2009 The Year of Valley History
Biking with the Stars with Topanga Creek Bicycles (reprint of LA Visitors' Bureau news.
Topanga Canyon, in LA's woodsy Santa Monica Mountains, has long been the filming site of movies and TV shows, as well as home to numerous celebrities. Now, Topanga Creek Bicycles lets visitors and groups explore the off- and on-road excitement of this scenic and legendary backcountry. Topanga Creek Bicycles is located at the edge of Topanga State Park, in a building that was once the recording studio for Jim Morrison of The Doors. Owner Chris Kelly and his pro-racing staff rent mountain bikes and high performance racing bikes, and create self-guided itineraries for all skill levels, providing an excellent opportunity for cycle-enthusiast groups and individuals who are visiting LA. Every Sunday morning is the official "shop ride," and Kelly invites enthusiasts to show up with their gear, meet the locals and join the fun. The shop also custom-makes bikes and sells and services a wide range of bicycles and accessories. Its popular demo/rental program lets riders test out high performance racing bikes including BMC, Salsa and Pivot, before purchasing one, or simply enjoy the ride. Founded in 1999, Kelly started in business as LA Bike Tours, leading bicycle excursions throughout Los Angeles. In 2008, he moved to Topanga Canyon and changed the company name.