Bicycling Los Angeles County: A Guide to Great Road Bike Rides [NOOK Book]

Overview

The geography of Southern California is as infinitely varied as its population. From the serenity of coastal beaches to the majestic San Gabriel Mountains and the tight canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles is a cyclist’s paradise. The vistas are spectacular, the terrain fun to ride and the sights include some of Hollywood’s best-known landmarks.

Bicycling Los Angeles County takes riders on 40 different rides throughout Southern ...
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Bicycling Los Angeles County: A Guide to Great Road Bike Rides

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Overview

The geography of Southern California is as infinitely varied as its population. From the serenity of coastal beaches to the majestic San Gabriel Mountains and the tight canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles is a cyclist’s paradise. The vistas are spectacular, the terrain fun to ride and the sights include some of Hollywood’s best-known landmarks.

Bicycling Los Angeles County takes riders on 40 different rides throughout Southern California’s most popular destination. Also detailed for avid roadies are some of Los Angeles’ most popular group rides - for those who want a more challenging and social outing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897327794
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Bicycling
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 33 MB
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Meet the Author

Patrick Brady has been photographing and writing about cycling for more than 15 years. He has served as an editor of Bicycle Guide and is the publisher of Asphalt Magazine.
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Palos Verdes Estates is one of the most affluent communities in Los Angeles County …and it shows. The homes here are unfailingly gorgeous with architectural features to capitalize on their truly million-dollar views. And because beautiful homes demand equally beautiful lawns, you’ll see an incredible array of flora. The area’s mild climate means that you’ll see three or four varieties of lavender, plus hydrangea, California poppies, bougainvillea, bird of paradise, many different roses and more. This is one climb worth taking it easy on and looking around.
Via Del Monte is a lightly traveled residential street and features a wide shoulder for much of the climb. Your best views initially will be on your right. Between a few of the homes you’ll be able to see the beach extending from Torrance through Redondo and Hermosa Beaches up to Manhattan Beach. On clear days you’ll be able to see across the bay to the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu.
Shortly after the climb’s only switchback, the gradient will gently roll off to a flat approximately 200 yards long. The north side of the street features a steep hillside and is devoid of homes; this is the perfect spot to pull over and take one of the best views in the area. To the northeast you’ll see the San Gabriel Mountains, while to northwest you’ll take in a much better view of the Santa Monica Mountains and the coastline of Malibu clear to Point Dume.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction: How to Use This Guidebook     xii
Malibu     1
Mulholland Highway Loop     2
Topanga Canyon Loop     8
Point Mugu Out-and-Back     14
Latigo-Piuma Loop     20
The West Side     27
Ballona Creek Bike Path     28
Santa Monica Beach Bike Path     32
Brentwood Star Homes Tour     37
The Nicholls Canyon Ride     42
Pacific Palisades Star Homes Tour     47
Beverly Hills Star Homes Loop     51
The South Bay     59
South Bay Beach Bike Path     60
The Donut Ride     65
Palos Verdes Estates Loop     71
The Pier Ride     76
Palos Verdes Estates Golf Course Loop     81
The Radar Domes     85
Lunada Bay Loop     91
Long Beach     95
The Long Beach Bike Path     96
The Los Angeles Bikeway Loop     100
Hollywood, Pasadena, and Central Los Angeles     105
El Dorado Park     106
Griffith Park Loop     110
Griffith Park Observatory Loop     113
Hollywood Landmarks     118
The Sights of Downtown     123
Fargo Street Hillclimb     128
The Montrose Ride     132
The Rose Bowl     137
San Marino Loop     141
Turnbull Canyon Loop     145
Santa Fe Dam Loop     149
The San Fernando Valley     153
Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area Bike Path     154
Sherman Oaks Loop     158
The Simi Ride     163
The Santa Clarita Valley     169
Bouquet Canyon Loop     170
Lake Hughes Loop     175
Valencia Bike Paths     180
Vazquez Rocks Loop     184
San Gabriel Mountains     189
Little Tujunga Loop     190
Glendora Mountain Road     195
Mount Wilson Loop     200
Appendixes     205
Local Bike Shops     206
Bike Clubs in Los Angeles County     210
Regularly Recurring Group Rides     212
Index     216
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