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    Best places to train on the road at night in LA?

    Do any of you do any serious road training at night in LA? If so, what roads do you ride? I'd be running 300+lumens of lighting, and PB superflash in back.
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    I went on a 3+ hour ride last night thoughout Griffith Park. Loops, climbs, etc. That gets my vote.

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    I've been riding just about everywhere I ride during the day. Sometimes I also do a fun valley group ride called Bicykillers.
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    Hey does anyone know if the LA river route is always open? I've always figured it closes somewhere near dusk, but it would be awesome if it's always open...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
    i went on a 3+ hour ride last night thoughout griffith park. Loops, climbs, etc. That gets my vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
    I went on a 3+ hour ride last night thoughout Griffith Park. Loops, climbs, etc. That gets my vote.
    Riding from my house I do a weekly loop through GP, up to the observatory, and back. But riding solo at night through the gated canyon roads can get real creepy. I've done many night rides, but with a small group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philos View Post
    Hey does anyone know if the LA river route is always open? I've always figured it closes somewhere near dusk, but it would be awesome if it's always open...
    Yes..unless its raining hard, then they close it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by philos View Post
    Hey does anyone know if the LA river route is always open? I've always figured it closes somewhere near dusk, but it would be awesome if it's always open...
    Good place to crash into holes left uncovered after someone stole the wiring for the lighting... or to get mugged.

    Quote Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
    I went on a 3+ hour ride last night thoughout Griffith Park. Loops, climbs, etc. That gets my vote.
    That's a nice place as long as you're not afraid of Coyotes watching and racing with you. I haven't heard of any actual attacks, though, just curious following.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philos View Post
    Hey does anyone know if the LA river route is always open? I've always figured it closes somewhere near dusk, but it would be awesome if it's always open...
    The only time I've seen the LA river closed is during/after hard rains. The river runs through so many different cities/jurisdictions that the closing and subsequent reopening of the gates isn't completely predictable. They close it because most of the trail has no protection to keep people from tumbling into the river, and if you end up in that water when it's flowing strong you're likely taking a ride all the way to the port. I've developed a method of tossing my bike over the fence and hanging it by one of my bars drops and then hopping the fence. I call it my urban cyclocross commute and have fun with it.

    Back to the original topic... I wouldn't want to ride the LA river trail at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post

    That's a nice place as long as you're not afraid of Coyotes watching and racing with you. I haven't heard of any actual attacks, though, just curious following.
    pfft - being afraid of coyotes is like being afraid of squirrels.

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    I'd be careful about Griffith Park after dark. I've been working within a mile or so of Griffith Park for nearly 30 years. There is indeed crime there, especially after dark. A close friend of mine was shot with a pellet *** while riding in the park about a year ago. No serious injury, but still scary. I've known of other people getting slammed with bricks and of females getting their butts grabbed by drivers.

    Mabye try the L.A. Beach Bike Path. I know it's a shlep from the west side, but I think there is less crime after dark.

    Just for the record, I still work a stone's throw from the park, and ride it, just not after dark. That's all I'm saying. I'd also suggest the Rose Bowl, or the Balboa Park Bike Path out in the west valley. It's a great loop, and I think there is a lot less crime out that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordo Grande View Post
    I'd be careful about Griffith Park after dark. I've been working within a mile or so of Griffith Park for nearly 30 years. There is indeed crime there, especially after dark. A close friend of mine was shot with a pellet *** while riding in the park about a year ago. No serious injury, but still scary. I've known of other people getting slammed with bricks and of females getting their butts grabbed by drivers.
    That's good to know. Until now, the only crime I've heard of is bodies being dumped there, but that doesn't make you the target... unless you witness it and start calling the cops or something.
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    I hear that the Carson/Compton area is great for riding at night. You'll definitely pedal your arse off trying to get out of there!! Great for getting that heart rate up!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordo Grande View Post
    I'd be careful about Griffith Park after dark. I've been working within a mile or so of Griffith Park for nearly 30 years. There is indeed crime there, especially after dark. A close friend of mine was shot with a pellet *** while riding in the park about a year ago. No serious injury, but still scary. I've known of other people getting slammed with bricks and of females getting their butts grabbed by drivers.

    People should always be careful, but for the record, I have been
    all over the park at night by myself without any problems. My
    biggest concern is to not hit a deer when decending from the hill.
    Lately, if I ride the bikepath, I have to watch out for a dog that
    seems to want to chase me as I approach Fletcher. Usually when
    I am riding in the hills, I am the only one riding in the hills. So if
    something goes wrong I am on my own. If you are riding with someone
    else, I would not worry about being anywhere in the park after dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LawnChair View Post
    People should always be careful, but for the record, I have been
    all over the park at night by myself without any problems. My
    biggest concern is to not hit a deer when decending from the hill.
    Lately, if I ride the bikepath, I have to watch out for a dog that
    seems to want to chase me as I approach Fletcher. Usually when
    I am riding in the hills, I am the only one riding in the hills. So if
    something goes wrong I am on my own. If you are riding with someone
    else, I would not worry about being anywhere in the park after dark.
    +1. slammed with bricks?

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    Thanks for the heads up, I do see a lot campers/vagabonds on the river path during the day, but it's good to know that once the sun goes down it's an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philos View Post
    Thanks for the heads up, I do see a lot campers/vagabonds on the river path during the day, but it's good to know that once the sun goes down it's an option.
    Yeah - I'm sure they all clear out and go home after sundown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
    Yeah - I'm sure they all clear out and go home after sundown.
    No need for them to go home, they're already there.

    I see a few regulars on the LA River in the evening, and then still asleep in the same spot next to the trail in the morning.

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    Some nice quiet climbs up around DeBell golf course and Stough Cyn Park in Burbank
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    The park climb (1/2mi, about 12%) is closed to cars, watch for coyotes and deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LawnChair View Post
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    biggest concern is to not hit a deer when decending from the hill.
    LOL! I had a squirrel run in front of me years ago coming down garbage hill. Poor little guy left the tip of his tail on the road that day! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rooftest View Post
    +1. slammed with bricks?
    NO s**t! That was some years ago, but I guy I worked with was riding at lunch time, and some punks pulled up and threw a brick at him. Hit him in the head! Fortunately, the guy was ok.
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    rose bowl

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    i run 400 lumens on helmet, 200 on handlebar, and DiNotte's killer 200 lumen rear red..

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    I bet the DiNotte keeps people off your wheel at the rose bowl. I just picked up a little Fenix light knockoff to hold in my teeth when it's dark.

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    i am PASSIONATE about the DiNotte. it's like a cop car's flashing red light...

    but yea. sux if you are behind me. but i am also one of the slowest guys out there, so anybody with any fitness is passing me...

    i also like the 400 lumen on the helmet because if a driver starts to pull out in front of you, the penalty beam in their eyes is painful

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