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Anybody familiar with Palmdale, CA?

Old 02-20-06, 10:18 AM
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Anybody familiar with Palmdale, CA?

How's the riding there? I'm in the interview process for a position in Palmdale CA and was curious about the area. Particularly from a cycling point of view. This is a huge decision for my family and I know nothing about this area so any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-20-06, 10:52 AM
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Windy.....but homes are cheap...
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Windy.....but homes are cheap...
Nothing in CA will be cheap compared to central FL I'm afraid.

Personally I would pass unless the offer is for an outrageous amount of money. There just isn't much there and it's a high desert which may or many not be good depending upon what you like.
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"Nothing is cheap in California" >>>>>
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Windy.....but homes are cheap...
Bingo. Add in flat. The wind can be a killer as it can come up slowly and only when you turn for home do you realize that you had been riding with a 20 mph or greater tailwind.

It is also at least in part redneck country. I don.t mean everyone, but there are enough of the jerks/drunks that it is worth deciding that there are some roads you do not want to ride.

There are canyons and foothills you can ride, and even mountians plenty close enough for anyone fit enough to ride the mountians.

There are also some very nice offroad rides, just find hikeing trails where bikes are legal.

It gets way hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Be ready for either.
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Old 02-21-06, 05:29 PM
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Well I think I can probably chime in, since I live in Palmdale. lol

The general consensus about it being windy is generally correct, living here and not riding in the wind would be like living in Seatle and not riding in the rain.

Generally in the Summer months we are between 90 and 105 degrees during the hottest part of the day, but there is very little humidity and it is still pretty comfortable to ride as long as you keep hydrated.

The winters are no where near as cold as some places, with daily lows rarely below freezing and nights rarely dropping below mid twenties. The killer however is the wind which tends to cut through you.

In the actual city of Palmdale the riding is very flat as was mentioned but it is easy to get to canyons and mountains either by adding mileage to your ride or by simply driving 20-40 minutes outside of town.

We do have one cycling club up here in the area www.highdesertcyclists.com the whole group is made up of fairly good guys and gals with only a few snobs. We have weekly rides on both Saturday and Sunday mornings that go anywhere from 25-50 miles and also they do a few longer events each year.

The roads in town are okay for cycling, I haven't had or heard about too many road rage incidents, but for better cycling head to the west of town and the roads are fairly trafic free and nice.

Elizabeth lake road has some rolling hills and goes through some dairy farm country and also gives access to all of the different canyons which you can ride from here as well.

We aren't the cycling meca that a place like Solvang would be but overall it isn't so bad, plus we are close enough to where you can hit all the really good rides without too much trouble.
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Originally Posted by merlin70
Nothing in CA will be cheap compared to central FL I'm afraid.
I know.....I was speaking comparatively, in Los Angeles and surrounding areas...
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