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07-06-10, 03:41 PM
I'm flying to L.A. for a downtown convention in a few weeks. My hotel is a couple of miles from the convention center. I've been trying to figure out the best transportation. What makes it more difficult is that after LA, I'm flying elsewhere and don't want to have to board a plane with bicycle two more times. Downtown LA is flat, but the hotel is up a steep climb west of the freeway. That I know because I used to work 2 blocks downhill of the hotel. There are no bike stores, bike rental shops, big box department stores or bike coops very close.
I will mostly be using it to ride in the downtown area, with few plans for any recreational riding.
Seems like my options are:
Buy a $40-50 bike, take it with me and leave it behind.
Buy a folder and consider it an investment
Any opinions on what you would do in this circumstance?
07-06-10, 08:17 PM
The folder is always a good idea. I bought an inexpensive one (Dahon Boardwalk) few years ago and find I use it for any number of things. $200 well spent as far as I see it. Great for events where parking is at a premium. I'll take my group and drop them close then go out to where parking is available and ride back in. Plus it's cute and a chick magnet and conversation starter. When I was flying a lot I considered a good one (Moulton is what I was considering) but just never made the decision. LA is pretty flat so a SS Dahon wouldn't be a wrong choice. I have climbed pretty steep grades for short distances on it (Carlisle, PA near Appalachian Trail) so it's not a brick. ThorUSA (brakemeister on the forum) is a good guy to deal with for foldies.
07-08-10, 01:45 PM
I'm still favoring getting an older bike and leaving it. I've already lost one bike to downtown L.A. so I'm leery of having one I really care about parked where people can get their hands on it.
The hard part with that plan is either finding one here and shipping it, or having one ready there.
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