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    What is the best place in the U.S. for road cycling?

    What is the mecca where you just ride out of your house any day of the year and get great rides? I imagine my current location is up there but there are way too many cars to make it the best place.
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    All depends on what you want out of your ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavemen View Post
    All depends on what you want out of your ride
    Varied terrain with climbing and flats, weather for all year riding without extreme heat, scenic and lightly populated aka not a lot of cars
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    Oregon is tough to beat in the summer, but...
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    Well no place has perfect year-round riding weather. Mixed terrain would be anywhere near some foothills so you get both the flats and some climbing in. Central valley can do that but it gets hot in the summer. Midwest get winter, central states get humidity, NW gets rain, NE gets blizzards, SE is hot and humid, SW is blazing hot. So no place is perfect weather wise.

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    You can pretty much ride your bike 350 days a year in So Cal. Lots of good climbing, not as much appealing riding in the flats but still there's quite a bit. Yes in the summer you will have to ride at dawn to avoid the heat, but you can get in a lot of miles between 5 & 11am.

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    I say Colorado mountains. Enough climbing for the gluttons. That's where I would be if I didn't have a family, job etc etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    You can pretty much ride your bike 350 days a year in So Cal. Lots of good climbing, not as much appealing riding in the flats but still there's quite a bit. Yes in the summer you will have to ride at dawn to avoid the heat, but you can get in a lot of miles between 5 & 11am.
    I can deal with the heat here. When we have these 100 degree heat waves it sucks but most of the summers are bearable for riding. I've only been here 8 years but I would say I could ride an average of 365 days a year. Even the few days it rains I can find a couple of hours where it's dry enough.

    The only real negatives here are lots and lots of cars driven mostly by people who shouldn't be allowed to own a car and air quality
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    Marin and Sonoma Counties, just across the Golden Gate, north of San Francisco. Hills, flats, ocean, low traffic, high traffic, year round riding.

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    San Francisco bay area, including San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from S.F. you're in the Marin Headlands boonies. Weather's great year 'round, and gorgeous, varied terrain including flats, hills, and (gasp) mountains.
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    Palo alto has nice bike paths, also I discovered a bike path from San Jose to San Francisco. Flat but nice.
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    I've cycled in 33 US States ...

    Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hamshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming

    and they all had nice parts to them.



    But my top 3 favourite places to cycle are not in the US.

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    A place with hills and temps in the 70-80s all the time.
    First thought is San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
    San Francisco bay area, including San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from S.F. you're in the Marin Headlands boonies. Weather's great year 'round, and gorgeous, varied terrain including flats, hills, and (gasp) mountains.
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    I've cycled in 33 US States ...

    Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hamshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming

    and they all had nice parts to them.



    But my top 3 favourite places to cycle are not in the US.
    I'm from Missouri. I'm curious if you could specify where you rode? And what you enjoyed about it? I've heard the east side of the state has lots of hills. I live on the west side, which still features some good rollers, but I haven't found a hill that takes me longer than 5 minutes here just yet. The country roads around my college town have grown on me - a lot. Fighting the wind is the closest thing I have to long climbs.
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    New Zealand, France, and Holland.

    Bucks County Pa and across the river in Hunterdon County, Nj is about as good as it gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
    What is the mecca where you just ride out of your house any day of the year and get great rides? I imagine my current location is up there but there are way too many cars to make it the best place.
    I'm right next to you in Eagle Rock. We live in the best place in my opinion. We have the Rose Bowl for the flats with tons of riders if you're looking to ride with others, Angeles Crest just to the north, and are a short rides distance from the beach. Hard to beat.

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    everyplace in california is forsaken. just awful. not enough scenery, earthquakes, choking pollution and way too many people/cars. horrible mexican food tambíen. and the uncontrollable rodents/insects.


    try central oregon and central arizona.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
    everyplace in southern california is forsaken. Just awful. Not enough scenery, earthquakes, choking pollution and way too many people/cars. Horrible mexican food tambíen. And the uncontrollable rodents/insects.


    try norcal .
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