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    The Left Coast, USA FrenchFit's Avatar
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    Visiting Santa Monica - Beach Ride ?

    Will be staying in Santa Monica with the wife, would like to do 25-30m r/t casual ride taking in the beach sites. Where to rent? And is there a bike trail that runs along the beach? Suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    ...is there a bike trail that runs along the beach? Suggestions?
    There is a bike path that runs for miles along the beach in that area, and quite a few streets within the city have bike lanes. To map out a route that suits you, I suggest that you check Google Maps (click to see bike paths) or better yet go to RideWithGPS.com.
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    It's probably going to be crazy on weekends, but there are decent paths there. (Click for Gmaps.)
    I did a weekend ride from Santa Barbara south to San Diego County, and was very pleasantly surprised at the bike lanes and dedicated paths.
    Venice Beach.


    Ballona Creek bike path, south of Marina del Rey.


    Breakfast in Venice.


    And if you make it north/west of Malibu, the ocean-side of PCH's shoulder is wide, lovely, and upwind of the auto exhaust. One of the highlights of my trip.



    Redondo was another pleasant surprise.




    As was Palos Verdes.



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    Best to pick up the beach path in Playa Del Ray and go south on the beach path to Redondo Beach. This requires taking some surface streets so it's not super easy. Easiest would be to go north up as far as the beach path takes you, turn around and go south to Venice but I don't know if that gets you to 25mi. As a resident I avoid Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier area because of the insane amount of foot traffic (especially on the weekends.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post

    Be fun & have safe!
    Thanks all, great pictures.

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    FWIW, be aware that the afternoon winds generally blow north to south. Coming back on the exposed bike path from Redondo can sometimes be a real pain. Also, sand does wash across the concrete so be mindful of the curves in the path, designed that way to be 'scenic." If you want beach cruisers, there are several places along the path to rent for a few hours.
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    I ride the bike path through Playa Del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach all the time. It gets really crowded on the weekends so you gotta watch out for the oblivious pedestrians walking on the bike path, the beach cruisers talking on their phones, fast riders trying to pass and sometimes the sand on the path. There are plenty of sights to see, hot girls, the Manhattan Beach Pier, the Redondo Beach Pier and the multi-million dollar homes along the Strand (some of them cost up to $20,000,000!). I try and stay away from Venice because of all of the crowds but it's probably worth seeing if you're a first time visitor.

    Have fun!!

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