZ have world class MTBing as well as Las Vegas IMHO.
    and Yes! Pretty much year round riding
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    Hey, cool to hear your considering Vegas. I am actually moving there myself next month, just lining up a job right now. I will be living in Summerlin with a couple friends. I'm glad to hear that the trails are pretty awesome. Here in Ohio I hardly call it mountain biking lol. I can't wait! Hopefully there are some nice people to meet and ride with in the Vegas area
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRacer13 View Post
    Hopefully there are some nice people to meet and ride with in the Vegas area
    Don't count it j/k

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    Well had the first interview today and it went pretty well . . .

    I'm wavering on the idea of moving there. I don't know anyone there, it's super friggin' hot and there's no water (I've never lived more than 10 miles from a major body of water). But cost of living is a fraction of what it is in LA, the weather isn't THAT different, and I can still ride year-round.

    Are there places to live where you can ride straight to the trails? I have that luxury here in LA, and it adds tremendously to the enjoyment factor I get from biking.
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    Come try the trails and let them speak for themselves. They are the whole reason I moved here and I am still psyched about the move!! Vegas is a pretty fun town too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Well had the first interview today and it went pretty well . . .

    I'm wavering on the idea of moving there. I don't know anyone there, it's super friggin' hot and there's no water (I've never lived more than 10 miles from a major body of water). But cost of living is a fraction of what it is in LA, the weather isn't THAT different, and I can still ride year-round.

    Are there places to live where you can ride straight to the trails? I have that luxury here in LA, and it adds tremendously to the enjoyment factor I get from biking.
    There are at least 3 different areas of town where you could ride straight from your house on to a trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    There are at least 3 different areas of town where you could ride straight from your house on to a trail.
    Cool! What would those areas be? Summerlin? Green Valley?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Cool! What would those areas be? Summerlin? Green Valley?
    Summerlin, Anthem, Henderson(hendertucky), Southern Highlands, Mountains Edge, etc....
    As far as major bodies of water....
    Lake Mead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    If I were to move here I'd look at Mountains Edge or anywhere near the south/west corner of vegas. It would be nice to be able to ride right to Cottonwood. In my opinion it's the premier trail system in the valley and as I found out Saturday it keeps magically growing new trails....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonccc View Post
    If I were to move here I'd look at Mountains Edge or anywhere near the south/west corner of vegas. It would be nice to be able to ride right to Cottonwood. In my opinion it's the premier trail system in the valley and as I found out Saturday it keeps magically growing new trails....
    Prove it! Pics and locations please......

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    Bears Best Trails (BBT) is located near Bears Best Golf Course; This is in Summerlin and I recommend living as close to here as you can afford. I live near Fort Apache Rd and Warm Springs Ave and ride my MTB approx 6 miles from my house to BBT. Also Las Vegas Cyclery is about 2 miles from BBT; this a good place to start BBT rides from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcall8 View Post
    Prove it! Pics and locations please......
    PM sent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonccc View Post
    If I were to move here I'd look at Mountains Edge or anywhere near the south/west corner of vegas. It would be nice to be able to ride right to Cottonwood. In my opinion it's the premier trail system in the valley and as I found out Saturday it keeps magically growing new trails....
    You can easily access cottonwood right from bbt... hint, hint!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Blade-Runner View Post
    Bears Best Trails (BBT) is located near Bears Best Golf Course; This is in Summerlin and I recommend living as close to here as you can afford. I live near Fort Apache Rd and Warm Springs Ave and ride my MTB approx 6 miles from my house to BBT. Also Las Vegas Cyclery is about 2 miles from BBT; this a good place to start BBT rides from.
    ^^^this is sound advice!
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    I saw that junction heading south out of the wash a few months ago. I'll have to check it out. We're headed to charleston tonight. Nothing like pine trees and darkness.

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    I have lived in both places. Born and raised in Vegas and lived in Fullerton for 4 years of school. Vegas is definitely hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Come here in mid July and imagine that heat for at least 3-4 months. I'm fine with it, but some people can't take it very well. I'll go for a ride after work in the summer when it's still 110 outside and I'm fine as long as I have lots of water. Yes we have Lake Mead close by, but it's not the so. Cal beach. Boat, ski, wakeboard, jet ski, wind surf, it's great, but it's not s. Cal beach. Riding is great here. Definitely year round riding, but you can't compare the number of trails we have here to the number of trails in So. Cal. There are way more riding option in So. Cal. The suggestions above for a place you can ride to the trails are great. I live in Henderson and I can ride to some trails from my house within 10 minutes. Other places are the same. Come here in the summer with your bike and ride the trails and see if it's for you.
    It's an awesome place to live, but it has it's drawbacks like all places. Many people more here and get into the night party scene or gambling and get burned. The city away from the strip is just like any other city, but we still have all of the advantages of the strip being close by.
    I love to visit So. Cal., but I would never live there. I hate planning my life around rush hour. Traffic here is fantastic compared to SC traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaFred View Post
    You can easily access cottonwood right from bbt... hint, hint!!!
    ^^^this is sound advice!
    Say what?! Details please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKA View Post
    . . . Riding is great here. Definitely year round riding, but you can't compare the number of trails we have here to the number of trails in So. Cal. There are way more riding option in So. Cal. . . .
    Really? That seems counterintuitive . . .
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    Re: Considering a move to Las Vegas

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    Say what?! Details please.
    I'm going to have to go exploring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKA View Post
    ...Definitely year round riding, but you can't compare the number of trails we have here to the number of trails in So. Cal. There are way more riding option in So. Cal.
    Say whaaaaaat?
    I highly doubt you have the same number of miles per sq mile as we do, every trail(except bristlecone) in Vegas is pretty much within a 30-45 min drive from anywhere in the valley.
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    OK. Let me re-phrase that. So. Cal has greater overall numbers of trails, but they are really spread out all over a large area and Vegas has FAR less crowded trails as there is way fewer people here compared to SC. All of the Vegas trails are within a short drive, but the numbers don't lie. Just look at the "Trails" list on this website. 203 trails in the LA area alone and 67 trails for the entire state of Nevada listed.

    Don't get me wrong. Our trails here in So. NV are awesome, but there are more options in So. Cal. You may have to drive an hour or two depending on where you live, but then again, I guess if you include a 2 hour drive radius, we could include all of So. Utah trails too. Hmmmm, maybe we are better than SC for trails.
    I like it here. I'll stay.

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    If you have to ask on a forum to weight your decision because you are having seconds thoughts between LA & Las Vegas.
    Las Vegas is not for you.
    This is a gambling town so double down put all your chips on red and let it roll.
    I mean after all where else do you hear people telling you I need some money lets go to the casino?
    Just remember the house always wins.
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    What, not everyone wins at gambling!

    Vegas is a good town for concerts; I sure LA is about the same too....
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    Considering a move to Las Vegas

    Quote Originally Posted by Blade-Runner View Post
    What, not everyone wins at gambling!

    Vegas is a good town for concerts; I sure LA is about the same too....
    THE HOUSE ALWAYS WIN!
    If you don't believe it look around.

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