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    Moving to Seattle, WA area

    Hey,

    I'm moving to the Seattle area on November 16th and was wondering if I'll still be able to get out on the trails there. It would be quite the tragedy to move all the way across the US only to have freezing rain and closed trails once I got there. Do any of you who live in that area know how long the Mountain biking season is? I also love to do urban Mountain biking so I know that will always be available, but I hope that the trails won't be closed during the winter months. Thanks in advance for any info!!!
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    No idea about the trails, but I will say this... Congrats! Seattle is a beautiful city, I loved it when I vistited. The thing that really struck me about it was how friendly just about everyone was, it totally floored me.

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    Our climate is temprate enough that there are a lot of trails open year round. Myself I just got into MTB so I am not sure but here is a link to one of our better MTB clubs

    http://www.bbtc.org/home/index.php
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    ngateguy,

    Thanks for the link! If you're the guy who I talked to on the temporary forum then I will definately be contacting you when I get out to Seattle and taking you up on your offer to show me around some of the trails.

    I can't wait until I move!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxygen_77
    ngateguy,

    Thanks for the link! If you're the guy who I talked to on the temporary forum then I will definately be contacting you when I get out to Seattle and taking you up on your offer to show me around some of the trails.

    I can't wait until I move!

    UMMM excuse me, but can I come with you? HAHAHA. Just wanted to say good luck and let us all know how it is out there! I'm currently working on moving out that way myself. Have fun man!
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    My wife and I were talking over the weekend about finally relocating. Once she's healthy again (been sick for 3 years now) were outta here!

    I've been talking about moving to the mountains for about 8 years now! Well, finally my wife is ready as well. I guess I'll start getting my resume together.

    I really like Seattle, but don't think I could handle all the rain. I like the Hood River area in OR. I really like CO, and/or NC.

    Anywhere really where there are mountains and a decent paying job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    My wife and I were talking over the weekend about finally relocating. Once she's healthy again (been sick for 3 years now) were outta here!

    I've been talking about moving to the mountains for about 8 years now! Well, finally my wife is ready as well. I guess I'll start getting my resume together.

    I really like Seattle, but don't think I could handle all the rain. I like the Hood River area in OR. I really like CO, and/or NC.

    Anywhere really where there are mountains and a decent paying job!

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    HEY!! You gave me a great idea!! Lets start a shop up out there!

    Ok oxygen_77 you have to give us the details of how it is out there.. we are counting on you man! HAHA
    if you aren't having fun, then you get rigid, stiff, crash, cry and then you make your new friend run away..... (there don't you feel less nervous now?)

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    I'll give the details, as long as you don't exclude me from working at the shop you want to startup! hahaha... I plan on taking lots of pictures while I'm there Oct. 18-28th but I probably won't have time to do much trail riding during that time. I'll be too busy looking for a job and a place to live. When I move there in November I'll be sure to start posting on how I like it!
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    go to www.ridemonkey.com and find the forums section. there is a Pacific Northwest area and you will find plenty of people to show you around the area.

    some trails do close for the winter months but there are plenty that stay open. just make sure you have the clothing for it.
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    Thanks for the info pnj! I don't know why I didn't think to check out that area of ridemonkey's site before now... stupid me... thanks again!
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    We get partial seasonal trail closures here. For instance, many of the more climate sensitive and fun stuff on Tiger Mountain are closed for the winter. However there are parts that are still open year-round.

    I would suggest picking up the following two books:




    Some other good books you might want to look (but I have not actually grabbed myself) at include:

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    Quote Originally Posted by oxygen_77
    I'll give the details, as long as you don't exclude me from working at the shop you want to startup! hahaha... I plan on taking lots of pictures while I'm there Oct. 18-28th but I probably won't have time to do much trail riding during that time. I'll be too busy looking for a job and a place to live. When I move there in November I'll be sure to start posting on how I like it!

    Heck no, we'll need employees... but don't expet to much work to be had, hope that doesn't bother you at all.. we'll all be to busy being out riding, we'll just have the shop open and work on the honor system... where people will just leave the money on the counter for parts they buy, and let them do the repairs themselves when we are out. Sound good? Yah thought so!
    if you aren't having fun, then you get rigid, stiff, crash, cry and then you make your new friend run away..... (there don't you feel less nervous now?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    We get partial seasonal trail closures here. For instance, many of the more climate sensitive and fun stuff on Tiger Mountain are closed for the winter. However there are parts that are still open year-round.
    Thanks for the info on Tiger Mountain! I looked it up online and it seems really nice. If anybody sees a 6'2" 158lbs blonde guy riding a Stumpjumper FSR there in the next couple of months it'll probably be me!!! WooHoo!
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    tiger mountain is probably the most overrated and overused of all trail systems in the greater seattle area. and it's closed about 6 months of the year. I would suggest buying "Kissing the Trail" as the others have and join one of the many mtb clubs. washington has lots to offer for year round biking if you don't mind being cold, wet, muddy and numb from november thru april.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    My wife and I were talking over the weekend about finally relocating. Once she's healthy again (been sick for 3 years now) were outta here!

    I've been talking about moving to the mountains for about 8 years now! Well, finally my wife is ready as well. I guess I'll start getting my resume together.

    I really like Seattle, but don't think I could handle all the rain. I like the Hood River area in OR. I really like CO, and/or NC.

    Anywhere really where there are mountains and a decent paying job!

    L8R

    Are you serious. That would be cool. Have a mtb bikeforum get together ...that would kickass...especially if slcpunk ever gets out here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Are you serious. That would be cool. Have a mtb bikeforum get together ...that would kickass...especially if slcpunk ever gets out here
    HEY BUD!! You know I'm working on it!
    if you aren't having fun, then you get rigid, stiff, crash, cry and then you make your new friend run away..... (there don't you feel less nervous now?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcpunk21
    HEY BUD!! You know I'm working on it!
    I know...and it will happen it sounds like

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    Hey Mael, with all your contacts, do you know of any Construction Management related jobs in your area?

    Let me know!

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    Construction. This is a booming booming area. With all the highway work and building going on I would imagine every company is hiring. I will pm you when I get home with a list of construction...I will also see if there is anything specific here to work with. I have some friends on the shore, maybe I could see something there too

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    Wow! Who'd have thought so many other's were also trying to move to the Pacific North West? Only 8 more days before I leave for my trip across the US to search for a place to live in Seattle!!! I'm so excited about this move that even the 3.5-4 day drive (that I'll have to do 3 times) isn't gonna' get me down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxygen_77
    I'm so excited about this move that even the 3.5-4 day drive (that I'll have to do 3 times) isn't gonna' get me down.
    Hmmm... well you better move quick if you're intending to drive. Sometimes we'll get pass closures in the winter... even the I-90 pass. The closures don't last long but as you can imagine, it's not going to be fun to be stuck in the mountain during the middle of a snowstorm without any way out.
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    Khuon,

    I'm leaving here on November 16th so I should be in that area around the 20th or so. Any particular roads I should try to avoid during that time? Thanks for the info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxygen_77
    I'm leaving here on November 16th so I should be in that area around the 20th or so. Any particular roads I should try to avoid during that time? Thanks for the info!
    I think you should still be okay if you're sticking to the major expressways. Avoid the smaller passes like White Pass. Be sure to check the pass report webpage if you can before you cross.

    http://wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/road/mnts/mntbas.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxygen_77
    Khuon,

    I'm leaving here on November 16th so I should be in that area around the 20th or so. Any particular roads I should try to avoid during that time? Thanks for the info!
    You'll be going through Spokane on the way to Seattle - Let me know if you are interested in stopping here for a quick ride.

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    Khuon,

    Thanks for the great link to the traffic cams and road status pages! I'm sure that'll come in handy!

    sscyco,

    I wish I would have time on my trip to stop, but the drive is going to take so much time and I need to find a place to live and work first. Thanks for the offer though! Maybe once I'm settled in I can plan a trip to spokane.



    Just want to say thanks to everyone for all the info! This forum is really great!
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