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    Adult looking to learn how to ride in Los Angeles

    My sister-in-law is interested in learning how to ride a bike. Can anyone recommend anywhere that can handle the whole thing, including renting a bike, removing the pedals, etc? She's in LA. (I think she'd be more comfortable with a business that does this than an individual.) She probably ride on he beach and/or any trails that exist. (I live across the country, so I can't easily do the legwork on my own.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    My sister-in-law is interested in learning how to ride a bike. Can anyone recommend anywhere that can handle the whole thing, including renting a bike, removing the pedals, etc? She's in LA. (I think she'd be more comfortable with a business that does this than an individual.) She probably ride on he beach and/or any trails that exist. (I live across the country, so I can't easily do the legwork on my own.)

    Thanks!

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    C.I.C.L.E. also has learn to ride classes for adults...

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    I'd recommend she stay away from the beaches as the trails there can be pretty crowded and not a good place for learning. Lots of swerving riders & roller-bladers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
    I'd recommend she stay away from the beaches as the trails there can be pretty crowded and not a good place for learning. Lots of swerving riders & roller-bladers.
    I was there this weekend, and I agree; but that's where she's gonna learn. (Given the traffic in L.A., the streets are worse.)

    Have recommended the REI route to her, as tunavic suggested; if they don't rent the bikes there, there's a rental place over on the old Muscle Beach that will do the job.
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    Have someone take her to an industrial park and learn in a parking lot. Look for a lot with a minimum number of light standards and concrete islands so she won't have to worry about running into things.

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    Thank you, but what part of

    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    (I think she'd be more comfortable with a business that does this than an individual.)
    is unclear? Whether this is correct of her or not is besides the point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Thank you, but what part of



    is unclear? Whether this is correct of her or not is besides the point.
    Very clear. However, as someone who works and lives near the beach, I try to steer beginners toward areas that are away from my parked car(s), mailbox and cats.

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    Ask for advice, and get all pissy when you don't like the advice. Nice.

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    Sorry if I came across as whiny; I still have jetlag from my L.A. trip. I agree that learning to ride on paths, when she'll be learning how to balance in the first place, is probably not the best idea. However, it's not my call, and whatever she does, she'll be on a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Sorry if I came across as whiny; I still have jetlag from my L.A. trip. I agree that learning to ride on paths, when she'll be learning how to balance in the first place, is probably not the best idea. However, it's not my call, and whatever she does, she'll be on a bike.
    Listen REI is the best place. Not certain where in LA she lives but she can contact Helens Bikes in Santa Monica and ask what they recommend. She should also do some research on bike clubs in the area. Some have newbie classes and are willing to teach. For instance BCI in Orange County has some classes. I am sure some LA clubs do as well.

    I understand the wanting someone to show her how to ride. She meight contact a physical fitness trainer in her local area and ask if there are willing to teach. She will have to pay a fee but then again she would have to do this with any company.

    If she is brave, and unfortunately this is tough for newbies, she just needs to go into some bike shops and ask. REI is a good place to start because they are really newbie friendly knowing that is their best client.

    I might recommend that she start posting on some women only forums - such as teamestrogen.com. Many years ago I got a number of women started riding because we form a relationship through the Board. It would bebetter if she posted here with her concerns and questions and maybe someone would be willing to show her the ropes.
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    ^ Absolutely it would be better if she posted. Since she's not willing to do so (she's not an internet person and definitely not a forum person), I offered to do it in her stead. Thanks!
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