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Bicycling Los Angeles County: A Guide to Great Road Bike Rides Paperback – April 28, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Bicycling
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 1st edition (April 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897329503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897329507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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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Patrick Brady grew up riding bikes like every kid in America. And like every kid in America, he stopped riding the moment he got his driver's license; after all, dating and bicycles aren't a good fit. Some six years would pass before he swung a leg over a friend's touring bike and within a block he was asking himself why he had ever stopped doing something that was so much fun.

He purchased a serious touring bike, then a mountain bike and eventually a handmade, steel road racing bike. He bought every magazine about cycling he could find and read book after book as he learned the sport's many ins and outs.

Eventually, Patrick was spending so much time in bike shops it made sense to get a job in one. That began an involvement with the bike industry that has lasted more than 20 years.

While pursuing a masters in English at UMASS Amherst, he began freelancing for some regional cycling publications. He penned pieces that ran in Dirt Rag and The Ride before landing some assignments with VeloNews and eventually Outside Magazine's web site.

Eventually, he badgered his way into a position with Bicycle Guide, the very magazine that had inspired his desire to write about the thrill of cycling. That ride didn't last as long as he had hoped; the magazine was folded while he was on assignment at the Tour de France. As Kurt Vonnegut might have said, so it goes.

His next move was to launch a super-premium cycling magazine, called Asphalt. It was the sport's first real lifestyle magazine aimed at roadies, and its influence can still be seen in the editorial and design of magazines like Peloton, Paved and Road.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, Patrick crossed paths with the acquisitions editor for Menasha Ridge Press in 2006. The relationship led to his 2007 book "Bicycling Los Angeles County." The book contains 40 different routes for riders of virtually every ability, but what really set the book apart from other titles was the fact that it contained detailed information on a half-dozen different group rides in Los Angeles. By providing solid route information on challenging group rides, it has helped many riders head out with the peloton with the assurance that they won't get lost even if they are dropped.

Also in 2006, a friend invited Patrick to contribute to a cycling blog he had launched, called Belgium Knee Warmers. Posting under the pseudonym Padraig, he and the blog's owner, Radio Freddy quickly built a large and loyal following. At Radio Freddy's suggestion, Patrick launched a new blog in 2009 called Red Kite Prayer. It features content familiar to followers of BKW, but publishes on a steadier, more frequent basis.

As a result of Patrick's work on both BKW and RKP, he has accumulated many freelance credits. He serves as a contributing editor to Peloton Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Road Bike Action. He also contributes to VeloNews, Paved and an industry publication called Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

His latest project is the book "The No Drop Zone, Everything You Need to Know About the Peloton, Your Gear and Riding Strong." The genesis of the book occurred more than 10 years ago as Patrick wrote articles aimed at new riders and realized that there wasn't a book that collected everything a dedicated roadie needed to know. Nearly three years in the making, "The No Drop Zone" is the product of more than 20 years' experience in the industry.

Throughout his career, Patrick has ridden with the dedication that comes with addiction. He has raced from Vermont to California and toured mountain roads in the Rockies, Alps, Pyrenees and more. He rides most days of the week and on weekends he can be found on group rides, usually either in the Palos Verdes Peninsula or the canyon roads of the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. He says he hopes that heaven has roads like Malibu.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on August 15, 2008
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It's ok. Too many of the "rides" are "star home tours" or bike paths that are pretty obvious (like Santa Monica bike path) and could be found online. Also, a substantial number of the rides are on surface streets within dense parts of Los Angeles ("sights of downtown", "Hollywood landmarks"). It lists Santa Fe Dam but neglects to mention how dangerously hot it can be for part of the year and only gives a passing "isn't known for its crystal clear air" instead of mentioning it as a serious potential health hazard.

I also find it irresponsible that they list the Rose Bowl ride with no mention of the charged atmosphere surrounding it on the weekends (and conflicts with law enforcement). Ditto for Mandeville Canyon. I'd certainly want to know these things if I weren't an experienced Los Angeles rider. It seems more important than pages of addresses (mostly ex-addresses) of stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave G on June 13, 2012
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This book has a tremendous cross-section of rides that will be of real use to anyone either taking up road biking for the first time or coming to L.A. from another place. The routes span the full range from easy beach bike-paths and sight-seeing routes to serious half-day (or more) mountain training rides. It is thus unlikely that any purchaser will be interested in doing all of the 40 rides in the book (I've done just over half at this point and have identified another half-dozen I plan to tackle by the end of this summer), but there are enough rides suitable for any skill level to justify the purchase price. Although the book is now several years old, I've found the information on road conditions and traffic to still be generally accurate. The elevation profiles and ride descriptions are very helpful. The only reason I did not give the book five stars is the lack of "cue sheets" for the rides; the book's maps are reasonably helpful, but I've found it necessary to consult more detailed maps (e.g., the Thomas guides or Google maps) before setting out on several of the rides (particularly those with multiple turns in urban areas) to be sure that I really could follow the route.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Torres on April 28, 2009
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This is an excellent product for those who like to discover new routes (and drive to get there). I am a beginner cyclist so, I was able to find a couple good routes near my house.
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By John Hartzell on December 12, 2014
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Great guide for area
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