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Riding PCH from Santa Monica to Malibu is probably no more or less risky than riding PCH in Orange County. You can mitigate some of that risk by staying on the bike path up to Temescal (going north) and then hit PCH. There are generally groups of riders of various abilities headed that way, and so you could join one of those groups. Earlier in the morning is better - less traffic. After Temescal to Topanga, and then up to Pepperdine, the ride can be unnerving because of the narrow shoulders in spots. After Pepperdine seems to be the best, although you still need to be on your guard. Go as far as you want. Plenty of places for water/natural stops. Coming back you have to be more wary of cars parked/parking alongside the road. If you're a climber then you have your choice of Topanga, Latigo, Piuma, Stunt, Decker, Encinal and on and on. Look at Strava.

On Sunday mornings, at 8AM, you can meet the Kettle Ride (coming from the Kettle in Manhattan Beach) at the restrooms at Ocean Park, (right where Ocean Park Ave dead ends) which then proceeds up the path to Temescal and then continues up PCH. Riders generally stay together to Pepperdine and then splinter off in various directions.

Also - you can ride up Mandeville Canyon, which runs off Sunset, and Mt St Mary's off Bundy.

Check out La Grange Velo's website which is a local club and has regular rides, as well as descriptions of other local "show and go" rides.

Bike path southward is pretty much what Biker395 says. If you follow the path all the way to the end, you can then ride into Palos Verdes and explore that territory.
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