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    The Cypress cometh. (to Corvallis)

    I'll be moving there at the end of summer. It is up to you to get me pumped about it.

    Name great things about Corvallis.

    List horrid things about Corvallis.

    Post pictures of Corvallis.

    Danke in advance.

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    There are a lot of bike lanes around town. The Co-Op is nice. The McDonald-Dunn Forest (or "The Mac") is an easy 5 miles out of town and there are tons of trails. Most of them are short and only a couple are sanctioned and on the maps. I would be glad to give you a tour or two. There are a couple nice 8-10 mile loops that include 1700' - 2000+' of climbing. There are also easier loops... either shorter or flatter. Its also real easy to link up loops for a bigger ride... and I see the cross guys out on the fire roads all the time. There's actually a ton of riding and I probably know way less than half of it well. Mary's Peak is about 30 minutes from town. You're coming from Bozeman? I really like that town. Ummm... Block 15 has pretty good beer. There's no Strong Scottish but the IPA has lots of hops. On the downside traffic SUCKS during football. Other than the undergrad bar scene the night life is pretty lacking. Have you done much riding in Oregon? If not thats a WHOLE different discussion. Here's some pics from the Mac... ok I have to resize them. I'll do a couple and then post them.
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    I am indeed coming from Bozeman. Can't wait to leave! Bozeman is awesome if you have winter hobbies, but for guys like myself that just want to ride bikes, the 7 month long winter is torture. We have a trail that can only be ridden 1.5 months of the year for goodness sake.

    I'm not big on the binge drinking scene, so that's a plus in my book. I really don't know what I'm going to do with myself if I can ride year round. I grew up in Colorado, then made the downgrade to Montana.

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    Corvallis...

    Let's see here...

    Good:

    1. If you're young (or go to OSU like me) , there's a lot of the women folk around.

    2. Pretty good roads to ride (outside of town) on if you also enjoy riding on the pavement.

    3. A couple of pretty good bike shops (Corvallis Cyclery always treats me good).

    4. Some decent trails, though I don't know many (would like to find some more though!)

    5. We have a hospital - can come in handy...

    6. Recently rated the safest small town (population under 50,000 or something like that) in the US.

    Bad:

    1. Lots of illogical hippies (maybe that's good to some?)

    2. Horrible roads in town.

    3. Really high rent for run-down places (unless you're far from campus).

    4. Crazy traffic on game days (as mentioned).

    5. There are a couple of Corvallis Police officers that are real buttheads - but the worst was fired and there are some pretty nice ones too (Most all the state police are great guys)

    6. Bikes get STOLEN!!!! Mine while locked to a railing on a second story balcony - OUTSIDE MY WINDOW! - Invest in a VERY good lock


    Um that's about all I can think of - hope it helps

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    Corvallis -
    Pros -
    Mac Forest does have some good double and single track riding and it's close.
    If you like more of freeride or downhill experience Black Rock is just 30 mins away and has some of the best downhill runs (for all levels of riding) in the state. Check out http://www.brmba.org/ for more details.
    Oregon State is a Pac-10 school with D-1 sports if you like that sort of thing (like me).
    I'm an old guy so if you have kids or plan to this is a great place to raise a family.
    The coast is hour to the west and 10,000' mountains are 1.5 hrs east.
    You can ride year round here - all is takes is some fenders, gore-tex, booties and gloves
    If you don't mind an hour or so drive you can get to many really nice riding spots.
    My favorite LBS is Peak Sports (worked there 20+ years ago...).
    Portland is just 80 miles up I-5 and itís, IMO, a pretty easy "big city" with lots of bigger city activities.

    Cons -
    Corvallis is a pretty small community so night life, etc. is slim. We are getting, however, a better assortment of restraurants.
    It can be rainy from Nov through March/April (like today for example) so if gray days get you down, be ready to travel to sunny climes to get a break (we head over the Central Oregon/Bend a lot where its cold this time of year but the sun is more apt to shine).
    Homes are not cheap and, as mentioned before, because of OSU rent is expensive - especially if you want something nice.

    I've gone to school (82' OSU grad), worked, played, and raised a family in Corvallis for over 40 years so I could go on forever about the good and bad. Overall itís a great bike community that I think you will enjoy.

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    I checked rent prices in Corvallis and they seem downright CHEAP compared to Bozeman.

    Maybe I was looking in the wrong place. (classifieds)

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    Compared to Bozeman rent is cheap here... the yuppie influx hasn't really made it to Corvallis. I understand that Bend is suffering a similar fate to your town though. As dude mentioned, your bike will get stolen. Make sure you get a place where you can keep your good bikes inside, then throw together a beater to take around town and get a good lock for it. I also took all the quick releases off my commuter and replaced them with bolt on skewers, clamps, etc. Im pretty comfortable leaving that clunker locked to a sturdy pole wherever...as long as I take the lights off!!! The roads in town do suck to drive on but it is the most bike friendly place I have ever been. You should spend some time in this forum looking at people's pictures from the Oakridge area. Its an hour and a half away with a TON of singletrack. But as mentioned, you can pretty much mick any direction and start driving, within an hour and a half there is sick riding. Here's some pics from the Mac and Marys peak... AHHH I resized them all too big still. Sorry bro. The mountains with trees and ferns and moss and fog look cool I swear!
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    I've had a bike stolen from me before and learned my lesson. I keep them inside unless I'm riding them, and never go without high dollar renters insurance.

    No yuppies? Hmm. I might have to buy rather than rent. If only I had done that when I moved to Bozeman. I'd be a king. Looked at a 1995sq ft house last year that was built in 1920. The basement was finished as it's own basement rental. Other than that, it was your average small house (the basement cut the actual square footage in half)... the $418,000 price tag kept me away.

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    This place was knocked down to $600k after sitting on the market for 3 months at $675K.


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    Corvallis is a great town to bike commute in, it sucks to drive anywhere though, parking anywhere near Campus (ie, most of the town) is horrible.

    As Mentioned Mac Forest is a stones throw from your front door and has a mix of trails, The good ones are all techincally illegal but still get ridden regularly.

    The Coast is only an hour away, the Mountains are too.

    Year-round riding, as long as you can handle a little rain.

    What's not to like..

    Well, there's nothing going on for 30-somethings, if you're in College, great, if you're old or raising your family, even better.

    One of the highest costs of living in the state or Oregon.

    We have plenty of hippies, the real ones mind you, not the Yippies that raise property values.

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    What is the road riding like? Good climbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon
    One of the highest costs of living in the state or Oregon.

    We have plenty of hippies, the real ones mind you, not the Yippies that raise property values.

    Yeah, here in Eugene, people always talk about how expensive Corvallis is, especially the housing. I would have assumed it was full of yuppies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    What is the road riding like? Good climbs?
    My idea of road riding is throwing slicks on the hardtail, but by the hordes of roadies I see everywhere I would assume the road riding is good. We're at the base of the coast range so I'm sure you could get some good climbs in albiet a little bumpy. These folks could probably help you out http://www.mvbc.com/
    The Alsea Falls loop always seems to do me right. A couple grand in elevation and a nice ride through the woods. The hilly section has recently been paved so it's pure asphalt heaven.

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    If you like groups of senior bikes

    There is the DOD Just kiddin'. Sheesh! Corvallis is a nice town. The rain will be an adjustment for many. By the way, Bozeman is a very nice town. That is a touch call. I hear you if you don't like winter sports...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    There is the DOD Just kiddin'. Sheesh! Corvallis is a nice town. The rain will be an adjustment for many. By the way, Bozeman is a very nice town. That is a touch call. I hear you if you don't like winter sports...

    Jaybo
    Your jokes would be alot closer to funny if they made any sense.

    Senior bikes? I know Sen'or Crash, but not Senior Bikes.

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    Old guys? Old men scare me.

    I know 3 or so 55+ guys here in Bozeman that could drop me on the flats without batting an eye. Old guys can TT like you wouldn't believe.

    (climbing is a different story)

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    I know

    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    Old guys? Old men scare me.

    I know 3 or so 55+ guys here in Bozeman that could drop me on the flats without batting an eye. Old guys can TT like you wouldn't believe.

    (climbing is a different story)
    The DOD except for the Klyde appear to be oddest bunch of cats on planet Earth. A bit scary! Oh, well, give 'em a shot. I will get attacked now with obscenities. They accept zero criticisms!

    Jaybo

    PS Thanks, Sasquatch, your English lessons have enlighten me
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    Still no pictures....

    Don't fail me.

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    Ok finally! THese are all from the Mac... most from Dimple Hill, and one from a trail that runs off of Dimple.
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    The first one is Sour Grass Meadow in Oakridge and the next two are Mary's Peak
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    Here's more pictures from a ride at Mary's Peak from last July 4th
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    Now I got my business all sorted out... here's some shots from a day on the Alpine Trail in Oakridge. Its over 30 miles... 5000+ ft of climbing. First one is climbing up FS 1910. Second is a view of the Sisters from 1910. Third one is me and some friends from the east coast taking a break "on top" of the Alpine trail... Sourgrass meadow.
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    well those are sideways... lesson learned. Anyway here's more from the Alpine Trail.
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    Drooling...

    My wife and I are moving up to your lovely state next year. We currently reside in Orange County, CA. Oh, the green up there!

    Thanks for those pictures too. And...hey...is that sky blue? Where's all the methane emissions?
    Yes! In dee face!

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    *cream*

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    Obscenities & more obscenities!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    The DOD except for the Klyde appear to be oddest bunch of cats on planet Earth. A bit scary! Oh, well, give 'em a shot. I will get attacked now with obscenities. They accept zero criticisms!

    Jaybo

    PS Thanks, Sasquatch, your English lessons have enlighten me
    Must be painful to constantly get your ass kicked by superior riders, especially when they're older (& odder) than yourself.

    Can you please tell us what that feels like, Jaybo.

    Yeah, the Disciples of Dirt probably are the "oddest bunch of cats on planet Earth." We'll wear that statement like a badge. Why be normal? Odd is good.

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    This observation -
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    The DOD except for the Klyde appear to be oddest bunch of cats on planet Earth. A bit scary!
    - from a guy whose picture closely resembles Gollem. H'mmm. Who's scary now?? I guess Jaybo hasn't met ImaKlyde. He's odd in his own way, a good way.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    PS Thanks, Sasquatch, your English lessons have enlighten me
    I always thought the past tense required the use of ed at the end of the verb.
    - 'enlightened'

    Oh well, have a good time trolling, Jaybo.
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    I'm pro-Jaybo, and I vote!

    Seems it's become somewhat of a DOD sport to be a Jaybo-basher. Not me. Jay, I'm sure you'd really like us, especially after the hazing ceremony (after the swelling subsides...). So no digs here.

    Feel the love.

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    How the hell did *I* end up being the "normal' one? Since when is an ultra-right, anti NRA, small town, semi retired 36 year old, 6'3" 250lb tattooed head to toe (almost...at least all areas in-between), ex-gang banger, mountain biker the "normal" one? Jaysus Jaybo! Sexy I may be, but normal? You really do know how to hurt a guy! It's duelling Turners at high noon.

    I'm blushing 'Flaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaKlyde
    ... Jaysus Jaybo! ...
    The Prosecution rests.

    Your witness.

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    coors valley info

    As a homeowning denizen of the corvallis I will throw in my 2 cents.

    Good:
    Easy Access to biking and a strong culture surrounding it (5 bike shops)
    Cheap compared to where you are now.
    Bike friendly
    The Orange Market on Van Buren.
    There is plenty more but those are the first to come to mind.
    No smoking in bars

    Bad:
    The town is replete with dumbass college kids and thier associated behaviors.
    No nearby skiing (1.5 hrs + away).
    Bring your own woman if possible, there are plenty of you and few of them, they are few and far between in the responsible adult age class, However if you do bring your own there are a lot of women in that age range for her to meet and not get lonely, but they are attached and/or married.
    When renting avoid Bula realty and Kip Schoning or any other red door slumlords. To be safe, check with the locals as to who isn't out to screw you.

    Anyway there is plenty more on both fronts. See you soon.
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    Not to rain on your parade, but some of the pictures that have been posted are under snow now. I bet Mary's Peak, just a few minutes outside of Corvallis, is under at least a foot of snow right now.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Not to rain on your parade, but some of the pictures that have been posted are under snow now. I bet Mary's Peak, just a few minutes outside of Corvallis, is under at least a foot of snow right now.

    Our nearest mountain range (Bridger) along with it's trails, still has a solid 6-7 feet. All of our ski hills have an 8-9 foot base with one of them well over 10 ft.


    1 foot just means "give it a month".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Yeah, here in Eugene, people always talk about how expensive Corvallis is, especially the housing. I would have assumed it was full of yuppies.
    The real problems are a combination of the only new development being McMansions and some high property taxes.

    There's a reason I live in Albany, it's cheaper to commute than to live in Corvallis.

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    Huh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Must be painful to constantly get your ass kicked by superior riders, especially when they're older (& odder) than yourself.

    Can you please tell us what that feels like, Jaybo.

    Yeah, the Disciples of Dirt probably are the "oddest bunch of cats on planet Earth." We'll wear that statement like a badge. Why be normal? Odd is good.

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    Who cares if I'm better of as you put it, inferior, to anyone else on a bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Sparty,

    Who cares if I'm better of as you put it, inferior, to anyone else on a bike!

    Jaybo

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    Who cares what kind of bikes people ride?
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    Oops, sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Sparty,

    Who cares if I'm better of as you put it, inferior, to anyone else on a bike!

    Jaybo
    Sorry! Wrong Jaybo. Thought you were somebody else. How embarrassing. My bad.

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    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    Someone say anti-NRA?
    I'm a real-life, multiple gun owning (emphasis on multiple), US citizen, advocate of gun ownership/use that is not, repeat not, a fan of the NRA. You may wonder why or mention that I would not have any ownership rights without them. I would say because they do not accurately represent gun related facts/truths, my opinions about guns/gun ownership and I disagree that their lobby is the lion's share of the "why" I can still own the guns I do.

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    I'm not sure what happened to this thread, but as for most of the pictures being under the snow... Mary's Peak is under snow and opens May-Oct to bikes. The Alpine Trail is under snow but I'm pretty sure there is (mostly) unfrozen singletrack in the Oakridge area year round. The Mac's high point is only 2100' and gets some snow but most of the time its just raining and muddy... one reason there's lots of singlespeed bikes here. You can always ride somewhere in the Mac and sometimes the 8 inches of snow on McCullock is good for a group night ride with some beers. Later on...
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    Not much in the OakieZone is snow free year long. Salmon Creek probably, maybe North Fork most of the time, but not much else. Since the OP wants Corvallis area stuff, which Oakridge isn't..., how about the coast riding? I sure don't know anything about rides over there as I've only ridden off Cape Perpetua (sp?) once but an ex coworker that lived in Corvallis used to say he rode on/near/towards the coast a bit during this time of year while Mary's is shut to bikes. The Perpetua stuff was fun a couple weeks ago, but could use some saw time. It would be about the same drive time to get to Perpetua from Corvallis as it would take to get to Oakridge...

    Nevermind. Oakridge wins that battle!

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    Closed to bikes, as in "ticketed for riding" or "it's snowy, so we don't ride there"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    Closed to bikes, as in "ticketed for riding" or "it's snowy, so we don't ride there"?
    Many of the trailheads are posted with signs telling you when they are closed. Mary's Peak is in a national forest, so I imagine they can levy a hefty fine if you ride a closed trail. Mac Forest is owned by Oregon State University, I don't think they can ticket you but they have discussed closing the forest to recreational users in the past, and I for one don't want to give them a reason.

    There are a few year-round trails in Mac, they're not bad but riding them all winter does get old.

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    I did not mean to imply that most of Oakridge is unfrozen, rather that there is something unfrozen most of the year. Thanks for the clarification. There are only 4 trails in the Mac that are sanctioned for bikes, and only two more that are restricted to hikers. The Mac is OSU's teaching forest and Starker has contracts to harvest timber from some of the land. Starker doesn't care what you do as long as you don't touch the trees. I've heard people say that OSU has threatened to close the forest to mountain bikes, but there are LOTS of riders out there, mostly riding unsanctioned trails built by other riders. The "OSU trail crew" (not exactly sure what their official title is) will take your freeride stunts down, but no one seems to care about regular cross country trails. If OSU really wants to keep you out of an area they will post a "trail closed" sign at the beginning. I actually only know of one of these and supposedly its because there are some endangered butterflies that nest in the meadow. Since they don't just go around putting them in front of every trail that someone makes, I tend to honor the few that are posted. Sign-less trails are unsanctioned so in the winter its pretty much up to the individual rider to evaluate the trail condition and decide if its ok to ride or if you're going to carve a trench down the middle. I met a guy the other day who said you can go from Corvallis to the coast on fire roads and singletrack... multiple routes actually. In my opinion, the Mac is a really great place to ride, especially for how convenient it is. If Im going to bother to load up and drive somewhere its better be pretty rad, I guess that's why I always go to Oakridge. Its only an hour and a half away and we can all agree its the sickness. This will be my third summer here so maybe I'll ride something else
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    I've never been to Oakridge so I can't agree with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    I've never been to Oakridge ....
    Why does that not suprise me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbrain
    . If OSU really wants to keep you out of an area they will post a "trail closed" sign at the beginning. I actually only know of one of these and supposedly its because there are some endangered butterflies that nest in the meadow. Since they don't just go around putting them in front of every trail that someone makes
    Seems like more of those pop up every year. I've seen the butterfly one, I'm pretty sure they've posted upper Horse, ZigZag and a few others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rufudufus
    Seems like more of those pop up every year. I've seen the butterfly one, I'm pretty sure they've posted upper Horse, ZigZag and a few others.

    Thats right! There is another on upper horse... I tend to hit bombs away > torn peck from that side. I rode zig zag ( or at least what my crew calls zig zag ) during the last bout of good weather and didn't see one.
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    My favorite is Calloway Creek.It's not open till the 15th.
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