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Old 09-10-07, 01:40 PM
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best places to live for cycling

Hi All

Thinking about relocating and wondering if there is a spot in the US that has flat terrain, lots of low-traffic back roads, and mild winters. Nothing comes to mind off the top of my head, but maybe there is a nice spot out there, anyone?

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The reason you can't come up with a place like that off the top of your head is that you have never considered living in any of those places before. There is a reason for this, they suck. Nobody goes out of their way to live in a place that is flat. I did it for a couple years in Ohio, and while the winters are cold as hell and therefor do not meet your specifications, Ohio is a damn good place to ride a bicycle. However, if you were choosing for any other reason in the whole wide world, you would never come up with the statement, "man, I'd love to move to ohio". People don't say that. You are a person, Don't say that. In fact, why do you care about flat? I say riding on rolling hills is more fun than flat. Flat is boring, boring isn't fun, it's boring. Why would you want that?
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just thought id through this out there for trials riders, Peggy's Cove NS, Canada is apparently one of the best trials places in the world, according to Ryan Leech. I was at a demo (I live in NS) and he was saying he was there the day before, and found it to be one of the best trials places he's ever been to.

as for flats, i agree with Steviek, but Ohio seems to be decent. heres an elevation map of the USA. it might help you find somewhere to live. the right side is lower and flatter, left higher and a bit hillier.

http://www2.una.edu/geography/instit...evation101.gif
http://www.geog.nau.edu/courses/alew...-elevation.gif
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Nova Scotia is one of the best places in the world period.
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Originally Posted by erbfarm View Post
Hi All

Thinking about relocating and wondering if there is a spot in the US that has flat terrain, lots of low-traffic back roads, and mild winters. Nothing comes to mind off the top of my head, but maybe there is a nice spot out there, anyone?
Maria
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Eugene, Oregon.
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Southern California? They've at least got the weather. Maybe not the other two.

I hear it's not a bad place to live, either.
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Central and eastern North and South Carolina.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
boring
More like


Booooooooorrrrrring....
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Eugene, Oregon.
Ugly downtown, move to Portland


Missoula is quite flat in-town. Tons of mountain biking. I have yet to experience a winter...
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Originally Posted by Steviek216 View Post
The reason you can't come up with a place like that off the top of your head is that you have never considered living in any of those places before. There is a reason for this, they suck. Nobody goes out of their way to live in a place that is flat.
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Originally Posted by jtnmb77 View Post
Central and eastern North and South Carolina.
+1 but it do get a bit warm in the summer months

If it weren't for the flat part I would recommend the piedmont region of any of the southern states from VA to GA. With Greensboro, NC and Greenville, SC as poster children. They have 4 distinct seasons with Spring and Fall being the longest. If ya want flat head for Kansas....but IMHO the winters out there suck.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Greensboro, NC and Greenville, SC...have 4 distinct seasons.
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While the freezing rain and sleet in Dec - Feb might be distinct, you can hardly call it "winter".
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Originally Posted by gcl8a View Post
While the freezing rain and sleet in Dec - Feb might be distinct, you can hardly call it "winter".
Well in comparison to somewhere like Fla where you only have 2.5 seasons...Warm, HOT and Hurricanes

I have lived in both of the G's and liked them both. I spent a fair portion of my carfree/light days in Greensboro and lived near the downtown area (Golden Gate) we had everything we needed within a 12 mile or less radius. Work was actually walkable from our apartment. To me the MUP that runs thru the middle of town was fantastic if you weren't in a major hurry. I didn't mind the one or two snowfalls a year.

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that'd be oklahoma if you can deal with the rednecks
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Well in comparison to somewhere like Fla where you only have 2.5 seasons...Warm, HOT and Hurricanes

I have lived in both of the G's and liked them both. I spent a fair portion of my carfree/light days in Greensboro and lived near the downtown area (Golden Gate) we had everything we needed within a 12 mile or less radius. Work was actually walkable from our apartment. To me the MUP that runs thru the middle of town was fantastic if you weren't in a major hurry. I didn't mind the one or two snowfalls a year.

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Oh, I agree that much of the Piedmont region would be worth looking at for the OP. I spent 12 years in Charlottesville (where I assume you went to school, given your screen name), and it's a great place (if the OP can learn to love rolling hills).

Having lived in MN, IA, and VT, I'm just scoffing -- politely, mind you -- at Piedmont "winters". Truth in advertising.
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Irvine in So Cal is littered with bike pathways every where and seems to be very cycle friendly. The weather is a plus too.
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Originally Posted by Steviek216 View Post
The reason you can't come up with a place like that off the top of your head is that you have never considered living in any of those places before. There is a reason for this, they suck. Nobody goes out of their way to live in a place that is flat. I did it for a couple years in Ohio, and while the winters are cold as hell and therefor do not meet your specifications, Ohio is a damn good place to ride a bicycle. However, if you were choosing for any other reason in the whole wide world, you would never come up with the statement, "man, I'd love to move to ohio". People don't say that. You are a person, Don't say that. In fact, why do you care about flat? I say riding on rolling hills is more fun than flat. Flat is boring, boring isn't fun, it's boring. Why would you want that?
Ha Ha. As someone who grew up in Oregon, went to high school in Arizona, lived in California for 10 years and Philly for 20 and now lives in West central Ohio, I can comment on this. Flat is NOT boring (group rides at 25mph are awesome), Ohio is not really flat (see Southeastern Ohio). The riding here is unbelievable. We have hundreds of miles of low traffic picturesque roads that vary from flat to rolling to damn hilly (see Oregonia). The weather is a problem in the winter to be sure, but being able to ride from my front door most of the time and walk out my back door to fish, canoe, kayak wander is priceless.

The big difference is that we don't have sustained climbs like Pine Flat Road in Northern California, but we can do 5000 vertical rides here that can make you suffer with waves of hills.

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Holland. Holland's about the flatest place on earth. You're riding on the ocean floor, just without water.
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Originally Posted by gkb View Post
that'd be oklahoma if you can deal with the rednecks
Not all of oklahoma. The western panhandle is like new mexico, the eastern part is definitely not flat. There's no elevation, but lots of rolling hills.
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Boulder Colorado. You can get pretty much anywhere in the city via MUPs; fantastic mountain biking nearby; and lots of good flat roads around the city for riding.
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Originally Posted by jschu View Post
Not all of oklahoma. The western panhandle is like new mexico, the eastern part is definitely not flat. There's no elevation, but lots of rolling hills.
i'm in norman, flat to rolling hills everywhere. and most people are pretty used to bikers here because of the univ, although most of the people i see riding on my way to class are sidewalk-riders.
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Boulder Colorado. You can get pretty much anywhere in the city via MUPs; fantastic mountain biking nearby; and lots of good flat roads around the city for riding.
+1 Plus you get the added benefit of hills galore when you so desire. Oh, and yes I consider the winters "mild."
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