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    State or Province with best riding?

    Considering the following which state or province has the best riding:

    • Months of rideable weather
    • Variety of riding styles
    • Miles of trails
    • Not too crowded

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    BC. Every other place is crap by comparison
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    LeeL: "BC. Every other place is crap by comparison"

    BC is great and certainly a Mecca but gee Lee, that's kind of an arrogant dickish response.

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    Maybe this should be broken up regionally. I think BC sucks because it is too far for me to drive

    But in my neck of the woods I vote for Vermont. I have biked in PA, WV, NJ, MA, VT, ME. Some of that was years ago when there were no mountain bike specific trails though.

    BTW, ride-able weather is a ridiculous criteria. If you do not ride in the winter because it is too cold then you are a pu$$y

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    Alot of my favorite trails have several feet of snow for half the year so they are unrideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Alot of my favorite trails have several feet of snow for half the year so they are unrideable.
    But that means they're skiable so it all works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    Alot of my favorite trails have several feet of snow for half the year so they are unrideable.
    I ride all my favorite trails year round. One of my favorite go to trails is 62 miles long one way, is a 15min paved road drive (or 6 mile dirt road/path) to the trail head from my house and I rarely see more that 1 rider on the trail.

    To the east 15 min drive (or 30 min trail ride) are another 15 to 40 mile trail system. South 15 min is another 30 mile trail system and 20 min south is short, but fun 15 mile system.

    These are the once close to home. Then there are more trails 30-60 min drives that come to a couple hundred miles at least. Then north hour 15 min there is another area with 150 miles of trails perfect for spring, fall or summer, but could be cold in winter (cold for me means sub 40 deg). And hour and half north is are even more and 2hrs north high mtn trails great for the heat of summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    LeeL: "BC. Every other place is crap by comparison"

    BC is great and certainly a Mecca but gee Lee, that's kind of an arrogant dickish response.
    Designed to provoke responses. Didn't work as it only provoked one response. Its shoulder season
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    In my case, the problem is you're right. We've got the weather for year round riding but not 1% of the trails in BC.

    Dammit.

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    Oklahoma FTW
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Oklahoma FTW
    OKC? I'm there for Xmas visiting family, anything new worth renting a bike for?

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    The one you live in???? If you aren't moving anytime soon the grass can always be greener someplace else. Ride the crap out of what you have and be happy you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    OKC? I'm there for Xmas visiting family, anything new worth renting a bike for?
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    And then we eat them."

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    Utah. Easy. High alpine forests to red rock to slick rock. Only IMBA Gold destination (Park City) and a very low population/acreage proportion. Can snow bike in the winter or drive 4 hours and ride single track in St. George and 50 degrees in January. Plus within an 8 hour weekend drive I can be anywhere from the Front Range to Tahoe, Jackson Hole to Phoenix. Nowhere else has this advantage.

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    Geez. And I thought we just put the other "best place to ride and live" thread from 2007 to bed. Have fun where ever you end up.

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    If I could live in one place where I would be most happiest with the trails and riding, It would be Grand Junction, Colorado. Moab is only a couple hours away. Crested Butte was an absolute blast - only 3 hours away. SLC only 4 or so hours away. Front Range 4 - 5 hours away.

    That would be my happy place. At least once a year I can get there.

    The rest of the 51 weeks I am riding in the Kansas City area and no one would believe there are over 100 miles of singletrack in the KC metropolitan area - new ones being added as I type. The trails are fun and the crew we have is top notch. So KC would be an awesome place to ride.

    The KC trails are rideable I would say from March/April to the end of November on a regular basis before the freeze/thaw monster takes hold - and even during those months - can get some rides in as long as the trail is frozen.

    And Arkansas is a short 3 hour drive south....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawson Raider View Post
    If I could live in one place where I would be most happiest with the trails and riding, It would be Grand Junction, Colorado. Moab is only a couple hours away. Crested Butte was an absolute blast - only 3 hours away. SLC only 4 or so hours away. Front Range 4 - 5 hours away.

    That would be my happy place. At least once a year I can get there.

    The rest of the 51 weeks I am riding in the Kansas City area and no one would believe there are over 100 miles of singletrack in the KC metropolitan area - new ones being added as I type. The trails are fun and the crew we have is top notch. So KC would be an awesome place to ride.

    The KC trails are rideable I would say from March/April to the end of November on a regular basis before the freeze/thaw monster takes hold - and even during those months - can get some rides in as long as the trail is frozen.

    And Arkansas is a short 3 hour drive south....
    Yep, I was going to say GJ, too. Year round riding and good variety (alpine to desert) within a reasonable distance. And that includes road riding, too, if you're of that persuasion!

    So for state, it's CO. For comparison, I've lived and ridden in New England, FL, TX, WA and now CO.

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    I've ridden in WA (goldendale & White Salmon) OR (Tillamook Forest, Hood River, Sandy Ridge, Bend, The Dalles), CA (Auburn, China Camp, Truckee, S. Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Mtn & Bishop), NV (Bootleg & Cowboy), UT (St. George/Hurricane, Bryan Head, Park City, Ogden, SLC, & Logan), CO (Fruita, Eagle, Breckenridge, Lyons & Lair'O'Da Bear), AZ (Tuscon), WY (Cody), MT (Bozeman), & HI (Oahu).

    So far my most favorite trails are in CA (Tahoe) and CO (Fruita), with a close second for OR (Bend).

    I think for me the absolute best state with the most variety is probably UT, but I live in CA and I'm having a good time since I'm in between a lot of great riding, just the drives that suck!

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    Why do these threads always end up reading like a pissing match...

    There is no correct answer. Best "Riding?" That is a great question, clearly well though out. There is only one kind of "riding" and thatís the kind I do, thatís why where I live is sooo much better than where you live.

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    How did you get that there's any pissing match going on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unrooted View Post
    How did you get that there's any pissing match going on?
    I did not read the whole thread again...but here are a couple quick examples.

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    BC. Every other place is crap by comparison
    Pretty much clearly says that BC is great and where I ride is crap.

    Quote Originally Posted by likeaboss View Post
    Maybe this should be broken up regionally. I think BC sucks because it is too far for me to drive

    But in my neck of the woods I vote for Vermont. I have biked in PA, WV, NJ, MA, VT, ME. Some of that was years ago when there were no mountain bike specific trails though.

    BTW, ride-able weather is a ridiculous criteria. If you do not ride in the winter because it is too cold then you are a pu$$y

    I guess I am a pu$$y.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHinFool View Post
    Why do these threads always end up reading like a pissing match...

    There is no correct answer. Best "Riding?" That is a great question, clearly well though out. There is only one kind of "riding" and thatís the kind I do, thatís why where I live is sooo much better than where you live.
    It becomes a pissing match because people who've barely ridden elsewhere invariably chime in with "I live in OkNebSana and it's the best darn tooting riding anywhere" so the responses become predictably barf-inducing.

    Yes - just like the other Best Place to Live and Ride thread that went on for ages
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    Lately I prefer Planet Earth. But I am willing to explore other options!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHinFool View Post
    I did not read the whole thread again...but here are a couple quick examples.

    Pretty much clearly says that BC is great and where I ride is crap.
    I didn't "pretty much clearly say that". I said it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    BC. Every other place is crap by comparison
    Cumby, CR, Hornby. The rest of BC is crap by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    Cumby, CR, Hornby. The rest of BC is crap by comparison.
    Cowichan Valley is acceptable quality
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Cowichan Valley is acceptable quality
    Even more so now. The CTSS is doing some amazing stuff there.
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    There is no best, just different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    There is no best, just different.
    Nice sentiment and true ... if you don't live in Durango
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Utah. Easy. High alpine forests to red rock to slick rock. Only IMBA Gold destination (Park City) and a very low population/acreage proportion. Can snow bike in the winter or drive 4 hours and ride single track in St. George and 50 degrees in January. Plus within an 8 hour weekend drive I can be anywhere from the Front Range to Tahoe, Jackson Hole to Phoenix. Nowhere else has this advantage.

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    Western Colorado sure hits all those points, plus we can smoke weed...

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    State or Province with best riding?

    Edmonton Ab biggest urban parkland in North America with a lot of hidden gem single track within the river valley trail network. just a portion of the valley trails in this map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funnyjr View Post
    Edmonton Ab biggest urban parkland in North America with a lot of hidden gem single track within the river valley trail network. just a portion of the valley trails in this map.
    I lived in Edmonton for 8 years and while what you say is true the trails are disjointed, often have very sticky mud, and are covered with snow 5-6 months of the year. I retired from the RCAF and moved to Cumberland BC on Vancouver Island. I can ride from my house to world class singlet rack in 5 min, year round. There are countless excellent trails within 2 hours. In Edmonton you can drive to Kananaskis, Hinton, Rocky Mountain House, and Jasper. These are all just a little too far for day trips although possible if desperate. For the Prairies Brandon MB is my favourite. It is worth traveling to.
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    Connecticut has some incredible riding, I ride year round, with a few exceptions. Now that I have a fat bike there will be fewer exceptions. Its cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, but its not extreme in either case (for the most part). I have a road bike for the rare occasions when the trails are muddy and I need a fix.

    Ok, no vistas, and while you are never really that far from civilization, there are some great tracts of undisturbed wilderness that give you that "out there" feeling when you want it.

    I travel both for work and for riding vacations and there's not too much out there more technical than what we have here. Maybe that's another knock on CT riding - there is much flowy stuff around, its just too bony for that kind of trail. When I ride in other places and someone warns me about a technical section coming up, I'm usually underwhelmed (obviously there are exceptions to that, but generally speaking).

    Within a 45 minute drive from my house I can ride any one of a dozen places, each location has at least 15 miles of trail. I have put together 40+ mile epic rides with only a few road crossings. Make that an hour of travel time and there are another 15 places.

    Compared to other places I've ridden our trail systems tend to be spaghetti-like trail layouts, it can take a while to figure out the turns that get you the good trails in the right direction, but well worth the effort.

    I am certain no one would say "let's plan a trip to CT to ride!", but if you like technical riding and you can work out a guide, it actually wouldn't be a bad destination riding spot. As far as a place to live, its decent. I dream of moving out West, but I think it would be hard to beat the density of riding we have here.

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    Louisiana.

    I live in the Alexandria area and we have about twenty miles of singletrack in the Kisatchie National Forest around Lake Kincaid as well as the 26-mile Wild Azalea Trail which is not optimum for mountain biking but will put some hair on your pathetic well-groomed, flowing, chests.

    We can ride all year...well...it gets to about 105 in August with a thousand percent humidity but you can drink the water right out of the air so you don't have to carry a hydration pack.

    Sometimes the fish get confused and end up swimming on the trail.

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    Come on guys no pics? Wyoming tops them all
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    Snowy range. Last pic is curt gowdy.

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    Vermont! Although winters are from late November to late March, with mud season lasting through May.

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    Living in Northern AZ, I think it's the best here. In the summer when it gets hot, there's the high elevation of Flag and Payson to keep cool. In the winter, if it gets cold I can always head south to Tucson or Phoenix. Moab, Fruita, Grand Junction, Hurricane, Durango, Vegas/Bootleg are all within 6 hours or so, and Salt Lake is about 9 hours away from where I live. Not only can I ride year-round, I have easy access to all the must ride areas of the SW.
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    Like others said, Utah would seem to have the most variety, from wooded and high alpine to desert to Moab slickrock. More than enough to keep me interested. Although Colorado has a lot of similar stuff, and Oregon has an excellent variety of trails and climates (alpine in Cascades, big tree rainforest, dry desert near Bend, plus excellent built parks at Blackrock and Sandy Ridge). I love riding in the Tahoe area of California, too. I guess it is probably all good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    It becomes a pissing match because people who've barely ridden elsewhere invariably chime in with "I live in OkNebSana and it's the best darn tooting riding anywhere"
    So you're saying Alabama's not the best just because I live there?
    Well...ok *sniff*

    If I could live anywhere, it would be SW Utah.
    From the pics and vids I've seen of the mountain biking it's awesome for that, but I don't know how much time my bike would get between backpacking and technical canyoneering.
    I fell so in love with the canyons that starting a year after my first trip, I made three trips in 13 months. Wonderful, magical place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpynerd View Post
    Come on guys no pics? Wyoming tops them all
    At Kingdom Trails in VT there are all those types of terrain plus more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    At Kingdom Trails in VT there are all those types of terrain plus more!
    Yes, Kingdom trails are great. I rode them when I lived in Vermont. However, Paying$$ to ride takes all the fun out of it.
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    Considering unrooted's original post I'll suggest British Columbia. On Vancouver Island alone:

    " Months of rideable weather" = 12
    "Variety of riding styles" = All styles
    "Miles of trails" = Thousands.
    "Not too crowded" = I have over 500 miles of singletrack outside my back door. If I ever see another cyclist on it, it's a surprising thing.

    Vancouver Island is less than 1/10th of the riding available in B.C.
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    Chattanooga, TN hands down. Everything else stank and I wouldn't ride through it to even get back to the only place the good Lord built with His hands Chattanooga.

    BTW, my opinion may change as I have never ridden outside of the dirty south. I will revisit this after my trip out west.

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