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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I'm curious as to how many hours you'd drive for different bike trails? Or maybe better trails? More interesting trails? Harder trails?
    12 hours to Arizona riding in the winter. 3 1/2 hours to Tahoe. But that will be cut to 90 minutes when I move in the next week. 2 hours to Auburn, CA. But that will be cut to about 10 minutes next week too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmittyPDX View Post
    I too am in Portland and it seems anything worth riding is at least an hour outside of the city (with no traffic). On weekends I drive 3 hour round trips both days to get my fix in. Portland does not have decent trails, but we are fortunate enough to have many fantastic trail systems within 1.5 hours away. Got to pay to play
    Dixie Mountain, other wise known as Rocky Point Road, is just 17 minutes north up Highway 30; it is a mix of XC, AM and DH; and there are many miles of trails back on that mountain. There are a few down hill options and decent size XC/AM loops around the East side of Vancouver, in the hills; Elk Horn DH & 3 Corners.

    If you look at Everytrail.com; trailweb.net; mtbproject.com you'll find a bunch of interesting stuff close by.

    At FP, get to the top of Ridge trail(multi-use), go west down the spin to Firelane 7(multi-use0, take firelane 7 to Bronson Creek Trail(multi-use). It's about a 5 mile AM style drop.

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    this weekend i drove an hour south to get to vietnam: Riley and Ash at Nam - YouTube



    and the following day an hour north to get to bear brook.



    it was well worth the trip IMO, 2 full days of very diverse riding and 4 hours of driving total. as long as the time spent riding > time spent traveling, i'm happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishpitbull View Post
    Spent 20 hours in the truck this weekend for 1 glorious day of riding.
    you're doing it right.
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    My regular trails are about 10-15 minutes from my house. My favorite trail is 45. I hit that a couple of weekends a month.
    My buddy and I just drove an hour to a new trail. We'll add it to our regular riding list.
    The best ever was the time I was going to Florida, so I took both of our bikes and drove down. When I got there, he flew down, I picked him up, we drove 90 miles to Santos, rode, I drove him back to the airport and he flew home. I finished my vacation with the family and went back a week later.
    I'm going to Ashville, NC next month. Can't wait. Also going to Maine for a weekend soon.
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    400 miles to Phoenix, happily.

    But I'm staying for a few days when I do.

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    Just did ~ 9 hrs from central Ontario to ride the Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake PA. It was so worth it...

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    I'm trying to ride a few new trails every month. Most are about 2.5 hours away at the moment.

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    If there are good trails on Antarctica, I'll find a way to get there to ride.

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    the furthest i've travel is one hour and I think two would be my limit unless I'm going to the area for a few days.
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    north lake tahoe, im spoiled, ride from my house, and im slowly getting better, so explore the woods

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    Drove 150 miles one way to ride different trails, that was 2 weeks ago.

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    yea what you said, variety baby!
    don't people like road trips, camping, exploring new trails? even if you live in a great riding spot, i would think its great to get out there, the world is a big place and we are here for a small amount of time. i just drove from san diego to colorado for 2 weeks of riding. but do what makes you happy.

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    I just can't wrap my head around the mentality of "I live in 'x' city, so why travel?". Maybe if that x is whistler. Maybe.

    Even if I lived in Brevard, or Chattanooga, or... I'd still travel to ride. No place has every construction style, or every type of terrain. People in different places build trails in different ways, and experiencing that variety is amazing and addicting. You ATL guys should consider Chattanooga btw. Sick riding. Chattanooga guys should consider Birmingham and Anniston.

    I live in Michigan, and my favorite kind of riding is ultra tech and bouldering. We have scores of trails within an hour, and they are great, but none of them quench my thirst for Pennsylvania rocks. I spend three weeks a year driving thousands of miles to sample new dirt. A couple weekends in there too. Highlight of my year.

    Agree with most that 2 hours is the day trip limit. But I've driven across multiple states, just to avoid inclement weather, and to ride 20 milez of new dirt, before moving on to the next place. I don't bother trying to justify the time or cost. The experience is priceless, and totally worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    I just can't wrap my head around the mentality of "I live in 'x' city, so why travel?". Maybe if that x is whistler. Maybe.

    Even if I lived in Brevard, or Chattanooga, or... I'd still travel to ride. No place has every construction style, or every type of terrain. People in different places build trails in different ways, and experiencing that variety is amazing and addicting. You ATL guys should consider Chattanooga btw. Sick riding. Chattanooga guys should consider Birmingham and Anniston.

    I live in Michigan, and my favorite kind of riding is ultra tech and bouldering. We have scores of trails within an hour, and they are great, but none of them quench my thirst for Pennsylvania rocks. I spend three weeks a year driving thousands of miles to sample new dirt. A couple weekends in there too. Highlight of my year.

    Agree with most that 2 hours is the day trip limit. But I've driven across multiple states, just to avoid inclement weather, and to ride 20 milez of new dirt, before moving on to the next place. I don't bother trying to justify the time or cost. The experience is priceless, and totally worth it.
    On the flip side of that there is so much more to an outdoor life for many of us than mountain biking. Biking alone would get boring for me. I backcountry/nordic/lift ski, camp, hunt, backpack, hike, kayak, trail run, etc. Plenty of variety not far from home for all of those activities for me. I still travel some, but there is so much to do close why bother. That's a large part of why my wife and I live where we do now, so we don't have to travel far for outdoor pursuits. I have traveled plenty over the years for work and visiting kids after a divorce (to the point of being sick of it) and still plan on doing so, just not necessarily for biking. I also like the feeling at this stage of my life in being more settled; raising chickens, gardening, cutting firewood, working on the house, etc.

    I would much rather travel a couple of hours or so for stellar backcountry skiing personally. I like not being confined by trails like I am on a bike. Nothing like having acres and acres of fresh powder to explore to yourself on a bluebird day. That's what I call variety, especially in the shoulder seasons when you can ski in the morning and bike in the afternoon.

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    I'm from south jersey and the better trails are north or west so for me it is 1and a half to 2 hrs away but it will be worth it they have some good stuff that way

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    We have two really wonderful trail areas twenty minutes from my house, they're both totally different terrain and trail construction with one being fast and smoothish and the other being a straight up sufferfest. There are six more within an hour (if I go over the border into CT there are another 10 or so areas within an hour) and another dozen or more within 90 minutes drive time (each way.) That doesn't stop us from travelling 6 hours each way once or twice a season to try new places and see new things. Now with a couple of fatbikes in the house that has opened up a whole new set of opportunities to get out, snow, beach, etc. Who would think that the NY Metro area was so loaded with top notch mt bike spots...

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    I am fortunate to be near many good trails (within an hour), but I really enjoy taking a road trip and riding new stuff, as time permits. For me, part of the fun of riding is the exploration, it is not about beating my best time on the local trail every week.
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    24 hours in the truck for a race down in GA. Worth every minute. Bull/Jake Mountain is awesome.
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    I'm not likely to drive very far to ride different trails, though I will drive to ride with different people. Some of the friends I ride with live an hour+ away so when we meet up, it's a bit of a drive. The trails in and of themselves might not merit it alone (though last weekend they did), but riding with fun people makes it worth it.

    I'll probably drive more to ride once I start getting bored with my local trails, but I just moved to right beside the Holyoke Range trails in MA and don't even know all of them yet, so I'm still pretty content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Front range Colorado. Weekdays 15-40 minutes to ride. Weekends closer to an hour if I stay close to home just to get to something different or high elevation. Weekend trips range from a 2-3 hours deeper into the mountains to close to 6 to places like Moab. Variety is the spice of life.
    Yes same deal here out of Denver. I'll add driving up to 24 hours with a crew for a week+ trip. (Whistler here i come, some day...)

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    Nothing great close by other than Tsali, and even that's a 50 minute drive. But I'm two hours from Pisgah, Dupont, Bent creek, and a good portion of the GA stuff N of Atlanta. But the SS makes the stuff that is closer more fun and more interesting.

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    There's no limit. My wanderlust is firmly in control. I'm new to Phoenix. It's been too hot to ride the local trails here so I've been spending my weekends riding in Sedona and Flagstaff. About a two hour drive from here. Can't wait to hit Prescott and get up to Utah and Colorado!

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    Across the planet if it were possible. Might have to fly or sail for some of them.

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    I drive 7 hours a couple times a year to go ride Pisgah in Brevard, NC. I live at the beach on the east coast of NC. The riding in Pisgah and Dupont is some of the best on the east and is worth the drive/trip when you have a couple days for your trip.

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    In June, I managed to ride at the Snow Summit bike park in Southern California on Saturday and then at Boyette Bike Park in Florida on Friday. Beat that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce in SoCal View Post
    In June, I managed to ride at the Snow Summit bike park in Southern California on Saturday and then at Boyette Bike Park in Florida on Friday. Beat that!
    There's a week time frame gap there and no indication of where you started from and if you drove or flew.

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    One of the positives of mtb'ing for me is that I go riding out of my front door. Fifteen mins pedalling gets me to the foot of a 1.600m mountain. Lots of options from there as long as you don't mind climbing.

    I need a car to go surfing/windsurfing (10mins-1.5 hr) or snowboarding (45mins), but I don't need to drive to ride my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    There's a week time frame gap there and no indication of where you started from and if you drove or flew.

    Just saying!
    I started in SoCal, where I live (check the user name). I ended back in SoCal. But, in between I rode at the park in Florida. I drove only to and from the airport. But, It was cool to get to ride in both places in a one week period.

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    i live in Vancouver!!!!!!!! Best riding ever hear. Within 2 hours of riding i can get to about 10 different riding areas that have 4-7 hours of riding in each area. Im so lucky to live here.

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    I once drove 5 hours (from San Diego to Phoenix) to do one ride on the Black Canyon Trail. I spent the night and returned after the ride.

    The longest one day was a 3 hour drive from Oakridge (Oregon) to ride at Sandy Ridge and then a 3 hour drive back.

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    I live in Austin, TX and there is some great riding right out of my front door and many good trails within an hours drive. But, I was up in KS for some deer hunting the week before last and decided to bring my bike and hit up the Switch Grass trail at Wilson Lake, around 700 miles from home, although the drive to the trail from where I was staying in KS was about 100 miles each way or a little under 2 hours. That's the longest I've gone in a long time to ride a trail. Totally worth it.

    Next week, my wife and I are going to drive up to Mt Ida, AR to ride the Womble and LOViT, over 450 miles, or 7 hours each way.

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    I'm very fortunate in that there are 3 great trails within 30 miles of my house, some as close as 5.


    I would probably drive only slightly farther on a regular basis but not much. Gas money is a concern if I want to ride a few times a week.

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