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The Valley Bikery Swift Campout and Bike Tour


Join the Valley Bikery as we spend this year’s summer solstice embarking upon an overnight bike-camping adventure in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains!

When: Saturday June 20 – Sunday June 21st

Meet: West Valley (exact meet-up location will be sent to you once you register)

On Saturday morning we will meet and then begin the ~30 mile ride to our private campsite; we’ll stop for lunch around the halfway point. At the campsite, everyone will be free to hang out and have fun! In the evening we will cook dinner together and have a campfire. Sunday morning, June 21, we will have breakfast, then pack up our camp and ride back to the start.

Register and pay ($15-$20) here.  Get the earlybird price of $15 if you register by noon on Friday June 12th!

A more detailed packing list, route map, directions/cue sheet, and itinerary will be emailed to each ticket holder.


More info:

THIS IS A MILDLY STRENUOUS TRIP THAT INVOLVES RIDING A LOADED BIKE 31 MILES WITH ALMOST 1700′ OF CLIMBING (EACH WAY). Please be sure that this activity is within your fitness level and that you are physically able to complete the ride. We will be riding at a medium/conversational pace–not a race, but not a beach cruise.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS A *SELF-SUPPORTED* RIDE. This means that each rider/camper will be responsible for supplying and carrying their own camping gear. Racks & panniers tend to be the easiest way to transport stuff on a bicycle. However, new rackless storage options now exist (e.g. frame bags and special handlebar/saddle bags) that are useful to those who have bikes without mounting points or those who want the most lightweight setup. At the very least, each person will be expected to bring a sleep system (sleeping bag or quilt & sleeping pad), shelter (tent, tarp, bivy, or ground cloth), and food (dinner & breakfast). A camping stove is recommended but not absolutely necessary.

**This event will be limited to 35 riders maximum, and all riders must be 18 years old or over.

Bike From Work Handlebar Happy Hour at Macleod Ale Brewing Co.

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Celebrate Bike to Work Day with Valley Bikery and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Valley Bike Ambassadors by joining us for happy hour at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. in Van Nuys, one of the Valley’s own microbreweries!

Thursday May 14th

6-9 pm

Enjoy unlimited $5 pints, a food truck, and a wide selection of board games!

MacLeod’s is located in the heart of the SFV, right off the Orange Line bike path, and is easily accessible by bike or bus. Stop by on your way home from work, school, or wherever you’re coming from.  Map

For a full list of events happening during BikeWeekLA, check out Bike Metro!

RSVP on Facebook or just stop by!

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Check us out at CiclaVALLEY!

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We are so excited for CicLAvia to come to the valley on Sunday March 21st!  We will have a Free bike maintenance booth at the Noho arts district hub, so stop by if you need a tube, some air, if you have a problem with your bike, or just to say hi :)  We will also have some sweet Bikery T-shirts and will be raffling off a brand new bike!  See you there!!



Valley Bikers:

We have a big announcement – after 4 years in Van Nuys we are closing our space.  We will be going mobile again, like in our early days.  We will do mobile bike clinics, bike rides, and events throughout the valley.  It is not feasible for us to continue to have a brick and mortar location, but we intend to continue to serve the valley bicycling community in other ways that are equally needed, if not more so.

We are moving everything out this weekend.  Most things will be given to other bike co-ops but we are also open to selling things at very low prices.  So come by and make us an offer!  See what you can get!  We’ll be there Saturday morning starting at 9:30 and will be in and out until around 4 or 5.  We may be there on Sunday too, depending on how Saturday goes.  Look for a message on our facebook for updates.

We would love to hear your thoughts about what you’d like to see as we change our focus.  What kind of bike rides or events do you want to go on?  What kind of support do you feel is most needed in the valley?

Hope to see you at the Bikery tomorrow!  And even more so we hope to see you at the next event!

Happy New Year from the Valley Bikery!

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Happy New Year everyone!  We hope you had a wonderful 2014, and we hope that in 2015 you find the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and adventure just a pedal-stroke away!  We invite you to join us this coming year for bike rides, yoga, maintenance help, potlucks, baked treats, new friends, and new discoveries.

We also would like to remind you that we are 100% volunteer run, and would like to thank all the people who have helped make the Bikery a reality this year!  Clarke, our Monday mechanic of several years, Luis and Mark, our Tuesday mechanics and core volunteers since the very beginning, Alex, our very knowledgeable Sunday mechanic of the last couple years, Dora, Sunday volunteer and amazing pastry chef for our events the last couple years, Sharon, weekly YoCycle ride leader and instructor extraordinaire, Dennis, our brief but amazing Monday mechanic now bike touring the pacific coast, Junu, our computer guru who even made us a mobile app for volunteers, Ayla doing web outreach, event planning and fundraising, and our incredible shadow volunteers Michelle on Tuesdays, Jen, helping with event planning and fundraising, and Marci and Sondra just joining us with bike maintenance shifts and event planning!  Without all these incredible people nothing that we do would be possible!

We would also like to thank all of you who have come in to work on your bikes, come to events, and helped to create a fun and supportive biking community in the valley!  Thanks for your energy, your donations, and your support.  We hope we have been able to provide valuable resources and a good time.

If you would like to get more involved with the Bikery this year feel free to come to one of our monthly volunteer meetings.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30 pm at Tres Hermanos Restaurant in Van Nuys.  We need all sorts of volunteers – some that are good at bike maintenance and some that have other skills like event planning, leading rides, fundraising, making art, and more – bring us your ideas and help make them happen.

And finally, we always need help keeping the lights on and the doors open.  Please donate here to help keep us in a brick and mortar location and to fund more events and programs.  All your donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Special thanks to the Van Nuys neighborhood council for their generous donation this past year, and to those of you who have already donated money and/or time.

Happy New Year and keep riding!

Love the Valley Bikery :)

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Valley Still Prioritizing Freeways Over Transit


Here’s an interesting piece from Joe Linton at Streetsblog about where the Valley has invested transportation funding.

“…the Valley has received modest transit investments, because the Valley really prioritized its transportation investment toward car infrastructure.

When Measure R was negotiated, Valley politicians held firm on money for Valley highways. Not so much on funding for San Fernando Valley transit infrastructure. The same was true when local politicians sought and obtained $1.1 billion in Federal transportation funding to widen the 405 Freeway. Valley electeds have made highway spending a priority. Freeway money, lots of it, is what they got.

In some cases, Valley leaders actively worked against Valley transit infrastructure, including state legislators banning subway tunneling and banning rail on the Orange Line right-of-way. The Orange Line rail ban was overturned in July 2014, long after Measure R was passed.”

CicLAvia is this Sunday! No YoCycle

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We encourage everyone to check out one of the most fun events that happens in LA – CicLAvia!

Sunday October 5th 9am – 4pm

YoCycle will be canceled this Sunday as a result.

See you at CicLAvia!


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