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Old 02-09-09, 04:12 PM   #1
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hi guys, I'm moving to Fullerton, LA

I'll move from NY to LA(fullerton) at April 1st.

Because of my company, I'm going to be relocated.
Anyway, I want to say hi to west coast riders and want to get some info.

Where should I go for ride?
I have no idea what it looks like.
Is there some kind of weekend beginner group riding?

I prefer 40 miles trip.

Anyway, I'll see you guys.
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Old 02-09-09, 05:07 PM   #2
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Team Velocity, based in Fullerton has good group rides on saturday mornings for all levels of rider, and also has strong racers in most disciplines if you're interested in that.
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Old 02-09-09, 05:26 PM   #3
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And some of us are more informal, and just go out and ride, and stop to socialize periodically. SART is good; read Mr Beanz' SART ride journals here in the SoCal forum.
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Thank you guys.
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I'm terribly sorry you're moving off the east coast and to California.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:10 PM   #6
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I'll move from NY to LA(fullerton) at April 1st.

Because of my company, I'm going to be relocated.
Anyway, I want to say hi to west coast riders and want to get some info.

Where should I go for ride?
I have no idea what it looks like.
Is there some kind of weekend beginner group riding?

I prefer 40 miles trip.

Anyway, I'll see you guys.
Welcome to the best coast. But you have to remember Fullerton is in Orange County and they don't allow someone to call them LA. You can run the Santa Ana River trail from Yorba Park to the beach and it should give you about 40 miles. You will not be that far from Angelus Crest if you like climbing.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:18 PM   #7
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Forget Santa Ana River trail, that'll be just like backing back in NY...flat as a pancake. You want to to GMR, Palomar (wave to Landis as he passes you), Santiago Cyn where Como rides are every Sunday morning, PCH where Food Park ride ends every Saturday, Mission Viejo where the 84 Olympics were held. Go for the hills man, go for the hills!
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fullerton's roads are so-so for bike riding. By that I mean they're pretty narrow with no bike lane. That said, its still great. If you want flat, I ride to SART. If I want some hills, I can ride through carbon canyon and feel like i'm nowhere near a city. And yeah, there's Glendora Mtn Rd, but that's a drive for me...I'm not that hardcore. Welcome to Fullerton!
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As you can see your options are plenty. Flat trials to the beach and climbs if you so choose. And more bike clubs than you can shake a stick at.
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Wow, it sounds even better than NY/NJ although I love 9W riding to the bear Mt.
I'll try SART and canyon both.

Thank you guys.

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Welcome to the best coast. But you have to remember Fullerton is in Orange County and they don't allow someone to call them LA. You can run the Santa Ana River trail from Yorba Park to the beach and it should give you about 40 miles. You will not be that far from Angelus Crest if you like climbing.

I'll get your advise seriously.

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Welcome to the best coast. But you have to remember Fullerton is in Orange County and they don't allow someone to call them LA. You can run the Santa Ana River trail from Yorba Park to the beach and it should give you about 40 miles. You will not be that far from Angelus Crest if you like climbing.
Unless that someone is Arte Moreno
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Hi Mike,

I live fairly close to Fullerton (South Whittier), and I would 2nd the recommendation to Glendora Mountain Road (about a 45 min. drive to the start). Let me know when you get into town and I can show you around up there.

Or . . . we could have a SoCal forum "Introduce Mike to GMR/GRR (that's Glendora Ridge Road) ride!"
Then you could meet the Very Famous Vertical Bob on a ride in Angeles Crest (not quite an hour from Fullerton to the start).

And, as mentioned above, you could meet the Very Famous Mr. Beanz just about any weekend day on the Santa Ana River Trail (known as SART on the forums). However . . . the Coyote Creek MUP (Multiple USe Path) is closer to Fullerton, and you can take that down to PCH (Pacific Coast Hwy) at Seal Beach.

Plus . . .there's Santiago Canyon (12 mi.) with bonus climbs at Silverado and Modjeska, which leads to Live Oak, which leads to Trabuco Canyon. There are just so many excellent places to ride out here, plus the weather is almost always better than NY/NJ.

Yes, you will like it. No, you will not want to go back.

Rick / OCRR

PS: Memorize SART, MUP, GMR, GRR and PCH. There will be a quiz later.

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the Coyote Creek MUP (Multiple USe Path) is closer to Fullerton
Where's the Coyote Creek MUP located?
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You could also ride the Real Santa Ana River TRAIL.
http://www.mountainbikebill.com/SART.htm
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Where's the Coyote Creek MUP located?
Hi iamtim,

I get to Coyote Creek where it starts, off Foster Road (I think it's in La Mirada there) from Valley View. Foster is about 1/2 way between Rosecrans and Imperial Hwy on Valley View.

Anyway, that's where it starts. Then at about 7.5 miles you have to cross over to the other side of the Coyote Creek MUP (it's well marked).



Then at about 9.5 miles you'll see the bridge from the San Gabe MUP on your right. From there it's a straight shot and about 4.5 miles to the end in Seal Beach. PCH is the 2nd to last exit.

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Team velocity meets in fullerton. If you like climbing, they're the group for you. You can find more info at socalcycling.com
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If you want to climb and like riding at 0'dark-thirty, you're welcome to join me on GMR (Glendora Mountain Road) some Saturday. Welcome to California!
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If you want to climb and like riding at 0'dark-thirty, you're welcome to join me on GMR (Glendora Mountain Road) some Saturday. Welcome to California!
Yes, Brandy is our resident raccoon who likes to get rolling at "civil twilight"...as if there is anything civil about getting up at that time of the morning.
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Wow, that sounds great.

thank you and I'll drop you a PM when I get there.

Regards, guys.


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Hi Mike,

I live fairly close to Fullerton (South Whittier), and I would 2nd the recommendation to Glendora Mountain Road (about a 45 min. drive to the start). Let me know when you get into town and I can show you around up there.

Or . . . we could have a SoCal forum "Introduce Mike to GMR/GRR (that's Glendora Ridge Road) ride!"
Then you could meet the Very Famous Vertical Bob on a ride in Angeles Crest (not quite an hour from Fullerton to the start).

And, as mentioned above, you could meet the Very Famous Mr. Beanz just about any weekend day on the Santa Ana River Trail (known as SART on the forums). However . . . the Coyote Creek MUP (Multiple USe Path) is closer to Fullerton, and you can take that down to PCH (Pacific Coast Hwy) at Seal Beach.

Plus . . .there's Santiago Canyon (12 mi.) with bonus climbs at Silverado and Modjeska, which leads to Live Oak, which leads to Trabuco Canyon. There are just so many excellent places to ride out here, plus the weather is almost always better than NY/NJ.

Yes, you will like it. No, you will not want to go back.

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PS: Memorize SART, MUP, GMR, GRR and PCH. There will be a quiz later.
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Wow, that sounds great.
thank you and I'll drop you a PM when I get there.
Regards, guys.
Okay, sounds good! We may also meet the Very Famous (and Very Beautiful) Brandy on GMR (see her post above). Yes, I would vote for GMR/GRR for the "Welcome Mike to SoCal" ride.

I know cyclists ride all over SoCal, but I do associate Brandy wtih GMR, Beanz with SART and Vertical Bob with Angeles Crest!

Turnbull Canyon (not prev. mentioned) is also fairly close to Fullerton, as are Hacienda Heights, and Puente Hills.

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Turnbull Canyon (not prev. mentioned) is also fairly close to Fullerton
From Fullerton you could go up Harbor to Skyline, which cuts over to East Road. Take East road over to Hacienda, and take Hacienda down to West Road. Take West Road over to Santa Gertrudes, cut up to La Serna High, and swing out to Mar Vista. From there you can hit Colima over the hill to Hacienda; just north of Hacienda and Colima is a little residential tract through which you can hit Turnbull. Come down from Turnbull to Painter which goes to Whittier Blvd back to Harbor.

Or, if you're insane, you could just reverse at the bottom of Turnbull and do it all backwards.

Good ride, though, whether you cut back on Whittier or go back through the hills.
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As someone has prolly mentioned, Fullerton is in Orange County, not LA. Never say "The O.C." either- instantly brands you as a recent transplant who watches too much TV.

Welcome anyway. Fullerton is one of the best cities to live in if your 21-32. Good biking is all over. The Fullerton Loop is a great MTB trail to do with a GF & have sex afterwards.

Not on the trail itself, but back at yer place.
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Okay, sounds good! We may also meet the Very Famous (and Very Beautiful) Brandy on GMR (see her post above). Yes, I would vote for GMR/GRR for the "Welcome Mike to SoCal" ride.
You are too kind Rick.
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Yes, Brandy is our resident raccoon who likes to get rolling at "civil twilight"...as if there is anything civil about getting up at that time of the morning.
I have little peeps who need their mama, so 0'dark-thirty it has to be. Actually...I've really come to love riding that early. There's nothing like arriving at the base of GMR in the dark and taking off before first light. It is so beautiful up there in the early morning.
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Or, if you're insane, you could just reverse at the bottom of Turnbull and do it all backwards. Good ride, though, whether you cut back on Whittier or go back through the hills.
Yeah iamtim, I'm insane I guess. I pretty much do that route (except I throw in Brea Canyon to Pathfinder, quick left/right jog over Harbor to Old Fullerton and pick up East Road on the right at the summit). After that, it's what you said except I usually stop for coffee at Starbucks in Uptown Whitter.

That would be Turnbull, which becomes Beverly, left on Painter (down the hill a couple blocks), then right on Philladelphia to the Starbucks on the right.

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