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Old 07-21-10, 07:25 PM
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how hard (level wise) to bike from LA Union Station to Newport

I passed my bike bug to my wife. She has a nice specialized Vita bike (really nice hybrid) and wants to try biking the LA River from downtown to Long Beach then over to Newport Beach, stay at hotel for a night (or two if Labor Day) and bike back. It seems about 50 miles each way- which she can do. But she can't (won't try) to stand up and so has problems doing an emergency sprint or climb.

I'm a little nervous about it. Any thoughts?

Also a nice bike friendly hotel in Newport Beach? I never tried bringing my bike into a hotel before...

Any advice on how to get her to try standing???
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I've never biked the LA River but the route itself shouldn't be very challenging. Certainly from Long Beach to Newport is very flat. Don't sweat the hotel, I've brought mine into 5-Star places and no one has ever said a word. If they do, give me a shout and I'll store your bikes in my garage
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Given your location, I'm not sure why you would choose to start from Union Station. You can avoid riding surface streets in downtown L.A. getting to the L.A. River trail by using the San Gabriel River bike path to Seal Beach from Encanto Park in Duarte. It also eliminates having to ride through Long Beach traffic on Ocean, 2nd St., and PCH. Just a thought if you are not comfortable riding in heavy traffic. The distance is about the same either way, and basically downhill to the beach, all 400 or so feet spread across 30 miles.
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here's a route if you had to start from union station. note that the entrance to the LA River path is over by Vernon.

it should be a pretty easy ride (a lot of it is on bike paths), but expect to hit some headwind.
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What destination at Newport Beach does she like?
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Originally Posted by tFUnK
here's a route if you had to start from union station. note that the entrance to the LA River path is over by Vernon.

it should be a pretty easy ride (a lot of it is on bike paths), but expect to hit some headwind.
Yes, this is a good route but if you want more of a coastal route, take the LART all the way down to Long Beach, around Shoreline Village, along the beach then head up to 2nd St. ride to the marina then south on PCH to Newport Beach.
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Originally Posted by travelmama
Yes, this is a good route but if you want more of a coastal route, take the LART all the way down to Long Beach, around Shoreline Village, along the beach then head up to 2nd St. ride to the marina then south on PCH to Newport Beach.
Agreed.
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Is there a reason you want to start from Union Station? Frankly I don't see it a good place to start. Bd part of town, congested, roads rough, gangs... all that! If you plan on starting from a train station why not some other one... frankly I would go down to say Capistrano or Oceanside and then ride up to Newport - now that's a lovely ride. Or as suggestion, Long Beach to Newport.

Anyway good luck with your route. Let us know how its goes. Also why is it important your wife do an "emergency sprint or climb"? What do you plan on doing to poor women? If you are taking her someplace where she has to worry about that, if I were her, I wouldn't go with you !
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Originally Posted by Pamestique
Is there a reason you want to start from Union Station? Frankly I don't see it a good place to start. Bd part of town, congested, roads rough, gangs... all that! If you plan on starting from a train station why not some other one... frankly I would go down to say Capistrano or Oceanside and then ride up to Newport - now that's a lovely ride. Or as suggestion, Long Beach to Newport.

Anyway good luck with your route. Let us know how its goes. Also why is it important your wife do an "emergency sprint or climb"? What do you plan on doing to poor women? If you are taking her someplace where she has to worry about that, if I were her, I wouldn't go with you !
Thanks for everyon'es input.

Well, we are starting at Union Station because we live in the Valley, so we'll take the subway over to Union Station and then go from there. We don't have any particular destination- just she thinks she can bike that distance and she's biked the **** Coalition's River Ride, so that is what we know. I hadn't thought of going down to Capistrano and then up to newport. What do you (anyone else) suggest???


Her inability to stand up freaks me out. If she suddenly has someone coming at her or needs to move fast- she can't just haul ass. And going up hills is a problem.
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Originally Posted by rallison
Agreed.
I think that was our basic idea.... thanks for confirming.
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Originally Posted by westlafadeaway
Thanks for everyon'es input.

Well, we are starting at Union Station because we live in the Valley, so we'll take the subway over to Union Station and then go from there. We don't have any particular destination- just she thinks she can bike that distance and she's biked the **** Coalition's River Ride, so that is what we know. I hadn't thought of going down to Capistrano and then up to newport. What do you (anyone else) suggest???


Her inability to stand up freaks me out. If she suddenly has someone coming at her or needs to move fast- she can't just haul ass. And going up hills is a problem.

My wife has an 09 Specialized Vita (probably similar in build to the one your wife has). Considering it has a triple crank, and a low range cassette (probably 25t), I'm pretty sure your wife will be good with any type of climb in the area. With that in mind, there's really no substitute for communication and awareness while on a ride. Instead of being freaked out, try to be more aware of your surroundings. Also, develop some form of on-bike communication with your wife. You can easily alert her to obstacles that may come up, such as traffic dangers or a gnarly climb. This works for me considering my wife rides recreationally (20miles/week).

I tried getting my wife to stand up last year, but my attempts didn't go so well. People need to develop confidence on their bikes before they try "acrobatic" things. While standing up and mashing or sprinting may be second nature to you, it might be scary to your partner. Hell, when I started biking the year before last, I'd have to mount the bike like an 80 year old....nowadays, I practically mount/dismount as if I was in a cyclocross race. Just give her some time and she'll come around.
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