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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-12-09, 02:40 PM   #26
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Florida. No state income tax. There's a reason major companies have left So Cal to relocate in North Florida.
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Old 01-12-09, 02:45 PM   #27
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Our mid afternoon thunderstorms only last 30 minutes MAX!
90 degree, 90 Humidity is only really july and august. You tell me anywhere else in the US where its not 90 and humid in august I'll mover there............ONLY IF......I can ride in January in 70-75 degree weather....

Enjoy the indoor trainers for another 3 months all........I'll be out riding.

PS........and for the $300k you'd spend on a 2/1/1 1,000 sq ft in California... you could have a 5/3/3 6,000 sq ft in Florida!!!!!
+1...I live in SW (and Ive lived in numerous other areas of the country) and its very nice from a cyclists standpoint. And contrary to popular belief (mostly people who dont live here) its NOT totally flat. No mountains obviously. Which is nice since Im built like a climber. There are plenty of hills especially in central FL...for a short time there is concern of a hurricane and as stated above the rainy season consists mostly of 3-4 months where it rains evey day, but rarely in the a.m. We ride year-round.
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+1...I live in SW (and Ive lived in numerous other areas of the country) and its very nice from a cyclists standpoint. And contrary to popular belief (mostly people who dont live here) its NOT totally flat. No mountains obviously. Which is nice since Im built like a climber. There are plenty of hills especially in central FL...for a short time there is concern of a hurricane and as stated above the rainy season consists mostly of 3-4 months where it rains evey day, but rarely in the a.m. We ride year-round.
So in other words, it's nice but not the best place to live for year-round cycling? You guys do have no State Income Tax so at least it's better than being stuck in the irony called Kern County.
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Rains too much but it's close to Yosemite so I would put it at a close second
It doesn't rain a drop from May-December, and the weather is year-round fall.
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It doesn't rain a drop from May-December, and the weather is year-round fall.
Close second I'm just busting your chops lol. I'm stuck with salt paved roads right now. It was a total ***** trying to clean my bike yesterday.
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So in other words, it's nice but not the best place to live for year-round cycling? You guys do have no State Income Tax so at least it's better than being stuck in the irony called Kern County.
In My Opinion.. its the best place to live year round for cycling.

I have lived in Ohio, Minnesota, California, New Jersey and Florida.....and I like FL the best....for riding.
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Florida. No state income tax. There's a reason major companies have left So Cal to relocate in North Florida.
I lived in FL. It's nothing but a glorified sandbar.
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I would vote for pretty much anywhere in California. It's nicer towards the coast IMO but it's cheaper inland...
California looks like a good bet all around for biking, but apparently not for other lifestyle considerations:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090112/...ing_california

But it would be hard to beat the combination of perfect weather, natural beauty and something for everyone when it comes to terrain.
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Ahh, winter in Nor-Cal. Snowboarding one day, a century the next. Yeah, this lifestyle SUCKS!
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And surfing after work!
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And surfing after work!
There's a good reason it costs more to live here.
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Money very, very, very well spent!
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I think riding in SF would rock! But I've never done it, so the traffic might make it suck.
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I think riding in SF would rock! But I've never done it, so the traffic might make it suck.
I just ride along the beach, and over the bridge into cycling Nirvana. I do commute through the city daily with no problems. Dodging cars is good practice for crits, and cross races.
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Does it really cost that much to live there?
I live in Loudoun County in VA. My family brings in 200000 a year, and I'd say were middle class
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Does it really cost that much to live there?
I live in Loudoun County in VA. My family brings in 200000 a year, and I'd say were middle class
You might be able to afford a house on that in many parts of Califonia. Might...
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I think the high cost of living thing is way overhyped. Especially now.
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There was a post from last june with pretty much the same opinions as this thread:
Best place to live and bike in the US?

I would choose Arizona. Once you get around 5000' elevation in Prescott the temps are very moderate and there are some great climbs (Mingus Mtn into Jerome), you can ride 89 all the way to Sedona, although 89 gets a little narrow once you're in Sedona. I dont know what Flagstaff is like in the Winter, but it's beautiful around there Spring into Fall.
New Mexico, Colorado get high marks.
Austin Tx is a cool place (except from June through Sept when it's just plain nasty hot), but great riding.
Tennesee, the Carolinas, Georgia if you can stand the heat and humidity in the summer.
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Having made this analysis myself, not very long ago, and after spending many years in a frozen, northern land, I came to the decision (brilliant, of course) to live in Colorado and New Mexico. I have year round riding, great mountains to climb, training at high elevation and always good snow with fantastic snowboarding. Tucson is pretty nice too, but.... it can be a bit hot, at least for me. There is a lot to be said for surfing on the California beaches but there are too many people and cars in California for my tastes. And it is spendy.

I am very glad to live here in the heart of the Rocky Mtns., riding at high elevations, especially when I do an event like the Triple By-Pass. (It seems to be a little trouble to low landers.)

No one can do this calculation for some one else, however. Too many variables.
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eastern MA baby. cold as hell and snowy in the winter but there is no better road biking scene in the country
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It's still crazy expensive here...
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eastern MA baby. cold as hell and snowy in the winter but there is no better road biking scene in the country
It looks like all asses, and hills from your sig.
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It's still crazy expensive here...
There are plenty exceptions.... SB being near the top!
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