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Product Details

  • Series: Where to Bike
  • Spiral-bound: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BA Press; Spi edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980858763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980858761
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah completed a Masters of Architecture degree at Yale, went on to practice architecture, and later became a senior editor at Architectural Record magazine. During her nine years at Record, she was a leading member of the editorial team that won a 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Metropolis, Dwell, New York Newsday, The New York Times, The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture, and others.

Following college, Jon settled in San Francisco, before migrating back south, first to Santa Barbara for graduate school (for a PhD in economics), then to Los Angeles. He now leads an economics consulting practice and has taught economics and finance courses at the University of California in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.


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There are so many great rides in here and I love the turn-by-turn ride sheets w/ mileage and elevation charts for each ride.
M. Rippens
Aided by well-researched commentary, easy-to-follow instructions, and simple-to read-maps, "Where to Bike Los Angeles" is the book every bicyclist in L.A. should own.
K. Hopps
If you are new to the area, the book provides helpful extras, like altitude profiles of the ride, so you you will know what you are getting into.
Robert H. Mustard

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Mustard on August 27, 2012
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After 25 years of cycling in Southern California, I've seen a lot of riding guides to LA. This book is by far the best I have read. It has wonderful, detailed maps in color of each ride, well-written commentary by the knowledgeable authors, and excellent photographs of points of interest on each ride. If you are new to the area, the book provides helpful extras, like altitude profiles of the ride, so you you will know what you are getting into. If you are a veteran cyclist, the book will surprise you with some rides you might not know about, like the Donut rides in Palos Verdes (and we're not talking about eating donuts here). Each ride is also detailed in mile logs, describing special points of interest at various distances. Rides are also categorized by several clear designations--Kid Friendly, Park Ride, Mountain Ride, etc. This also gives the user a clear idea of what lies ahead. My review hardly does justice to the very detailed information provided about each ride, and the great number of rides described in every important geographical area in the region. For this you will have to see the book. Very highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Hopps on May 3, 2012
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What a great book. Aided by well-researched commentary, easy-to-follow instructions, and simple-to read-maps, "Where to Bike Los Angeles" is the book every bicyclist in L.A. should own. And if you're planning a visit to Los Angeles, it's also a must have. This book covers the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, The Westside, Downtown, Beverly Hills, and Long Beach. Packed with info and photos, this guide book would make the perfect gift for any and all of your biking friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleonora on May 23, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
I love this guide, really nice, easy to handle, complete;
it would be more than perfect if it had removable pages,
just to ride with the single page you needed.
But this said, it is a great book, it makes you want to
explore every corner of this city.
The book preview speaks for itself: well detailed maps, points of interests
you would be biking by, altitude for each itinerary, services you may need
along it (cafés, shops and markets, restrooms, pic nic areas,drinking fountains),
ride and terrain classifications (on road bike lanes or not, paths, off road),
and a section with 30 kids' rides, short safe and enjoyable
training grounds for new learners.
this book is really worth each buck spent for great rides!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rippens on February 26, 2013
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I just got this book after having it on my wish list for some time and I wish I got it earlier! There are so many great rides in here and I love the turn-by-turn ride sheets w/ mileage and elevation charts for each ride. I like how the routes link up to public transit (it sometimes feels a little ridiculous when I have to drive somewhere to ride my bike), and most of the routes also connect to other routes in the book (in case you want to do a longer ride, or just make up your own). The photographs are great and the writing is very clear and descriptive w/ helpful tips like where you can find food, water and restrooms along the way. In addition to all the various bike routes and destinations I had no idea even existed, I learned about points of interest and tangential rides that can be found along routes I've ridden many times before. You can tell the authors are passionate about biking as well as have a real fondness for L.A. They obviously really did their homework (roadwork?) in putting this guide together.

This book is an informative and easy-to-use resource that I'd recommend to anyone with a bike in L.A.--from the most seasoned roadie or commuter to someone who just got a bike and is intimidated by the prospect of riding anywhere in this car-centric city. Once you open it up, you'll immediately start bookmarking rides that you want to check out for yourself. I went on one of the rides (actually, I combined two of the rides) the first weekend I had this book and I already have the next one picked out. Now I just wish the weekends were closer together!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nilsen on January 7, 2013
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My wife and I have now taken a few rides that are in this book and have very much enjoyed them. The book seems to have a bit more to do around the West LA area than most of the other cycling books I've looked at, and we've been able to do all the rides so far from our house, we haven't had to drive anywhere to start them, which has been nice. It also taught me some new routes to get between where I live and areas like West Hollywood and Culver City, both spots that are traditionally a bit dicey to bike to due to lack of infrastructure. This book is well worth picking up if you're looking to do some cycling around Los Angeles, and with Los Angeles becoming more and more bike friendly every day, now's the time!
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