Bike Culture: Cycling The Links

There are scores of good bike-related Web sites. Here are some of the best

Along with a schedule of classes and rides (including family-friendly “urban exploration” tours) put on by this nonprofit, you’ll find articles (original and linked) and scads of useful links—less-trafficked bike routes, tips, local resources, and more. 

The site of the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association, a nonprofit aimed at educating and organizing mountain bikers, features updates on trails throughout the region, riding tips, and a calendar of rides and classes.

Whether it appalls or inspires, it’s hard not to gawk at the video footage of people pedaling the freeways.

Satellite engineer Dan Gutierrez and chemical engineer Brian DeSousa, both licensed cycling instructors, provide video and diagrams to help riders navigate traffic safely. The site can seem academic at first glance, but keep digging, and you’ll find indispensable information about where to position yourself on the road, how to activate signal loops (the magnetic coils, embedded in the pavement at intersections, can’t detect bicycles unless the rider is positioned just so), and the most common mistakes riders make.

Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition
The city’s main bike advocacy organization, the LACBC has a comprehensive site whose content ranges from safety and legal tips to bike maps to updates on the coalition’s efforts to make the city more bike friendly.

Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bicycle Services
Offers information on everything from bike routes to bike safety to bike law.

Los Angeles Wheelmen
As well as organizing bike rides all around the city, L.A.’s oldest recreational bicycle club offer handy bits on repairs, the law, and other clubs on its Web site.

Midnight Ridazz
There’s the definitive calendar of rides throughout the region, but you’ll also find safety tips, thousands of photos, and a useful forum.

SoapBox LA 
Activist Stephen Box writes about issues important to cyclists. Some entries are rants, some are calls to action, and others are just fun reading.  

Westside BikeSide
A counterpart to SoapBox LA, it features loads of links as well as updates on activists’ efforts on behalf of cyclists. Editor Alex Thompson is a prominent activist on the Westside, having cofounded C.R.A.N.K. MOB and Bikerowave.

Photograph by Dustin Snipes