MBR's best places to live
10 – Exeter
9 – Manchester
8 – London
7 – Cardiff
6 – Brighton/Hove
5 – Leeds
4 – Glasgow
3 – Sheffield
2 – Edinburgh
1 – Bristol
Um, those might be the best cities to live in the UK for mountain biking, but I suspect that there are better places to live for mountain biking if you don’t want to live in the city. Highlands, Lakes, Scottish Borders anyone?Posted 6 years agostumpy01Member
Teetosugars – Member
How is Bristol No.1?
Not sure, but doesn’t it look at job prospects and cost of living etc. as well as what the riding is like in the area? I seem to remember seeing unemployment rate or something as one of the stats next to the city names??
Bristol is pretty well placed for access to lots of places, I guess.Posted 6 years ago
The whole thing is very subjective, isn’t it?TandemJeremyMember
Bristol is OK – access to mountainbiking is OK but better than Edinburgh or Sheffield? Sheffield does not have the access to the trail centres of Edinburgh but the from the door riding might be better. Bristol has some from the door riding and the Quantocks not far away and Dartmoor not much further.
Edinburgh is best tho 🙂 Previous surveys said soPosted 6 years ago
best?? best place to nick a MTB ?
Top 10 police forces for bike thefts in 2010:
Metropolitan police: 21,315
Thames Valley: 6,060
Greater Manchester: 5,185
Avon and Somerset: 3,895
West Midlands: 3,222
Humberside: 2,440Posted 6 years ago
TandemJeremy – Member
Bristol is OK – access to mountainbiking is OK but better than Edinburgh or Sheffield?
Nah, on a par with Edinburgh and probably behind Sheffield but a much better city to live in than either 🙂
(obviously subjective so I’m not really serious – Edinberg is fine. Sheffield, not for me but YMMV)Posted 6 years agonjee20Subscriber
Aberdeenshire has some of the best mountain biking available in the UK and the oil industry
presents massive employment/earning potential.really is the sole employer for several hundred miles
Bristol seems pretty reasonable to me as a number one, considering all the factors.Posted 6 years ago
Very surprised not to see Aberdeen on the list. Aberdeenshire has some of the best mountain biking available in the UK and the oil industry presents massive employment/earning potential.
On the downsides;
*it’s so remote that it’s easier to fly to london than drive (other destinations are available).
*there is the oil industry and dnowt else, so unless your an engineer wanting to work with oil, yerr fekked.
*it’s dark for a lot of the year
edit njee was quickerPosted 6 years ago
I know phil… 😉 Just pointing out that Bristol isn’t the worst city for bike theft..
Better figures here:Posted 6 years agoduirMember
Think some of you are judging how great a place is to live by it’s proximity to civilisation but it’s the opposite of that for me! I go to London a few times a week with my job but given the choice I wouldn’t go anywhere near the place.
There are lot’s of industries in Aberdeen away from oil.
Aviation, Leisure, Tourism, Fishing, Medicine, Animal medicine, Retail etc, etc, etc. So just like any other city in the UK except with the added bonus of the oil industry and stunning mountain biking.Posted 6 years agobigjimSubscriber
I’d have thought Inverness would rate quite highly, or even Stirling since its now a city?
Don’t know what the ‘doorstep’ biking is like in Inverness, its great in Edinburgh when its not all hub deep or blocked with wind blown trees.
I grew up just north of Inverness and it was very good, this was very much pre-trail centre days though so maybe not what ‘current’ mtbers would call ‘good’ mountain biking. There are now quite a few trail centres up that way though somehow I’ve not managed to ride them yet. If you are into natural trails and can use a map, rather than wanting manicured mtb trails with a cafe at the end of it, I don’t see how you can beat the Highlands really. Stirling is ace too.Posted 6 years ago
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