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Event Name Ventura Ojai Valley to Dennison County Park Bicycle Camping tour
Event Date/Time 4/11/2015 10:00 AM to 4/12/2015 4:00 PM
Location in Los Angeles, CA
Event Type Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Camping, Backpacking
Event Description
  • This is a new ride for beginners who can climb a big hill.

    ROUTE: We will begin our tour at 10:00 A.M. (depart by 10:30) at the San Buenaventura State Park near San Pedro St. and Pierpont Blvd.

    Park your car in one of the nearby neighborhoods and ride to the start point.

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    Most of the ride through Ventura and to Ojai is on bike path. The last 5 miles we ride on Hwy 150 to a challenging climb the last mile or so to Dennison County Park.

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    This is an out and back ride using the same route of about 21.4 miles to return  to Ventura on Sunday. 

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    FOOD: Bring lunch for a picnic in Forester Park about half way to Ojai. We will buy our food for dinner (barbecue!) in Ojai. On Sunday, we can eat breakfast in camp or ride a quick 5 miles to Ojai.

    CAMPGROUND: I am reserving 4 tent sites or more if needed. The campground has flush toilets and water spigots. Sorry no showers.

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    DIFFICULTY: I rate this trip as beginning/intermediate one big hill best done with a low gear. The ride from Ventura to Ojai seems pretty flat but is in fact a gradual climb. The ride back to Ventura is essentially all downhill. If you consider yourself a beginner who is up for a challenge and in good shape you are welcome to come. You should know that I use the word “beginner” with qualifications. I do not mean a beginning bicycle rider, I mean a beginning long distance loaded bicycle tourist: i.e., you can already ride 30+ miles at 10-12 mph on a bike loaded down with 30-40 lbs of clothes, food, and camping gear. You also know how to fix a flat.

    WHAT SHOULD I BRING? You will need to pack as you would for a backpacking trip (but no backpack) and a multi-gear bike in good repair with very low gears. If your bike has a triple crank set, a compact crank set, or very large cogs, it probably has very low gears. If you have a mountain bike with knobby off-road tires, I suggest you install narrow road tires – you will find your ride much less difficult. If you have a bike purchased in a department store (rather than a bike shop) you may have a very heavy bike, with poor bearings and unreliable hardware. If this is the case, I advise against using that bike. If all you have is a department store bike (don’t use it), but you are nevertheless a strong rider (an unusual combination) and still want to go, I can probably loan you an appropriate bicycle. You should also have spare tube, pump, tire levers, etc. You will need panniers or a trailer to carry your stuff. If you need help with equipment or you would like to borrow a set of panniers, a trailer, or even a bicycle set up for touring, you can email me at [masked].

    WHY: The ride, the camping, the shared beverages, and the jokes. And… I hope to introduce more people to the joys of bicycle touring and camping.