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    Losing motivation to ride in burbank

    I just moved out to burbank, and finally got out to ride yesterday. I woke up too late to go with the 8:45 griffith park ride so I went out and ventured into Griffith's park to see what i could find. I hadn't been motivated to get out and ride because honestly it doesn't seem like there is a whole lot locally to ride (90% of my riding has to be at 6 am for two hours before work).

    The first part of my ride was great, i climbed to the observatory, but then when i came down i totally got lost and ended up in hollywood riding roads that were way to congested and ended up slipping and falling in some sewage, it really made me not want to get back on the bike again, at least around here. I really can't stand the idea of riding in LA is the conclusion I came too, Griffith's park was great but seemed limited.

    Any of you guys got any advice on what to do to stay motivated, I'm so used to riding next to the beach and up in the hills.

    Maybe some locals have some ideas as to where i could head to thats close to burbank.

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    You may consider having this thread moved to the SoCal subforum.

    My motivations: the hills in the area - you can do about 10k of climbing in less than 62 miles if you find the niche routes. Look into the residential areas of Hollywood/BeverlyHills... and up into Malibu/Agoura Hills. Get lost, get found. You'll find small hills WITHIN nestles of the mountains that have grades of more than 20% and are of the perfect length to do intervals on. (There's one perfect spot near the Hollywood Resevoir... killer little incline for repeats/training and you have to climb a bit to get there! It's near the dog park.)

    Take a look at mapmyride.com for local routes/suggestions. See what's rated the highest.

    Riding in the LA area is some of the best in the country - and even if you occasionally face vehicular traffic, you're usually faster than them so it turns out to be lots of fun. In fact, some of my riding partners love that part of it: after 60 or so miles of intense climbing, the last 10 miles of the day can be spent weaving through stopped traffic... hehe suckers
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    I got stuck on Cahuenga Pass and just really didn't like the feeling, I don't mind dealing with some traffic and i love the hills around LA but i'm just trying to avoid dealing with Hollywood LA traffic, it depresses me to ride in the city.

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    If any mod could move this to the right place i'd appreciate it.

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    There are tons of rides around. Head towards Pasadena on the weekends and there are rides everywhere. I have lived in CA FL and VA in the last few years. I have found cycling in the LA area to be the best. The Montrose ride is on Sat. You have to be fairly fast just to hang on. If you get dropped you are on your own.

    Lots of coffee shop rides go out on Sun. Stan's bike shop in Monrovia is a no drop, social ride. A small group hammers it out from the bike shop to the coffee shop.

    What kind of ride are you looking for? I am sure that we can hook you up.

    I work in Burbank, and it the most congested place around here besides downtown LA. I rarely even go in there for lunch because the traffic and parking sucks. And what's up with those diagonal streets?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by photonick View Post
    If any mod could move this to the right place i'd appreciate it.
    I'll move it. Maybe you'd like to change your "Location" while you're at it.

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    You just need to do more urban riding. Areas around Burbank and Hollywood are tame compared to other areas in LA.

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    Hey Photonick, welcome.

    Oh, you, sir, just need to get up into the canyons at Griffith Park. And if you're sick of it over there, try going out of Burbank (by bike) over to the Descanso Gardens and the canyons around there. Lots of stuff to climb and views. You just use Senora to get up to Mountain, over to Verdugo, up to Foothill and you are right there! You may want to consider a night ride up to the Observatory in GP as well. The canyons are stunning at night, quiet and if you have a good group, it's a lot of fun.

    Now, get your butt out there!
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    North on Glenoaks. Right on La Tuna . Right on Verdugo. Right on Glenoaks. Repeat as needed. PM me when you are free and I will give you the guided tour.

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    just ditch griffith park. its total crap. head east, north, or west and you'll have fun

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    Griffith park is great for training. Little hills for drills and the bikeway for intervals.

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    The observatory also makes for a perfect posing stop.

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    Connect up with HerbM or me. We both ride from Burbank all the time. Usually Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday night. We can get you lost better than yourself. And after you know the routes you can drop us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkAJ View Post
    Connect up with HerbM or me. We both ride from Burbank all the time. Usually Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday night. We can get you lost better than yourself. And after you know the routes you can drop us.
    Oh, yeah, the HILL HAZING ride.

    If you want REAL motivation, go join these men on their Wednesday night climb-fests.

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    Join up with Herb on his B2B ride on April 26th. You'll have a great time and there are no cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big john View Post
    Join up with Herb on his B2B ride on April 26th. You'll have a great time and there are no cars.
    Are you coming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1 View Post
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    Yeah John....
    It should be way warmer and dryer!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouskid55 View Post
    North on Glenoaks. Right on La Tuna . Right on Verdugo. Right on Glenoaks. Repeat as needed.
    +1 Then extend it passed Verdugo to include Descanso and Chevy Chase, then maybe out further.

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    Thanks for all the help guys. As far as urban riding goes its not that i can't handle the traffic its that i just don't want to handle it, i just don't like riding in that environment, i like sticking to the canyons and mountains.

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    Okay, how about that "Location" tag now?

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    Voltman, I think it belongs here.

    Photonick, if you want canyons with few cars, the canyons above the Rose Bowl are not highly trafficked most days and certainly not on weekends. Otherwise, you're stuck driving somewhere - and I'd suggest GMR/AC/Mount Baldy. But, Burbank IS urban and if you want to ride your bike from home, you will have to deal with cars.

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    I don't mind riding through burbank that was fine it was when i get stock up in hollywood on cuhenga and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photonick View Post
    I don't mind riding through burbank that was fine it was when i get stock up in hollywood on cuhenga and such.
    Well, I'm not sure where you are in Burbank, but there are better roads than others to get you to GP and beyond. Cahuenga is a death strip and I try to avoid it.

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    I live off of hollywood way and i rode that too riverside basically and then just started taking stabs at getting into griffiths park (I haven't had internet in my new place so i couldn't plot routes) I ended up getting to the observatory which was awsome but i stupidly assumed I could keep going around the park back to burbank without getting on cahuenga and los filez. I just want to find nice areas to ride in the area that would be suitable for 2 hour rides i could do before work that don't end up on traffic death strips.

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    Okay, well, I'd suggest Riverside and Victory as your main streets for getting to GP. Victory can be scary at the FWY entrance and going into the park, so be sure you are as visible to drivers as possible. But it's a short skip into the park. Once there, you can either go toward travel town or left toward the museum, but two hours of riding (and good riding) can be found there. I don't know how you got to the observatory, but basically, if you get up past the gates and climb, you'll avoid traffic altogether and you can loop around in there. If you can, googlemap it or googleEarth to see the roads up there. The only other way is to ride with someone who knows Griffith Park and can show you different ways to loop around. As for Hollywood Way - you're just stuck, unfortunately!

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