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    Where to Ride in LA?

    Taking a 5 day trip to LA.

    spouse is in medical conference for 5 days; so i've got some free time to ride.

    I'd like to go for a ride around LA.

    3-4 hour ride, smooth singletrack, scenic. not afraid to climb.

    I've got a rental car, but will need to rent a bike. Planning to bring shoes, eggbeaters and helmet.

    Any thoughts on trails or bike shops next to a good trail where I can rent a bike.

    We are staying in Beverly Hills, FWIW.
    Maah Daah Hey

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    thanks in advance! moved from scottsdale, az back to north dakota and am missing the warm winter and techy/rocky riding.
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    When are you coming to town (or are you already here)?

    What size bike do you ride?

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    Inspiration Point in Pasadena. Epic.
    Geoladders -- Inspiration Point

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    Another great ride in the Santa Monica Mountains (less exposure, beautiful scenery):
    Geoladders -- Backbone - Encinal to Sandstone Peak

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    Might want to checkout this thread: Santa Monica Mountains trail map(s)?

    Lots of relevant info for where you're staying, and with 5 days you'll have plenty of time to explore. Topanga creek bikes seems to be the standard suggestion for renting, not sure if there's a place closer to Beverly Hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuffshredman View Post
    Another great ride in the Santa Monica Mountains (less exposure, beautiful scenery):
    Geoladders -- Backbone - Encinal to Sandstone Peak
    Agree with this based on his description of the kind of riding he likes (smooth singletrack, scenic).

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    thanks for all the great advice, everyone.

    I will certainly check out those links.

    I guess I said smooth singletrack, but I can certainly handle techy and rocky climbs. I lived and rode down in Phoenix for years, but I don't wear a full face helment or body armor.

    I've got a SC blur and a lenz behemoth (5" travel 29er).....I'm coming out of a long winter up here in NorthDakota, so I'm weak and frail!

    flyying in friday....lots o work to get done before I leave.
    Maah Daah Hey

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    Could skip the final climb to Sandstone peak.. which is a difficult climb and very rocky. The rest of the ride is pretty mellow and beautiful.

    The Inspiration Point ride in the San Gabriels is definitely more technical and steeper, with some big exposure (ie go off the edge, and it could be curtains, my friend). However, I ride in on my uzzi with a regular helmet and slip on Troy Lee elbow and shin guards.

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    rented a bike from Topanga Cycles in right off the windy, valley road.

    Their staff was really helpful and hooked me up with a new carbon framed FS niner.....really sweet.

    I did a 12 mile loop from the shop. I road up and around on Mulholland Drive (gravel road) and then finally up to a small shade structure, along Fire road 40? I then took cheney trail down into the area where the homes are (subdivision). Cheney trail was fun with a few drops and rocks.

    Overall, the climbing was good, but pretty smooth and predictable. Tons of trails out there which would take more time to check out.

    Thanks to everyone for the insight. THe trip to LA was really fun.

    Winter had been dragging on up here in North Dakota.
    Maah Daah Hey

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