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What's going on in LA?(6 posts)

What's going on in LA?mk_42
Oct 13, 2001 1:18 PM
Is something going on that I don't know about that's making the cyclists come out of the woodwork? I commute to work on the strand near LAX and this last week I've seen perhaps a tenfold increase in the number of cyclists on the strand and the surrounding streets. To make it even weirder most of the week had particularly bad weather (overcast, windy, looking like it might rain any minute). I used to see something similar around marathon time in Boston and locally when the local 10K was about to happen. Is there a big race coming up or something?

_42
re: What's going on in LA?mickey-mac
Oct 13, 2001 4:47 PM
I haven't noticed any real increase in bike traffic and don't know of any big bike events coming up in the LA area any time soon. Other than the typical ebb and flow with the seasons, the only time I notice a marked increase in the number of cyclists is in the two or three months leading up to the SF-LA AIDS ride, which is held in June. The sad part is seeing those people who probably had the best of intentions when it came to training but, for whatever reason, didn't end up on the bike until about two weeks before the ride. You see them here and there with that absolute look of panic on their faces: sort of the cycling equivalent of flossing your teeth for the first time in a year because you've got a dentist appointment the next morning.

mike mcmahon
re: What's going on in LA?JohnG
Oct 13, 2001 7:18 PM
I ride the "LAX" part of the beach bike path EVERY weekday at lunch and yes, there were a few more folks out this last week.

Tuesday, the wind was howling and it was almost a little chilly but the local 'scenery' was one of the top ten days this year. :) Odd.... but very nice. Some of the locals along this beach route are truly amazing!

JohnG

Yo, Mike was it hot enough for you today??? I did the Mulholland ride like we planned and got back thoroughly 'cooked'. 90+ degrees with a nice dry wind.... doesn't get much better than that. ;o)
Hot, hot, hotmickey-mac
Oct 13, 2001 7:34 PM
I rode down to my sister's house in Anaheim for a family function. I didn't leave the house until 9:30 and for some reason took the hottest route available: the foothill route through Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Irwindale, El Monte, La Habra Heights, La Habra, Brea, Yorba Linda, and Anaheim. This route was hotter than the usual path through East LA and Whittier, but the roads are in better shape and the traffic isn't quite so bad. At least you guys got near the ocean; I felt like I was back in Arizona. ;-)
Hot, hot, hotJohnG
Oct 13, 2001 8:48 PM
We actualy came back on Agura road so we veered away from the beach. My Nike watch said 91 but it felt a lot hotter. I think it was the dry winds that intesified the effect some.

Man, that route you took sounds like muy caliente!

good rides
JohnG
Hot, hot, hotDavid Feldman
Oct 14, 2001 12:56 PM
This all isn't surprising to hear. I grew up and started my cycling in LA, and fall was almost always a better riding season than summer. My layoff months the last couple
of years I lived there were July and August, and I'd start picking my miles up again around Labor Day!