Spring Fun Bike Rides - NoHo to Orcutt Ranch

  • May 6, 2012 · 9:30 AM
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Let's Roll to The Ranch

A bike ride to enjoy the San Fernando Valley from a different perspective and to visit "The Ranch" (Orcutt Ranch, L.A. Historic-Cultural Monument # 31). Plus it's fun being outside! At Orcutt we'll have a lunch break and also explore the grounds. So lube the chain, adjust the brakes, & dust off the saddle, let's roll to The Ranch!

The route is mostly on the Orange Line Bike Path and riders can stop and turnaround at any time. There are also twelve Metro locations along the bike path where riders can hop on a bus -bike on rack- and relax until the starting point. You don't have to pedal back but it will cost $1.50 for the ride. The average speed will be 8 to 12 mph. The several turn around options makes this ride suitable for Beginner riders. Some ride suggestions are below the Metro Locations section. Typically the longer you pedal the more difficult the ride. The entire Out-&-Back ride is close to 40-miles. The bike rides are intended to build strength and tone our legs but they are fun ride. No Rider Left Behind. 

Route: The route is fairly flat, only about 400 feet of total elevation gain/loss & most of the gain is from the Canoga Station to The Ranch. Click Here for Route Map visual 

Note that from the NoHo Station there is a 2-mile ride on the Chandler Blvd bike lane to the bike path and after the Canoga Station the route runs along the streets & there is a small section that does not have a bike lane. We will ride single file and not run red lights. We'll slow it down if necessary -safety first- and make our way northwest to the Sherman Way bike lane, the Fallbrook Ave bike lane, and the final push on the Roscoe Blvd. bike lane.  

Ride #8 NoHo to Orcutt Ranch 
Rest Points: Balboa Park (9 miles), Orcutt Ranch (19 miles), and Balboa Park (28 miles). There are bathrooms & water at the points. At Orcutt Ranch we'll stop for a lunch break & to explore the grounds for about 45 minutes.

The Metro Locations (12) - Canoga Station last & first stop

Suggestions:
Beginner
- NoHo Station to (?) Ride untill you can & turn back or take the bus 

Route: Chandler Blvd bike lane, Orange Line Bike Path (Out-&-Back)

IntermediateNoHo Station to Balboa Park rest point (9 miles) Ride back or bus 
Route: Chandler Blvd bike lane & Orange Line Bike Path (Out-&-Back, 18-mils total)

Intermediate-Advance - NoHo Station to Orcutt Ranch to Canoga Station (23 miles) 
Route: Chandler Blvd bike lane, Orange Line Bike Path, and Fallbrook Ave, Sherman Way, & Roscoe Blvd bike lanes (Point-to-Point, take bus at Canoga on return)

Advance - NoHo to The Ranch and back, 38-miles  
Route: Chandler Blvd bike lane, Orange Line Bike Path, and Fallbrook Ave, Sherman Way, & Roscoe Blvd bike lanes (Out-&-Back)

Meet up Time & Location:
9:30 AM & ROLL at 9:40 AM (sooner if all RSVPs arrive)

NoHo Post Office - parking lot (CLICK HERE)
Parking on Chandler & other nearby streets; check posted signs. Metro parking lot too.

If your name is on the "I'm Going" list & you cannot make it please change your RSVP to "No" so the group does not wait for your arrival. Thanks in advance.

Recommend:
- Comfy bike, helmet, spare tube, small pump 
- Water: 1 to 5 liters (depends on option, can refill)  
- Lightweight layers, wind breaker jacket, etc.
- Check Orcutt Ranch weather forecast
- Lunch & snacks (depends on option) 
- Sunscreen, sunglasses  
- Extra socks & t-shirt
- Bike lights: rear & front (likely don't need)
- Camera, cell phone
- $1.50 for the bus ride
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IMPORTANT:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Lou

    Nice weather, fun ride to a nice place with a good group of people. I enjoyed the day, scenery and company. Thanks everyone!!!

    May 8, 2012

  • Jennifer L.

    Everyone was very nice. Lou was terrific - made a note to stop at a terrific deli so I can get lunch. Very conscious of the group's safety and well being throughout the ride. Would love to go on another activity with this group/event leader.

    May 7, 2012

  • Henry

    WOW! We has a great time riding to Orcutt Ranch, the route was very nice and safe... Thank You Lou for another great bike ride.

    May 7, 2012

  • Scott - ".

    Warm Sun, Cool Breeze, Good People, Nice Shady Lunch Break, Can't Wait for the Next Ride!

    May 7, 2012

  • Scott - ".

    Be Sure to Pump-Up Your Tires! Check the Pressure Range on the Side of the Tire. Then Pump Them Up to Make the Tire Easier to Roll on the Street. 7-12 Pounds Below the Maximum is Good for Average Weight Riders. Your Rear Tire Should Have A Few More Pounds Than The Front. If You’re a “Big-Boy” than Pump Them Up Near the Maximum Pressure.

    May 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Lou for the info!! I do have 3 gears.

    May 5, 2012

  • Lou

    Jill, beach cruiser OK, rather flat route to Canoga Station. Route to Orcutt from there slightly up & one small hill just before Orcutt but nothing gruelling; can walk there at that point. Gears do help but last time we did the ride to The Ranch some one did the ride on a small wheel foldable bike, impressive!

    May 4, 2012

  • Suzy

    One of these days I can do this. They have a new bike lane going up canoga.. not sure if you can use it yet.

    April 26, 2012

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