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San Pedro, California, Your Experiences In 'Pedro . . .
socaldude
post Apr 30 2010, 02:41 AM
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Although I get to make it back once or twice a year, I still miss that damn place. After some comments back and forth with TheGoose, I figured this could make an interesting thread. I know why I love it, let's hear everyone else's experiences in San Pedro. I am, of course, including the surrounding areas like Lomita, Harbor City, Long Beach & Palos Verdes. 'Pedro was my hub, but I'm down with the whole South Bay.

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post Apr 30 2010, 03:45 AM
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Good call Duane...

I liked that place because it had some nice step up jumps. Those were always good to learn tricks on because of the long hang time. I miss it there, I think there are apartments on it now or something of the sort. We used to cruise to the 7-11 down the street for slurpee's.

How about the small jumps over by the lighthouse in PV. thats where I originally started and met some guys that sent me down to Pedro and from Pedro the guys i met there sent me to sheep hills and from there those guys sent me to twin palms...back then everything was by word of mouth.
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post Apr 30 2010, 12:11 PM
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Reminiscing (Mmmmmmm SLURPEES!). I am trying to make it back out to visit my sisters and kids this summer. I intend on taking my bike but I'm not sure yet. Last time I was in Pedro and Wilmington I didn't really see anything still there to ride. I did go out to Redondo but didn't have a bike so I cut out and went to hang with this chick under the pier (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) in MB. What's still there? I know Ascot and Alpine have long been forgotton since before I went to the Army, hell, even before I moved to Cerritos.
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post Apr 30 2010, 12:36 PM
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QUOTE (TheGoose @ Apr 29 2010, 11:45 PM) *
Good call Duane...

I liked that place because it had some nice step up jumps. Those were always good to learn tricks on because of the long hang time. I miss it there, I think there are apartments on it now or something of the sort. We used to cruise to the 7-11 down the street for slurpee's.

How about the small jumps over by the lighthouse in PV. thats where I originally started and met some guys that sent me down to Pedro and from Pedro the guys i met there sent me to sheep hills and from there those guys sent me to twin palms...back then everything was by word of mouth.


Goose, I think you're talking about the 5th St. Jumps. That's the one where you had to ride across the street to hit the jumps. I don't think anything has been built there but nobody has maintained them for years. I know there's some newer jumps across from the gas station at 7th and Weymouth. Most of the spots we had are long gone. The fence ride at Bandini St. school is still accessible but I can never work up the nerve to hit it when I'm there. I'm still willing to ride "Muppet Show" (Lucky's wall ride) even after 20 years. It doesn't look as good as it used to and I'm not getting as high but I'll still ride it.
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post May 2 2010, 06:43 AM
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QUOTE (socaldude @ Apr 30 2010, 01:36 PM) *
Goose, I think you're talking about the 5th St. Jumps. That's the one where you had to ride across the street to hit the jumps. I don't think anything has been built there but nobody has maintained them for years. I know there's some newer jumps across from the gas station at 7th and Weymouth. Most of the spots we had are long gone. The fence ride at Bandini St. school is still accessible but I can never work up the nerve to hit it when I'm there. I'm still willing to ride "Muppet Show" (Lucky's wall ride) even after 20 years. It doesn't look as good as it used to and I'm not getting as high but I'll still ride it.



I guess I'll have to make that a designated stop for me when I come down. Probably in August!
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post May 2 2010, 09:56 AM
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Not from Pedro but used to race at Channel Street, my first day there I can remember Anthony Sewell and a few other Jag riders tearing the place up.

these days I skate the Channel Street park, Daewon Song is there all the time

lot of good memories racing there as a kid
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post Nov 28 2010, 07:39 AM
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Hey now!
Harbor BMX was my home track, I preferred it over Ascot. I grew up in Torrance during the early 80's. You might remember a few bike shops like The Bicycle Source, R & P's, & BC (The Bicycle Center). I raced for R & P's in Lomita. I have a hand full of pics from Harbor BMX & I will eventually scan them in. I would DEFINITELY be interested seeing any pics & hearing stories from back then.

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Oh, I just remembered a sweet spot we used to ride near the Torrance Post Office that was called "Strawberry Fields" it was a really long dirt embankment just east of Madrona Marsh. And you cant forget the awesome dirt jumps across the street from Marineland in PV.


Forgive the awkwardness, Ive never posted before. Ever.

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post Nov 28 2010, 09:47 AM
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I remember checking out alot of those places but didn't get a chance to ride em. I lived in Compton and would hear about these places at Ascot... When did they close the track in Pedro?
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QUOTE (okibono @ Nov 28 2010, 07:47 AM) *
I remember checking out alot of those places but didn't get a chance to ride em. I lived in Compton and would hear about these places at Ascot... When did they close the track in Pedro?


Harbor BMX San Pedro
I'm not sure on the exact date it closed, but I think it was between 1986-1987.
(If I'm wrong please correct me.)

After Harbor BMX closed, I stopped racing. The next closest tracks to me were either Ascot (which I NEVER liked, due to poor track maintenance) and one in Orange County (that was to far to go to practice everyday).

Sorry I couldn't give you an exact answer.
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post Nov 30 2010, 01:51 PM
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well guys i live in pv now and miss the old days.

The pedro track was the bomb. Ascott and alpine village were the closest. Bednorse and turnell all of the old schoolers were around those tracks.

Lee the number is 310 377 1983 if you need a place or a bike next time your hear.

Marineland is now Terrenea Resort. The jumps across street are houses. They have a nature preserve with dh riding or xc. there were jumps and trails but the bird watchers put and end to that.

The chalk fields when we were kids on crest was the gnar at that time. Now it is all 2 million dollar homes.

Street riding from Torrance to elporto is all that is left.
i ride at night because i can session some things but the police have really been on it. They jumped me the other night and asked me why i ride that funny little bike. Almost got arrested when i told him to go get my bike from the bushes where he threw it. Didnt do me any good wearing a dope sweatshirt either cuz at 43 i must be a criminal because i ride a twenty from s&m and wear dope bmx tees. Classic

Anyone ever up to the south bay and looking for a place to crash or ride let me know. The surfing is not so bad either.dopebmx@verizon.net or the phone number listed above.

mike
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