L.A. County Sidewalk Riding Guide

The Cities of LA County

There are myriad rules in LA County governing the where riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is legal and where it is not.  The City of Los Angeles allows riding a bicycle on the sidewalk unless it is done “with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property”(LAMC 56.15).  Other cities in LA County ban riding your bicycle on the sidewalk outright.  Others still ban riding on the sidewalk only in places designated as “business districts”.  These districts can sometimes be defined as an area contained by certain streets or they can be defined by the California Vehicle Code 240, which defines almost any building as being eligible for a “business district” that is not a single family home.

 

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Giro’s Synthe gets Rapha’d

From CyclingNews.com

 

Giro’s popular Synthe’s simple, almost classical looks and low-volume shape — with a design that mixes clean lines with aero considerations — has proved to be a winning formula. It can also be styled to match a variety of outfits, which has not gone unnoticed by Rapha.

  • Highs: Solid colours, subtle style, performance
  • Lows: Limited colour options
  • Buy if: You’re a fan of the Synthe and love Rapha’s styling

Expanding on its long-standing shoe collaboration, Rapha has restyled Giro’s MIPS-equipped [Multi-Directional Impact Protection System] Synthe, by painting all of the shell in white, black or chartreuse.

Less obviously, the ventilating aero mesh on either side of the silicone-edged sunglasses ports has been replaced by a finely ribbed plastic. The Giro logo and aero mesh covering the truncated tail’s central port have gone too, and the only branding on the helmet is a single Rapha logo on the very top.

The featherweight webbing straps have been exchanged for slightly thicker reflective webbing, which is a bonus in our book.

 

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Eroica California – Aril 8th & 9th

L’Eroica started in 1997 because of one man, Giancarlo Brocci, who admired the values of a past cycling so much that he wanted to reconnect others to the heritage that inspired much Italian history, literature, culture, and music. L’Eroica was also begun as a foundation for the protection and preservation of the last gravel roads in Tuscany. These romantic concepts led to the idea of L’Eroica, an event that initially saw 92 “hunters of feelings and emotions”, as the creator Giancarlo Brocci defines them.

 

“We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue
and the taste of accomplishment”
Giancarlo Brocci, Creator of L’Eroica

Today we continue to spread the authentic roots of an extraordinary sport with a great soul. We want people to rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the taste of accomplishment: the heroic cycling of Bartali and Coppi and the sacrifice that seeks out our physical boundaries where thirst, hunger, and exhaustion are felt with all their strength. It’s cycling that can spread respect and create bonds between loyal opponents. It is cycling in a healthy way, and its participants are inspiring and beautiful to watch.
We are excited to bring Eroica to the USA and we are thrilled to gather with American cycling enthusiasts and bike collectors in Paso Robles, California this Spring.
Eroica California will offer a memorable cycling experience including four, strade bianche inspired routes to choose from and a weekend of cycling entertainment including the Eroica Concourse d’Elegance for vintage bikes.
Two reasons have led us to embrace the opportunity to start the event in Paso Robles in the San Luis Obispo County of central California. The first is that the area has beautiful unpaved and paved roads going through vineyards, oak studded rolling hills, foothills, and coastal mountain ranges, giving us the possibility to create the first Eroica ride with an ocean view. The second reason is that this area is well known to Wesley Hatakeyama, the person we chose to create the event with us and to lead the Eroica California team. Wesley is a long time cyclist, collector of vintage Italian bicycles and a long time resident in the area, with a mix of passion and knowledge we much needed to create an unique event.
Wesley and Giancarlo Brocci, creator of L’Eroica, met in Gaiole in Chainti, Italy and had a discussion about having the next International L’Eroica in California. After meeting in Paso Robles in December 2014 to explore the area and the ride the possible routes, Giancarlo decided this was the perfect place for a new Eroica.

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Kangaroo horde during bike ride

cool video showing the safety of cyclist Ben who is safe and unharmed. Kangaroos are nice animals who don’t gather like hordes and attack people, they coexist with people and never attack them. This video is proof.

Good Tips from Bicycling.com, Mastering the Art of the Paceline

From Bicycling.com

Increasing your paceline skills will help you ride faster, and with less effort. Here’s how.

 

While on a group ride or in a race, sharing the pace with others allows you to ride faster and with less effort. But it does take some practice, and the keys are working together, building trust, and paying attention.

At the elite level, pacelines become art forms. Riders move like a squadron of fighter pilots in a constantly flowing rhythm. Recreational riders may not be as graceful, but they can certainly enjoy the benefits of riding in a paceline, too. In a century ride, riding in a group will allow you to finish faster and fresher. Busting a headwind isn’t much fun alone, but with a few others to help, the miles pass quickly. If you’re new to pacelines or would like to get better at riding in one, these tips should help take you to the next level. (For a complete guide on how to improve your road riding, check out Jason’s book on road cycling skills.)

First, there’s the form: Rotating pacelines contain two lines of riders side by side, continuously in motion. This motion is achieved by one line going slightly faster than the other. Let’s say that you’re the lead rider in the faster line. You should cross over to the slow line after passing the front wheel of the rider beside you. Then you drift back with the others in the slow line. When the final position is reached at the back of the line, you drop in behind the back wheel of the last rider in the fast line (see tips to follow). When done right, this formation looks like a constantly rotating elliptical chain.

If you’re confused, gather several friends and walk through the fundamentals in your living room. Try a single paceline first. Lead for 10 seconds, then pull off either to the right or left, then slide to the back of the line. Stay close enough to bump elbows, then move in behind the last person. Now try the double paceline. Form two lines, side by side. March up the faster line, pull over to the front of the slower line, then drop back with it. Practice both clockwise and counterclockwise rotations.

 

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