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Best day trips for biking out of Los Angeles, CA

Best day trips for biking out of Los Angeles, CA

Best day trips for biking out of Los Angeles, CA

We love city living just as much as the next person, but when it comes to fulfilling our need for nature, our bikes deserve to cruise down more than just another crowded street. When you’re looking for adventure but don’t want to use up precious vacation days, try out one of these easy biking day trips from Los Angeles. You’ll feel like you’re in a different world and all it takes is loading up your bike on your car, packing up snacks and water, and slathering on your SPF, of course.


Topanga State Park

This is one of our top bike trips from Los Angeles because it’s only 20 miles away, and includes some coastal drive time to top things off. With 29 miles of bike trails, you’ll be set for a day full of adventure. This park has a mixture of difficulty levels, but most of them fall in the middle of the spectrum, so be ready for some challenge. Make sure you check out Backbone Trail — with a 1,953-foot ascent, you’ll end up with breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains, and downtown Los Angeles.  


Angeles National Forest

If you’re looking for more trail options than you know what to do with, Angeles National Forest is going to be a dream. Even though it’s just 27 miles outside of the city, you’ll find 299 miles of trails, with 34 of them being easy, 60 being medium, and 6 being difficult. As far as true biking challenges go, El Prieto Trail will not leave you disappointed.

Aliso and Wood Canyons

Located just 50 miles south of Los Angeles, this is a spot that you can head to with relatively little planning ahead, while still feeling like you made a trip out of it. They have over 20 miles of trails, with a good selection of easy, medium, and difficult bike rides. One of the must-ride trails is Meadows Trail. Even though it’s only 1.7 miles, there are so many twists and turns that it’ll be a great ride from start to finish.


Los Padres National Forest

If you’re looking for a longer road trip and a real change of scenery, Los Padres National Forest will be an easy choice, found 70 miles north of Los Angeles. While you’re there, you might as well make a stop in Santa Barbara (and grab some grub) and add some beach time to your lineup to celebrate a good ride. This forest also is great for the amount of mountain bike rides it offers, with 218 miles of trails and a healthy mix of levels. For those looking for a more leisurely time, North Pinos View is an easy trail with only a 34-foot ascent and a gorgeous viewpoint at the end.

Whether you make it your summer goal to check every trail off of the list, or you’re just looking to make a quick day trip, we want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more summer biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter. For this summer bike adventure and more, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks
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Introducing the Destination Rack

Introducing the Destination Rack

Looking for a lightweight bike rack for a hitch mount for your truck or SUV? Look no further than our newest bike rack, the Destination Bike Rack. Perfect for outings with friends, the Destination Bike Rack can fit up to four bikes and folds up easily when not in use for safer driving and hassle-free use.

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

All bicycle wheels that are smaller than 20” outside diameter require small wheel holders to effectively reduce the functional length of the Sport & Trail riders wheel/tire holders.

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

a. The wheel/tire holder support tubes are longer to support the longer wheelbase on most recumbents (up to 72”).

b. The wheel/tire holders are set further away from the support tubes (4” additional on each side) to provide room for the wider seats/saddles on most recumbents.

c. Because the wheel/tire holders are set further out, the padded hooks also extend an additional 4” on either side.

d. These recumbent rack differences are applicable to both the HR1000Y-R and HR1450Y-R racks.

What are the differences between the HR3000 and the HR3500 TRS (Tire Retention System) racks?

What are the differences between the HR3000 and the HR3500 TRS (Tire Retention System) racks?

What are the differences between the HR3000 and the HR3500 TRS (Tire Retention System) racks?

a.       The HR3000 can be fitted to either a 1-1/4” or 2” receiver hitch whereas the HR3500 will fit into a 2” receiver only.

b.       The HR3500 comes with keyed alike locks to lock the rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the rack. The HR3000 does not come with locks (locks are available as an after-market accessories).

c.       The HR3500 uses our patented “No Wobble” system to firmly attach the rack to the receiver hitch whereas the HR3000 uses a threaded hitch pin.

d.       The HR3000 comes with silver wheel trays whereas the HR3500 comes with black wheel trays. Both are aluminum construction.

What’s the difference between the HR200 Trail Rider and HR1000Y Sport Rider?

What’s the difference between the HR200 Trail Rider and HR1000Y Sport Rider?

The difference is the direction (type) of fold. Both can be used on either a 1-1/4” or 2” receiver hitch.

  1. On an HR200 Trail Rider the wheel/tire holder support arms fold up (vertically when the rack is not being used). The HR200 cannot fold horizontally.
  2. On an HR1000Y the whole rack folds up horizontally (against the vehicle) or down horizontally to access the luggage compartment of the vehicle.