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Old 07-10-13, 07:11 PM   #1
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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!

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Old 07-10-13, 08:33 PM   #2
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Foothills east of Burbank between San Fernando Valley and Cresenta Valley are the Verdugos. Accessible from Stough Nature Center behind DeBell Golf Course on Walnut St. The best shop in Cresenta Valley for mountain trail knowledge is Montrose Bike Shop on Honolulu St. in Montrose. Great vibe there. North and East of Cresenta Valley is the Angeles National Forest. Lots of fun to be had in those mountains. Also, good food in Montrose at Zeke's.

South and West of Burbank is the Santa Monica Mountains. Lots of trail there.

Best shop in Burbank is Velo Studio. They will be able to tell you about midweek rides. There are a few different groups that do afternoon rides.
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Old 07-11-13, 06:03 AM   #3
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You might recall back in MO at the bike shop where you used to work. One of the best places to get to know rides is at a local bike shop.
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Old 07-11-13, 12:07 PM   #4
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If you like to mountain bike there is a local MTB forum socaltrailriders.org.
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Private docent led mountain bike rides through Limestone Canyon. Go to letsgooutside.org and register today! Also available: hikes, equestrian rides and family events as well as trail maintenance and science study.
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try the San Fernando Cycling Club, they ride out of Northridge. Foothill Cycle Club and PAA Cycle ride out of Pasadena - try the Montrose ride sometime. Big ride, everyone from hammerheads to middle-aged Clydesdales trying to keep up....not that I'd know anything about those guys. LA Wheelmen does rides scattered throughout LA as well.
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Old 07-11-13, 11:35 PM   #6
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sign up for a few organized rides -you tend to meet a large cross section of riders that are more sociable in general - watch for the semi weekly "where are you riding this weekend" threads -
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Hi Mike,

I moved here from St.Louis in '95. I rode both road and mountain in St.L and worked at Maplewood Bike Shop back in the '80's. I still ride both here in SoCal, but more road than mountain lately.

Did you work at Big Shark? I know Tim from that shop but very few St.L connections any more. Anyway, except for the auto traffic, SoCal is far superior in every way compared to St.L and MO in general.

I live in Whittier, so kind of far away from Burbank, but would be happy to help you adjust to life here. All kinds of fun cycling options in SoCal. Yes, you will love it, esp. in the winter!

Good suggestions from the bikeforum cyclists above too. One of my favorite sections is Glendora Mountain Road, great fun on road bikes and lots of excellent off road trails up there too.

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Good suggestions from the bikeforum cyclists above too. One of my favorite sections is Glendora Mountain Road, great fun on road bikes and lots of excellent off road trails up there too.

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+ 1 for GMR - I'll be out there Sunday if anyone wants to join me !
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+ 1 for GMR - I'll be out there Sunday if anyone wants to join me !
I will be flying back from Scotland on Sunday otherwise I would be on GMR, GRR!

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In Topanga, Red Rock Road eventually turns into a dirt road that is the starting point for a MTB event every year
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+ 1 for GMR - I'll be out there Sunday if anyone wants to join me !
Okay m2tiguy, Linda and I will be ridiing GMR this Sunday, July 28th. Starting from Boulder Springs at 7:00AM. Any forumites are welcome to join us!

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Okay m2tiguy, Linda and I will be ridiing GMR this Sunday, July 28th. Starting from Boulder Springs at 7:00AM. Any forumites are welcome to join us!
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I know, I should know but, where is boulder springs ?
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I know, I should know but, where is boulder springs ?
After you turn off of Sierra Madre onto Glendora Mountain Road, Boulder Springs is the street with the traffic light, about 1/4 mi. up from Sierra Madre.

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^^^^ ok, figured it was somewhere around the bottom,, what's the plan - to the village or down to camp Williams and back up ? or, on to 39 ????
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