I put together a list of my favorite settled places to cycle based on three simple criteria:

  • Is it easy?
  • Is it fun?
  • Did I feel safe?

This list only includes places where I’ve actually cycled.   There may be better places, but if I haven’t been on a bike there I can’t really say.  I expect this list to change as my cycling universe grows.

I generally like smaller cities more than larger cities.   Virtually all small towns are great for cycling, and so I haven’t included any on the list.  You won’t find any suburbs, either, but for the opposite reason.   Most suburbs are anathema to me, though some are starting to figure it out.  Carmel Indiana comes to mind.

In any event, here’s the list.  Take it for what it’s worth.

Bob’s Top Five (The Best of the Best)

Bob’s Second Five (Honorable Mention)

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Portland, Oregon
  • St. George, Utah
  • Vail Valley, Colorado