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Old 03-07-08, 05:47 PM   #1
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Tell me about san jose, CA

So I am applying for a job down there, but I've never been anywhere near there. Does anyone have any good info/insight on the area? I don't want to walk into this blindly and considering I'd be selling my truck and almost everything else besides my bikes, its a pretty bike related move.
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Old 03-07-08, 05:59 PM   #2
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Uniformly good weather. Way too many people, crowded, high traffic, mega-expensive housing and just about anything you'd want to do within 300 miles - only downside is the traffic you have to deal with to go do it.
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Not huge on San Jose. Kind of a blah city, with not too much of it's own character in comparison to a lot of the rest of California. It is too much of an "inbetween" place, close to the awesome San Francisco/Bay Area and the also awesome Santa Cruz (close to San Jose, but way better). Where are you coming from?

The weather is good there (like in all of California, mainly), and it close to a lot so you can find everything you need and have fun. I'd never move there being from California, and my best friend from there says when she moves back she will probably go to the Bay Area or L.A., she'd never go back to San Jose.

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Old 03-07-08, 06:15 PM   #4
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I'm coming from the spokane area. I'm living in a small town after honolulu and seattle and I can't handle it. It has nothing to do with the city, but just the job. Is it possible to live in another area and commute in by bike or transit?
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Old 03-07-08, 06:22 PM   #5
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Is it possible to live in another area and commute in by bike or transit?
Many San Francisco residents commute up and down the Peninsula with a bike/Caltrain combo - I wouldn't recommend it but it can be done.
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Old 03-07-08, 06:37 PM   #6
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I live in santa clara (near great america), and work in san jose (near the fairgrounds),..I ride my fixed gear to work everyday, although I confess to hopping on the light rail sometimes if it's cold or windy (takes 6 miles off the trip each way).

look for housing in surrounding areas: campbell, santa clara, mountain view, sunnyvale,........easy bike commutes, plenty of bike paths, and bike ONLY paths, the whole damn area is flat as a frying pan, so you'll only have to deal with 2% inclines, or a freeway overpass here and there.

if you need some hills don't forget the tour de california (GO LEVI!) ran it and the san jose portion up to mt hamilton they said was one of the steepest climbs on the professional cycling circuit (or something like that)

you get 325+ days if beautiful sunshine, super expensive gasoline, high rents (studios=$700+ / 1 bedroom=$900+), and stores that think $5.75 is a bargain for a lb of ground beef, pretty decent public transportation (at least it's easy to get to SF, or oakland, or santa cruz on it), and some of the best mexican and asian food outside of mexico, or the far east. (you'll know what a REAL taco is, and be able to pronounce "PHO" at least ) if your making ok money, you wont have any problems getting by.

I grew up here and I wouldn't live anywhere else on the planet, regardless of it's shortcomings, the benefits FAR outweigh the negatives.
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Old 03-07-08, 06:49 PM   #7
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No one has mentioned Hellyer yet, so I'm not sure if that is a given or not. Track season starts soon
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Old 03-07-08, 07:03 PM   #8
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my girlfriend is from morgan hill, which is right outside. suburbish. i find san jose boring, but there is a scene that rides every tuesday at the san jose state university fountain @ 6:30ish pm.
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No one has mentioned Hellyer yet, so I'm not sure if that is a given or not. Track season starts soon
oh yeah and then there's hellyer park (you can see the velodrome on google earth) saturday mornings are "anyone can ride-bike rental=$5" time

fun as all hell

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good hockey team, every kid knows more about computers than you do, LOTS of pretty women, jobs are kinda tough, but you seem to have that handled, plenty of old vintage bikes that get preserved in our rather dry climate (motorcycles too! )
close enough to SF to be accessible, but far enough away so your bike doesn't get pinched 4 times a year. (still carry a GOOD lock!)

and yes, there is a weekly fixed gear/single speed ride with stops for beer and eats along the way, or at the end.
http://www.sjfixed.org/

san jose reminds me of a small "L.A." but cleaner,.....santa cruz always reminds me of venice beach= "ghetto by the sea" (I have lived in both places)

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I've been here all 21 years of my life. Its cool once you have been around long enough to know whats up. If you are coming from out of town you will probably be unimpressed for at least 6 months. After that you should have enough friends, taquerias, and rides to keep you happy. I rode a fun 25 miles, ate an awesome burrito, and kicked it with friends all day today. It was great. If that sounds like fun to you then you should like it out here. SF and SC are mostly better than SJ in the sense that they act like they are a lot better and everyone else has bought into it. I love SC and SF but they have some sort of disdain for SJ that I don't understand. This is the type of place that sucks for day trips but is cool if you get settled in. Housing is expensive but the jobs pay more than average so it sort of balances out.

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Is it possible to live in another area and commute in by bike or transit?
i know a few folks that live in sj but work in the eastbay. also have a coworker that lives in sj.

so it can be done
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Been here all of 28 years of life, nice flats all around...surrounded by hills to ride. Commuting on a bike is not a problem at all, just that the traffic can be a b^&$h all the time but that goes for the entire bay area. Being close to Hellyer is a plus. Check out SJFixed.org
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Old 03-08-08, 12:41 PM   #13
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I live in San Jose, but I have not lived anywhere else, so I don't think I can comment too much on that. Check out http://www.sjfixed.org for bike related stuff.
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San Jose is pretty bloody boring as a place to live, I really hated living there as its very spread out and lacks any focus for nightlife (apart from the shiny flashy kind - oh and the awesome, the Camera Cinemas) - I lasted six months before moving to SF (you can only watch so many films).

Once you start moving up the valley things get a little better. Palo Alto and Santa Clara are ok, pretty quiet but with some stuff going on. I've heard folks say ok things about Campbell too (nearer to Apple)

For me the only plus about living in San Jose was access to biking. You have Hellyer Velodrome, lots of great climbing options and you're at the tail end of the valley sprawl so its possible to escape.

The other saving grace, for San Jose at least, is Caltrain (http://www.caltrain.com/). I know a fair few folks who live in San Francisco and work in San Jose and use bikes and Caltrain to get to work. Its not a totally painless system but it could work for you and would give you lots of other options. Theres lots of towns and citys hooked on to this system that could meet your needs.

On the east side, you have the Capital Corridor (http://www.capitolcorridor.org/) which runs trains from Oakland (and further) down to San Jose. Its more expensive and a lot less frequent but it could expand your options.

I would say if you're living without a car then San Jose is not for you (unless you're living near 'downtown'). Its pretty spread out and the local transit is patchy.
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I would say if you're living without a car then San Jose is not for you (unless you're living near 'downtown'). Its pretty spread out and the local transit is patchy.
Crap ! I've lived here 31 yrs, right up against the hills in the southern end - should I move or buy a car ?

...but seriously... I've been car free for 2 years and I luv it.

The only public transpo I ever take are the trains (CalTrain and BART), but only when I'm flying somewhere.

SJ is a good place to live, SF is a nice place to visit (with a bag full of Krypto Locks).

PS - SJ beats Bremerton hands down !
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It's got some great Ethiopian restaurants. That is about it.
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PS - SJ beats Bremerton hands down !

well even Flint Michigan beats bremerton, so that not hard
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When I lived there the Caravan was a fun dive bar....but that was 3 years ago...
also this place called La Vic has the best "orange sauce" for tacos ...
and lot of hot chicks at this one place called the Blank club...but for
all I know these places can be gone.
Also alot of old schwinn bikes.....its a very lazy town.....But SF is only a 45min drive away.
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HA

**** san jose

****y city

but... hellyer would be nice








don't go there, it's fuking horrible
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San Jose is pretty boring and compared to other cities. But it's still a great area, just as a lot of people have said. If you can get over the fact that it's a big city without the big city life it's pretty cool.

I grew up in Los Gatos/Campbell and have been out of that area for about 2.5 years now. And there may be a lot of cars/traffic but they are a lot more courteous than anyone I deal with!
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I've only been to San Jose a couple of times, but it was pretty underwhelming. Hellyer was the best thing about it: good track with friendly people.
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the best thing about it is the drive down 17 to santa cruz.
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the best thing about it is the drive down 17 to santa cruz.
Or the bike ride.
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the best thing about it is the drive down 17 to santa cruz.
no no no
HIGHWAY NINE!!
check it out, if you liked 17, you'll FLIP over nine.


WARNING: MANY MANY COPS, CYCLISTS, AND MOTORCYCLES ON THE WEEKEND ON THAT HIGHWAY,....but during the week, it rocks.

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there is a track and its in California

thread is finished thats all you need to know
although you may not like it due to the tack of rain
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