Let’s be honest, every town, city, state, province, and country in the world has it’s downside when it comes to living and riding. Want proof? I have a friend that lives on Kauai and a friend that lives on Maui. Paradise. Now, they wouldn’t live anywhere else but when we talk about what it’s like to live in that paradise they always come back to the fact that they live on islands. Crowded islands. Downside.
If it’s true that everywhere we live has a downside, then the opposite must also be true: there’s always an upside. My friends in Hawaii put up with the downside because the upside is just too good. The surf is epic and family’s nearby so they’re staying put. Downside, upside. It’s the same for where I live and ride and I’m guessing it’s the same for you too. Here in California, the freeways are crowded, the cost of living is ridiculous, and I just can’t get used to earthquakes. Downside. But there’s an upside.
So here are my top 5 reasons why I love to ride where I live (then I’d love to hear your top 5):
- It’s only 10 minutes to long, quiet, country back roads with no stop signs or traffic signals.
- It’s a bike culture.
- The Santa Cruz Mountains.
- The weather.
- Group Rides. Lots of ‘em. Multiple options at various times every day of the week.
How about you? Sure there’s a downside where you ride. Every place has ‘em. Maybe you have to deal with long winters or southern humidity or crowded roads with no bike lanes. But I’m sure there’s a great upside to riding where you are.
So what are the top 5 reasons that YOU love where you ride? Please leave a comment and let us know. Thanks!