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Old 02-11-16, 01:50 PM
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Road Biking Seattle

Just got back from a trip up to Seattle to check it out. Thinking about moving to that area. I looked at the Strava Heatmap before going up and was sort of taking note of where the heaviest traffic was and considered that a lot of the most urban traffic was likely commuter traffic, but I don't think I was aware of just how much cycling commuter traffic there actually is.

My question is regarding if there is anywhere in the area that has pretty decent road biking that is accessible that is reasonably affordable? Accessible in terms of not needed to put the bike on a rack to get there and being able to just head out the door.

I asked a couple bike shops and seemed to get a consensus that the east side of the metro area might be the best for road biking? Are there any known reasonably affordable areas that aren't too ghetto I should be looking at? Thanks!
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Old 02-11-16, 02:09 PM
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It sounds like you're considering moving out here? I assume as much because you're asking about affordability; if so, traffic can be a nightmare and where you work and where you live should be aligned, one should dictate the other.

There's fantastic road riding within city limits. Plenty of loops from 5 to 100+ miles. We have fantastic scenery, more parks than you'd believe, great quiet neighborhood roads, etc etc. You have to sort of find the best routes and it takes a little bit of time, but it's actually pretty easy. If you come back out here, ask and you'll be given lists of great rides.

Being able to drive your bike is a huge bonus though. We also have fantastic mountain roads, plenty of them paved well enough to take a Cervelo on.
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Snohomish county has rural areas that offer road biking opportunities. I've heard Mukilteo is more affordable.
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Depends on just how ose to downtown Seattle you want to be. Mukilteo to the north, Renton is alright down south. But my wife and I are in South Lake Union and we find plenty of great rides up thru Magnolia and Ballard along the sound.

We plan on moving in the next year or so. We are considering North Bend. Far from downtown, but in the foothills of the Cascades. Redmond and Bellevue are neaf by, but the cost of living is lower in North Bend. Also, both road and MTB are easily doable from your door out east.

Check out N. Bend, Duvall, Carnation, Monroe -- unless you wanna be closer than 30 min from downtown.
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During rush hour (which is like 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm), North Bend and Monroe are going to be a couple hours from downtown.
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You need to define what you mean by reasonably affordable. Also, where will you be working? Driving can be a pain here during rush hour. On the other hand, it's not hard to bike commute year-round here if that suits you.
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Originally Posted by jonpear6
Check out N. Bend, Duvall, Carnation, Monroe -- unless you wanna be closer than 30 min from downtown.
With the exception of North Bend -- and you can't do it in under 30 minutes anyway -- all the other places you listed are going to take you well over an hour to get into downtown on a weekday. I live in Totem Lake area and work downtown on Elliot Bay and it takes me 35 minutes by car on the best of commute days -- 45 more accurately... which means on an average to bad day it gets ugly. I can't even think of the nightmare coming in from Monroe or Duvall and even Carnation. But you are correct, there's some great riding in those areas.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest
During rush hour (which is like 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm), North Bend and Monroe are going to be a couple hours from downtown.
Amen.
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I take it like this. I either want to be within 30 minutes of downtown Seattle, or I just don't care. Traffic is so awful here that unless you're in Bellevue, N. Seattle neighborhoods, W. Seattle, or a handful of other spots, downtown is going to be a pilgrimmage most of the day.
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Eastside is best close-in for riding out the door. In many areas there it's just minutes to rural roads or maybe you're already on one. Many cyclists in that area. I drive all the way from Everett to ride with them on Sundays.
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The best riding is most definitely not in the suburbs. If you're a road cyclist, the best riding is in places like the North Cascades, Methow Valley, and down the eastern slope of the mountains in places like the outskirts of Leavenworth and the Teanaway, etc. There are pleasant rides in the farm country just beyond the suburbs. And great riding within the city, too; there are more parks in Seattle than the rest of King County, fantastic neighborhoods, etc. Places like Lynnwood and Bellevue/Factoria fall short by comparison. Luckily, it's a varied state, so if you wind up in a suburb, there are other places to ride once you get bored with the local MUP.
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