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Old 03-04-10, 01:40 PM
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Paceline Ride Anyone?

I'm new to cycling on the East Side - freaked out by traffic, et cetera - but have been riding regularly on the L.A. River Bike Path along the 5, between Fletcher Ave and Griffith Park (and some other places, too). Seems like that path is a good stretch of asphalt for spinning and recovery, and I've seen quite a few riders in race kit doing just that on that stretch of path, which is about 4.5 miles each way. Strikes me that it would be ideal to put together a casual, take-it-mellow paceline group to put in a couple of hours spinning on that path, a couple of days a week. Maybe Monday and Thursday afternoons/evenings?

Anyway, if you have any interest in this, drop me a line through the forums. I'd appreciate hearing from you.

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2hrs=40miles=4 circuits of the L.A river bike way 2 days a week ? I am trying to think of something positive to say.
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2hrs=40miles=4 circuits of the L.A river bike way 2 days a week ? I am trying to think of something positive to say.
It's time on a bike? I enjoy river paths to an extent. I generally use them to get BIG mileage. But to do short sprints on a path, can't be fun.
 
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Try adding some of the hills through griffith park if you're looking to avoid traffic. Some of the roads are closed, others lightly travelled with plenty of bike lane space. It's not a ton of miles, but will sure liven up the 4.5 mile trudge on the MUP. (I can't believe that's even that long - I would have guessed much shorter.)
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Yeah, it's just about 4.5 miles or so. But I wouldn't want to do repeats on it. Get to Griffith Park, take it up into the hills, come down to Los Feliz, Hollywood Reservoir, get some short/steep hills in the neighborhoods around there. Flat spots in Burbank to spin out the legs. Nice 1.5 hours. Watch out for traffic, though. Crazy drivers on Los Feliz/Fletcher.
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Watch out for traffic, though. Crazy drivers on Los Feliz/Fletcher.
Crazy drivers everywhere....even the bike path.
 
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Not to mention joggers, walkers, strollers, scooters, skateboards, dogs, horses, geese, ducks, kids on bikes, ****s on skids, its kind of a busy place to run a paceline. I do my share of drilling out there but you have to be very careful and always yeild and slow for all other users. Share thr road or path as the case may be.
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Curious, you're right. It's a stupid idea. They come naturally to me, I guess. Maybe a paceline ride, in my way of thinking, would be not a very large group - like a few people or something. I'm out there most every afternoon a three, and at least during the week, the path usage is fairly light. So I guess I keep seeing the same cyclists spinning by themselves, going up and down that stretch, almost every day, and I'm tossing out a line to see if any of those folks are on this board and are interested in not spinning back and forth on the path alone.

Anyway, Griffith Park is nice, too. And what's the protocol on riding in Forest Lawn Cemetery?
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I do not intend to discourage riding or socializing. There are groups that meet to ride the park and adjascent areas that meet in the zoo parking lot between 5 and 6. They will pick up after the clocks are adjusted next week. Tuesday and Wednesday are LA Tri and Disney Tri, I don't rmemeber which is which. There are riders of all levels since they are introductory training rides. Feel free to introduce yourself and join in. There was also a group I started calling the Grffith Park Rangers that rode on Wednesday up Trash Truck to the observatory then down to Loz Feliz, flipped and came back the same way. Also free free to grab somones wheel on the bike way, just make sure to announce yourself(" On your wheel") and be very careful. Bikes, being the fastest users have the lowest right of way priority. It is your resposibillity to assure your personal safety and to make sure you do not compromise the safety of other users.
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