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Old 05-13-13, 03:38 PM   #1
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Visitor from the UK looking to get out and ride.

Hi All,

I'm travelling from the U.K and staying in Beverly Hills (on the Wilshire Boulevard) for a week (from Friday - Saturday), as part of a business trip. I'd love to get out and ride while I'm there - so am fishing for advice on:

1. Where I could rent a decent road bike. I won't have a car, so anywhere local would be great.
2. If there are any recommended routes I could take (starting on the Wilshire boulevard - as I won't really have transport), or group rides I could join.

Many thanks for any help you can give me!

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Old 05-15-13, 04:09 PM   #2
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Welcome to LA. No one seems to be answering your post, so I'll give it a whirl. One problem you have is that you are staying in the black hole of LA cycling - Beverly Hills. BH is not an overly cycling friendly city - lack of bike lanes on the major streets like Wilshire for one. Bike rentals, other than beach cruisers located in Venice and other seaside locales, are hard to come by.

Reasonably close by in Santa Monica, however, there is Helen's Cycles; they do rent road bikes.

From Santa Monica, you can easily get to Pacific Coast Highway to ride. But you need to get there from your hotel - bus or cab most likely, or maybe a well-tipped hotel van driver. If you have just 1 day to devote to riding, I'd make my way to Helens, pick up one of their rental Cannondales and head up PCH towards Malibu, maybe Neptune's Net for lunch and return. If you like climbing, there are plenty of options in the Santa Monica mountains. But once you get off PCH resources like water and food are not as conveniently located. The Helens folks will steer you in the right direction.

Then there is this outfit:

Located in West Hollywood - just to the east. Don't know much about them. Looks interesting, though. Maybe a good alternative to check out.

Good luck!
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Not sure about the rentals, so follow peckma's advice. And yes, BH is a cycling black hole. Be sure to stop at every stop sign because the cops there seem to target cyclists.

BH, however, is small, so you can escape easily. Going west is the beach and PCH. Try to hit the beach south of Venice or north of Santa Monica. The Ballona creek bike trail is your best bet for the south side, Venice Blvd is also somewhat bike-friendly. I would suggest something like the donut ride which takes you up and around Palos Verdes.

If you want, you could also head north and climb Beverly Glen up to Mulholland and over. Definitely more traffic on these stretches. You could also take Wilshire to the beach and take PCH north of Santa Monica. It is traffic-dense for about 5-10 miles, then clears up past central Malibu. Lots of cyclists on that route, so you could probably hop on to a group for extra visibility. Past Malibu, you could keep going or take a right and hit any number of canyon climbs. Kanan and Las Virgenes are two, there are more.

If you want serious climbing, come east. Take the Metro, hop on the Expo line in Culver city and navigate your way to the Gold Line. Get off at the end in Sierra Madre and ride out to the San Gabriels for Glendora Mtn Rd, Hwy 39, and more. These are pretty long and epic compared to the west side climbs, but also much more traffic-free.
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I think Helen's Cycles is your best bet for a proper road bike at $60/day. Cynergy Cycles also rents full carbon Specialized road bikes for $100/day if you want to splurge. If you don't want to pay for a taxi from Beverly Hills public transit busses run along Wilshire and will take you to Santa Monica. I would recommend going south along the coast over north on PCH. It's quite scenic riding along the beach and most of the way there are no cars to worry about like PCH. Here's the route I take: (you can climb the hill into Palos Verdes if you want to add miles)

If you prefer to climbing check out this thread:
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Once you get to Helen's Cycle in Santa Monica, you can ask them about routes and even group rides on the days that you want to ride. Even a sportive or two.
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