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Lawrence, Kansas. Cycling Scene, Culture, Things to Do, etc?

Old 04-09-16, 04:45 PM
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Lawrence, Kansas. Cycling Scene, Culture, Things to Do, etc?

We have a possible job opportunity in Lawrence, Kansas, and would be interested in info about the area.
Wondering if there is a cycling scene.
We can dig some BBQ, micro beers, parks, etc.
I've already done a little googling on it, but I'd like to hear from people in the area.
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Perhaps better to start asking around in this forum? Mountain - Plains
But since the last post in that forum was over a month ago, I hope it doesn't bode ill for there actually being a cycling scene in one of 9 states covered...
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I have been to Lawrence a few times and lived in the Kansas City area for several years. The cycling scene is okay and you will probably adjust to the area, depending on what you are used to and what you like. I found it rather boring, so I moved to Colorado. Decent restaurants, nice town, okay cycling scene, Kansas City isn't too far, but it still is Kansas. Keep in mind that I love the mountains and mountain scenery. I love trails and love mountain biking and offroading too, so Colorado is more my style.
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I live in Lawrence and think that it's probably the best cycling scene in Kansas (Kansas City area is decent as well, but I think the routes are better in Lawrence). You should be able to find an organized group ride pretty much any day of the week. There are a number of people that ride road, mtb, gravel and cx. It's certainly not Colorado, but there are still a number of people that enjoy getting out and riding. As far as off-the-bike culture, Lawrence is one of the coolest towns in the Midwest and is often rated very highly by a number of publications.
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I lived in Lawrence for five years as a student, though my cycling experience was limited to commuting at that time. However, the city itself is amazing!
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Hey Slackerprince - I got your PM and typed up a response, but BF won't allow me to send it since I haven't posted at least 50 times. Feel free to shoot me another PM with your email address and I'll send it over. It's kind of funny that I've been a member for almost 11 years and still don't have 50 posts.
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I spent a lot of time on bikes (road and mtb) in and around Lawrence in the 80's. Great place to ride IMHO. Not sure about organized rides, clubs, etc if that is your interest nor what the culture is today. But I can tell you that I logged many miles there years ago and have many fond memories. I recently visited KU and really wished that I had brought my bike and had the time to explore some of my old routes.

Good luck with the job decision. Lawrence is a great town!
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I live in Lawrence and there's definitely a good active scene. Not huge, but I've met a lot of good people through cycling. Fantastic local shop downtown as well.

Shoot a PM if you have any more questions!
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my mom lives in lenexa, which is sort of close. yes, the cycling is decent over there. that part of kansas is actually pretty hilly.
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