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Riding my bike from Los Angeles to Burning man

Postby samuel7x » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:26 pm

So last year I was talking to people who rode there bikes from all over to Burning man, just wondering if anyones done this from L.A. and what a good route might be?

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Postby ygmir » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:12 pm

there are a couple of threads, dealing with riding a bike to BRC.
I'd say, the last 60 miles is probably the most dangerous.
I can't find the threads, but, IIRC, they are in the "open discussion".


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Postby oneeyeddick » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:24 pm

The keyword "swerve" is the ticket for finding threads about bike riding to BM, as that is what may will be doing to go around the [s]road hazards[/s] bicyclists along the way.

here is the most recent debate on the topic.
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Postby Sham » Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:38 pm

This subject has been beaten to death. One thing that I have seen, is that nearly no one has changed their mind about riding their bike to BRC no matter how much info they get.
I say go for and good luck! :D
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:37 pm

I've always wanted to ride up 395, but it's going to be damn hot in August. I don't think the other side of the mountains would be much nicer either. Like everyone else has/will say, the last 60 miles is very unsafe for cyclists, at least if you're coming in on monday. I don't know what it's like before the event.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:06 pm

There are a fair amount of people up before Sunday evening. Think about Gate and Greeters and Big Theme Camps and the Cafe and First Camp and DPW and Rangers and ESD and Placed Art and there's a fair amount of traffic on the road. It's not a total fill of the road...
You know, I've been in early and I've been in late. I've never been in on Monday morning. But I've not really driven that road and said to myself, hm...there's room for a bike here.

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Postby erbal » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:22 am

In my experience there is a fair amount of traffic on Sunday too & for the most part it's pelting down the road until it hits Empire - you may be better off hanging fire and going down on Monday when there is some stationary traffic to cadge water off ... you crazy fool :D
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Postby lambert13 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:49 pm

Another idea is to ride to Reno/Fernley/Gerlach/Etc. and then find a ride the rest of the way. Getting yourself to one of the ride share meeting spots would probably yield good results. Be prepared to disassemble your bicycle if someone offers a ride.
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Postby teardropper » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:54 pm

Yeah, it's been talked about. But have you been on that road? Any time around BM? Near BRC? People do it every year and I can't over state that it very well may be a hazard not only to you but others who have to, yes, swerve around you into the oncoming lane when you suddenly appear, and there is no shoulder. Or the traffic jam you create while people wait to go around you. 'Cause there's always someone in that line that doesn't know why the line slowed down and wants to pass-- I don't know, do what you want, I'll come in from the north...
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Postby Bob » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:35 pm

Any way you go from LA, it's all uphill.
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Postby TomServo » Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:09 am

447 is extremely dangerous for cyclists. And yes, you put motorists at risk. Hitch a ride from fernely!
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Postby phoon » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:57 pm

You're riding your bike all the way from LA? Wow. You must have impeccable endurance. I definitely don't work out enough to have the ability to cycle that far.

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Postby tamarakay » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:06 pm

when i read bike i think motorcycle. it never even entered my head that someone would pedal all the way out there. wow, just boggles my mind
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Postby teardropper » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:44 pm

tamarakay wrote:when i read bike i think motorcycle. it never even entered my head that someone would pedal all the way out there. wow, just boggles my mind


Yeah, well wait till you see that last stretch we're talking about. That's what boggles the mind.
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Re: Riding my bike from Los Angeles to Burning man

Postby moonseedling » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:39 am

HEY
you still riding to burning man? I know its a bit late but I have ridden from Alaska to California this summer, and I was thinking I might just keep going to bike to Burning Man. Let me know if you want to meet up somewhere along the way!
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Re: Riding my bike from Los Angeles to Burning man

Postby teardropper » Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:23 am

Plain talk just isn't good enough for everyone...
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Re: Riding my bike from Los Angeles to Burning man

Postby TORD » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:34 pm

I think that riding a bike to the Burn is pretty selfish. SOMEBODY is going to have to cary all your water food and STUFF.
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