Images from @don.iribbaren, @RTFoss, @OWLAdventureLab & film stills.

Last weekend the guys from Cool Guys Productions (Ryan, Steven) teamed up with a few bike riding adventurers (Tim, Adam) to explore Los Angeles using only bicycles and public transportation. They left San Diego on the train Friday morning & returned Sunday afternoon. We wanted to know why someone would do such a thing. Why adventure? Why go by bike? What did they takeaway from the trip. This is their story…

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Steven Anthony Salcido • 31, Mecca, CA

Why go on an adventure?
Well, there are many reasons why one should take on this adventure. For me, it was something my soul was craving. I love new experiences. That’s what gets me excited about life, which is why I am super grateful for what I do for a living. It allows me to experience new things that I usually would not have the opportunity to. Another guilty pleasure of my mine is experiencing new things with people or being there when someone experiences something new for the first time.

What was the goal of this trip specifically?

The goal of this trip was to help change my perception of LA, and the plan was to do so by riding bikes. And I think it has. The reason why I say “think” is because to say that this little weekend trip was enough to truly gauge LA would be a slap across the face of all the Angelinos. What I realized is that, ok yes LA is awesome, but the issue is the traffic. And by riding ones bike and using public transportation one can get around pretty easily. And I love the fact of not having worry about finding parking. So I guess the goal was met since on the train ride back we were discussing future bike trips with them being highly focused, for example hitting all the museums near and around DTLA.

How is seeing a city by bike different from other travel?

It’s sooo different. It allows one to experience the sites, sounds, and smells of a city. You are in it, a part of it. Each city has its own pulse. I had the opportunity to be in Paris last fall when the city shut down the city center to all motor vehicles, and it was great! Getting to see Paris on bike was magical and actually influenced the idea of experiencing LA on a bicycle.

What was the best/fav part of the adventure?
My favorite part was getting to know our gracious hosts, The Olivers. Traveling isn’t just about seeing all of the cool spots or eating at hip places. For me it’s about chillin with the locals. Stories aren’t images, they are moments. And moments are shared with people. All my adventures/travels are heavily people-centric. And because of that I have awesome friends in different places around the world.

Opinion of LA by bike?
It’s awesome, jajaja. LA is such a huge place, each city and neighborhood is different in regards to traffic and bike friendliness. I never felt sketchy, even when we rode down Broadway Ave through South Central (mind you we rode through midday). I would have to say that the way I look at LA is like a Ski resort (even though I’ve never been to one, jaja). You know, you have your bunny hills, and your black diamond hills. I feel that a rider needs to know their comfort and experience level when hitting the streets of LA, or anywhere for that matter. Events like The Sea Ramble, Bike Undie Ride, or Bikes and Beers are great for people to learn how to ride with traffic and with others.

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Why should people take mini-adventures/urban adventures?
Because it’s there!!! Jajaja. For me an adventure is putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. And the beauty about cities is that there are sooo many different experiences to be had. But more importantly it helps with making a heavily routine life into one with excitement. We can’t all just pick up and go to Thailand and take pictures with drugged up tigers, but we can all go on local adventures. But, I guess it all depends how one interprets what an adventure is.

Dream adventure trip?
Bike Touring the entire Silk Road… That’s the dream.

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.16.25 PMRyan Foss • 27, San Diego, CA

Why take this adventure? I wrote this in my journal about the reason why I bought into doing Cool Guys Adventures: “EVERYTHING I LOVE (Travel + Friends + Film + Music + Food + Drinks + Reading + New Experiences + Cycling) WRAPPED INTO A NICE BIG TACO. THE DREAM.

What was the best/fav part of the adventure?

Most memorable was riding my bicycle through Watts…that’ll be a nice story (video) for a cocktail party or my future kids. My favorite part was all the cool people we formed awesome friendships with: Dione, Garrett and Gary.

Opinion of LA by bike?

It was actually really good! I mean there were a couple of people who drove a little close but that’s to be expected. There were some beautiful wide bicycle lanes in downtown and lots of areas we wouldn’t have discovered (such as that Cathedral in Day 3) that we wouldn’t have probably visited because of parking limitations. I definitely want to go back and spend more time cycling specifically through downtown.

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Why should people take mini-adventures/urban adventures?

We were talking this morning and we spent less than $200 on the trip (if you include food, which you are realistically already going to purchase, it was about $100 per person). I think it’s important to do mini-adventures, even if it’s becoming a tourist in your own city, because they can be cheap, fun and memorable…there’s so much to discover wherever you are. I still feel like I have so much to experience in San Diego.

Dream adventure trip?

At the moment, cycling from San Francisco to San Diego, which is happening this October. We’ll be putting out daily videos for Cool Guys Adventures on that trip so stay tuned.

Tim Stempel • 35, Originally?  Phoenix AZ

Why take this adventure?
I wanted to see what LA had to offer by bike. To be in the mix, see the sights, smell the smells, and see if I could change my bad attitude about LA to something a bit more positive.

What was the best/fav part of the adventure?
Great camaraderie, good riding on the beach, and helps me appreciate San Diego even more.

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Opinion of LA by bike?
Seems pretty awful if you have to get anywhere other than up and down the beach.  But if you’re headed up and down the beach, it’s EPIC!

Why should people take mini-adventures/urban adventures?
Same as any adventure really – new perspectives, new challenges, growth, learning, connections

Dream adventure trip?
Moving to New Zealand for boating, climbing, hiking, and biking.

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Adam Patten • 34, Massachusetts

Why take this adventure?
Why not? Biking with friends is always fun, and this was a different and cheap way to spend a weekend.

What was the best/fav part of the adventure?
The people. Our hosts were super awesome for letting us into their home and I’m glad to have met them.

Opinion of LA by bike? 
Downtown looks like it’s shaping up nicely as a bike-able place, I’d like to go back and bike around there more. The suburbs were a little different and google maps sometimes put us in scary situations. The lesson there is to not blindly trust google’s biking directions, we were able to find some better routes by looking at the maps for a few more minutes.

Why should people take mini-adventures/urban adventures?
It’s all too easy to get stuck in your routine and forget to think of trying something new. We traveled less than 3 hours by train and spent a small amount of money to have a great weekend that most people wouldn’t even think about doing.

Dream adventure trip?
Road trip I’m about to take. I’ve been wanting to see more of the west ever since I moved out from the east coast 10 years ago. I’ve seen a lot, but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Now I’m finally getting in my car for a month or two and driving from San Diego to Denver, Montana, Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland to highlight a few of the planned stops. I’ll be working, camping, hiking, climbing all over and hopefully meeting lots of interesting people so I couldn’t be more excited.