ADV Opinions on Albuquerque, NM

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by plusone, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. plusone

    plusone Been here awhile

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    Hey all, got a job offer on the table to go to Albuquerque for the next 2 years. I have been sub-contracting part time for this company for a little over a year now and they have been great to work for but I'm a little hesitant to leave Denver again. Like the climate and love the mountains, not a huge fan of snow since it gets in the way of my favorite activities = dirt riding, mtb and hiking the CO high country. I don't have any family in Denver but have been living here almost 9 years and starting to feel somewhat established.

    I hear climate is a little friendlier down there for my preferred activities, how is it really? Good riding? Longer season?

    I'm headed down to check things out sometime around the 26th - 27th. May even bring the bikes (moto and Wheaties powered), will there be some open trails to scope out? Any recommendations?

    What are good areas to live in near the city?

    Is it a family friendly town? Anything to consider for my 2.5 year old boy? Since he will be transitioning to pre-school in 6 months it seems like it would be a good time to move him.

    Thanks for your thoughts! Adam
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  2. pow_rider17

    pow_rider17 Adventurer

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    ABQ is a great place if you are into the world around you and not the people. Great place, people are so-so, excluding all the fine folks represented on ADV of course.

    I have lived here for 20+ years, some of it teenage years and I consider it home but plan to move to CO once there are no kids in the house. I want to be a little closer to awesome snow and skiing.

    Rio Rancho is the best place to be for schools for your little one, unless you plan on private school. They are the second best in the state only behind Los Alamos. But the town is mostly cookie-cutter, suberbian hell (its where I live).

    There is great riding all around and pretty much year round. Let me know if you want a specific place to ride and I can help you out, surely others will be along to throw in their $.02.

    Snow isn't really a problem, usually it only falls in the mountains and if it does fall in town it is usually quickly melted by the high desert sun.
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  3. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Not to be short, but this topic has been beat to daeath here in the Rockies.

    Great riding, greater people,diverse culture, and the climate is better for all things than Denver has to offer-even if you like to play in the snow. Taos skiing is world class and there are several other areas within an 1 1/2 hr of any of the metro alb communities.
    What is cool is those same areas are where we ride single track and trials in the summer. We move our riding to the desert in the winter.

    NM is the fifth largest state and there are less than a million and a half people here. :evil .......a few more will be OK but keep it on the low. :deal

    Do a google search:

    Advrider,Rockies, Albuquerque, moving

    Advrider, Rockies, NM, -whatever kind I'd riding you are interested in-

    And see what comes up. :dunno
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  4. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    What Gordy said. When you do that search you will probably read endless rants about schools, which will probably matter to you based on your first post. Don't get hung up on it, as you can easily limit your home search to a better school boundary at almost all housing price points.
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  5. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    You also might check with inmate ABQCookie, who hardly ever posts any more. She's a teacher and might have good insights about schools. Plus she's just an awesomely nice human being.
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  6. plusone

    plusone Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all of your candid responses. I go down there sometime next week to scope it out a little further.
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  7. Ditch

    Ditch Long timer

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    Bring a bike :thumb
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  8. plusone

    plusone Been here awhile

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    Currently adjusting valves and re-jetting the DR350, she should be ready to go in the back of the truck for a little riding.
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  9. bobfab

    bobfab Long timer

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    fyi i found that my jetting for Denver worked just as well in Rio rancho and buckman (more sante fe area), your results may vary.
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  10. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    Denver = mile high
    ABQ = mile high
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  11. Dr E

    Dr E Chasing after theory

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    I was born and raised there and have seen Albuquerque change from a once enjoyable community to one that is filled with crime and drugs. I speak from first hand knowledge not hearsay as I spent quite a long time working working with APD and the State Medical Examiners Office. There is far more that goes on and is not reported in the media than people think.

    When I was offered the chance to move to the Pacific NW, we took it. Four years later after my parents retired, we bought them a home and got them out of there. What do I miss about Albuquerque...NOTHING. What do I miss about New Mexico...EVERYTHING.

    The food, the culture, the geology, the places to go and travel to and be a part of and most of all life long friends. New Mexico really is the Land of Enchantment, if your passing through as a tourist, but don't be fooled in to thinking that Albuquerque is a garden spot by any means.
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  12. Slideways#96

    Slideways#96 scooter trash

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    :tough
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  13. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    Where'd you live Sheriiff? I think you can say the same about most places.

    Now.........what was the name of that girl from Alb that went up to Seattle and was shot in the face and killed in the street by a random shooting? :scratch

    oh yeah..........here it is:

    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2596217.shtml


    ....and I find it hard to believe that there is more going on than the media reports. THAT is all that they report. Granted, Alb is not a small town that has the crime report in the daily newpaper like Mayberry does.

    BTW, If you kknew of more, you should have spoken up. :ear
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  14. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    Yeah, I was on a grand jury in Montgomery County, Maryland, the tenth richest county in the USA. I was surprised to hear that it also had tons of drug crime, murder, theft, sex abuse, etc. It's everywhere.
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  15. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    :eek1 :lol3

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  16. DirtDad

    DirtDad Green Chile Guru

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    I was waiting for this. :D

    I have lived here all my life, born and raised. I was also a cop!
    Seems like 97% of the crime is.............. You guessed it drug related. :deal

    Sooo, stay away from the drug dealers, and the areas that they hang out. I love my neighborhood.
    I talk with all my neighbors. They all know me and they all come over every christmas for food and beer.
    I walk my youngest boy to the bus stop everyday, and watch out for all the other little ones. My older son
    has been in public schools, and is attending all honors classes. My best friends two daughters went to
    public shcools, one just got a full ride scholarship, the other is almost done with her 4 yr degree, in only
    3 yrs, with a 4.0 gpa, I might add. But that simply comes down to parent involvement, not so much the schools.

    Oh my daughter in-law is an attorney, she went straight to law school right after her graduate degree, her first full time job was practicing law at the age of 25. Attended Albuquerque Public Schools.

    I bugs me to hear all the bashing of Albuquerque, yes it has it's issues but I don't know of any other city with the equal amount of population, that does not.

    But, the number one reason not to move to Albuquerque is: "The Riding Sucks" ! :lol3
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  17. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Imminent Train Wreck

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    Whoa, good thing Dr. E didn't live in Gallup, lord knows what he would have said about this crime ridden, dirty, drunk filled down of little significance. Whew. There is also no good riding here.
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  18. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Portland and Seattle (PNW) are really safe places also, might get lucky and get another Ted Bundy as your neighbor.


    Good points Dion!
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  19. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    I dunno.. All the guys I met down there last year were real jerks. No hospitality whatsoever. Even saw one dude run another guy over and just laugh about it. Dressed in funny looking gang-style colors. Sketchy for sure.




    :wink:
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  20. plusone

    plusone Been here awhile

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    Well, looks like I'm going to risk it:ear and head that way next Thursday (2/28) and leave by Sunday.

    Any volunteers for tour guide next Saturday 3/2, give me a taste of the local trails?

    Are you guys getting snow down there like we are up here?

    P.S. the DR has been running just a touch lean and hot here on the plains so I figure I need to step up the jetting one notch, we won't be getting up to 12k' anytime soon so I would rather put the jetting back to what I was running for the Koko and Moab.
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