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Anonymous's picture

I'm thinking about flying out to LA for the LA Bike Tour on March 6. It's the morning of the marathon, and you get to ride the route (closed off streets through the city!). --

My question is whether anyone has done this ride before and has any suggestions or advice.

I'm particularly curious about the best bike option. Since it's a short 22 miles, I'm not sure it's worth the hassle of shipping my bike (though I've never actually shipped it, so perhaps it's not such a big deal?) I wonder if any bike shops out there rent road bikes for the day. For the short ride, I could certainly deal with riding someone else's bike.

I'm waiting on word back from the organizers about any participating bike stores, and I'll contact them to find out about rentals, assembly / tune up if I have mine shipped, etc.

Just thought maybe someone here might be able to shed some light..


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Chaim Caron (not verified)
IMO, Not Worthwhile

I don't think it's worthwhile to ship a bike and travel across the country for any ride that's 22 miles. Unless you intend to do other riding while you're out there. You can do a marathon ride here in NYC. Same deal: ride the route just before the runners get started. We had a very nice group this year, and you don't have to fly to the west coast.

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Alfredo Garcia (not verified)
2006 Coney Island / Polar Bear ride idea

suggestion for a non-competitve fun triathlon on this ride:
1) bike from City Hall to Coney Island (20+ miles)
2) swim at the beach (20+ yards, any style)
3) run on the boardwalk (3-5 miles)
4) bike back to City Hall (optional)

Those completing the first three get medals or certificates. Jumpstart the new year in style.

Great article in the Feb. Bulletin, on 1/1/05 ride, by the way.


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Joe Soda (not verified)
Buy a cheap bike in LA

Some piece of junk for $95.00. Ride the 22 miles and give the bike to a kid.

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Jeff (not verified)

I thought about buying something cheap and giving it away, but I just found out that I can rent a bike for the day for $25. So if I end up doing the ride, that seems like the best option.

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