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rapattack 10-03-13 08:07 AM

Ebike culture in Los Angeles?
 
Hi going to LA next year for an event and i am an ebiker from Australia. Can anyone tell me what its like in LA and is there anyone that hires bikes there? I am going there for a month but may not need the bike the whole time. Any info, websites etc would be good thanks

Rick@OCRR 10-03-13 08:14 AM

Okay, first . . . you don't "hire" bikes here like you do in Australia or the U.K. Instead you "rent" them. Just so you know when you get here . . .

That said, for E-Bikes:

URBAN BICYCLE OUTFITTERS
1900 NORTH EL CAMINO REAL
SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672
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949-492-5737

Ask for Pete Van Nuys. Not sure if he rents E-bikes but he would probably know where you could rent them.

Rick / OCRR

rapattack 10-03-13 08:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR (Post 16127766)
Okay, first . . . you don't "hire" bikes here like you do in Australia or the U.K. Instead you "rent" them. Just so you know when you get here . . .

That said, for E-Bikes:

URBAN BICYCLE OUTFITTERS
1900 NORTH EL CAMINO REAL
SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672
.
949-492-5737

Ask for Pete Van Nuys. Not sure if he rents E-bikes but he would probably know where you could rent them.

Rick / OCRR

Cool thanks so much. Will see if he has a website and jump on that. I am so not used being anywhere thought a bike and i remember public transport was awful when i was there 20 years ago. Plus the event i am going to might be a chore to get to. I know theres many ares that there is no transport at all. I know things change but many people i know that live there tell me its crap on that level.

GP 10-03-13 08:52 AM

100 miles from LA but they rent them here: http://pedegocarlsbad.com/

Blue Belly 10-03-13 08:55 AM

No shortage of bike shops in Los Angeles. You might be more specific about where in Los Angeles you are staying. It's damn big city. A county of 10 million people.

rapattack 10-03-13 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by GP (Post 16127903)
100 miles from LA but they rent them here: http://pedegocarlsbad.com/

Thanks but i do not drive and won't be able to get there :0)

rapattack 10-03-13 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Blue Belly (Post 16127910)
No shortage of bike shops in Los Angeles. You might be more specific about where in Los Angeles you are staying. It's damn big city. A county of 10 million people.

Yeah i am specifically after ebikes. I forgot the name of the street as a friend is organising accomodation. I just know its in the middle of the busiest part as he did show me on a map one day. Yes right its a HUGE ASS place lol. Been there twice :0) Maybe somewhere downtown i think he said

CbadRider 10-03-13 09:51 AM

Los Angeles also has somewhat decent public transportation, depending on what part of the city you'll be in. Both trains and buses have space for bicycles.

Metrolink trains: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/

Metro bus: http://www.metro.net/bikes/

bowser29 10-03-13 10:19 AM

check this - http://ezgreenbikes.com/ezgreen/rental/

rapattack 10-03-13 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by CbadRider (Post 16128156)
Los Angeles also has somewhat decent public transportation, depending on what part of the city you'll be in. Both trains and buses have space for bicycles.

Metrolink trains: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/

Metro bus: http://www.metro.net/bikes/

Thanks yes i did a search last week and so did a friend. He has been to LA about 3 times this year but he stays in the city. Pretty poor service to where i am going to close to the city. I would rather have my independance anyway. Got much better service in Sydney and i hate that even lol.
Oh and if you guys have cycleways or anything else i need to know i would love that info too :0)

jmX 10-03-13 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by rapattack (Post 16128360)
Oh and if you guys have cycleways or anything else i need to know i would love that info too :0)

maps.google.com , go to Los Angeles, then enable the bicycle map. I think you'll be disappointed with bike lanes in downtown.

clarsen 10-03-13 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by jmX (Post 16128536)
maps.google.com , go to Los Angeles, then enable the bicycle map. I think you'll be disappointed with bike lanes in downtown.

Can't help with the ebike rental, but thought I would add that a downloadable version of the cycling maps can be had at http://www.bicyclela.org/maps_main.htm. If you have a smartphone or you are planning a route at home, I would go with jmX's google maps recommendation.

rapattack 10-04-13 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by bowser29 (Post 16128304)

Thanks will check them out and compare where my friend says we are staying exactly. Glad to hear there are plenty of bike stores in LA

rapattack 10-04-13 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by clarsen (Post 16128837)
Can't help with the ebike rental, but thought I would add that a downloadable version of the cycling maps can be had at http://www.bicyclela.org/maps_main.htm. If you have a smartphone or you are planning a route at home, I would go with jmX's google maps recommendation.

Thanks i have a windows phone and a HTC one right now. You never know by the time i go there as its months away :0)

rapattack 10-04-13 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by CbadRider (Post 16128156)
Los Angeles also has somewhat decent public transportation, depending on what part of the city you'll be in. Both trains and buses have space for bicycles.

Metrolink trains: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/

Metro bus: http://www.metro.net/bikes/

Space for bikes is attractive hmmmmmm thanks for that info

Sci-Fi 10-08-13 01:15 AM

There are 3 shops in Santa Monica that rent ebikes. Pedego, electric bicycles, and Izip.

rapattack 10-08-13 04:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Sci-Fi (Post 16142117)
There are 3 shops in Santa Monica that rent ebikes. Pedego, electric bicycles, and Izip.


Hi thanks but i have to keep to downtown(?) LA as i havent been there in 20 years and no other means of transport. I may or may not have someone there with me and time is always of the essense. I am not there long enough to get lost :0)

rapattack 10-13-13 09:47 AM

OK just found out we will be staying in West Hollywood. My friend said he is open to riding a bicycle too. For him i am sure he can handle a normal bicycle unlike me he he

rapattack 04-23-14 09:44 AM

Hi I am back after booking the accomotdation so i know exactly where and when. I am going to LA on the 16th of June and leaving on the 16th of July. I am staying approximately here https://maps.google.com.au/maps?clie...ed=0CAgQ_AUoAQ . I have done a fair bit of googling so have some names of rental places and pricing. Is most of LA flat? If so i can probably do it on a ordinary bike

TrojanHorse 04-23-14 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by rapattack (Post 16695476)
Is most of LA flat?

No, but it's unlikely you'll be cycling all over LA either. Check out the google terrain map centered on where you're staying - north and east are some pretty good foothills, south and west are mostly flat or flat-adjacent.

rapattack 04-24-14 07:00 AM

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse (Post 16696344)
No, but it's unlikely you'll be cycling all over LA either. Check out the google terrain map centered on where you're staying - north and east are some pretty good foothills, south and west are mostly flat or flat-adjacent.

Oh yeah i won't reach end to end but i like to cycle everyday :0) OK will check out the terrain map thanks...never seen one yet :0)

PhotoJoe 04-24-14 09:14 AM

I'm kinda confused. You said you're staying in West Hollywood but then linked to a map of Burbank. Those are very different areas. Did the plan change? I'm not saying to share the exact addresses or business names, but the more information you can share with us regarding your trip, the more appropriate our responses can be. For example, from West Hollywood to downtown is pretty flat. Burbank to Downtown requires some hills, and somewhat tight canyon roads, however, there is a train that runs from North Hollywood to downtown.

rapattack 04-24-14 09:35 AM

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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe (Post 16698429)
I'm kinda confused. You said you're staying in West Hollywood but then linked to a map of Burbank. Those are very different areas. Did the plan change? I'm not saying to share the exact addresses or business names, but the more information you can share with us regarding your trip, the more appropriate our responses can be. For example, from West Hollywood to downtown is pretty flat. Burbank to Downtown requires some hills, and somewhat tight canyon roads, however, there is a train that runs from North Hollywood to downtown.

OOps something went wrong with the maps and i cant seem to get the right one once i paste it here...it seems to keep showing the wrong map even tho i am pasting the url of the right onehttp://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=376437 so i did this image capture instead

PhotoJoe 04-24-14 12:13 PM

Ah, that's a different story! People more familiar with the area will be more helpful than me. Enjoy your trip!

Dunbar 04-24-14 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by rapattack (Post 16698489)
OOps something went wrong with the maps and i cant seem to get the right one once i paste it here...it seems to keep showing the wrong map even tho i am pasting the url of the right one so i did this image capture instead

That looks like Hollywood, at least that California Chicken Cafe is in Hollywood. My brother lives a few blocks east of there. That area doesn't strike me as being terribly bike friendly but I don't have any experience riding around there. I brought my bike over once when I was pet sitting for him and I was too afraid to ride it around there LOL.


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