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Hell, I know I could find something and any new ride is a great ride... but nonetheless...
by the way, I'm staying in downtown SLC and won't have a car, but that could change (again, if it's worth it).
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The road riding here is good, about a 7 maybe 8 out of 10, but the MTB is seriously 11/10, it's that good. I barely use my road bike at all anymore.
I'm not as familiar with road options directly from SLC. I know Emigration Canyon is good.
Long climbs: Emigration canyon and optionally onward to Big Mountain/East Canyon. If you go over to the other side make sure to save enough energy to get back home. Are you used to long steep mountain climbs at high altitude ?
Long beautiful Canyon climb: Big Cottonwood up to Brighton.
Short canyon climb near downtown: City creek canyon.
You can really ride just about anywhere in SLC as long as you are reasonably careful. It will get more pleasant as you get out of the city center and traffic.
Since you know Emigration, go for it and take Rick's advice to push over the top and onto Big Mtn (and maybe even onto East Canyon for a triple). The switchbacks give you a beautiful view down into the city below. You'll get full sun on Big Mtn, so be prepared.
You can't get lost trying City Creek since you'll be so close. It's mostly shady, so it can be a great reprieve from hotter days. Note that it's only open to bikes on ODD days. Take it easy bombing down City Creek because there's lots of hikers / walkers, especially on the top half where the road isn't much more than a glorified singletrack.
Millcreek is another canyon that can give you some shade. It gets progressively steeper the higher you go - with two super short sections that are >10-15% gradient. Be careful of cars on the narrow descent; it's essentially a lane and a half wide on the top half of the mountain so don't go wide on the numerous blind turns.
Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood are both great rides and offer up the toughest canyon rides in the SL Valley. Big Cottonwood is the longer of the two rides and Little Cottonwood is the steeper of the two.
Aside from City Creek (which is up behind the Capitol), the other canyons are essentially connected by Wasatch Blvd. If you don't venture up one of the canyons, Wasatch makes for a nice rolling ride on its own. Good shoulders and great views! My recommendation is stay out of downtown and don't ride west.
Grab a taxi so you can eat at Sea Salt (lunch and dinner) or The Paris Bistro (dinner only) ... highly recommended!
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