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    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    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
    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.

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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    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)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Belly View Post
    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

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    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/
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    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)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapattack View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmX View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowser29 View Post
    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarsen View Post
    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)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sci-Fi View Post
    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)

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    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

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