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New to Los Angeles. Where do you folks ride?(10 posts)

New to Los Angeles. Where do you folks ride?Major Kong
Oct 20, 2003 4:48 PM
I recently moved to L.A. from Boston and I'm trying figure out some routes. I live in Hollywood near Franklin and Gower, so I've ridden to Griffith Park then down Forest Lawn Dr. and back which is only 20 miles. I haven't been too crazy about riding on the city streets here. I thought Boston drivers were bad but L.A. drivers are lunatics. I would greatly appreciate your help.

If you see a all black Indy Fab Crown Jewel w/King hubs its me.
re: New to Los Angeles. Where do you folks ride?bm
Oct 20, 2003 5:06 PM
not currently living there, but i'm from LA . . . i used to ride the PCH north from santa monica by myself, but it is very car heavy. around that area, there are also many climbing routes. one of my favorite is mullholland drive.

i suggest hooking up with a riding group, such as . . . this a racing club but they do ride at reasonable paces. they have a list of rides on their website that many LA clubs also ride. one of my favorite is Santa Monica Blvd -> Nichols Canyon -> Mullholland -> Sepulveda -> Home. . . . They've also got a neat marina ride that i have not tried yet . . . 6:30 A.M. is much too early for me.

(other groups you might search for: LA tri club, also search google for "LA cycling clubs" or something like that to get some more ideas)
In the mountains ! (San Gabriel & San Bernardino)PeterRider
Oct 20, 2003 5:15 PM
... you get less sand in your hubs than going on the beach.

I have plenty of ride reports linked on, many are local rides, you can have a look, if you like some I can give directions.

Otherwise, I would say: get a Tom Harrison map, they are great (they have also a website)

In the mountains ! (San Gabriel & San Bernardino)Major Kong
Oct 22, 2003 4:24 PM
Directions would be great!
my e-mail is

Palos Verdes peninsula...The Walrus
Oct 20, 2003 6:22 PM
...following Palos Verdes Drive West/South/East/North. Of the four sections of the drive, only PVD East has serious climbing; the rest of the ride is pretty mellow, and you get great views out over the ocean to the west and south (on a clear day, Catalina Island will be easily visible, and during the right time of year, you'll probably see whales offshore).

All of the "rivers" have bike paths--Rio Hondo/L.A. River, Coyote Creek, San Gabriel River and the Santa Ana River. My picks would be the San Gabriel and Santa Ana rivers; they're the longest and have the best scenery, although that can be pretty uneven, ranging from natural watershed to urban eyesore.

Irvine has a creekside bike route that goes from the park at Alton Pkwy and Jeffrey Dr down to the Back Bay at Newport Beach. You can combine an out-and-back with riding around Irvine, which is possibly the most bike-friendly city around here;
i every
major street has wide, marked bike lanes (as do many secondary streets) in addition to lots of dedicated bike paths.

...and for something a little different, don't forget the L.A. Marathon Bike Tour every March. Starting at 0600, you get to ride most of the route the runners will be following later,
i with the streets closed to all other traffic,
including those lunatic drivers (who are mainly transplants from New York or North Carolina or...Boston).
Rides out of Griffith Parkmickey-mac
Oct 20, 2003 8:06 PM
I know a group ride leaves the zoo parking lot at Griffith at about 8:00 a.m. on Sundays and maybe Saturday too. I've never ridden with the group because it starts too late from my schedule but I've talked to people who do the rides and apparently they split up into several groups depending on speed. I think the Sunday ride typically does La Tuna Canyon, but I'm not sure the exact route they follow.

The La Grange Sunday ride, as someone else suggested, is also good. You don't have to be a member to ride. It starts at Westwood Boulevard and La Grange at 8:00 on Sunday. It then heads west on Santa Monica Boulevard, eventually working up to the intersection of Hollywood and Nichols Canyon, where the climbing begins.

As Peter suggested, the Angeles Forest is a great place to ride. From Hollywood, head toward Glendale College and take Verdugo up to Foothill. Turn right on Foothill and you'll run into Angeles Crest within a mile or two. Turn left and you're in for some sustained climbs and great scenery.

Also going through Glendale, you can take Glenoaks out to Sunland and work your way up to Big Tujunga Canyon, which is one of my favorite climbs.

Hollywood is definitely not the place to ride, but it is a decent starting point for many good rides. However, getting to the coast from Hollywood is a bit of a pain in the ass. Whatever you do, don't try taking Sunset Boulevard all the way to the beach from Hollywood. Sunset is a death-trap for cyclists from the Sunset Strip all the way to Gladstone's.

I might be able to provide more detail if you want to e-mail me:
re: New to Los Angeles. Where do you folks ride?OwenMeany
Oct 21, 2003 3:44 AM
If you make it to the beach area (Santa Monica) you can then head up PCH and make a right on any number of the canyons for loops back to make to to the beach>head north on PCH>turn right on Topanga (or Mailbu, Latigo, Kanan RD)> Head toward the valley> then head west back to Hollywood.

All the rides would be 50-80 from where you are with some good (to really good: Latigo Canyon) climbing.

Mt Wilson is a good ride from where you are..but short rides are pretty much limited to Griffth Park. Heading over Mt Hollywood to Los Feliz is a pretty good loop.

Email if you wish maybe we can hook up. I am a former New Englander too....

There are so very many.No_sprint
Oct 21, 2003 6:34 AM
As far as organized race practice there is the Simi ride and the Montrose ride. Simi has begun and will go til around Feb. See for info. Tuesday and Thursday there is a fast ride from Riverside and Warner at 8:30am. LaGrange has rides every day but Monday, weekdays at 6:30am out of S.M., a long Sat. ride and Sunday Nichols. SFVBC has various length rec rides out of C.S. Northridge on the weekends. There is a very fast group of mostly racers called the Renegades that leave after the club and take Sepulveda over the hill to Venice and back. Tuesday and Thursday during DST there is crit practice at the Rose Bowl at 6pm. You want fast, huge packs? You got it. One of the most popular rides is the Donut ride to PV and back on Saturday mornings.
socalcycling not socalracing. nmNo_sprint
Oct 21, 2003 7:36 AM
re: New to Los Angeles. Where do you folks ride?mapei boy
Oct 21, 2003 12:13 PM
You've planted yourself right in the middle of a very large city. LA drivers may have heavy right feet, but remember, they aren't out to get you...which seems to be the case in other parts of the country. Wear all the brightly colored spandex you want.

Probably the closest real ride you can take is up Mulholland Drive westward. Got your map out? Access Mulholland by riding north up Cahuenga Blvd East. Cross over the Hollywood Freeway on an old bridge...which will take you right to the beginning of the fabled Mulholland. Avoid using the Cahuenga Blvd that is west of the Hollywood Fwy unless you're suicidal. Take Mulholland westward as far as your poor legs can carry you. Try going past Sepulveda, all the way to where it becomes a dirt road. Return via Mulholland, or descend into the Valley and take one of the through streets back to the Cahuenga Pass. (By the way, Cahuenga is pronounced ku-WENG-a.)

Probably the best riding, though, is in the hills above Malibu. Mulholland Highway is the major route in those hills, but there are countless loops and side trips you can take. It's Southern Cal in all its chaparalled, laidback glory. Scope out routes in your automobile before you ride the area.

By the way, if you see a Fred riding along Forest Lawn Drive during lunchtime on a sew-up tired, Nuovo Record geared, green fade Somec, that's me.