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Okay, I just recieved my next assignment, to Tinker AFB, in OKC. I am looking for any help you guys want to give me on where in the area is a good place to live, a good place to look for a house, that's good for families, safe, nice. Also, I am an XC rider and I need to know the low down on what the trails are like and where they're at.

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SWP
 

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Check out...

...okearthbike.com. They have lots of info on the local scene. While it's not quite a mountbike mecca here, there are some pretty cool technical trails near OK City. Nudraper, Bluff Creek, Clear Bay and Roman Nose are some of my favorite nearby trails. All fast, twisty and fairly technical.

Welcome to OK!
 

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sworkspilot said:
Okay, I just recieved my next assignment, to Tinker AFB, in OKC. I am looking for any help you guys want to give me on where in the area is a good place to live, a good place to look for a house, that's good for families, safe, nice. Also, I am an XC rider and I need to know the low down on what the trails are like and where they're at.

Thanks in advance for the help,
SWP
NuDraper is close enough to Tinker you can ride to it. Nice twisty singletrack, although don't expect anything real technical. Good place to spin out some miles though. Somewhere between 9 - 13 miles if I remember correctly, 3 distinct loops you can do. I like the yellow best, then the red with the green bringing up the rear.

OkEarthbike.com is definitely the place to get a start on the trails. As for the housing and concerns like that, I got nothing for ya....
 

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come to tulsa

That's where the action is; Turkey Mtn. Not really a mountain but as technical as you could ever want. Also look into a day trip to Greenleaf; it's a 12 mile loop if you ride the unimproved part at the back. Look for maps and descriptions at the T-Town Bike shop site: http://www.t-townbicycles.com/Maps03.htm
 

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Okay since nobody else really talked about it. You want to live on the NW side of Oklahoma City. It is a longer drive to work for you. You do not want to live in Moore unless you like Tornados. Midwest city and Del City are old, but a lot renovating is going on. Norman is nice, but being a college town it is a little pricey for what you get. Edmond is nice but very pricey, and the schools are crowded. Putnam City, Piedmont, Deer Creek, are very good school districts to consider. You want to stear clear of the Oklahoma city school district. If you have any other questions feel free to post. Where are you moving from?
 

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You do not want to live in Moore unless you like Tornados.
Not just a concern in Moore, Edmond got throttled by a tornado in the late 80s/early 90s. Pretty much anywhere in Oklahoma is a serious tornado risk in the spring.
 

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I think Norman is where you should head to. It is a quick jaunt to Tinker by using "77"(Sooner Road). Clear Bay has the longest and most challenging single track in the Metro. Additionally iti s only 30 minutes or less to get there from anywhere in town. The schools are evcellent, no tornados since the "40's and while the housing might be a little higher than OKC you will have more to show for your investment when you sell. Additionally Norman is the third largest city in Oklahoma so you will not be wanting for lifes amenities. Just my $.02.
 

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Welcome to the neighborhood...

One of the main things to think about when moving here is that OKC is massive as far as land size goes, but we have nice freeways/interstates which move a lot of traffic with very few areas where things get clogged during rush hour (and here, rush hour is usually just that about an hour in the afternoon). OKC has a large number of suburbs, but probably the best are Edmond and Norman (although they probably don't consider themselves as a suburbs of OKC). As far as OKC proper goes, NORTH OKC is definitely the place to be, but it can be kind of pricey especially as you get near Edmond. The school district situation here is crazy, as you can live in one city and pay their utilities, but be in the school district of an entirely different suburb (this happens ALOT in N OKC/Edmond/Deer Creek). Make sure you ask your real estate agent about this when you are looking at homes. As was stated in a previous post, the best are Norman, Edmond, or Deer Creek. Also a lot of people do the private school thing which can be good if you have the $$$ or are Catholic or Christian. I have never bought a house, but I know from friends that you can get a nice house in many areas in OKC for around $80-100,000 that would cost you 2 or 3 times that much in other cities (I don't know too much as far as square footage goes, but probably around 1500-2000 square feet in that price range depending upon the area). As far as our riding goes here, I don't know where you are coming from, but just don't expect any mountains here...LOTS of FAST SINGLETRACK!!! You can leave those big freeride/hucking bikes behind, because you definitely won't need them here, lots of guys run Singlespeeds here. Our trails are mostly hardpack, lots of sand at some places, and they can be pretty rooty/rutty at times (especially when people ride after it rains--the trails need a few days after a rain to dry
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1. Turkey Mountain--Tulsa: about 90 minutes north east of OKC
2. Bluff Creek--OKC: one of the best and most beloved trails in OKC, can get pretty busy on nice days/weekends
3. Clearbay/Thunderbird--Norman
4. Nudraper--Midwest City: literally right across the street from Tinker (you could get a lunch ride in if you wanted); 3 loops around 12 miles
5. Roman Nose--Watonga: about 90 minutes West of OKC--great 24 hour race here in the fall
6. "12 Miles of Hell"--Lawton: about 90 minutes south west of OKC--the premier mountain bike race here in OK in February, but you can ride the course most of the year, except during deer season or when the army is doing target practice--it is on the Ft. Sill Army base but there are nice recreation areas near by.

As everyone stated, go to the OK Earthbike site and check everything out. Welcome to the Windy State and look forward to seeing you on the trials!!!

JM
 

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I bring my bike everytime I go to OK for work.
Nudraper is pretty fun, I enjoyed bluff creek quite a bit, & Anderson was a challenge (very sandy when I went).
I haven't been there in almost a year now though, not sure what's changed.
 
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