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Old 09-03-2011, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Northeast/West Coast
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Hi, I'm an avid cyclist from the northeast, and I'm looking for a winter destination where cycling would be my primary recreational activity. Ultimately, I plan to purchase a second home, and would expect to spend a lot of time there between Nov and April. I'm a single male in my 40s.

I've traveled to Tucson for winter biking quite a bit (for a week or two at a clip), and know that the cycling there is great, but the area is a little depressed from what I can tell, and not as much going on otherwise. San Diego seems to be another candidate, with temps in the right area, but I'm not sure about the reality of cycling out there.

Any feedback or thoughts would be appreciated! Are there any other areas worth considering? Thoughts on spending extended time in Tucson or San Diego? Any specific parts of those cities that you would recommend for someone in my situation?

Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I think winter cycling in SoCal would be great. Your best bet would probably be to get a place near the base of the mountains rather than down near the coast so that you could quickly hop out into the canyons and mountains where the best rides are.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Cycling the Florida Keys in the Winter is one of favorite joys of life.
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Had no problem riding through Denver or SLC after a snow-storm, but then again I don't "smash it" either.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:25 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Albuquerque has over 400 miles of designated bike lanes and trails. Some excellent trails around the Sandias and one thats parallel to the Rio Grande that goes on for several miles and another along one along Tramway Blvd. at the base of the Sandia Mountains. Some chilly winter days and some balmy ones too.

Biking in Albuquerque - City of Albuquerque







Albuquerque Bike Trails (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68175269@N00/23434997/ - broken link) by EL34 (http://www.flickr.com/people/68175269@N00/ - broken link), on Flickr

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Old 09-07-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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very cycle friendly in Southern California. 300+ days of sunshine, winter temps of 60-70 degrees, Bike trails and lots of wide lanes.

Take your pick. River trails, beach trails, mountain trails. Roadies, Mountain Bikes, Beach Cruisers and dumb-arse hipsters on single speeds with colored chains.
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