I will be in southern California for work for a few weeks over the next month or two, including a few weekends. I am interested in hearing about biking options in the area. I will be staying out in the middle of nowhere about two hours north of Los Angeles, out in the desert. I'm a roadie by trade, so I'm interested in doing some road riding somewhere in the area. Over the weekends I'll have plenty of time to drive to good riding, since I'm guessing the immediate area I'll be staying in will be pretty boring. Looking at maps, it looks like there are plenty of mountains in the area north of LA, plus there's probably lots of spectacular stuff near the coast.
Some options I'd like to potentially try:
1) Buy a bike case ($250 or so) and take one of my bikes with me. Most flexibility, but probably most expensive.
2) Rent a bike there. Unknown cost/complexity, plus unknown difficulty of finding a place to rent from, etc.
Let me know if anyone has thoughts. I've done plenty of riding when traveling in my own general area (the northeast) for work, in which case I just drive and throw a bike in the back. But I've never ridden when I've flown for work travel. I have a big season coming up and can't really afford to go several weeks without some time in the saddle.