According to Southern California Beaches, “The Strand” which is also known as The Strand Bike Path/ Marvin Braude Bike Path is “one of the most fun things to do on vacation in Southern California.”
This path technically starts from Torrance, CA and goes all the way up to The Will Rogers State Beach which is a total of 22 miles to be precise; however, the most popular segment of this path starts around Redondo Beach and reaches Santa Monica Beach which adds up to 16.5 miles.
When you’re planning for a bike ride like this one, you should pack and be ready for a 40-mile round trip. Make sure to bring your bike locks as there are a lot of places and activities that might interest you along the way, sunscreen, plenty of water, and a couple of snacks.
The beauty of this bike path comes down to the fact that for the majority of the ride, it keeps you along the coast, it goes through all of the main South Bay beaches in addition to two iconic harbors.
This action-packed ride is one filled with views of beach volleyball, surfing, hang gliders, sun-baked sandy beaches, gorgeous waves, and towering palm trees. It’s really something you have to experience for yourself because words don’t do it justice.
When you start your ride at the Redondo Beach Pier, after shortly passing the Seaside Lagoon on N Harbor Dr, you reach The Strand path which passes by the Hermosa Beach Pier, then the all too well-known Manhattan Beach, followed by Dockweiler Beach where you’ll be able to watch some hang gliders, and then Playa Del Rey.
Shortly after you take a right at Playa Del Rey, you’ll find the gorgeous Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Then you have the option of making a stop at Venice Beach, or continue to Santa Monica beach.
Near Santa Monica Beach, you’ll find the perfect coffee shop, Urth Caffe – Santa Monica which offers amazing food, pastry, and coffee.
However, if coffee is not really your thing or you just want some high-quality American food, then the Library Alehouse might be your best next option. This is a nice and casual food spot that offers an amazing selection of craft beers and comfort foods all in a library setting. Which is truly a unique experience.
Another spot along the path that is the perfect stopping point is Manhattan Beach. It has a pier and an Aquarium that’s currently closed due to safety measures, Roundhouse Aquarium.
As far as food options go, Manhattan Beach also happens to be the ideal spot for that as well. There’s Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Nick’s Manhattan Beach, The Kettle, Rock’N Fish, and Paradise Bowls depending on what you’re in for.
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is ideal for breakfast, lunch, and coffee. It has spacious outdoor seating and beautiful views of the ocean.
Nick’s Manhattan Beach specializes in traditional American food and is currently rated 4.6 stars on Google (695 reviews). However, please note that this restaurant is a little bit on the budget-unfriendly side.
The Kettle is one of the best diner options that’s both affordable while it maintains excellent quality.
Rock’N Fish is perhaps the best choice for seafood lovers and it offers some of the most outstanding cocktails that you can find along the coast.
Last but not least, when it comes to food, Paradise Bowls is the healthiest option that offers the most fruity and light acai bowls.
Before you leave this page, remember that here at Synaptic Cycles, we carry the perfect kind of electric bikes for this type of route. You can ask for our super-quick Aventon Pace 500, or our 750W Fat-Tire Beach Cruisers or Folding Bikes.
It really comes down to your choice and where you plan on riding the bike. No matter what, we will ALWAYS have an option for YOU.
We can get as many bikes as you would like delivered to you for a full day or a number of days.
For more information, Press the Call Button on this site or give us a ring at (949)484-6409
Imagine that you’re cruising down a street after having worked your way up when you suddenly feel like there’s something wrong with your bike. It could be a flat tire, a brake pad rubbing against the rim, a loose pedal or some of your chain rubbing against the front derailleur.
Now you either call a friend or a family member to bail you out of this sticky situation or just walk all the way back home.
But once you get back, you’re most probably going to want to be able to get going on the road again.
If you were wondering how long it would take for a nearby shop to check out your bike or to do a full tune-up before you plan a nice lengthy trip, we’ve done the homework for you.
Given how busy most bike shops are these days, you’re going to have to wait approximately 7 to 10 days for your bike to get fixed or the shop won’t even have the time to pick up your phone call.
That’s not what you’ll experience at Synaptic Cycles. Once we take in your bike, you’ll have it back in no more than 2 days. If you’re either too busy or don’t have a way to get your bike to our shop, we will be able to pick up and drop off your bike in no time.
We have very reasonable rates and we have a solution for most of your repair problems. We are capable of fixing flats, aligning rear derailleur hangers, replacing brake pads and all cables, truing wheels, adjusting headsets, and removing the entire drive train.
As some of your may know, our good friend and graphics guru, Jon Grant, lost his son, Auggie, to leukemia. If you have followed my company’s goings on, you are likely aware of our previous efforts to help Jon and his family raise money to help pay for the hospital costs associated with Auggie’s treatment.
Now, we continue to try to help raise money for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. This year, we’ve decided it was time to put together designs for a new jersey and matching bib shorts, and of course, I asked Jon to start putting some ideas together. We decided to go for a lighter blue color style with navy and orange accents. The result, we think, is a very nice looking jersey. As we finished up the jersey, I asked Jon to develop designs for bib shorts to go with it. We also placed the CureSearch for Children’s Cancer logo on the left sleeve, along with the words “For Auggie”.
One thing everyone should know about Auggie is that he most wanted to be a super hero, and he wanted everyone to be one with him. Auggie would run around with his cape flowing in the breeze, fighting crime. If you had the pleasure of meeting Auggie in person, there was a good chance that he would hand you a cape and urge you to come help him fight. Even in the hospital, he would sing the theme song from The Avengers television series. We are asking you to buy our cape, in jersey and bibs form, and help us to fight children’s cancer. We are donating $10 for each garment sold to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. Buy a jersey and bibshorts and we donate $20.
Please, join us in this fight!
The kit is available by pre-order through Squadra only and purchases must be made my July 10th. See the link here: http://synapticcycles.ridesquadra.com
Since we started our business, we have gotten calls for bike rentals in the greater Los Angeles area. Up until now, we have had to charge an additional fee for serving those areas. It was simply too long a drive and too far outside our normal service area to serve without charging for the extra time and mileage.
We are extremely excited to announce that as of the week of May 26th, 2014, we have officially begun to serve the greater Los Angeles area, along with our other service areas of Orange and San Diego Counties. In doing so, we will offer our same great service, along with FREE delivery and pick up within our normal standard service area. Our new service area will be an approximate 30 mile radius from Santa Monica.
To reserve your bike or contact us, check out our designated Los Angeles page. If you use our fillable forms, simply use the pull down menu to specify the area you are interested in. Otherwise, feel free to call us directly. Don’t worry about getting it wrong. We’ll gladly direct you if you’re not sure about what area to choose from the menu!
Greg Donovan will be the day to day manager/owner of Synaptic Cycles Bicycle Rentals in Los Angeles. He has been working hard behind the scenes to learn the business and get set up and ready to go. He will be starting out with incredible road bikes from Focus and Volagi. His Focus offerings will be the Focus Cayo Evo 2.0 with full Ultegra DI2 drivetrain. Additionally, he’ll have several Volagi Liscio 2 bikes with Ultegra 11 speed mechanical or DI2.
Greg approached me around the end of 2013 with a desire to partner up in the Synaptic Cycles venture. He was a former customer and a great guy so I though it would be worth exploring. Since then, he has worked with me to see how I go about the day to day business, attended the United Bicycle Institute courses to learn more about bike mechanics, and shown a willingness and desire to serve customers in a way that our customers have come to expect.
Along with individual bike rentals, Greg will be offering group and corporate event services, just like in our original service area of Orange County and San Diego County. Please, help me welcome Greg to the Synaptic Cycles family and get in touch with him about your bike rental needs in the greater Los Angeles area!