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Congratulations to GMCLA on their 35th Anniversary Concert Weekend!

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This weekend we organized hikes for the members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. All the guys loved the hike, and they were in great spirits! Of course, they had some amazing views and something to be very proud of: their 35th anniversary closing concert weekend! This group is really incredible, and we wanted to share some material and press snippets from their site:

"There’s only one word to describe the closing concert of our 35th Anniversary Season: EPIC. Alongside a 25 piece orchestra, GMCLA celebrates the music of Los Angeles and created by Angelenos in our unique and distinct style. Then, joined by 300+ singers from across the country, a chorus of over 500 men will deliver the Southern California premiere of I AM HARVEY MILK. This 60 minute oratorio takes us on a journey through the colorful and tragic life of the first openly gay man to hold political office and ultimately brings us to the knowingness that we are ALL Harvey Milk. We are ALL the bearers of Hope. Join us for this once in a lifetime event."

“A musical and emotional Tour de Force.” –San Francisco Times

“I Am Harvey Milk sizzles, soars, and comes close to breaking hearts before reaching the kind of rousing climax that brings an audience to its feet roaring with approval.” –The Huffington Post

 

We at Bikes and Hikes LA wante to congratulate these guys on a successful weekend and a long-lasting tradition of excellence. We're honored that they chose to celebrate the occassion with us! 

 

 

 

At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Bike tours and hiking tours offer visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. We further specialize in group tours and bike rentals.

 

 

The Benefits of Touring with Bikes and Hikes LA

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Business is booming for Bikes and Hikes LA. We love what we do, and we want to share with you some of the many reasons why our tours are the ultimate in LA sightseeing!

  1. Our tour are the best cure for jet lag. The top two cures for combating jet lag are exercise and sunshine. Trust us, you'll get plenty of both if you spend the day with Bikes and Hikes LA. We host lots of international travelers who hop right off a red-eye flight and hop onto a hike or bike ride. In the end they've received an awesome tour and feel reinvigorated!
  2. You can kill two birds with one stone: excercising and sightseeing at the same time. We all want to stay in shape and take advantage of our free time to get in a good work out. Honestly though, who wants to work out in a hotel gym when on vacation? On our LA in a Day tour, you'll easily burn a few thousand calories all while taking the ride that the Wall Street Journal has called the best way to experience LA.
  3. Experience LA up close and personal. Our expert guides take you to all the big attractions and show you endless hidden gems. You'll never feel like a tourist. You'll feel like an LA local from beginning to end. 
  4. Never be at the mercy of LA traffic. Los Angeles is making strides in reducing traffic, but it's still an ompresent beast that can be a real drain on your vacation. Get off those busy streets and take a tour with us! Our hikes take you above the city and away from all the hustle and bustel. Our bike tours take you along safe biking routes and quiet, gorgeous neighborhood streets. 

Feel free to give us a call or stop by our store in West Hollywood to talk to us about our tour options. At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Bike tours and hiking tours offer visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. We further specialize in group tours and bike rentals.

Let us plan your summer camp excursions!

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Summer is one of our favorite seasons, and a lot of that has to do with one fact: it's field trip and camp season! School is out, and kids now have the chance to get outdoors and let out all their energy. While doing so, they also get to try new things and participate in hands-on learning experiences. We love being able to offer this opportunity to them.

We took out a great groups of kids today on a combination biking and walking tour of Beverly Hills! We wanted to share some of the photos of them here. The kids had a blast and our guides worked in tandem to keep everyone safe and having fun.

If you're looking for outdoor activities for kids this summer, we hope you'll keep us in mind! We often work with camps, schools, etc., and offer a wide variety of adventures suitable for teens. We have a lot of experience in this space and if you can think of something, we've done it! Think of us as a one stop shop for all your outings. Take a look at our group tours page. All of our tours can be customized and tailored to fit your needs.

We recently organized a hike for a group that included a full tour of the interactive exhibits and shows at Griffith Observatory. We also recenlty did a beach bike tour and we have a tide pool excursion in Malibu coming up soon. We're excited for what we have lined up!

At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Bike tours and hiking tours offer visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. We further specialize in group tours and bike rentals.

Jennifer Weiner on Happiness

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In a Huffington Post article published this week titled, "Jennifer Weinter on Finding Her Way Back from Sadness," Weiner, a well-known writer and TV producer, shares the four tactics that have been proven over the years to help her remove her self-doubt and to "get out of her own way." 

The number one tactic she lists is to get in a good workout, whether it be running, going to a yoga class, or going on a bike ride. "Exercise always works," she says, noting that, "every time, I'll finish the workout feeling getter than I did whe I started." We at Bikes and Hikes LA believe totally in this message. All of our LA tours, be it a bike tour our a hiking tour, are designed to give you a great workout while still remaining suitable for people of all fitness levels. We've been doing a lot of bike rentals lately, and we're excited to see so many people getting outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Check out our bike rental page! When you come into our store we can give you lots of great of ideas of where to go for a ride.

The other tactics Weiner lists for improving her mood are:

  • Rereading a favorite book
  • Cooking, and taking joy in the hunt to find all of your ingredients locally
  • Doing something for another person, and making their dream come true

At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. We'll make your LA sightseeing dreams come true! When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Bike tours and hiking tours offer visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. We further specialize in group tours and bike rentals.

Bikes and Hikes LA Has Launched its Beverly Hills Walking Tour

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Here at Bikes and Hikes LA we've seen exploding demand for walking tours and received amazing feedback from our Beverly Hills Walking Tour in particular. We've decided to make it a part of our daily Los Angeles tour offerings, and we couldn't be more thrilled!  

Beverly Hills had its beginnings as a lima bean ranch before becoming the site of a suburban housing development in 1906. Even in 1922 it was the small town seen in the aerial photo below. The amazing story of Beverly Hills can be found in its rapid ascension to become an exclusive colony for the show business elite. 

Come join us to learn about the history of the city and all the juicy details! Los Angeles sightseeing has never been better. This is the perfect outing for those looking for LA group tours! Check out the tour description below.

Aerial view of Beverly Hills, 1922. Courtesy of Beverly Hills Public Library Historical Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Description: The 9-0-2-1-0. Hands down, it’s the most famous zip code in the world. Beverly Hills, the city represented by these five digits, is the world capital of wealth, glamour and fame. To commemorate all that Beverly Hills has to offer, we invite your group to join us on a walking tour of the city like no other; you’ll see firsthand what makes Beverly Hills so fantastic.  In addition to touring the city’s many sites, your tour guide will tell you the fascinating history of Beverly Hills and the story of how the town itself “accidentally” came into existence.

Of course BH means shopping and no tour of Beverly Hills is complete without a window-shopping stroll down Rodeo Drive. You’ll get the inside scoop on who shops where, what establishments bling up the stars for Awards night, and also see some famous architecturally significant landmarks along the way. We’ll also swing by some famous locations used in reality tv shows, movies and scripted television series. Your guide will also give you an insider’s insight on where you’re most likely to spot a star during your time in La La Land. Also included on this tour are some offbeat locations you won’t expect. And, of course, no trip to Beverly Hills is complete without a photo opportunity in front of the world famous Bevelry Hills sign—soon to be restored to its original glamour. 

At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Bike tours and hiking tours offer visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. We further specialize in group tours and bike rentals.

The City of Green Angels

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The July 2014 issue of Lufthansa Magazine just came out, and Bikes and Hikes LA is proud to be featured in it! We've attached a PDF of the article on our Facebook page.

The article is titled "Los Angeles: City of Green Angels" and brings to light the strong culture of sustainability and environmental awareness in Los Angeles. The article opens with, "Endless traffic jams and permanent smog – that doesn’t sound very promising. But in some parts of L.A., the Californian dream of green living has burst into glorious bloom." 

Bikes and Hikes LA founder, Danny Roman, is quoted on his view on cars and cycling. He notes that congestion, parking fines, and stress make driving a true burden in LA. “If you know your way around the city, L.A. is perfect for cyclists... You do something for the environment and skip a trip to the gym." He further notes that sunshine and flat ground make LA ideal for cyclists

The article is a great read. Others featured in the article include Ryland Engelhart of Café Gratitude and self-styled "gangsta gardener" Ron Finley, who can be found tending to his urban garden off of Exposition Boulevard.
 
At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Bike tours and hiking tours offer visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. We further specialize in group tours and bike rentals.

 

Take a Sunday joy ride - come rent a bike!

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Over the past few weeks we here at Bikes and Hikes LA have been kept busy with people coming in to rent bikes. We had a pair of young English guys come in yesterday and take out 24-hour rentals. They told us today that they spent the day biking in the hills and that it was the best $32 they've spent during the course of their backpacking trip in the US. We had an Australian couple come the other day who said that they were struck by how easy it is to bike around LA and how courteous the drivers are. 

If you want to have an awesome day out in the city, you should come by our shop in West Hollywood and rent a bike! We have a full fleet of new 21-speed hybrid bikes that are perfect for getting around. Our bikes get tune-ups every week, and every rental comes with a lock and helmet. We also offer mountain bikes and road bikes for rental.

Not sure where to go? Our store is perfectly situated for exploring the gorgeous neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Bel-Air. We can provide you with bike maps and pointers for planning your ride. Biking to the beach is another popular option and one we couldn't recommend enough! We know the best routes to take to get to Venice and Santa Monica. If you're looking for a day-long outing, we can direct you to some great lunch spots.

If you really want to break a sweat, we'll give you a killer route that will take you up to Mulholland Drive. This is a hardcore ride with killer views as a reward. Additionally, every week we outfit rentals for those who are taken by wanderlust and want to hit the open road and get out of town. We offer bike pick-ups in San Diego for those who truly want an adventure.

At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Cycling or hiking offers visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. 

 

Stirring things up this summer

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If you are a member of Match.com, look out for our Stir Events being offered this summer! We're partnering with Match.com to put together a summer's worth of outdoor activities for active singles. We couldn't be more excited.

Feedback from our events so far has been incredible. The groups have been wonderful and we've had many afternoons end with exchanging of numbers. We must be doing something right! Check out this video to get a sneak preview of what we have coming up. Come out and join us - we promise you your heart will be left racing!

At Bikes and Hikes LA our motto is: Experience LA - Don't Just Drive Past It! Trust us, you’ll appreciate the difference. When you take the auto out of the equation, you’ll be AMAZED by how many secret gems Los Angeles has all ripe for your discovery. Cycling or hiking offers visitors and Angelenos alike the city’s ultimate up-close-and personal adventure — PLUS — you’ll be exploring the city in the greenest, most eco-friendly way possible. Our routes are designed to bypass traffic and showcase the most beautiful and unique parts of Los Angeles. You’ll find our guides to be not only experts on the city but also friendly and fun. Come take a tour with us!

Living it up and wiping out: Surfing in Malibu

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Last Thursday Bikes and Hikes LA hosted surf lessons in Malibu for a group of 14 who were in Los Angeles for a conference. None of them knew one another another, none of them had surfed before, and none of them wanted to be up that early. Once everyone got suited up and got in the water, all that changed!

Everyone was focused on the same objective: learn how to surf. Each person was working to achieve this personal goal while also working hard to make sure all the group members were able to stand up on their board by the end of the day. Over the course of three hours everyone struggled, cheered, caught a wave, wiped out, and forged a strong bond with their colleagues. We had an amazing day and we can't wait to take out our next group!

Surfing lessons create a unique environment to boost both individual self-esteem and group rapport. Whether you're planning a family reunion or a corporate team building event, let us know your needs and we will design a custom package perfect for your group. High instructor-to-student ratios, quality equipment, safety, and fun all matter a great deal to us. You can make an entire afternoon or day out of the event. We can provided a large umbrella for shade, hydration, snacks and, of course, the surf equipment and incredible guides. All while showing you one of the best beaches around! Also, check out our biking and hiking tours!

LA's new commander in its war against traffic

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Bikes and Hikes LA would like congratulate Seleta Reynolds for being confirmed this week as the new general manager of LADOT. If Mayor Eric Garcetti is waging a war against traffic in LA, he has a new commander.

Seleta Reynolds currently works on the Livable Streets initiative of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. She has been instrumental in making San Francisco more pedestrian and bike friendly. LADOT, despite making enormous investments in transforming the transportation landscape in LA, has remained conservative in its approaches.

Seleta will bring a fresh perspective and an arsenal of strategies for realizing innovative street designs in the city. According to Mayor Garcetti, "Los Angeles is changing the way it looks at transportation... [Seleta] will bring to bear all the tools at our disposal, from better road design to transit to technoloty to bicyle and pedestrian improvements."

One of the biggest concerns with the city's plan to give its streets a makeover is the notion of "road diets," or taking away car lanes to add bus lanes and bike paths. Reynolds addressed this, noting that "I want people to have choices in how to get around. Transit won't always be that best choice."

Additionally, more than being a singular entity, Los Angeles is a massive quilt of diverse, disjointed neighborhoods. This is a key underlying issue holding back intiatives to better connect the city, but Reynolds seems to embrace it. She sees potential to implement smart growth strategies in LA to truly reclaim LA's neighborhoods. As Garcetti put it, Seleta "...has committed to applying her passion and expertise to revitalzing key community corridors across our city to improve neighborhood gathering places and generate economic activity."

According to Reynolds, "Streets are really the keys to so many issues that cities face in the 21st century. They must be organized, they must be safe. But they can also be huge assets to the community. That's really needed to be a great, world-class city." We couldn't agree more! We can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the coming years.

 

 

 

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