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    Virginia Cycling Advice- Moving Soon

    A transfer to Reston, Virginia may be in my near future. I've been looking at places to live that will allow me to ride from my residence to areas with some decent climbing and less traffic. I don't mind an hour vehicle commute to Reston, I prefer to live in the country and work in the city. Considering Front Royal or surrounding area. Thoughts?

    Where would you consider cycling paradise around this area? Thanks for any input.

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    Hi and Welcome. Be sure to visit the Bike Arlington forum (covers the whole metro DC area)

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    Unfortunately the traffic on I66 will be horrendous, even if you're only going as far as Reston. I have a friend who commutes from Linden (closer than FR) to Tysons Corner, and I'd just say... don't do it. I have another friend who commutes in from Boyce. Costs him $30 a day to commute. Ugh.

    There are tons of great places to ride however out in Loudon, Fauqier, Clarke County etc., as well as up into MD north of Leesburg. The key to the area if you want to ride directly from home instead of driving to your start, is the W&OD trail which runs from DC to Purcellville (passing through Vienna, Herndon, Reston, Ashburn, Leesburg.) It's a nice trail, but its best use as a quick way to get to some place that's a lot more fun to ride

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    Thanks for the reply Jim. $35 a day to commute!! Is that in tolls or just fuel?

    I've been reading about the W&OD trail. That's awesome for bike commuters. Leesburg would be really convienent but I would like to be further out. BUT.... commuting on my bike to Reston on the W&OD would be sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatcycleguy View Post
    Thanks for the reply Jim. $35 a day to commute!! Is that in tolls or just fuel?

    I've been reading about the W&OD trail. That's awesome for bike commuters. Leesburg would be really convienent but I would like to be further out. BUT.... commuting on my bike to Reston on the W&OD would be sweet.
    The tolls are the killer, especially the Dulles toll road and the Greenway between Leesburg and rt 28.

    I agree WRT Leesburg. It's... OK. But it's really just on the edge of where the good riding starts.
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    Traffic is bad here. I work in Arlington, and I know people who commute in Loudon County, come up from Fredericksburg, etc. They do it because they want a giant house, at half the price of half the house closer in...but they spend 1.5 hours a day commuting. Save your commutes for the weekend and vacation. My 2 cents. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the info guys. I know all about the headaches of commutes. My commute is 14 miles in NYC and it takes a minimum of 45 minutes. I'm hoping to get a better bang for the mile in Reston.

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    Leesburg to Reston is about 16 miles via the W&OD (roughly mile post 34 to mile post 18). The end of the trail is Purcellville (mile 44.5). So far the trail is not cleared during the winter if it snows and the worst is between Leesburg and Purcellville. As Jim said you do get some nice riding areas west of Leesburg.

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    The traffic and tolls can be an issue, but that's part of living near a major metro area with a high commuter rate.

    As far as places to live, if you are open to living in a smaller town, look into Marshall or The Plains. Both are on the I-66 corridor, and both are gateways to incredible cycling on quiet roads, and aren't too difficult for a commute to Reston (mostly on back roads).

    Leesburg is also nice, given the proximity to the W&OD. Chantilly is not too bad for commuting to Reston, and also has good access to cycling excellence. However, the create cycling territory only truly appears past the Loudoun County "sprawl line" (an area that rapidly changes from dense subdivisions and retail to farms and older houses). Other good places to consider (that have good access to cycling) are Herndon, Great Falls, Potomac Falls, and Ashburn.
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    Thanks for all the tips fellas. Hope to be joining you in a few months.

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    Keep in touch, and join the local WABA forum. There are plenty of people around who would happy to give you a tour or other advice.

    Hope the traffic woes didn't get you down too much. There really are some great places to ride nearby.
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