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Requirements;

1) Gotta be in the lower 48 states.
2) Mild summer weather (we don't care about the winters as we will be in Florida).
3) Good riding from the front door.
4) Home prices are depressed but likely to rebound.
5) A liveable, bike friendly downtown area.
6) Not rural, not suburban.

Right now we are thinking Vermont or Oregon but have no objections to anywhere else that meets our requirements.
 

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hmm- weren't you guys looking at Oregon? the sisters area of oregon meets most of those criteria. even close to Bend, for when you need that big city feel....well, PNW semi-big city ish.
 

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Uh, Colorado?
North Carolina on the Blue Ride Parkway?
Northeast Missouri?

I'm thinking about places that had nice weather and great riding terrain... Don't know to the rest of your requirements :p
 

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Bend

not urban quite, not rural
great riding out your front door
GREAT brewery
bike friendly
Great mtn Biking
Great Hiking
Great Fishing
you can go there in the Winter and Ski bonus pts
Chris Horner and a few of our top cxers and Mtbers chose it

did I say Great Brewery????
 

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Sounds like you want somewhere in the mountains.

Len
 

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firstrax said:
Burlington VT. Easy flight to FL too.
It is on our list already.

We've been to Burlington and liked it.
 

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Asheville, NC.

/book it--done.
 

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Another suggestion for Bend. Great riding, people, and very bike friendly town. Easy in-town trails, beautiful road riding, and plenty of hiking and other activities available.

Plus, their housing market recently tanked.
 

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estone2 said:
Uh, Colorado?
North Carolina on the Blue Ride Parkway?
Northeast Missouri?.....
Colorado? Perhaps.
North Carolina. I'm thinking we want to get away from southern summers.
NE Missouri. Never thought about it. What made you suggest it?
 

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Colorado fits the bill for all of your criteria.
 

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Saranac Lake, NY.

A small town in the middle of the Adirondack State Park, the largest piece of contiguous wilderness in the Eastern US. Front door access to unlimited miles of road riding and unmapped dirt roads.

A waterman's paradise. Saranac Lake puts you on the Saranac Lakes/Saranac River system, and you're just a 1 mile portage from the entire Raquette River system. Limitless opportunities for water exploration and camping.

Hiking, of course.

A great rugby festival every summer - it'll give Miss M the opportunity to kick some butts.

If you'd like more "local" than "tourist", Tupper Lake is 12 miles west. I like Tupper Lake a lot. Front door access to quieter roads is a little lower, but 12 miles doesn't seem like such a barrier for you two.
 

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Madison, Wisconsin.

Summer here is fantabulous, the roads are awesome- almost everything is paved for dairy tankers, so you've got a ton of roads that never get used.

Decent food in the city- it's a university town, so there's a lot of variety.

It's a casual town- there's almost nowhere you can't go in jeans.

It's a very bike friendly town in a very friendly state.

It's 2 hours or less from Chicago, so if you want real arts, they're close by. 1 hour from milwaukee, 5 hours from minneapolis.

Beer. Lots of really good beer.

Cheese.

The farmer's market in Madison is reason enough to live here.

But, no mountains.
 

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South West WI. Seriously. We have absolutely amazing roads here. They're all undiscovered. There's little traffic. Nice steep climbs that are relatively short. Great landscape for photography. Good housing market to come into. Plus an added benefit of at least one really cool bike shop. ;)
 

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The Leelanau area of Michigan. Great riding, rural, yet close enough to Traverse City. Lake Michigan and killer hills. Good riding, hiking and boating/fishing.
 

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unclefuzzy_ss said:
South West WI. Seriously. We have absolutely amazing roads here. They're all undiscovered. There's little traffic. Nice steep climbs that are relatively short. Great landscape for photography. Good housing market to come into. Plus an added benefit of at least one really cool bike shop. ;)
Any college towns?
 

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catzilla said:
...Plus, their housing market recently tanked.
That is a real plus for us.

AND I have always wanted to say, "We are from Bend 'or!" :thumbsup:
 

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Alex-in-Evanston said:
Saranac Lake, NY.....
Interesting.

We have been close but never there. Not too far from Burlington (and Montreal).

Might check it out this summer......
 

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atpjunkie said:
not urban quite, not rural
great riding out your front door
GREAT brewery
bike friendly
Great mtn Biking
Great Hiking
Great Fishing
you can go there in the Winter and Ski bonus pts
Chris Horner and a few of our top cxers and Mtbers chose it

did I say Great Brewery????
Bend is a long drive from major airports. I'd recommend Hood River instead. It's an hour's drive from Portland, is smaller than Bend, and has everything on ATP's list, except for Chris Horner. Which could be a bonus, depending on how you feel about him.

The Hood River valley is my future home.
 
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