November 24, 2011 12:07 AM Subscribe
Is this 90-mile bike ride
around LA possible and realistic for a casual rider in four days?
posted by mnemonic to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Route, as shown in the link, is roughly a counter-clockwise loop, starting in Redondo Beach. Then goes to Hawthorne, downtown LA, Glendale, Burbank, Van Nuys, Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park, down the mountain bike path through Will Rogers Park - Santa Monica - down the Strand back to Redondo. I don't plan to follow the exact street/paths as marked, but plan to hit those areas.
At night I'd be staying in hotels.
Main worry points:
- Is this entire route bikeable? I have ridden my bike little beyond the coast between Santa Monica and Redondo. Have I placed my Google Maps lines in areas that would be very foolish to bike, even if legal to do so? (Due to traffic, terrain etc.)
- I have a hybrid bike with no suspension. How bad will it be taking it down the fire roads of Topanga Park? Should I just walk it down the whole way instead?
I have a portable pump, patch kit, tire levers, multitool, gps and know how to use them, backpack full of clothes etc., so I think I'm ok gearwise. Anything else I should know about my first 40+ mile bike ride? I'm thinking of getting into bike touring and buying a touring bike, and thought this would be a decent way of getting a feel for the experience.