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A good place to live in the East Coast

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I currently live in NYC and would be interested in relocating to resume cycling within the next few years. I like road cycling and would probably be looking at moving close to PA as my wife has family close to Philly. Anyone got any advice on a decent place to bring up a family in the East coast? I relocated from Ireland in 2008. Where I grew up was quite mountainous with lots of rolling hills and valleys. Great for long spins...

Unfortunately I don't own a bike right now and its eating at me :(

Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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Trexlertown is the home of the Lehigh County Velodrome. The cycling community there is huge and very active. There is a park created just for cycling adjacent to the velodrome. It is a family-friendly area.

Check it out!
 
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Vermont is a great place to ride...tons of Irish folks migrated here in early 1850's as it reminded them abit of Ireland. People are very laid back so not much road rage really...lots of slow rolling hills and mountains should you want them. Downside is of course you can only get in, at most, 8 months of riding here. But, yeah Vermont is a wonderful place for riding and more importantly living...
 
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Lancaster, PA area is great. Lots of Amish, so people are used to seeing "not cars" on the side of the road and give you plenty of room. Also a great area to ride with lots of local races all summer long.
 
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US Patent Exploding Cyclist said:
Blue Bell, PA

Voted the 14th best place to live in the US by Money magazine back in 2005, and Philly is just a 20 mile ride away. I'm a little partial as that's where I grew up.

Really? I have been there once before. Just quickly though. Must check it out I guess
 
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Cash05458 said:
Vermont is a great place to ride...tons of Irish folks migrated here in early 1850's as it reminded them abit of Ireland. People are very laid back so not much road rage really...lots of slow rolling hills and mountains should you want them. Downside is of course you can only get in, at most, 8 months of riding here. But, yeah Vermont is a wonderful place for riding and more importantly living...

Cool! I will check it out. Thank you.
 
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My recommendations has its cons, but the pros outweigh them. FLORIDA. Year round warm weather, however lack of hills. I will say that the warm dense air simulates climbs. But we all know there are no substitutes for climbs other than climbs just as their are no substitutes for racing other than racing. I still say Florida.
 

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jharrb said:
I currently live in NYC and would be interested in relocating to resume cycling within the next few years. I like road cycling and would probably be looking at moving close to PA as my wife has family close to Philly. Anyone got any advice on a decent place to bring up a family in the East coast? I relocated from Ireland in 2008. Where I grew up was quite mountainous with lots of rolling hills and valleys. Great for long spins...

Unfortunately I don't own a bike right now and its eating at me :(

Any advice would be appreciated.

I am originally from the northeast and used to motorcycle through all of New England, new york, pa and ohio. I was amazed at how beautiful the adirondacks region of new york is. As far as cost of living, NY, CT, MA and VT are all ridiculously high taxation areas. I think NH is stupendously beautiful. We had a cabin there when I was a kid. Some big @$$ hills andsmall mountains in NH and VT, Mass is a little flatter. CT is brutal, despit no high peaks, it's all hills, my hat is off to all northeastern cyclcists. I also was very impressed by PA.

West of Philadelphia is gorgeous and very pastoral. I think your family (in laws) can assist you. It's a big state (for the East) and the cycling is probably outstanding.

Virgina is beautiful, especially western VA. TN is low cost of living, but some folks I know who moved there said there is a real inbreeding problem, to be blunt. Don't know if that is factual or anecdotal.

Incest be damned, there is no income tax and it's a beautiful state! But if you are looking for a cosmopolitan vibe, then keep looking! If I hit the lottery, I'd buy land in NH and settle there.
 
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Stay where you are. Lots of cycling can be had in the city. My requirement has always been relocate to where there is good work, and find a way to ride.