Sorry , I just saw this thread.
Congrats on moving to Utah (at least I hope you feel that way
). The only bad part about Utah is 5-6 months of winter. Anyway.....I have lived in Utah (Salt Lake City and surrounding area) my entire life.
What a lot of folks have said is correct. It is a great place for climbing and great rides, really. If you like climbing and riding short or long distances there is a ton of variety and great mountains areas. I could explain but this post would be extremely long.
I live in the "East Bench" of the city/suburbs. For example (on the bike)
-I am 15 min. (on the bike) from 3 canyons (4-14.7 miles long canyons)
-25 min. from another (7 miles long canyon)
-45min from another 2 canyon (7 & 4 miles long)
----and there are more
Then there are a lot of other areas where you can get in other canyons that take you to other areas and do loops about 70-105 miles long where you get in flats, hills, and canyons with some great scenery.
Utah is not perfect, but is really has some great riding.If you are really interested in some help and direction, please PM and we can chat. We could even talk on the phone, if you want, (for where to live or where to ride).
The racing scene is pretty good. (lots of crits and a descent amount of road races.)
There are A LOT of LBS. I go to:Contender
- always voted one of the best shops in the county (lots of high end frames, knowledgable mechanics, but $$$$)Millcreek
- pretty nice shop, mechanics can be disorganized, BUT......the owner is the best bike fitter in the state, hands down.(for a fit, don't go anywhere else, really
In regards to where to live, that depends on;
-how much $$$ you want to spend
-how close to work or school you want
There are a lot of good options.
Let me know and best of luck moving.