So I just moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis, MO....
Hi everybody. My name is Mike and I just moved here from Missouri. I've worked in 2 bike shops the past 7 years and came here for an outside sales job at a freight company (and my girlfriend). Anyways, back in MO, I have tons of mountain biking in my back yard and plenty of free roads to ride on where I don't feel like I'm about to get ran over. I know these places exist out here, but I was wondering where the best place to start would be? I live in Burbank, and the only places I've mt biked yet is on fireroads (which doesn't really count as mountain biking, does it?). Anyways, any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm really looking to get in on some weekend road rides, and any road rides during the week after around 5 pm. Do week day rides exist? I just don't know where to even start. I'm not super competitive, but the clubs are generally too slow and the race clubs are generally too fast. I normally do 30-60 mile road rides and have a Trek Madone 5.2 and a Gary Fisher Superfly single speed. Any help would be hugely appreciated! If anyone is in that same kind of category and is looking for someone to ride with, please let me know! I'll go out of my way to try to meet anyone just to be able to learn all the local streets and routes!