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    Need your advice

    What is the best town to move to in PA if you are Mountain Biker? I am no stranger to driving 2 hours one way to do a day ride now. I have been riding close to 20 years now and I am 29er rider. I live in Northern California now. I am mainly a XC rider and racer.

    Is there any MTBing in or around Clymer, Pennsylvania?

    Thank you so much
    JDT
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    A few years back Bike magazine rated Pittsburgh as the best place to live in the US for someone who was into biking and overall cost of living and riding opportunities in the city. I live in Frick Park which offers great riding, and there are a number of ski resorts that cater to mt bikers around.

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    If Clymer is where I think it is, you will not be too far away from Apollo (awesome rocky ride), and a bit farther is Laurel Mt. (awesome, and also rocky ride) but well worth the trip.

    Surprisingly you'll find a lot of good riding in the Pittsburgh area!!

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    Indiana County Western Pen

    looks like Clymer is 8 miles or so form Indiana Pen were 286 and 403 meet and 50 miles form Pittsburgh, this could be good thing. Wow I had know idea that Pennsylvania was rated so high for good MTBing. Pennsylvania has it own board here so this tells me a lot already.

    I am not a huge fan of the very cold. Does it snow a lot in this are? Does it put a big hamper on your riding?

    Then again I was wanted to take up Cross County skiing.

    Thanks for your post
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    I can't speak for where the best place in PA is to ride, but I just moved to Pittsburgh from Berkeley and have been loving the riding so far. It took me about a month to figure out how to handle the cold, but now, I am loving it. There is more singletrack here than Berkeley that is readily accessible without having to drive.

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    No way

    Right on EZy. Now we are getting some were. This is encouraging input I need to tell Caly that I am done and ready to move on. I was born and raised in Livermore so know were you are coming from my fellow east bayer.

    Living is living but it is your choice how much you want to pay for it. I choice to pay less to get the same results. I may have an opportunity to pay CASH for a house and be done with that. The question I am asking myself is how much money do I need to live on if I do NOT have mortgage?

    EZy why did you move to PEN?

    What are your thoughts? Any input of any kind form any one would just grate.
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    JDT,

    I just moved to Pittsburgh at the beginning of January because after working for a few years, I decided to go back to grad school and am now an engineering degree at CMU. I worked in Livermore for a couple of years before changing jobs. Being born and raised in the berkeley hills, the trails here in PA are different. So far, I have just been trying to survive the weather, but after buying some winter gear, I have really enjoyed the challenge of riding on ice, mud, and snow.

    As far as differences in terrain, the singletrack in PA seems tighter and not as rocky, but it has more roots, so still quite challenging, especially since there are a number of log crossings and other built features. The hills are not as long, but just as steep. PA is not quite as grand as say Tahoe, but just as fun. I have been exclusively riding my singlespeed since moving here due to the mud and ice, since my dually 29er would just get mucked up and destroyed by all the grit.

    The biggest difference between PA and CA is that at least in Pittsburgh, the trails are really accessible.

    Good luck with your decision.
    EZ

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    Clymer is kinda out in the sticks if you move closer to the Allegheny/Westmoreland County area you would be a lot closer to good trails. If you like the mountains then you should consider the Laurel Highlands area. There is a lot of good riding in the Laurel Highlands, the terrain is a lot more rocky than the terrain around Pittsburgh, and the Laurel highlands are only an hour away from Pittsbugh via the PA turnpike.

    The winters in Southwestern PA are not too bad at all. The past couple of winters have been really mild with not a lot of snow so you can pretty much ride all year long. Trail conditions can get very muddy though during late winter and early spring.

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    Cheap

    Clymer is cheap and you could get a great cash deal on a house. I live about 20 miles east of clymer and paid 16 grand for a 3 bedroom with 10 wooded acres. The catch, finding employment in this area is the biggest challenge you will face. My wife is a nurse and travels to State College to work. I work construction,and quit, to upgrade my home this summer. The riding is endless in this area. If you see another cyclist in the woods its like a bigfoot sighting. Indiana has a great shop and the X-terra Appalachia tri is conducted at Yellow Creek State park, about 10 miles from clymer.
    Bliss is thumping the prophet through the woods, as "Painkiller " wails through your phones. Ride a metal monster.

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    If you want great riding opportunities right in your backyard, State College is certainly a place to consider, although the job opportunities are a bit scares depending on your background. We have one state forest full of trails ridable from town and two other forests within a half hour drive with lots more potential. but the cost of housing will be a bit higher than clymer, but still a bargin compared to CA

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    If you are looking for a spread of riding (MTB, road, cross, track) and easy access to major cities, the Lehigh Valley area is hard to beat. Literally dozens of trail systems within 60 minutes (many ride straight out your door to), the LV Velodrome, a road club with 800+ household membership, and commutable to both Philly and NY. Emmaus was also rated one of the top 100 places to live this past year. Good living... check out bikevmb.com for more info on the MTB scene, lehighwheelmen.com for the road scene, and ask around. There is a BUNCH of underground stuff going on all the time (MTB events and time trials, night time CX races, fixie-specific rides, and more)

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    dirtrag is from pittsburgh. need i say more?

    if i do think about this, when i was living next to frick park i could get up and go ride a couple loops of singletrack or all mountainy goodness before i went to work EVERY day. my riding group is one of the smallest dozens and we ride two to three organized rides a week. and rarely do we ever go back to the same trail inside of a month.



    pittsburgh is dirt cheap and the riding is amazing.

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    The Bigest Favor ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kline
    Clymer is cheap and you could get a great cash deal on a house. I live about 20 miles east of clymer and paid 16 grand for a 3 bedroom with 10 wooded acres. The catch, finding employment in this area is the biggest challenge you will face. My wife is a nurse and travels to State College to work. I work construction,and quit, to upgrade my home this summer. The riding is endless in this area. If you see another cyclist in the woods its like a bigfoot sighting. Indiana has a great shop and the X-terra Appalachia tri is conducted at Yellow Creek State park, about 10 miles from clymer.

    Hey Mr. Mike Kline

    I am going to ask you the biggest favor of all time here. Would you go by the particular house I am looking at, take some pictures and send them to an e-mail address I will provide for you? You can post the ones you like here so others can see also. And since you are in Construction I want you to tell me your gods honest truth if the house is a buyit or leave it house. Based on the deal you got for your house I am not sure it will be. It is a 2 bedroom 1 bath small house on a lager lot with no fence and no urban curbs.

    I would need to make a bid by this Saturday the 9th. There will not be a sing out front it is a foreclosure.

    Address here:
    29 Darwin St
    Clymer Pennsylvania,15728

    With the response so far I would leave right now and go ride with all of you. The MTB love is all over Pen.

    I will owe you one big time
    JDT
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    I've never been to Pittsburgh, but Jim Thorpe was rated the #1 place to live if you're into hanging in the outdoors and mountain biking/hiking.


    I don't think there is a bad place to choose in Pa. Trails are abunadant here in the southeast section. South Central is good also. You CAN'T go wrong no matter where you go.


    But I guess the big question is, why Pennsylvania? How about Virginia, West Virginia........errrrr......Delaware

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88 rex
    I've never been to Pittsburgh, but Jim Thorpe was rated the #1 place to live if you're into hanging in the outdoors and mountain biking/hiking.


    I don't think there is a bad place to choose in Pa. Trails are abunadant here in the southeast section. South Central is good also. You CAN'T go wrong no matter where you go.


    But I guess the big question is, why Pennsylvania? How about Virginia, West Virginia........errrrr......Delaware
    You know your right man. My first thought of MTBing out side Caly is like Colorado,Utah or may be Wyoming but what do I know I have never been out side Caly for MTBing. Some you know that MTBing in California is Some of the best there is,and I know this. But this state is just getting totally out of hand not to mention CRAZY expensive to live here.

    I had no idea Pennsylvania was even on the radar until I posted this thread. To answer your question a small piece of investment real state promted me to ask all you great people how good the MTBing is. Boy do I feel stupid now. DooohP!
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    Say bye bye to Cali

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    Clymer

    I wouldn't pay more than 7 or 8 grand cash for this place. Needs some work.
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    Thanks so much

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kline
    I wouldn't pay more than 7 or 8 grand cash for this place. Needs some work.
    can't upload pics need email.
    Hey Mike!

    You are so right. 8 grand is all I want to pay for that house based on the few pictures there is for this place. I am so great full for you driving to Clymer and checking out this house out for me.

    deldovacycle@yahoo.com

    Thanks again
    JDT
    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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