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Since 1945, the Los Angeles Wheelmen have pedaled through our streets. The recreational club, whose members aren’t interested in competing, hosts a beginner ride one Sunday a month as well as weekly rides that explore the Valley, the South Bay, and Griffith Park. Bring cash—the group likes to stop for lunch. » $20 for one year.
A subset of the popular L.A. Tri Club, the TriChickslead an all-female peloton into the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday mornings. The beginners, dubbed “the Happy Rollers,” don’t ride as far or climb as steeply as the race-hardened veterans. The TriChicks also organize runs and mountain bike rides. » $70 for one year.
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Velo Club La Grange is L.A.’s premier road-racing team. The Friday morning meet-up is geared to newbies, but otherwise the group rides in tight quarters with lightning speed (think the Tour de France). Just what you’d expect from a club that counts former national champions as members. » $70 for one year.