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  1. I agree ocean is much better. If you want to...

    I agree ocean is much better.

    If you want to do desert, find your way to Bakersfield, take the back roads (edison/bena/woodford) up to Tehachapi, then down Willow Springs Rd and into Palmdale. ...
  2. Pretty soon it is going to be Trash Truck/Mt...

    Pretty soon it is going to be Trash Truck/Mt Hollywood in Griffith Park.

    Thanks to Tom LaBlonge, they opened the road to cars and the tourists have invaded.

    Watch out for SUVs, illegal...
  3. Hop across the bridge to Portland OR and...

    Hop across the bridge to Portland OR and experience bicycle nirvana. There are many times when the bikes outnumber the cars there. Great bike shops, good infrastructure, nice people, good coffee....
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    It was a great ride, though it got kind of...

    It was a great ride, though it got kind of clogged once I caught up with the front of the pack and the police escort.

    Next time, I'm going to hang back at the start.
  5. A couple of bad experiences with shops made me do...

    A couple of bad experiences with shops made me do more an more of my own work. I'm a maker at heart, so building and maintaining bikes is very fun and rewarding.

    My wife got me a truing stand for...
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    That's the loop I was talking about. Take LA...

    That's the loop I was talking about.

    Take LA River trail south to Riverside. Over the bridge (currently under construction, be careful, the left side has a protected sidewalk) Past the Home...
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    If you want to see the "city" of Los Angeles, the...

    If you want to see the "city" of Los Angeles, the LA Basin from downtown to Santa Monica is very flat. Some streets are crowded and not very bike friendly, and some streets halfway decent. This...
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    That bridge is right in my neighborhood. Bikes...

    That bridge is right in my neighborhood. Bikes can go over it, but I'd only suggest doing it outside of rush hour. Rowena to Glendale is a good alternate. You could also try going up Griffith Park...
  9. I bought myself a set of Ultegra and 105 10sp...

    I bought myself a set of Ultegra and 105 10sp triple shifters and cranks when the last models were on closeout. Haven't built up any bikes with them yet, but I figure I'll be riding triples well...
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    Those welds. Excellent!

    Those welds.

    Excellent!
  11. Easy. Ritchey Breakaway Cross Ti. Fast enough...

    Easy. Ritchey Breakaway Cross Ti. Fast enough for road rides, fun on gravel, rack mounts for light touring, plus it packs into a suitcase for travel to faraway places.
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    http://i.imgur.com/h6wfYnp.jpg Maroon Bells,...

    http://i.imgur.com/h6wfYnp.jpg

    Maroon Bells, near Aspen CO
  13. Descents are better when they are earned. Find a...

    Descents are better when they are earned. Find a road bike for rent, get up early, and prepare to suffer.
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    Most frames will handle your weight, but steel or...

    Most frames will handle your weight, but steel or titanium might be a little more robust. The big issues are going to be wheels and gearing. You'll need beefier 32 or 36 spoke wheels with tough...
  15. They all had the same road. the same weather, and...

    They all had the same road. the same weather, and the same peloton. One rider positioned himself well in the peloton, avoided road hazards, and is still in it. Two others didn't survive. How is...
  16. The opposite could be said for the tour riders. ...

    The opposite could be said for the tour riders. Mostly white (though Europcar has two black riders this year.)
  17. There's biking of all kinds here and all types of...

    There's biking of all kinds here and all types of cultures. Steel bikes are typically seen more around the east side/downtown, though it is hardly a rule. Orange 20 bikes and the Bicycle Kitchen...
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    My new Ritchey Breakaway cross. Built it up as...

    My new Ritchey Breakaway cross. Built it up as a do-anything travel bike for road and light touring, with maybe a little gravel. Ultegra 10sp triple with room for a fat cassette in the back...
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    Bicycle Kitchen could probably help. Bicycle...

    Bicycle Kitchen could probably help.

    Bicycle Kitchen • Los Angeles
  20. Two benefits for north to south - 1) Winds ; 2)...

    Two benefits for north to south - 1) Winds ; 2) You're on the ocean side of the road, which is nicer for sightseeing. Most the turnouts on PCH are on the ocean side of the road. Big Sur going...
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    I just got all my bikes to 10 speed. I have a...

    I just got all my bikes to 10 speed. I have a mix of 3x10 and 2x10. All of them have mountain derailleurs in the back so that I can toss on a fat cassette if needed. The ability to mix/match...
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    There's a huge hipster/bike movement in some...

    There's a huge hipster/bike movement in some cities. Just go to a Midnight Ridazz or Wolfpack Hustle event here in Los Angeles. Most of those 20-somethings aren't in spandex on carbon bikes. ...
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    My titanium bike is fastest up the hill...

    My titanium bike is fastest up the hill (lightness + agility)

    My steel touring bike is fastest going down (weight + stability)
  24. Thread: 105 11 spd ?

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    What is up with that crank? 4 bolts? On a 5...

    What is up with that crank? 4 bolts? On a 5 bolt pattern, perhaps? Yike.

    So much for third party chainrings.
  25. Thread: Novara?

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    They're good bikes.

    They're good bikes.
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