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Need advice on a cyclist friendly state to move to after summer

Old 07-01-06, 02:54 AM
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Need advice on a cyclist friendly state to move to after summer

I can't imagine summering anywhere else than upstate new york, but I just can't stand the winters here. And the idea of moving south for the winter sounds like a great idea. Where would you suggest moving too? As I have heard South Carolina is awefully nice but have no input from the cyclist point of view.
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Originally Posted by dta95b7r
I can't imagine summering anywhere else than upstate new york, but I just can't stand the winters here. And the idea of moving south for the winter sounds like a great idea. Where would you suggest moving too? As I have heard South Carolina is awefully nice but have no input from the cyclist point of view.
I hear you. I used to live in Syracuse and Rochester. Now I'm in suburban Clev OH area. Summers nice but winters can be brutal. Carolinas have way too much bad weather, storm wise. What about N Mexico or AZ.
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Originally Posted by dta95b7r
I can't imagine summering anywhere else than upstate new york, but I just can't stand the winters here. And the idea of moving south for the winter sounds like a great idea. Where would you suggest moving too? As I have heard South Carolina is awefully nice but have no input from the cyclist point of view.
SoCal, if you can stand the Ca taxes and PCdom. Az, NM, Georgia, Oregon, Wa, all are cycle friendly. Or, Wa do have winter though!
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I've lived in South Carolina all my life and traveled a lot also. I think the weather in South Carolina is beautiful. I do not think South Carolina is particularly bicycle friendly.

Here's a list of some places. Looks like Gainesville, Florida has made the list. I've heard it's a very nice place, but have never visited there:

https://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity....ommunities.htm
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Gainesville isn't bad at all, however be prepared for the weather.
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Here the commuter bike paths are cleaned before the roads. What type of cycling do you wanna do? I did the winter on studded tires. It was fine. Frozen lakes riding was OK but not great due to too many freeze/thaw cycles. I only felt safe one time.
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I'm from Brooklyn, NY. I'm now in Southern California (Orange County).
Riding all year round. Mountains 15 minutes away. Ocean 15 minutes away. Bike lanes, I kid you not, on practically every road. Bike shops everywhere. The shop close to me opened this morning at 5AM. Bring your own chair and donuts and they have large screens TVs for the start of the Tour.
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Oregon and Washington are both very cycle friendly. Oregon even moreso, especially the Portland area. However, our winters are very rainy (not snowy), so if you don't mind owning a bike with fenders....
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Originally Posted by cs1
I hear you. I used to live in Syracuse and Rochester. Now I'm in suburban Clev OH area. Summers nice but winters can be brutal. Carolinas have way too much bad weather, storm wise. What about N Mexico or AZ.
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WHAT??? What bad weather? I'm a northern transplant (damn yankee) and I plan to return to Pennsylvania some day, but I have to disagree with the previous post. I've lived in North Carolina a total of 11 years and I find the weather very cycling freindly. You have to live in the right segment of the Carolinas to be more comfortable. The weather is more cycling freindly from Raleigh to the western part of the state. The eastern section of North Carolina and South Carolina are flat with low elevation. During the summer, the moisture from the ocean rolls in to combine with the summer heat and makes that area uncomfortable. Once you begin to hit higher elevation, especially the Appalachian Mountains, the humidity declines and the summer heat is very tolerable. The spring and fall weather is outstanding. As for the cold of winter, I found I could ride several days each month during the winter and I hate to ride when the temperature is below 54F.
Towns like Chapel Hill are very bicycle freindly having redesigned many roads to accomodate bikes.
Cary also has many bike lanes. Wake and Lee County each have several Mountain Bike trails and the American Tobacco Trail will soon connect Durham to Apex, a span of about 23 miles, via a MUP. Some of that MUP will be paved for road bikes. I have at least 20 LBS to buy from within a 30 mile radius from my house in lower Wake County.
I think if you vacation here, you'll move here.
You should PM BF member JPPE to find out more about the western part of North Carolina.
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Originally Posted by roccobike
WHAT??? What bad weather? I'm a northern transplant (damn yankee) and I plan to return to Pennsylvania some day, but I have to disagree with the previous post. I've lived in North Carolina a total of 11 years and I find the weather very cycling freindly. You have to live in the right segment of the Carolinas to be more comfortable. The weather is more cycling freindly from Raleigh to the western part of the state. The eastern section of North Carolina and South Carolina are flat with low elevation. During the summer, the moisture from the ocean rolls in to combine with the summer heat and makes that area uncomfortable. Once you begin to hit higher elevation, especially the Appalachian Mountains, the humidity declines and the summer heat is very tolerable. The spring and fall weather is outstanding. As for the cold of winter, I found I could ride several days each month during the winter and I hate to ride when the temperature is below 54F.
Towns like Chapel Hill are very bicycle freindly having redesigned many roads to accomodate bikes.
Cary also has many bike lanes. Wake and Lee County each have several Mountain Bike trails and the American Tobacco Trail will soon connect Durham to Apex, a span of about 23 miles, via a MUP. Some of that MUP will be paved for road bikes. I have at least 20 LBS to buy from within a 30 mile radius from my house in lower Wake County.
I think if you vacation here, you'll move here.
You should PM BF member JPPE to find out more about the western part of North Carolina.

I'm planning on actually moving down to NC or SC this fall, how's the racing out there though, is there a good amount of racing or is that all in the NJ area?
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+1 for oregon, lots of riders from there here, and i hear nothing but good things!
whatever you do, dont come to atlanta!
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whatever you do, dont come to atlanta!
or South FL. My City is on the Bike Friendly list... I guess becasue there are lots of bike lanes...
But, sorry to say, most folks I encounter here are not bike friendly. I'm looking at NC
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
SoCal, if you can stand the Ca taxes and PCdom. Az, NM, Georgia, Oregon, Wa, all are cycle friendly. Or, Wa do have winter though!

Georgia is horrible. Traffic is not friendly at all to cyclist. On my wensday ride with a LBS, a car saw us coming up a neighborhood rode and continued to speed up. A rider was inches from being hit from the SUV's side mirror.
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Greenville, SC is a very popular cycling town.

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I've never cycled in Greenville. I should have said in my earlier post that Columbia, South Carolina is not very cycling friendly -- hot as an oven in the summer also. They are really nice to cyclists, however, at Ft. Jackson and me and my husband head into the Fort to do our long rides.

I've been cycling the last few weeks at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. It's a beautiful place to ride and there's a nice breeze from the ocean.
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PA? Theres a velodrome up in PA also, and alot of cycling activity around the velodrome area(trexlertown)
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How about Nashville or Birmingham?
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We can always use another bike forum roadie in Oregon! Plus you can jump on the fendered fixie bandwagon for the winters!!!!
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Tucson, AZ. Amazing winter cycling. A lot of pro's train here in the winters. It's got it all. armstrong with us postal used to train on Mnt Lemon just 5 miles from the city limits. Super good scene here and the cost of living is low, diverse riding, and absolutely beautiful. I would never live in phoenix btw.. : )
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Originally Posted by PedalMasher
We can always use another bike forum roadie in Oregon! Plus you can jump on the fendered fixie bandwagon for the winters!!!!
mmmmm.... fendered fixies.

i can say without qualification that portland is like 100 times better than columbia, sc for cycling
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Greenville is okay, but it's lightyears behind the Southwest and specifically SoCal.
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After living in Northern California for a year (NY transplant) and cycling all through most of the state in that year, it's about 50/50 as great place to live for cyclists in my rather short-lived estimation. Actually, I would advise it if cycling were the only issue going - in that case, I think it may be close to best state in the USA for cycling: warm weather year-round, not redneck, not flat (unless you're in the valley), proximity to oceans, redwood forests, enormous glorious state parks, incredibly diverse ecosystems within short distances from each other, coastal cities, etcetera...

But prepare to pay out the arse for a place to live in that TOTALLY isn't worth one-third of the price it's going for (I saw single bedroom apartments for $900+/mo that were appalling here), and be prepared for California car culture hell, 24-7. If you thought the whole "eco-friendly" California bit applied in any way to some sort of disdain for cars, big mistake. I live in a small town, and it's 24-7 car noise with no let-up. I've lived in more-or-less major cities that were quieter at night than this little town is. Also be prepared for very limited routes to places you may want to go - I have had trouble finding a good route from here to Clear Lake, for instance.

For a US city, Portland OR is where it's at for cyclists. Since I no longer ever intend to live in a city, I would personally try for a place like Astoria, near Portland, though...(you might recognize it as the place where "The Goonies" was filmed). Rainy season can get a bit cold, but as long as you don't cry when wet, it's good cycling and hella pretty.

At any rate, I'm moving to Thailand now that I've cycled through it, so I'm set with my bike paradise. Good luck finding yours.

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I love philly and it's a great cycling city, but if I had to choose I'd go with the pacific northwest or southern CA for sure
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