Favorite LA Canyons for Bike Training-south of Topanga
This is my office, basically, but the list will be of use to almost no one.
- •BenedictSteady grade, low traffic
- •MandevilleKind of far unless you live in Santa Monica, but there's few cars because it goes nowhere, the pavement is good, and the grade gets steadily steeper, so it's perfect for maximizing the interval power
- •MultiviewIt's short, but the road is all awesome and twisty and Euro
- •DixieDirt! Don't go down it, but up is cool.
- •Beverly GlenNice and shady
- •NicholsThere's always construction and cars pulling out of driveways and I crashed there that one time which was totally my fault but tells me it's not safe
- •SepulvedaFrom the Valley side there's a good bike lane.
- •Mt. HollywoodIn Griffith park. Bad pavement, grade goes up at down, too many hikers to go fast, but the best for a slow cruise
- •Don't even try going up Coldwater, Cahuenga, or LaurelYou'll be dealing with all the traffic coming off the 101 exits. A bike descends about as fast as the cars, so you can go down those no problem if you're not a moron about it, but going up is a bad idea. I'll make a day going up Nichols, down Laurel, up Benedict, down Coldwater, for example.
- •BeechwoodKind of a pain to get to, and too many stop signs. Nice for an easy ride, but Mt. Hollywood is better, so I don't bother with it.