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Riding scene in Portland vs. Denver

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by ryan12210, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. ryan12210

    ryan12210 Chimp

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    I've decided to make the move out of Atlanta to either Portland or Denver. I work from home so I can live wherever I want. Anyone familiar with the riding in these areas? Particularly, how the weather effects the amount of the year you can ride. I know both have awesome trails, but I've been spoiled by the ability to ride all year. Portland has good weather (not much snow and mild temps) but it seems like the trails are pretty far from the city for afternoon rides. Any input would be appreciated. I ride all mountain and DH.
     

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  2. Roo

    Roo Chimp

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    I moved from Atlanta, Roswell area, to Denver...a year later I moved to Portland. My kids and I were not too impressed with the Denver area trails...way too XC oriented and lots of drama with the XC group. The trails are all multi user as well. Portland is WAY better.

    I actually started a new blog recently and my first post is about that in a way.
    www.pacificnorthwestlife.com you can also check pictures out on my photoblog: www.roo78.tumblr.com there are tons of trail riding pics on it.
     
  3. blackohio

    blackohio Generous jaywalker

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    Trails arent too bad from portland. 1/2 hour to 1 hour depending on where you live. I dont know **** about denver but having moved to Portland a year ago I cant see myself moving anywhere else.

    ...and Whistler is only 6 hours away.
     
  4. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    I have heard that most of the scene kids are out of So Cal. I do know that riding in many parts of Oregon is year round.
     
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    blackohio Generous jaywalker

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    We can ride year round, but most places get snow due to elevation. But if you dont mind the snow theres still plenty of riding, and to be honest portland and Washington have some of the countries best trails bar none.
     
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  6. dirtygirlmagnet

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    I live in Denver and the riding scene is kinda lame. Definitely very xc/fitness oriented. Trails have to be very dry to ride or they will be easily damaged. There isn't real dirt here, it's all cumbly dust and broken down rock. I call this the gravel mountains instead of the rocky mountains.

    /rant
     
  7. Ride Monzie

    Ride Monzie Monkey

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    If you're choosing a city for riding and want Oregon, I'd say choose Oakridge instead of Portland. Trails are riding distance from your house. I never lived there or in Portland but I was researching places to live based on mountain biking and this was the city I had chosen for Oregon. Denver's awesome but you have to drive to the trails. That's always my problem with a city. I don't own a car so I make my choices based on the proximity to mountain biking. I ride XC though, so...