Trendy Bikes for Spring Picnics and Beach Trips
Written By: Alexa Ardeljan-Braden Five Of the Best Bike Shops in LA
Spring’s hottest accessory did not grace Fashion Week’s most coveted runways, but instead took to the streets. What has two wheels and inherent style to boot? That’s right, this season’s trendiest accessory is none other than the bicycle. Put the pedal to the metal and visit one of these super hip stores to find the perfect cruiser.
Perfect for either the Benton stripe wearing beachgoer or hipsterish Silverlake dweller, Linus offers simplistic perfection in bicycle form. The playful, colorful selections Linus provides have a Brigitte Bardot riding down Abbot Kinney sort of feeling. Like Linus’ Abbot Kinney brick and mortar shop, all nine of Linus’ styles have an ultra cool vibe and no fuss frames. The brand offers bikes for men, women, and children and is a celebrity favorite. The utilitarian frames are well suited to recreation, sport, or everyday transportation. While in the homey store, be sure to take a quick peek at the Linus accessories—all of which would look equally as good on the bike or off.
1413 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, California USA
310.857.7777 | www.linusbike.com
Orange 20 Bikes
Since 2006, Orange 20 Bikes has been a go-to hub for novice and avid cyclists alike. With its bright, retro orange exterior and passionate staff, Orange 20 has developed a trusted reputation among Los Angeles natives. The staff is straightforward and helpful and the shop vows to only sell what they would use themselves. Orange 20 is a full service shop and offers repairs by experienced staff. Just because they’re serious about biking, doesn’t mean that the store is intimidating. Orange 20 offers customized bikes and pre-built. Either way, customers are in good hands at Orange 20.
Orange 20 Bikes
4314 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
323.662.4537 | www.orange20bikes.com
Like the name says, Rolling Cowboys is heralded as one of the best in the wild wild west. All jokes aside, Rolling Cowboys has made a name for itself because of its quality bicycles, great vibes, and even better prices. Boasting over 25 years of service experience with mechanics who are UBI, Shimano-TEC, and DT Swiss certified, Rolling Cowboys even overs free service for the first year of purchase. Always helpful, the shop also offers 90-day layaway. In addition to fantastic customer service, Rolling Cowboys features hot bikes like Merckx, Felt, Masi, Biomega, Boo Bikes, and Haro, as well as a large array of nutritionals, apparel, parts and accessories.
1021 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
323.570.0066 | www.rollingcowboys.com
Just Ride LA
In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles sits the family owned Just Ride LA. The enormous store offers a variety of styles and, best of all promises its customers lifetime adjustments on products purchased from Just Ride LA. Just Ride LA has everything from road bikes and commuter bikes, to electric bikes. True to the family behind the shop, Just Ride LA prides itself on their dedicated community of customers and friendly employees. If ever a customer needs something that is not in stock, the staff will happily order it. Just Ride LA also offers pro-fittings and custom builds, making it the leading bike shop in Downtown LA. Pop in to see for yourself.
Just Ride LA
1626 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.745.6783 | www.justridela.com
LA Brakeless Bicycles, or The LAB, started on the streets of Venice as a custom track shop in 2007. Since then, The LAB has gained a name for itself on sub-culture blogs and with celebrities like Moby, Daniel Tosh, and Ewan McGregor. The LAB is also a favorite of female pro-cyclists and though it’s gained mainstream popularity, it stays true to its Dogtown roots. Their Venice Blvd. store doors are always open and the storefront features a mural painted by local artist Retna. Don’t let The LAB’s relaxed nature fool you, this shop is serious about bicycling. They offer custom orders, repairs, and built complete bikes such as Fixed Gear Free Style, Single Speed Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Beach Cruisers, and several other urban bike styles. Regardless of style, good quality is inherent in all of The LAB’s bikes.
12220 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
310.313.6300 | www.labrakeless.com