Hit the Road! (On a Bike)

Apr 27, 2015

600px-Bremen_protective_bicycle_laneThe British Medical Association states that “cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by fifty percent.” So we can keep eating bangers and mash if we clip on a helmet and hit the bike lane?

My City Bikes and Pasadena Cyclery would probably not enjoy our drollery, or at the most laugh with us then quickly point out that biking “has transformative power for human health and the environment, and it happens to be one of the most enjoyable ways to make a real difference for both.”

Personal aside: We do remember transformative bike rides: bicycling with my older sis from home down to Stoler’s, the variety store that had racks and racks of candy for cheap; from a rental house in Isla Vista to the UCSB campus, so early that the sun was rising, with the illusion of filling the horizon at the end of the block; crashing through streams in Mandeville Canyon and grinding up the mountain—falling! can’t clip out quickly enough! blood running down calves—and triumphantly reaching the top.

May is National Bike Month and My City Bikes is on a mission to get folks on a bike—especially beginners. The organization offers a “free local app to find local entry-level bike rides, need-to-know DYI bike maintenance, and beginner-friendly bike shop experts in your neighborhood.”

MCB has partnered with Pasadena Cyclery on Walnut Street, east of Hill Avenue. Besides bikes and accessories, they offer the “Sunday Morning Neighborhood Stroll.”

“One of Pasadena Cyclery’s top mechanics,” Ray Herrera is the ride leader on Sunday mornings and he has a lot of experience teaching bicycle skills, having worked with The Pasadena Mountain Bike Club, The L.A. Trail Bikers, and Boy Scouts of America.

The Sunday Stroll begins at 8 a.m. in the Cyclery’s parking lot. Details about the morning’s ride are presented and riders take to the road by 8:30 a.m. To learn more, visit If interested, email




“Gwen’s” bike group is co-ed and for intermediate riders. They ride Sunday mornings, too, though meet a half hour earlier at 7:30 a.m. Rides last 1.5-2.5 hours and abide by the concept “no rider is left behind,” as does the Sunday Stroll.

Pasadena Cyclery also promotes other local rides such as Luna Chix who ride on Tuesday evenings (5:45-7:30 p.m.) and have a group for intermediate riders (15 mph pace) and beginners with a “social pace” that averages 10 mph. If interested, visit the Luna Chix Facebook page and email

Pasadena Cyclery also has pictures and maps of local trails, a city bike map of current and proposed bike-ways, and links to Corba (Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association), the International Mountain Bike Association, and Mount Wilson Mountain Bike Association.


Pasadena Cyclery, 1670 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Tel.: 1.626.795.2866.

My City Bikes: To learn more about free apps for Android and Apples devices, visit


So, bring your bike out of the barn…




…or stop using it as a hanger and bureau…




…or maybe spring for a new bike from Pasadena Cyclery




…and get to biking!








Lead photo, top right, by Open Street Map at, transferUlamm (talk) 14:22, 14 September 2014 (UTC) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons




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