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Post by neptronix » Sep 07 2013 2:08am

Anyone in Reno? I'm thinking of moving out that way. Utah has been really cool so far, but the cedar gnats, spread-out-ness, and more extreme weather really put a damper on bike riding. We passed through Reno and it looked far more bikeable, or maybe just scooter-able, but hey.. :)
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Post by -dg » Sep 07 2013 6:17am

neptronix wrote:Anyone in Reno? I'm thinking of moving out that way. Utah has been really cool so far, but the cedar gnats, spread-out-ness, and more extreme weather really put a damper on bike riding. We passed through Reno and it looked far more bikeable, or maybe just scooter-able, but hey.. :)
I was born in Reno and lived there off and on till the late 70's. I have family in Carson City and Minden (both about 30 minutes south of Reno) and visit every year. I like the high desert, and the climate is pretty good except quite cold in winter, but not more so than Utah. These days Reno is a major urban sprawl zone, when I was there it was more compact and quite attractive. Carson is better, mostly because it is smaller.

Where in Utah are you coming from?
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-dg wrote: Where in Utah are you coming from?
Duh, SLC, right there in your info. What is it that you don't like about it? Except for the church thing, and the casinos, I'm not sure there is a huge difference.
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Post by neptronix » Sep 07 2013 12:36pm

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-dg wrote: Where in Utah are you coming from?
Duh, SLC, right there in your info. What is it that you don't like about it? Except for the church thing, and the casinos, I'm not sure there is a huge difference.
Here's what i came up with, as far as differences.

+ no cedar gnats ( the bane of my existence ), probably due to the windyness. Utah's air is rather still, by comparison.
+ a bit more moderate weather.
+ next to lake Tahoe, which is awesome. ( far better than the stinkage of salt lake )
+ Truckee river runs through downtown, also awesome.
+ no income tax.
+ way less air pollution ( smaller area + more wind; Utah has really low wind and lots of industry )
+ much closer to California and Oregon. ~4.5 hours from San Francisco.
+ nobody looks up your LDS "temple recommendation" before renting you an apartment or giving you a job, lol...
+ a bit more compact - Utah is very spread out.

Downsides:

- economy is not recovering yet, just like CA and OR..
- still sort of a gambling town, thus downtown is a bit seedy.
- the area has about 1/5th the population of the Salt Lake valley, though it is close to Sacramento.
- looks like i'm going to be the only ebiker in town, again? :lol:
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Post by -dg » Sep 07 2013 6:01pm

neptronix wrote: + no cedar gnats ( the bane of my existence ), probably due to the windyness. Utah's air is rather still, by comparison.
+ a bit more moderate weather.
+ next to lake Tahoe, which is awesome. ( far better than the stinkage of salt lake )
+ Truckee river runs through downtown, also awesome.
+ no income tax.
+ way less air pollution ( smaller area + more wind; Utah has really low wind and lots of industry )
+ much closer to California and Oregon. ~4.5 hours from San Francisco.
+ nobody looks up your LDS "temple recommendation" before renting you an apartment or giving you a job, lol...
+ a bit more compact - Utah is very spread out.

Downsides:

- economy is not recovering yet, just like CA and OR..
- still sort of a gambling town, thus downtown is a bit seedy.
- the area has about 1/5th the population of the Salt Lake valley, though it is close to Sacramento.
- looks like i'm going to be the only ebiker in town, again? :lol:
That's a pretty good list. Take a look in the Carson valley too, Carson City, etc. Not far from Reno, most of the other factors the same, but less sprawly.
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Post by deVries » Sep 07 2013 10:15pm

Increase your elevation into the resort areas and avoid the bloodsucking gnats totally and the LDS focus of SLC. :twisted:

Also, consider Boise, ID.

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Post by shenzhen_ex » Sep 07 2013 10:34pm

I lived in Park City, UT for several years about 10 years ago. I didn't have an ebike then but I was mountain biking regularly. That place would be perfect for a DH ebike. I miss that place; Skiing, Sailing, Biking, and Blonds (they are in short supply here in China) :wink: ....

I know Park City is quite a ride from SLC. Maybe just throw the bike in your SUV and go up the hill to Park City!

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Post by neptronix » Sep 08 2013 12:26am

deVries wrote:Increase your elevation into the resort areas and avoid the bloodsucking gnats totally and the LDS focus of SLC. :twisted:

Also, consider Boise, ID.
SLC is not very Mormon at all. Not that i mind mormons, really. Higher elevation does help, but you do need oxygen at some point :p. Park city is expensive and yuppie; also a total pain in the ass to drive in... not my bag.

The mountain trail behind salt lake city is something that i still haven't conquered. I live approx. 10 miles from salt lake city to the north, and have explored mainly the Ogden area.

We like it here, but being chewed up by bugs and demonic weather really discourages us from going outside.
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Post by -dg » Sep 08 2013 4:30am

neptronix wrote: Not that i mind mormons, really. Higher elevation does help, but you do need oxygen at some point.
I was not aware that mormons did not occur at higher elevations. Good to know. How high do you have to go?
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Post by shenzhen_ex » Sep 08 2013 8:33am

-dg wrote:
neptronix wrote: Not that i mind mormons, really. Higher elevation does help, but you do need oxygen at some point.
I was not aware that mormons did not occur at higher elevations. Good to know. How high do you have to go?
I have personally spotted young mormon girls at over 3000 ft above sea level, in Park City UT.

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Post by neptronix » Sep 08 2013 1:31pm

shenzhen_ex wrote:I have personally spotted young mormon girls at over 3000 ft above sea level, in Park City UT.
Oooh, scary. Did they have huge fangs? :lol:

p.s. the elevation of park city is more around 7,000ft. Salt Lake city is at about 4,000-4,500ft.
I lived in Colorado Springs for about 8 months.. 6,500ft. or so.. not much oxygen there. I found myself using electric power quite a bit :p
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Post by The fingers » Sep 08 2013 2:41pm

-dg wrote: That's a pretty good list. Take a look in the Carson valley too, Carson City, etc. Not far from Reno, most of the other factors the same, but less sprawly.
The last time we were there, there were more bicycles at Tahoe with a foot of snow falling (electrically heated surfaces) than in the valleys of Nevada with only a light dusting. I saw no bikes in Carson City, and one in Reno. If you need to fly regularly, Reno would be the best because of the airport, maybe more jobs available also. Carson City would be my first choice for a more laid back retirement location (I'm old). :wink:
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Post by devo1223 » Sep 11 2013 12:06am

I live in north lake tahoe. I'm a newbie but I have my first build dialed in enough to make the 15 mile round trip commute to work on most days. I have only seen one other ebike a couple months ago, I think it was a tourist on a prodeco. There is a bike shop in south lake tahoe that sells and rents prodecos. Reno has some decent mtn bike trails. The climb up mt rose would be a real test for your ebike. My dream is to ride the 75 miles around the lake on one charge.
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devo1223 wrote:I live in north lake tahoe. I'm a newbie but I have my first build dialed in enough to make the 15 mile round trip commute to work on most days. I have only seen one other ebike a couple months ago, I think it was a tourist on a prodeco. There is a bike shop in south lake tahoe that sells and rents prodecos. Reno has some decent mtn bike trails. The climb up mt rose would be a real test for your ebike. My dream is to ride the 75 miles around the lake on one charge.
Hey, nice to see you pop up here!
Can you actually ride the full length of the lake via bike? is there a trail, bike lane, or what?

Maybe you should start thinking about a cargo bike if you wanna go that far :]
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Post by melodious » Sep 11 2013 12:28am

Gabe Patmont of GoPed fame lives near Reno. I'd doubt you'd see him on a bicycle though other than "stealth bomber" type of builds. He's more into mid mounted water cooled super cycles. If you so happen to run into him (Minden, NV) say Gio say's wassup! :wink:

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Post by devo1223 » Sep 11 2013 10:21am

There is a road all the way around the lake with a bike lane for maybe 1/3 of it. People bike around the lake all summer so cars are use to it. Tahoe is pretty bike friendly. We're hosting the Ironman in a couple weeks. There always seems to be an organized event going on throughout the summer. I was thinking of doing a Kepler type build, light and efficient but with enough battery to do 75mi.
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