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    How ideal is cycling in Orange County compared to other areas?

    I've lived in OC most all of my life. I haven't had the chance to cycle in other areas.

    How accommodating is OC to cycling compared to other states?

    From what I can tell it seems like we have lots of quality trails. Our climate is definitely awesome for it. Dunno about infrastructure. We have a good amount of bike lanes and wide roads.

    My naive assumption is we have it good. But there are other places that have it better. SF? Portland?

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    Sf and Portland dont have the weather we do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJClay View Post
    Sf and Portland dont have the weather we do.
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    I grew up in Maryland and on mountain bikes and didn't travel to far from home on it, but the hillier areas were fun.
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    It's not as bad as TX or Saharizona, but not as good as North San Diego County IMO.



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    I think you need to segment OC too... it looks awesome in Irvine and down there, not so awesome up in Fullerton but certainly palatable.

    San Diego is pretty awesome though, gotta admit, at least a bit further up north (University City and N of there)

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    We visit family in central North Carolina and there are numerous country roads that go through the pine forests I'd love to ride. They don't have bike lanes but there isn't much traffic on them. We also have family in the Northern VA area and they have some nice trails but nowhere close to OC.

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    Back when I looked it up, I couldn't find a county with more miles of bike lanes than 'the OC'. We also have hundreds of miles of MUPs. I know we blow portland out of the water, but I couldn't find stats on the 2 counties portland is in. Either way their weather sucks, as was mentioned above.

    I also lived in Austin most of my life, and while you might have seen Lance riding around, the riding conditions are much worse than what we have here. Plus it gets uncomfortable in the summer and everybody drives large vehicles.

    The 3 cherries on top is are the spectacular mountain biking we have, having Mt Baldy just to our north, and having north San diego county just to our south.

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    I think OC has it really, really good. MTB is great with just about anything you want.
    I'll take our coastline as at least an equal to Cardiff etc. What we really don't have is much in the way of nice country roads like NorCal, especially Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.
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    I moved back to California after living in Lexington Kentucky for a year and a half. When the weather was good, you had hundrds of miles of beautiful horse country to ride in, but that's just it. When the weather is good. My riding in OC was limited to teh SART until a few forums members suggested a certain route that took me off of the SART to PCH, to BackBay, up San Juaquin, to a serious of other trails that were just awsome.

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    I can honestly say I have ridden all over the USA... no doubt there are prettier roads and trails elsewhere but they don't come with our year round riding weather so that gives us an edge. In addition, many of our cities are "bike friendly" and build into master plans bike lanes and trails. In alot of other states, there are nice roads but no bike lanes; its alittle scary to do street riding. And of course, we have world class mountain bike trails... OK I admit, not like Switzerland or France, Colorado or Utah, but nice none the less and again we have the weather!

    Just my humble opinion but I would argue Orange County and San Diego County are in the top 10% of places to ride.
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    Not much variety for climbing in OC. San Fernado Valley has much gretaer variety of rides and immediate access to Big Tujunga, Little Tujunga, Angels Crest, Mullholand, La Tuna, GMR, La Tuna canyon, Malibu, PCH, Rose Bowl ride, Montrose ride, Simi ride, Barry Wolfe ride. Griffith Park, LA River Trail. OC pales in comparrison.

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    Just go to google map. Turn on bike lane... zoom out... where is the place that glows green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouskid55 View Post
    Not much variety for climbing in OC. San Fernado Valley has much gretaer variety of rides and immediate access to Big Tujunga, Little Tujunga, Angels Crest, Mullholand, La Tuna, GMR, La Tuna canyon, Malibu, PCH, Rose Bowl ride, Montrose ride, Simi ride, Barry Wolfe ride. Griffith Park, LA River Trail. OC pales in comparrison.
    No question the LA area has some great climbing areas but then again... it also has more congested traffic and other issues... no place is perfect. OC is pretty darn close however... I much rather spend my day climbing up and over NewportCoast/San Joaquin, or Santiago Canyon etc. than fight the smog and traffic in LA...
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    if you go up and down the california coast, every major county is going to be pretty awesome, starting from san diego, OC, LA, santa barbara, SLO, SF/marin, santa rosa... they are all going to be tough to beat for variety of terrain and year around riding. OC is great b/c its central to three key coastal mountain ranges, so you are never far from the santa monica, san gabriels and san bernadino, not counting our own santa ana mountains which is very underrated.

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    OC and San Diego rock! The views are spectacular. However too many cars, tourists (sorry 909ers!). As the curious kid mentioned:

    "Not much variety for climbing in OC. San Fernado Valley has much gretaer variety of rides and immediate access to Big Tujunga, Little Tujunga, Angels Crest, Mullholand, La Tuna, GMR, La Tuna canyon, Malibu, PCH, Rose Bowl ride, Montrose ride, Simi ride, Barry Wolfe ride. Griffith Park, LA River Trail. OC pales in comparrison"

    Have to agree. Big & Little Tujunga are the gateway to Santa Clarita Valley. Lots of bikeways and nice riding out there and I would say less cars.

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    Comparing OC and LA counties is a bit of a mismatch in size, for as small as it is comparitively - I think OC is pretty cycling dense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I think you need to segment OC too... it looks awesome in Irvine and down there, not so awesome up in Fullerton but certainly palatable.

    San Diego is pretty awesome though, gotta admit, at least a bit further up north (University City and N of there)
    I have to agree with the thought that some parts of OC are better than others. Where I live (near Beach Blvd and Lampson Ave) most of the bike lanes go for a mile or two, then stop, then start again. What bike lanes there are don't go anywhere, and they don't connect to other bike lanes or go to any particular destination. On Lampson Ave there are a few miles of bike lanes that abruptly end at Beach Blvd in an area where the road is so narrow that I wait for traffic to pass, and then take the whole lane. It can be scary.

    I have found a few 10 mile routes that I ride at lunch time without scaring myself, but on the weekends my wife and I usually ride with the OC Rebel group in the Irvine/Tustin/Laguna areas. Some of those areas are REALLY nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwandaw View Post
    ...Irvine/Tustin/Laguna areas. Some of those areas are REALLY nice!
    I live in Tustin... from my house I can literally put together almost 50 miles of bike path/trails with a few quiet streets thrown in. I am only a few short miles from the top of the San Diego Creek Trail which I can take down and around Back Bay and back. Many odf the roads have adequate bike lanes built in so road cycling on the street is not bad either. I also mountain bike and there are several great areas just a 10 min. drive from my house... you can see why I think OC is a great place to live and ride...
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    All of California has the diversity a rider can ask for. Scenery may be different than other states but the terrain in California has it all. If it weren't for the timing of the Tour of California, the pro riders might like it better than the Giro d'Italia.

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    Irvine is excellent - 45 miles of Class I trails and over 200 miles of Class II lanes. Next door, Newport Beach has only a few miles of Class I. Master planning does help. LA and OC counties have some nice river trails - LARIO, SGRT, SART and good beach rides for fun. Then there is the fine weather - which is why I don't winter over in the NorthWet. After the umpteenth gale, it gets old. Here I can ride dry in winter.

    That said, Seattle/King County has a lot of excellent Class I trails. Pierce County - not so many. Thurston County has some great ones. Snohomish County has the superb Snoh. Centennial. Here is a list of trails within 50 miles of Seattle:

    http://www.traillink.com/trailsearch...t=Seattle&sp=N
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    Never really needed a bike lane to ride somewhere allthough river trails are nice if you are just poking along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolbear View Post
    Irvine is excellent - 45 miles of Class I trails and over 200 miles of Class II lanes. Next door, Newport Beach has only a few miles of Class I. Master planning does help. LA and OC counties have some nice river trails - LARIO, SGRT, SART and good beach rides for fun. Then there is the fine weather - which is why I don't winter over in the NorthWet. After the umpteenth gale, it gets old. Here I can ride dry in winter.

    That said, Seattle/King County has a lot of excellent Class I trails. Pierce County - not so many. Thurston County has some great ones. Snohomish County has the superb Snoh. Centennial. Here is a list of trails within 50 miles of Seattle:

    http://www.traillink.com/trailsearch...t=Seattle&sp=N
    That a great site - thanks for the link!
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    South OC = good condition roads and great weather. The only downer are the rich kids driving mommy and daddy's car being ****ing ****** bags. I once had a Audi full of 17 year olds rev up on me, pull up super close, and start yelling at me trying to spook me. That's how they ended up missing a side mirror when I caught up to them at a red light.

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