Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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!

    Thanks!

    Mike

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    327
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Garfield Cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Huntington Beach, CA
    My Bikes
    Cervelo Prodigy
    Posts
    4,990
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  4. #4
    Me and the cat... Pamestique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Tustin, CA
    My Bikes
    2002 Lemond Zurich, 2006 Santa Cruz Superlight, 2010 Landshark, 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana, 2014 Juliana Premiero Origin 29er
    Posts
    4,368
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you like to mountain bike there is a local MTB forum socaltrailriders.org.
    ______________________________________________________________

    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.

  5. #5
    Senior Member peckma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    MANHATTAN BEACH, CA
    My Bikes
    2013 BMC GRAN FONDO GF01, 2010 SPECIALIZED ROUBAIX, 2004 TREK FX7000, 2013 SPECIALIZED ALLEZ
    Posts
    197
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Don't upgrade, ride up grades - Mercx
    Does this come in carbon? - Anon.

  6. #6
    Senior Member m2tiguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Manhattan Beach
    My Bikes
    Lynskey, Helix
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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 -
    try harder,, just say'n

  7. #7
    www.ocrebels.com Rick@OCRR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    GT Edge Titanium, Mercian Vincitore, Masi Gran Criterium, GT Zaskar, Hercules 3-Speed, KHS Flight Team
    Posts
    5,217
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

    Rick / OCRR

  8. #8
    Senior Member m2tiguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Manhattan Beach
    My Bikes
    Lynskey, Helix
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    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.

    Rick / OCRR
    + 1 for GMR - I'll be out there Sunday if anyone wants to join me !
    try harder,, just say'n

  9. #9
    www.ocrebels.com Rick@OCRR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    GT Edge Titanium, Mercian Vincitore, Masi Gran Criterium, GT Zaskar, Hercules 3-Speed, KHS Flight Team
    Posts
    5,217
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by m2tiguy View Post
    + 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!

    Rick / OCRR

  10. #10
    Flat Ire
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    SoCal
    My Bikes
    Trek 1100, DeRosa Idol
    Posts
    363
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In Topanga, Red Rock Road eventually turns into a dirt road that is the starting point for a MTB event every year

  11. #11
    www.ocrebels.com Rick@OCRR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    GT Edge Titanium, Mercian Vincitore, Masi Gran Criterium, GT Zaskar, Hercules 3-Speed, KHS Flight Team
    Posts
    5,217
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by m2tiguy View Post
    + 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!

    Rick / OCRR

  12. #12
    Senior Member m2tiguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Manhattan Beach
    My Bikes
    Lynskey, Helix
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    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!
    Rick / OCRR
    I know, I should know but, where is boulder springs ?
    try harder,, just say'n

  13. #13
    www.ocrebels.com Rick@OCRR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    GT Edge Titanium, Mercian Vincitore, Masi Gran Criterium, GT Zaskar, Hercules 3-Speed, KHS Flight Team
    Posts
    5,217
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by m2tiguy View Post
    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.

    Rick / OCRR

  14. #14
    Senior Member m2tiguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Manhattan Beach
    My Bikes
    Lynskey, Helix
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ^^^^ 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 ????
    try harder,, just say'n

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •