Originally Posted by SDthruxton
Thanks for the info on the areas guys! Sounds like I'll have to meet up with all of you and get introduced to the good roads to ride on.
I am definitely going to have to find a place with a garage as I can't stand the thought of leaving my bikes out in the open. For those who don't have garages, what do you do with your bikes in the winter?
Let me begin by absolutely stating that the following is pure opinion. Matter of fact, if I read it in a month, I might wonder what I was thinking. Apply a huge grain of salt since it's only the way I see things, you know?
That said, I think that since the weather isn't super bike-friendly in this climate, there tend to be a lot of people who kind of "really mean it" about wanting to ride. You kind of have to. Don't get me wrong -- spring in the mid-Atlantic is just about has gorgeous as it gets. But there are a lot of times of the year that are just not very bike friendly.
That doesn't mean we don't ride. It means there are fewer bikers.
You asked what we do in the winter. Answer: if it's dry and above 40, I'm riding. I don't even keep my bike on a battery tender. I don't need to. I am not saying that most people ride year round around here. I am saying, though, that hard-core year-rounders are statistically over-represented. You probably see more dudes on BMWs with heated suits around these parts than you would in most places, you know?
A few posts ago you asked about Owings Mills. It really depends on what you're looking for. I am definitely biased towards a downtown lifestyle, but that's me. To me, a place like Owings Mills is a great place to be 4 or 14. Not so great for 24 or 34. Great for 64, though! Follow? I mean, it really depends on your social life. If you are looking for a nice suburban community, that's a good one. One thing for sure -- it's a good place from which to start bike trips. It's far west enough for you to shoot out to the mountainous (ish) areas we have on a day trip.
But if you're looking for more than a mall and chain restaurants, well... but like I said, I am biased. I have probably 50 restaurants and 100 bars in walking distance, and that's the way I like it. Then again, we don't have kids.
Depends on who you are, really. If you are currently happy in a burb, I doubt very strongly that you would wake up one day screaming, "Oh my God! What am I doing in Owings Mills?!?!?"
Best of luck and welcome to the Land Of Pleasant Living!