Cycling culture is alive and well in Los Angeles.
After a brief hiatus, CicLAvia is making a comeback and shutting down the city streets to all car traffic, opening them up to pedals and pedestrians. This huge L.A. event is the perfect way to experience the community in the City of Angels — sans traffic, that is — and this year’s designated South Los Angeles route lets you cruise right past our Banc of California stadium!
In need of a tune up or some new gear? Team Angel City put together a list of our favorite local bike shops to visit for all your cycling needs. Grab your bikes and head on over to these locally-owned shops. See you at CicLAvia — don’t forget your helmet!
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The Cub House
Photo via @itsnotabikeshop on Instagram
What started out as a rag-tag group of friends with a fake racing team and handmade merch has since become a staple of the cycling community. This full-service bike shop carries a few dozen small brands in addition to their own apparel and routinely rotates an assortment of fun, miscellaneous purchases in their pop-up shop. It’s more than just a bike shop, though — while you’re browsing the bike brands or waiting for a repair, you can pick up a new plant at their Prickley Pals nursery or sip on some cold brew at Pump Coffee.
Address: 2510 Mission Street, San Marino, CA 91108
Photo via @bicicocina on Instagram
This nonprofit bike shop is all about education, community, and a deep love of cycling. Bicycle Kitchen is actually less of a bike shop and more of a bicycle repair educational organization — run entirely by volunteers, Bicycle Kitchen embraces the cycling community by teaching people how to fix their own bikes and providing the tools and space to do so. While there aren’t any bikes for sale at Bicycle Kitchen, you can build a “project” bike with parts at the kitchen and take it home for a suggested donation to the workshop.
Address: 4429 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Around the Cycle
Photo via @aroundthecycle on Instagram
Around the Cycle works to make cycling not only more accessible, but more sustainable. This local bike biz and consignment shop stocks new and used gear to support their mission of keeping bikes in use and out of dusty garages. With a combined love of cycling and eco-consciousness, Around the Cycle now boasts a full team of “recyclists” as well as Southern California’s largest inventory of second-hand bikes and gear.
Address: 1270 Lincoln Avenue #1500, Pasadena, CA 91103
Road Runner Bags
Photo via @roadrunnerbags on Instagram
Road Runner is about as local as local business gets. The team at this collaborative shop specializes in functional bags and packs created uniquely for cycling, and each bag is designed and handmade in Downtown Los Angeles. Road Runner’s crew is a humble but mighty group of 10 that keeps the shop up and running in its hybrid storefront and manufacturing facility. Not only are they committed to equipping cyclists with the best daypacks, but they’re also passionate about sustainability and ensuring that not a single scrap of fabric goes to waste.
Address: 818 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Photo via @labrakeless on Instagram
LA Brakeless is a woman-owned, one-stop shop for all your cycling needs. Located near the heart of surf and skate culture in Venice, Brakeless offers bike, gear, and parts purchases as well as repair service by staff experts. The team at Brakeless prides themselves on the unique experience they offer — not only can you buy a brand new bike, but you can build a custom bike to suit exactly the kind of ride you’re looking for. This local shop also works with any budget to make their passion for cycling more accessible to the community.
Address: 12220 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066