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Where would your "dream" cycling places to live be?

Old 04-25-09, 07:17 AM
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Where would your "dream" cycling places to live be?

Where would you live for your fantasy "dreams" of cycling?

A similar, but probably better question would be, where could you REALISTICALLY move to to improve your cycling prospects, yet still maintain a similar job and lifestyle?
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Old 04-25-09, 07:26 AM
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somewhere that has lots of flats but has a few mountains for climbing days. oh and wind is a definite must not! Also the temperature can never go below 50° F and never above 100° F. I would want it to be rural and has paved roads. If you know where this is, let me know and I'll pack my bags tonight. lol.
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Old 04-25-09, 07:29 AM
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France, Italy, or Spain are my dream locations.

I could not move anywhere realistically unless I was an expatriate.
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France, Italy or Colorado
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Old 04-25-09, 07:50 AM
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Kyushu, Japan is rather nice...
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Where I live is pretty darn nice. Now if we could only get rid of all the traffic . . . and patch all the pot holes. . .
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Italy or France.
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In the US, the only place I could want to move other than socal in general and Santa Barbara specifically, is Colorado. Sounds like cycling paradise except for the snow... Outside of the US, southern Europe sounds really nice.
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Dream would be Italy or Spain or similar. Somewhere close to mountains, but also flats, with nice roads.

Realistically, I would move to SoCal or Austin or Colorado. I have it pretty good here though. Mild winters, decent roads, serious climbing just a couple hours drive, plenty of rollers around here. The only downside is the humidity in the summer.
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I was going to say southern France, but it gets too cold for my taste in winter. I would say FL from oct-march and the rest somewhere between Barcelona, Spain and Livorno, Italy.
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Spain...great food, great people, great wine, great cycling.
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Austin, Texas ( or anywhere down in the hill country...san marcos, new braunfels, ect). I dont think i would want to live anywhere else than texas.

Well maybe colorado, i hear boulder is cool...
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Having lived in Italy for 2 years, I can say the area near Mt Piancavallo and Cimpello was nice. You have the country flat areas near Cimpello and if you want to climb go up Mt Piancavallo and other nearby hills. And of course since it is Italy, there are tons of cycling teams riding on Sundays just about anywhere.

France....I am sure there are good areas...Nice, France was too damn busy with too many cars..too dangerous. I think an isolated country area or near one of the mountains would be good.

I also think Boulder, Colorado where the 7-Eleven cycling team used to ride would be good.

I saw a clip on Levi Leipheimer....I think he has a place near Sonoma, CA and Floyd Landis likes to Climb Mt Palomar, CA.
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Tough to beat Los Angeles for me - long climbs up into the snow, 33% grades in Echo Park, bike paths without pedestrians, plus desert, ocean, and forest landscapes, quiet residential areas and streets full of traffic, great scenery, great weather for year-round riding, the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains, the San Bernardino Mountains to the east, umd's Santa Barbara to the north, Mulholland Highway, Griffith Park....
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Having lived in Italy for 2 years, I can say the area near Mt Piancavallo and Cimpello was nice. You have the country flat areas near Cimpello and if you want to climb go up Mt Piancavallo and other nearby hills...
Yeah, I'm stationed here. It's great riding! The only thing I could think of that would be better is less wind.
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Somewhere I could ride all year.
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Except for winter, It doesn't really get much better than where I live now. I very rarely have to drive myself somewhere to do a ride. Right out the front door and off I go.

If I could have a 3 month time share from Christmas to Easter I'd wanna go somewhere near the equator. And in a country where i wouldn't be killed for being a gringo from the US. Sounds like someplace on the Mediterranean doesn't it?
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Germany - Bavaria

Lived in Bamberg for 14 years. Great riding. Tolerant drivers, nice climate. Winters can be cold, but the roads are very well maintained all year long.
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Strasbourg, France.
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Strasbourg, France.
I lived there for a while. Sorry to report that the riding sucks. Unless you like rain, of course.
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I lived there for a while. Sorry to report that the riding sucks. Unless you like rain, of course.
Grenoble, it is.
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Orange County, NY is nice. Lots of sub-freezing days between November and April, 30+ mph winds, a nice 10%+ grade every 200 meters or so. And then it's great if you live on top of a mile long 400' vertical gain hill with a few 15%+ grades that you have to ride every day. EVERY day.

It's friggin perfect.
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Prescott Arizona, maybe Flagstaff.
If the roads in and around Sedona/ Oak Creek Canyon were a bit wider and more bike friendly - there.
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Exactly where I live. I've got the Golden Gate Bridge less than a mile from my house which leads to Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties with plenty of awesome cycling roads and trails.
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