A while ago I spent a few weeks cycling out of Livermore and it was awesome. Out in country roads in 2 miles, go up Mt. Diablo to the north or Mt Hamilton to the south. I am now planning on moving to California, but Livermore isn't a place I could live permanently, I need something more urban, which has led to my conundrum.
SF: I have found some totally sick apartments downtown SF (SOMA area) that I would love to live in. Thing is, looking at people's ride routes, the thing 90% of people do is head north. It is 24 miles through the city, over the bridge, and through sausalito until I actually hit the climb going up to Mt. Tam. I love climbing, and doing 48 miles roundtrip to get to a long climb everyday I think would get tedious fast. Not to mention a lot of the roads out there have a lot of traffic.
Mountain View & Berkeley: I've found places here that'd be alright to live in, but obviously as far as a living situation it isn't going to compare to SF. But it seems the riding out of these places is going to be way way better.
I've checked out a lot of other places, i.e. walnut creek, but walnut creek just isn't going to fulfill me. Palo Alto seems nice but I'm looking for a nice apartment/condo to live in, and Palo Alto just seems to have houses and student housing.
So three questions for people who have lived here for a while:
-How do you make do for rides if you live in SF? I could see it being great for weekend warriors. But for everyday long distance riding it seems untenable.
-Secondly, if you lived in i.e. mountain view or berkely and also SF, how much better did you find the riding?
-Lastly, any recommendation for an area I've missed that'd be great to base myself out of?