#CarFreeLA: 7 cool LA bike shops make pedal pushing a breeze (Map)

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A cyclist begins the 6.3-mile ride from downtown L.A. to Miracle Mile at L.A's seventh CicLAvia on June 23, 2013.

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The Hudson Jackals, a bicycle crew from Hollywood, finish their ride at LACMA during CicLAvia on June 23, 2013.

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A double decker bike turns onto 9th Street at L.A.'s third CicLAvia event on October 9, 2011.


Leading up to the biggest car-free celebration in L.A. this Sunday, we've asked folks to share their favorite bike shops.

Where do you go for the best tune-ups, tools and trinkets to make your two-wheeler really stand out? Here's what our friends on social media had to say:

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1. Flying Pigeon LA

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This iconic L.A. bike shop carries a handful of vintage bikes imported from China and other countries across the globe. Expect to see a wide collection of bikes like the Gazelle, Pashley and Linus. While you're perusing the aisles, consider getting your bike disassembled and spot cleaned for the weekend. 

Pro tip: Get in on the Flying Pigeon's monthly “Get Sum Dim Sum Rides in L.A." You can't go wrong with mouthwatering dim sum, especially after a strenuous ride. 

Where: 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA | MAP


2. Bike Attack 

(Photo: Courtesy of Bike Attack) 

The name may seem daunting, but rest assured:  The folks at this Santa Monica-based shop will not attack. A full-service bike shop, this place offers an extensive list of electric bikes, urban city bikes and eye-popping neon beach cruisers for the entire family. If you're ready to bust out the tricks, see Attack's impressive BMX bike collection. 

Pro tip: Looking for a glow-in-the-dark two-wheeler? Bike Attack's blog suggests this bad boy. We think it's an excellent safety feature. 

Where: 2400 Main St.  Santa Monica, CA 90405 | MAP

RELATED:  Where are the most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles?


3. Downtown L.A. Bicycles

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Downtown L.A. Bicycles is praised on Yelp for great customer service and quick bike repairs. Our Twitter friend @buzzla suggested this hidden gem. It's the one-stop shop for stellar discounts and new rides.

Pro tip: Buy a bike before summer ends, because you'll get 15 percent off all parts and accessories. Plus, Downtown L.A. Bicycles will price-match competitors.

Where:  1626 S. Hill St, Los Angeles, California 90015 | MAP


4. Orange Twenty Bikes 

Originally known for its customized gear bikes, the store's merchandise now includes commuters, messengers, BMX street riders, flatlanders, cargo haulers, touring bikes and the new urban cyclist. Learn more about the store's history and its big bright storefront here

Pro tip: Follow Orange on social for the latest products and events. We just love its juicy pics on tumblr. 

Where: 4351 Melrose Ave  Los Angeles, CA 90029 | MAP


5. Coco's Variety Shop

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If you're looking for a hangout with a laid-back vibe, check this place out. Dubbed the "family-friendly" bike shop, Coco's is popular for its affordability and eccentricity. It's a great place to search for loads of vintage and funky bikes you never knew existed. Coco's has tricycles for the little ones, too. Read more on the shop here

Pro tip: Can't find the store? Look for the Prada sign. 

Where: 2427 Riverside Dr.,  Los Angeles, CA 90039 | MAP


6. Rolling Cowboys 

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Get your wheels ready for some intense mountain biking adventures. The folks at this shop have put a lot of time and research into building some of the most revolutionary bicycles powered for triathalons. As Rolling Cowboys puts it, "a well tuned horse is a happy horse." 

Pro tip: Check out #TeamRollingCowboys for their latest biking escapades in LA. 

Where: 3505 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90019 | MAP


7. El Maestro Bike Shop

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“Fixing Downtown Los Angeles” is this store's mantra. It's a neighborhood bike shop that locals flock to when looking to buy or rent. Not only do renters get a bike — but safety gear and maps, too.

RELATED: Where are the most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles?

Pro tip: They've even got a bicycle service truck "with the capacity for on-site service at your home office or work, with pick-up and return for more involved jobs." More here

Where: 806 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 | MAP

Check out our map for other great bike shops in the area: 

Map by Monica Luhar

Can't find your favorite bike shop on our list?  Let us know in comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @KPCC using the hashtag #CarFreeLA. 

 

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