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    Nothern Utah: What's the riding like?

    Hey everybody,

    Due to some life changes, I'm moving, and might find myself living somewhere other than So Cal on a somewhat temporary basis. Since I can pick where I'm going to live, I'm trying to decide between these three places:

    - Logan
    - Provo
    - Salt Lake City

    While there are a lot of factors that will ultimately influence my decision of where to live, one of them is the riding. So, that's why I'm here. I'd like to know which region offers the most enjoyable cycling. I ride road and mountain. For road, I like to explore and challenge myself, I like technical and long descents, and just generally being in the mountains/climbing. For mountain, I like technical singletrack and cross country (also singletrack). I don't mind riding in inclement weather and I prefer cold climates.

    I also do a lot of other outdoors activities such as, hiking, trail running, and rock climbing. I enjoy living among mountains (I've lived in mountain towns exclusively up to this point), and I'm am good at driving in the snow, so that's not an issue. I'd love to hear from anyone who knows anything about any of these three cities; cycling, social, economy, places to go, things to see, general observations/comparisons, whatever.

    Thanks!
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    Salt Lake is amazing! I have lived here for 4 years. There are 6 canyons within 15 miles that all provides varying degrees of difficulty. They range from 1500 feet to 4500 feet of climbing per canyon. The local racing scene is very active - races 3 nights a week plus weekend events. The weather is great - almost no rain for the whole summer. Check out these links:

    http://www.cyclingutah.com/

    http://www.saltlakecycling.com/rides/index.html

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    Logan is beautiful! My parents had a house out there on the top of one of the mountains overlooking Logan and Utah State. I only casually rode my dad's mountain bike when I was out there but the trails/roads/hills are great. There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. We played golf at the country club, rode ATVs on the trails, biking, shooting sports (clays/long range/pistols).

    We would go to SLC for shopping and nice dinners as there wasn't much in Logan yet. They are expanding a lot in that area though.

    South of SLC is also nice and you are closer to MOAB. You will have world class mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, etc. You will also be relatively close to the ski resorts depending on how far south you go.

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    I was in Logan for a couple years (graduate school). Beautiful, but small and can get a little boring (feels way smaller than it actually is). Maybe you are looking for a small town feel? You'd have less traffic when cycling and the smaller ski hill there is kinda fun. I'd lean towards SLC if you want any type of city ammenities and the least LDS feel. Not familar with Provo other than knowing that BYU is there (and the most LDS feel).
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    Everything the previous writers have said is true. I live just outside SLC. Greatest variety is probably here. All 3 locations are good, although lifestyles can be noticeably more conservative in Logan and Provo. You didn't mention skiing, but if you like mountains that might be a factor. Provo and Logan have much less skiing in terms of resorts. SLC has truly world-class downhill at Alta and Snowbird, and 5 other resorts as well. Also a lot of rock climbing in SLC, don't know about the others although I'm sure they have some as well. Overall, outdoor quality of life and weather is outstanding in Utah. Except for no ocean, it's a s good as it can get.
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    Yeah my parents were one of the only non LDS on the street. Very nice people though. After they learned they weren't LDS they stopped coming to our door to sell food reserves.

    Here are some pictures of the views from our house. I am not use to hills and elevation so it was killer (I was also out of shape).

    Hill with some trails from the driveway
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    Front lawn in the summer
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    Front lawn early winter
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    View from the deck off the upper level in the back.
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    Lots of great info here. I'm going to visit the three cities this week with some friends. I should know if I'm relocating there, and if so, which city, by the time I get back on Monday. The two friends who sort of gave me this idea, are graduates of Utah State and have been extolling the merits of Logan. Another friend, who has some family in SLC, swears by it. I'm actually considering attending Utah State for grad school for ME (when I get to it), so it could make sense to live there first and see if it feels right.

    I'm enjoying the discussion, guys. Keep it going.
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    There is good rock climbing up Logan canyon and there is the Cache Gran Fondo this summer (1st ever) Cache valley has a lot of rollers and plenty of climbing/descending up the canyon roads, sometimes the paving isn't suitable for 50+ descending so all you have to do is keep your head up and in the wind. I don't mountain bike, but I do know there are a tremendous number of trails up north east of Logan but still west of Bear Lake, and they look like awesome technical mountain biking trails.
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    I used to travel to SLC for business about 6-10 times a year. It's a beautiful state / city but it's a little strange. There are a lot of Mormons obviously, and then there are a lot of people actively trying to prove they're not Mormon. The politics are dominated by LDS values so you get some bizarre rules although that's starting to change a little. That sort of stuff is livable though.

    The SLC valley can get pretty smoggy though because it's trapped between two mountain ranges, but you can get to a lot of really great places for fishing, camping, biking etc from Salt Lake City without very much driving. We used to stay in down town SLC and go skiing, rather than gettng a hotel in the mountains because they are just that close.

    I'm getting to the point where I'd like to live anywhere *but* California, so I'm a little jealous.

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    Go into American Fork Canyon, Uinta National Forest, and, basically, explore the Wasatch range.
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