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Where is the best city/state for year round cycling?

Old 07-01-10, 08:42 PM
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Where is the best city/state for year round cycling?

In Ohio we've had near perfect weather this week. Where in the US are locations for good year round riding?

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A lot of Californians will tell you that California has the perfect weather for year round cycling. And they're right.
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California. By far.
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San Diego. Never too cold, never too hot, very little rain.
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Hawaii?
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Texas.

Because it is Texas.
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Hawaii?
Constant threat of volcanoes and land sharks makes this a no go for me.
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Hawaii?
If you're on the windward side of the island, its almost guaranteed to shower at some point of the day.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
San Diego. Never too cold, never too hot, very little rain.
this but you pay the price to live here.
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
A lot of Californians will tell you that California has the perfect weather for year round cycling. And they're right.
Yeah, but please don't come here, we're full.

I hear Texas is really, really great.

kthxbai.
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San Diego. Never too cold, never too hot, very little rain.
San Diego sucks. The people suck and the cycling suck. I'd stay away, the place is a pit.
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the variety of cultures and terrain make this place that much better. But the drivers...
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I ride year round here in Houston, sure it gets a bit cool in the winter and hot in summer but round and round it isn't bad.
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Houston is really awesome if you never, ever want to see a hill.
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I think Arizona is the best. It's warm in the winter in the desert and in the summer, a few miles north and its just right. The thing that makes it great is that people can actually afford to live here, unlike our neighbor to the west.
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Hawaii.
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Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
I think Arizona is the best. It's warm in the winter in the desert and in the summer, a few miles north and its just right.
"Just right" as in 100 degrees instead of 110?

Pass.
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Defiantly Los Angeles probably around 430 on a Friday pm on a holiday weekend. Absolutely stellar.
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Old 07-01-10, 10:39 PM
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The Peninsula part of the Bay Area (CA) had a lot of rain up to March. But we have a share of mountains, flats, forests, meadows, the coast. But SoCal has everything we have, just a little better.

Not all of California is year round great.
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Orange County, California. We don't have quite the cost of living as San Diego and all the benefits of unreal weather. Maybe rains a total of 10 days a year (rain bad enough to make you not ride). I can ride 10 miles and I'm on the coast where I can ride for miles on Pacific Coast Highway in 70 degree weather in the dead of summer. Or in the winter I can ride 10 miles inland and climb the mountains for fresh air. I literally can ride almost every day (or night) of the year. No snow. No hail. No humidity whatsoever.

Hawaii is a nightmare. It's humid as hell. There are like three roads on the whole big island and they are congested with cars and it rains every other day so you always have to carry all your rain gear with you since the weather changed every five minutes.

Orange County. 80 degrees in the summer. 80 degrees in the winter. No humidity. No bugs. Bike lanes everywhere.
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Part of me would think New Mexico. But I also like the long straight hammer. Living in a city that's literally all mountains climbing has no appeal to me. I love the long, flat open road at speed.

Plus NM seems to cool down quite a bit.
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So Cal sucks. Look at this junk.







Stupid ocean.


First week of May and there's still friggin snow!


Dangerous mountain roads.


Dangerous urban roads.


Stupid beach in March.

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Hawaii is a nightmare. It's humid as hell.
This, and very few places are actually indoors to provide refuge. I was sweating buckets just sitting at the airport thinking about how everybody else was probably going to stink as well on the 6 hour flight home.
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Southern California. You can ride almost every day of the year. When it gets hot in the summer, you just head out to the coast, or start early and head up one of the many mountain roads to get to cooler elevations. In the winter you might occasionally need to use arm warmers.
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Ixnay on the outhern California say.
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