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Any easy bike paths in town?

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Any easy bike paths in town?

Hi, we'll be in Bishop next week and we usually carry our cruiser bikes in our wagon in case of coming across a paved bike trail at the beach or a park etc. Are there any flat pleasant places to ride "non" mountain bikes? :)

Thanks!

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1. Re: Any easy bike paths in town?

The entire town of Bishop could be described as an easy bike path. Plenty of biking on flat roads off the 395.

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2. Re: Any easy bike paths in town?

It is however, at 4100' of altitude. But with a population of under 4,000 I doubt traffic will be an issue!

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3. Re: Any easy bike paths in town?

Thank you for the quick reply! We had to make a last minute decision whether or not to bring them! :) Awesome!

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4. Re: Any easy bike paths in town?

Bishop is a pleasant little town, with mountains on either side (the Sierra Nevada and the White Mountains), but lots of space to ride bicycles in and near town. Hwy 395 is fairly busy in town, but side roads are quieter. The Owens River (or what’s left of it) runs near the east side of town, and there are some rural roads along it.

A little less than 5 miles from central Bishop on the east side, on Hwy 6 heading out of town, is a nice destination if you want some diversion and maybe a picnic (go to Schat’s or Mahogany Smokehouse in town for picnic stuff). The Laws Railroad Museum is a former railroad station site with the original depot, stationmaster’s building, and trains; and a collection of historic buildings from around the Eastern Sierra with theme exhibits inside. Hwy 6 is a gradual ascent from town because it approaches the White Mtns, but it isn’t steep; you could drive a little of it ahead of time and see what you think.

http://lawsmuseum.org/

A little more ambitious destination is south of town, Keough’s Hot Springs. This would require some riding on the side of Hwy 395 itself; I see people do it often, but you’ll have to decide. After your ride, the reward is a mineral spring location (“resort” is a bit exaggerated) with a pool, soaking tubs, and a snack bar. If you don’t want to ride all the way from town, there are some side roads along 395 south of town where you could park your vehicle and ride the bikes the rest of the way.

http://keoughshotsprings.com/

From your other posts, I’m guessing this trip includes Lone Pine and Death Valley, and maybe other parts of the Eastern Sierra. Everywhere you go, you’ll find great bicycling areas. However, some of them are less suitable for cruisers, unless you are fairly fit. For instance, most of us could probably ride from Stovepipe Wells Village to Furnace Creek (in Death Valley) with average or less exertion, but getting back is a steady ascent. Not steep, but a gain of 190 feet in about 25 miles. I wouldn't make it on a cruiser! In Lone Pine, the Alabama Hills would be fun; drive the bikes up and then ride around the flat, well graded dirt roads to your heart’s content.

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5. Re: Any easy bike paths in town?

sorry, I missed that this is next week.

Leave the cruisers at home. It will be too cold and perhaps even snowing. No need to take up all that room in the car.

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