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Old 06-06-10, 12:55 PM   #1
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Best Place to Live

So where in the US is the best place to live for both bicycle and firearms enthusiasts? Right now I'm looking into Oregon, Austin and Coumbia MO. Any imput is appreciated.
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Old 06-06-10, 03:18 PM   #2
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So where in the US is the best place to live for both bicycle and firearms enthusiasts? Right now I'm looking into Oregon, Austin and Coumbia MO. Any imput is appreciated.
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Eau Claire, WI we have a lot of bike paths and county roads. We also love to hunt! Minneapolis is another bike friendly area but a much larger city.
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from what i've read, i'd say portland. and from having visited (as a non-biker), it's a great town. beautiful and close to so much amazing beauty on the west coast. if only it was in the south of oregon so to be very close to san fran. but still, not bad.
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Not many places to shoot around Portland unless you join a club. Problem with Oregon is that there isn't many jobs. Biking is great though, when it's not raining....
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Boise, Idaho. The weather here is (usually) dry and mild. The locals cling doggedly to their guns and religion... And hunting IS a religion up here.

If it matters, Idaho is about the reddest state in the Union... Oregon is deep blue.
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I have family in Boise, it was okay. Didn't see any bikes that I can remember, it was almost ten years ago last I was there. The guns and religion is true though lol.
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For guns, you want to be in the middle of nowwhere, far from big cities.
For bikes, you want the big city.
Hard to strike a good compromise. It's not like you can just stroll around Austin firing your sixshooter.
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I leave for California in a few hours and from there travel to Oregon. The reason I left California 8 years ago in the first place is because I felt descriminated against for enjoying firearms, cycling is the best though. In Texas its the same, they don't care much for "spandex wearing hippies" but gun shows happen almost every weekend in the Houston area. Portland seems like a good place for cycling, just don't know about the competitive shooting scene. Work should not be a problem in my field, my wife on the other hand is a different story.
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I leave for California in a few hours and from there travel to Oregon. The reason I left California 8 years ago in the first place is because I felt descriminated against for enjoying firearms, cycling is the best though. In Texas its the same, they don't care much for "spandex wearing hippies" but gun shows happen almost every weekend in the Houston area. Portland seems like a good place for cycling, just don't know about the competitive shooting scene. Work should not be a problem in my field, my wife on the other hand is a different story.
A WAG: look around Bend, Oregon. Lots of good riding, pretty rural with plenty of shooting access.

There's a Gun & Knife Show every month at Portland's Expo Center: http://www.collectorswest.com/ . When I go by, I wave using all my fingers. Also, one of the competitors on History Channel's "Top Shot" program is from the Portland area.
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more and more I've been looking into Oregon. I went to Coos Bay evey year as a teen and have some good memories from the south side of the state. Never been to the middle or north. I originaly wanted to move to Ashland but it didnt work out at the time. The cost of housing must have gone down recently as well making it almost affordable to live.
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Philadelphia is getting better and better with regards to riding, and we have a rich tradition of drive-by shooting.
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Minneapolis. We have good gun laws (a great carry permit law). All state highways and county roads have PAVED shoulders for the storage of snow in the winter. 7-8 months of the year, those become paved bike paths.

Minneapolis has TWO large cycling clubs -- one with 6000 members and another with 3000 members. During the cycling season (May 1 thru October) between the two of them there will be 12 (yes, twelve) organized rides EVERY day. And thousands of folks just out riding the hundreds of miles of dedicated bike paths in state and county parks.

This is just in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
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I guess you ought to take a look at Northwest Arkansas. Pretty strong bicycle scene and Arkansas has a law making it legal to pack heat in church.
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Been in CA for a week now. I must say the riding here is much better than back home. Too bad gun enthusiasts are treated as social outcasts.
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For guns, you want to be in the middle of nowwhere, far from big cities.
For bikes, you want the big city.
Hard to strike a good compromise. It's not like you can just stroll around Austin firing your sixshooter.
I'm not sure I really understand that??? Why be in the big city for bikes? I've done a lot of urban cycling years ago but now I live out in the country and it's sooooo much better riding here.

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OP Virginia is a great state to ride in. I live in the mountains of Virginia and the scenery is fantastic, roads not crowded and most of the people I know have a gun or two. I think VA is known as a gun friendly state. I can certainly vouch for the riding.
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