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    Best place to live and mountain bike????

    I was wondering if some of you could fill me in on where it's best to live if you love mountain biking. I'm in the process of making some changes and am planning a move, but haven't decided where to. I'm confident finding work won't be a problem. I just need to be near a city large enough for a hospital or two (I work in healthcare).

    I would like to live somewhere that has access to local trails, and has a large friendly cycling community. I also enjoy racing and hope to find somewhere that has a competitive local series. I also love other outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, and would like to learn to kayak.

    If you think you have the best mountain biking trails and cycling community tell me why and help make my decision easier.

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    I would say Denver or the surrounding area would be a good bet.

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    Vancouver BC!

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    Western North Carolina, cuz it's good

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    Havent ridden there yet, but Portland Oregon seems to have everything you want in close proximity...

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    According to Mountain Bike Action Magazine, the best place is Park City, Utah. Apparently everytime a company starts a housing development they have to build/add to mountain biking trails and they strictly enforce this law.
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    Southern Utah has great riding but excpect a nice pay cut. Utah health care does not pay like other places. But the riding is year round and like no where else in the country.

    Phoenix also has a great riding group and health care is booming there. riding available 10 months a year- 12 if you hate yourself. All the outdoors you want within a few hours drive in any direction- mounatins, lakes, desert, Mexico, Vegas.
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    Fruita....wish I could move out there. AKA single track heaven

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    For me is Cusco, in Peru. Good weather, the air is pure, and lots of possibilities to live for MTB!

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    Not Tampa, FL! High prices, low wages, and flat, boring trails. Sure, it's technical, but I miss real climbs and swooping singletrack.

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    When you say "live" and "bike" I think of a few variables such as the obvious.... trails, trail access, biking community. And the lesser though of, schools, night life, weather, other activities, etc. The Western Slope of Colorado (Grand Junction area), SW corner (Durango), Denver. Salt Lake City/Provo, Utah area, Central California (cost of living issues there). Central to Western North Carolina. I would say narrow it down to a few, find yourself a couple locals to speak to and/or take a trip (best) then decided. I was born and raised in Denver, CO, so feel free to contact me with any questions about Colorado.

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    I live in Golden, CO (Denver), we have riding all over.... however...

    I would look into Durango (Close to Moab, Gallup, Arizona when winter hits) and you have the high country to play in during the summer.

    Utah is fantastic, Can't beat it.

    Can you be nomadic? You know, be in 1 place for a year and then move on? That would be ideal.

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    Listen! Southern Cali!

    Most people wouldn't think of Mt Biking and Los Angeles in the same sentence, but we have great trails here that stretch from the mountains all the way to the beach. There are lots of bike shops from corporate giants (Performance Bike) to high-end boutique stores (Universal Cycles in Universal City) and everything in-between.

    There are plenty of clubs to ride with, but I find the best rides are with a few buddies and new people we meet on the trails. Best of all, I can ride from my house to the trail head if I want to (about 7 miles on the street) and then stay off road for an epic ride or just do a two hour loop.

    Look for Caballero trailhead in Encino. Take the short but technical single-track to dirt Mulholland. From there you can ride easy fire roads or super technical single-track ALL DAY LONG.

    Ride to the beach, the Hollywood Sign, Malibu, or to the former site of O.J. Simpson’s house in Brentwood via Sullivan Canyon trail (awesome). The possibilities are unlimited. The terrain is diverse too. There is hard-pack, sand, rock gardens, red clay, water crossings and even footbridges…all on the same ride. Add in the proximity to nightlife, world-class restaurants and great homes and you’ll find it’s hard to beat.

    I'll admit that it’s not as scenic as Peru, but it sure is more convenient!

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    I'd third the vote for Fruita/Grand Junction, especially if you're in healthcare. Hubby has wanted to move there for almost a year. The biggest job industries right now are oil drilling and nursing.

    I live in So Cal and wouldn't advocate it as a place to move. Lots of trail access issues going on currently. Not to mention incredible over population, traffic, and smog. Also, it's now summer, so unless you like riding in 100* + from July until September, think somewhere else (this would also exclude the Phoenix area, and Las Vegas). If you can afford living in OC there are a lot of trails, but also a lot of people. It hasn't happened yet, but everyone has been saying for a month or so that the national forests will most likely close to all human traffic at some point due to fire risk. We'll see what happens ,but most of the trails I ride are in NF land, so that would suck.

    If you can handle Vancouver BC traffic, and don't mind the immigration stuff, go for it That's the only place I've visited in the past 5~ years that I'd consider moving to.

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    Not that we really want anymore moving here! Might be room for a couple more bikers though.

    Western Washington. You have some of the top healthcare facilitys in the country.
    For biking you have mountians in fact two mountian ranges dry forest and rain forest and in eastern part of state you have dry and even some deseret like conditions. Of course you have a lot of camping sking and all of that.
    If you like to fish there is some great salmon and steelhead trout fishing.
    If you want to get into kayaking why not try doing it in the San Juans with killer Whales?

    Check this out

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    this is a hard question. I live in so-cal near the beaches and I love it here. Summer it gets as hot as high 70's low 80's. 90's is a heat wave. Winter it gets in the 60's high 50's.. So you can ride all year long no problem. thier are lots of trails out here and technical and fun but its not going to be as nice as some of the other places listed. So i guess you have to tell us what you are looking for? Super nice trails everywhere? Weather that you can ride any time you want? A city where you can do other stuff when your not working? Cost of living is cheap? Not too crowded? Obviously I am not living here just becuase I like mountain biking but i don't find it hard to mountain bike here at all. I have been to some of the other places and they have really nice trails and its fun but i go to the city and think that i couldn't live thier. But that is my life style and everyone's life style is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayodh
    For me is Cusco, in Peru. Good weather, the air is pure, and lots of possibilities to live for MTB!
    No way! I'd never bike where donkeys have the right of way.
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    I went online and searched and now I am changing my opinion from earlier and I want to say Fruita Colo. is the place to be. The place sounds amazing and you can you ride the Fruita trails straight to Moab (its truly an epic though). I think I want to move there after reading so many articles about it. Need a roommate??
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    Flagstaff
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    Can't go wrong.

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    im biased but...

    N Utah. You can ride year round in both desert and mountain terrain. In Feb. you can ride Gooseberry and in July you can ride at 10,000 ft along lakes and streams.

    A four hour drive gets you to such famous places as Fruita, Moab, Zion, Jackson, and Sun Valley. Plus, there is unending terrain in between. Park City and the surrounding areas have some amazing singletrack and, its true, new housing developments are required to build new, mountain bike specific singletrack.

    Also, SLC has a lot of hospitals and a very large medical research facility at the University of Utah.

    And, some of the best skiing anywhere!

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    South Lake Tahoe. We have a hospital.

    Only problem is that snow can get in the way of winter riding, but that's okay, head down the hill to Sac or the Bay Area...or just start boarding/skiing.

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    Tahoe or Reno, hands down(although Fruita or Denver don't sound too bad either)

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    utah

    another vote for utah, i live in salt lake and in the winter i get sick of riding the low elevation trails i just take a weekend trip down to st george to ride in 60 degree weather on awesome red rock trails, in the summer nothing beats park city single track, oh and the fact that you have 5 major canyons to choose from all of which are within 30 minutes to salt lake all of which have major mt bike trails on them... oh and did i mention park city literally has 100's of miles of pristine shaded single track!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *KL*
    I was wondering if some of you could fill me in on where it's best to live if you love mountain biking. I'm in the process of making some changes and am planning a move, but haven't decided where to. I'm confident finding work won't be a problem. I just need to be near a city large enough for a hospital or two (I work in healthcare).

    I would like to live somewhere that has access to local trails, and has a large friendly cycling community. I also enjoy racing and hope to find somewhere that has a competitive local series. I also love other outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, skiing, and would like to learn to kayak.

    If you think you have the best mountain biking trails and cycling community tell me why and help make my decision easier.
    I moved to North Bend Washington and live on the middle fork of the Snoqualmie river. You get class II-IV kayaking depending on where you launch. Skiing is 15 minutes away but it's not resort-class skiing. Mountain biking is very nice with many rides leaving from my house and the hiking is everything from a day-hike to Everest training.

    Oh yeah: My property taxes went from $5,000/year to $14,000/year in just three years so you may soon be able to buy my house. Apparently I'm not the only one who wants to live here.

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    Bend, OR: they have an epic trail system that can be ridden from town. They also have some really good beer. Tons of outdoors stuff like camping, rivers, fishing, hiking.

    The people are pretty laid back and easy going. Some really good bike shops too.

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    proably biased cause i just moved here from south florida. But northern georgia is pretty sweet. Lots of good trails close by and even more within a nice 2 hour drive. Great weather year round.

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    tahoe good we have hospitals and LOTS of trails

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    Not Boise, 2 Hospitals, 1 private hospital planned, lots of Doctors, not so many nurses, tons of sweet single track, lots of climbing and loads of screaming descents. Of course with all the Californians, Washingtonians, and refugees from the east coast we have increasing crime rates, bad air in the summer as well as the usual winter inversions. Soaring house prices and taxes that follow those. Traffic woes and general growing pains. I wouldn't trade it for the world, well maybe if I won the lottery and was able to quit work and dedicate the rest of my life to riding all the primo single track on the planet I would move. Yeah, Boise sucks a big one you don't want to come out here.
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    I have to say it.

    Southern California.

    Denver and Fruita and Flagstaff etc might be incredible...but their virtue diminishes since they can't be ridden all year.

    90% of our trails in SoCal can be ridden ALL year barring a 2-3 day rain delay.

    Road riding up the wazoo.
    Tons and tons of trails.

    We lack the ridiculous amount of singletrack of other places...but if you can only ride that singletrack a few months out of the year...

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    i hope to be selling my place in socal soon. great 1100 sq foot condo for 260K. hope you like the spanish speaking, welfare collecting, non-citizens that have completely taken over because our government is too weak to close the border.

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    I think you meant to type Peoria. Or Kansas City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechmann_mtb
    i hope to be selling my place in socal soon. great 1100 sq foot condo for 260K. hope you like the spanish speaking, welfare collecting, non-citizens that have completely taken over because our government is too weak to close the border.
    Don't let the door slap you on your way out- we'll be only too happy to see your type gone. I hear there's still a few right-wing redoubts in Idaho you might be interested in...

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    our trails suk

    Thats the reason nobody has listed Albuq plus its so hard too spell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by verve825
    Don't let the door slap you on your way out- we'll be only too happy to see your type gone. I hear there's still a few right-wing redoubts in Idaho you might be interested in...

    Actually they got closed down and the people moved to Alabama or Pennsylvania or maybe it was so cal
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    Southwestern New Mexico. (Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, Silver City)

    1) Laid back life style.
    2) Decent weather year round.
    3) Variety of terrain. (Desert sand and scrub, dense forests, slick rocks, painful climbing and deadly descents.)
    4) Miles and miles of trails.

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    Not even from there but Lake Tahoe seems AWESOME to me....

    www.tahoerimtrail.org

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechmann_mtb
    i hope to be selling my place in socal soon. great 1100 sq foot condo for 260K. hope you like the spanish speaking, welfare collecting, non-citizens that have completely taken over because our government is too weak to close the border.
    What the....? Ironically, one of the reasons why I love living in California is its diversity (racial diversity). I meet people from all walks of life, and from all over the world. Maybe you need to travel? There are people living outside the U.S.....

    Anyway, I'll cast in my vote for NorCal....great weather, different terrains, rain, sun, anything that suits your mood. Tons, and tons of trails..

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    Second this one

    Quote Originally Posted by palerider
    Thats the reason nobody has listed Albuq plus its so hard too spell!
    I'd say

    • Fruita
    • Denver
    • Tahoe
    • Reno
    • Bend
    • Flagstaff


    mainly as New Mexico, with Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos and some other irrelevant cities, all suck.

    They suck in the winter:




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    They suck in the summer:




    They definitely suck in the fall:




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    Quote Originally Posted by palerider
    Thats the reason nobody has listed Albuq plus its so hard too spell!
    That's certainly not the Albuquerque I remember. Otero, Elena Gallegos foothills, Sandia Peak. Just a short drive to Windsor, etc.

    I learned to spell it "ABQ" when I was about 4. Just remember to add the zip code on your letters so the USPS doesn't send it back for improper international postage.

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    Hooksett NH has been treating me really good as of late. Bear Brook State Park is 15 minutes away, the FOMBA singletrack (amazing singletrack by the way) is 10 minutes away (used to ride there when I was too young to drive, that's how close), Highland Mountain Bike Park is 25 minutes away, the Exeter Pipeline is 30 minutes away, Vietnam (awesome techy freeride) is about an hour away, and there are countless other trail systems nearby. Boston is 50 minutes away, so there's your big city, and my town is a decent little town. No sales or income tax in NH either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verve825
    Don't let the door slap you on your way out- we'll be only too happy to see your type gone. I hear there's still a few right-wing redoubts in Idaho you might be interested in...

    Welfare collector, eh? So what bike did you buy off our taxes? Prolly a $4k or above bike or something I bet, huh? Can't work - yet you can sure do a good job taking our money, can't yah?

    Go F yourself loser.
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    Park City is the shiznit but I like my beer full strength and thats not gonna happen in Utah.

    Grew up in Grand Junction and loved it. Can be a bit warm in the summer time but it makes you stronger. Don't think I need to say anything about the riding. The community is a too damn conservative too. Once we get a lot of young, active progressive people living there, it will be heaven for me.

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    I'll throw a vote in for my little town of Auburn, CA. 30 miles above Sacramento and sits at about 1,500 ft, so you can ride year round. 50 + miles of great trails from downtown(5 miles away), and many trails you can access from neighborhoods. A ton of lakes and 1 hour to Tahoe, 45 minutes to Northstar, and 80 miles to Downieville.

    The town is very big into the outdoors and endurance racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rider400
    Bend, OR: they have an epic trail system that can be ridden from town. They also have some really good beer. Tons of outdoors stuff like camping, rivers, fishing, hiking.

    The people are pretty laid back and easy going. Some really good bike shops too.
    Bend seems great but lacks challenging, technical singletrack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bullit71
    Welfare collector, eh? So what bike did you buy off our taxes? Prolly a $4k or above bike or something I bet, huh? Can't work - yet you can sure do a good job taking our money, can't yah?

    Go F yourself loser.
    I hope you are being sarcastic. Welfare pays well under $1,000 a month, even with kids. You'd have to skip buying anything about half a year to afford a 4,000 bike. While you might get subsidized housing and food stamps on top of other things, you can't spend that stuff, the money is never in your hands.

    Most illegals are working a heck of a lot harder than most of us.
    We all get it in the end.

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    Health care vocation + MTB = Southern Oregon. Check out Medford or south of there. Lotsa retirees from Cali and elsewhere. . .

    Sorry to all the you locals, but the rest of those places pretty much suck, esp Utah! IMHO

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    ideal:

    vancouver for june-sept
    southern cal,peru,new zeland from oct-may!

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    I posted my opinion on this before. For the western USA, I vote Flagstaff. (Told my wife we are moving there in the next decade, she doesn't believe me...YET!).

    Within half-day reach or less

    -Flag,
    -Sedona
    -Durango
    -Moab
    -St George
    -Las Vegas
    -Albuquerque
    -Santa Fe
    -Phoenix
    -Tucson

    --stuff I forgot.

    Cost of living is not too bad if you can find a job. Summers are milder than other parts of AZ. All the great national parks are close. Lake Powell is close (I love the party boat thing).

    Not great ski access though.

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