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Moving - Boise vs Fort Collins vs Greenville

Old 03-18-16, 03:51 PM
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Moving - Boise vs Fort Collins vs Greenville

Hey all, I'm hoping to get some first hand feedback on this. I've read many articles on this but am having a tough time determining where best to move. I do plan on visiting first- but only to 2 of the locations.

Based on my research, I've narrowed it down to Boise, Fort Collins and Greenville. All seem to have great schools and decent real estate prices (hey, I'm coming from NJ). I'm a bit sketched out by Boise's inversions though...

What's most important to me is great road and mtb riding paired with quality local XC MTB and Cyclocross race series.

Any first hand feedback on these locations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 03-18-16, 05:08 PM
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Can't give you versus opinion on those but can tell you this...Front range Colorado in general is quite bike friendly and most anywhere here is, I've lived and cycled there, far better than New Jersey.

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Old 03-18-16, 06:04 PM
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Boise is a nice community. Pretty bike friendly with many roadways clearly marked as bike paths. We have an extensive park "Greenbelt" system that goes all over the place urban. We also have tons of trails in the foothills for hiking/biking. Yes the inversions are a pain
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It's not first hand info but this site has massive info on just about any city in the US:

City-Data.com - Stats about all US cities - real estate, relocation info, crime, house prices, cost of living, races, home value estimator, recent sales, income, photos, schools, maps, weather, neighborhoods, and more
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Fort Collins, winters are milder than jersey, the view of the Rockies is spectacular and it's very bike friendly. Best road and mountain biking I've ever experienced but I came from Chicago....
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Why not ask in the regional subforums?
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Why not ask in the regional subforums?
NOBODY goes there.
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Greenville SC? Or is there a Greenville in the western mountains somewhere?
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NOBODY goes there.
I read and post in the Southeast regional every day.

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Greenville SC? Or is there a Greenville in the western mountains somewhere?
I vote for Greenville. You might run into George Hincapie.
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Thanks all for the responses!
@Mr IGH- Fort Collins does seem like awesome riding- do they keep the streets clear in the winter so they are still rideable? Jersey gets cold but we get very little snow.
@Mikeflys - Roughly speaking, how many days do the inversions keep you from riding?
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Originally Posted by DJYeti View Post
Thanks all for the responses!
@Mr IGH- Fort Collins does seem like awesome riding- do they keep the streets clear in the winter so they are still rideable? Jersey gets cold but we get very little snow.
@Mikeflys - Roughly speaking, how many days do the inversions keep you from riding?
Well my wife and I just got back into riding. We have not yet faced any inversions. I can tell you, having grown up in Orange county. Our inversions are just an annoyance. Nothing like a southern California smog alert. At there worst I really don't see how it would stop you from riding. In fact if you go up into the foothills to ride you might just get above them anyway.
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I lived in Ft Collins CO for 10 years, and had friends and visited Boise ID fairly frequently. I haven't lived in Greenville SC, but if it's like much of the East Coast I think it will provide more varied and nearby riding opportunities, both road and mtb. One thing nice about ID is their cycling stop sign and red light law, which allows bikes to treat stops signs like yield signs and red lights like stop signs. That's what I do anyway, regardless of the state I'm riding in.
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Greenville NC is home to East Carolina University, and many, many NJ students attend it. As far as cycling, it's been known as "Pro Town" for it's BMX and freestyle pro's, including the late Dave Mirra. No mountains, but the main local shop maintains miles of single-track trails, and for road riding, they're paved and pretty good once you get away from town.

The bike culture is active and friendly, the triathlon culture is elitist and middle-school mentality, but competitive. There is a healthy sense of humor around all but some of the tri-folks, and again, excellent bike shop(s).

A couple of road pro's came out of there in recent years, notably Justin England, right off of ECU's cross country team. The cost of living is fairly low, and you can drive to mountains or the beach, north to DC and Richmond to the X-Games trails if you'd like.

Greenville SC is just as nice, more hills, and adjacent to tons of mountains. Also, George Hincapie's stomping grounds. I'm sure the bike culture there, with Clemson not far away, and the Applachians nearby, is pretty good.
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