UPDATED post for timeless appeal!!!! (‘Cause who doesn’t love cycling babes in beige heels and bustin’-out-all-over, Red China rompers?!?!)
Go Go’ers, we’re due for cooler weather and whether you’re a wobbler (Ms. Go Go raises hand.) or a whiz on wheels, you too can experience bike culture in Los Angeles.
Flying Pigeon – Northeast L.A.
This super-friendly, community-involved, well-stocked bike shop sells and services bikes (mainly European and Chinese commuter bikes) and also sponsors three, count ‘em three, monthly bike rides in Northeast Los Angeles. Bikes also available for rent for tours.
1st Saturday – Brewery Ride: Why drink and drive when you can drink and ride? Meet at the Flying Pigeon shop and pedal to a local drinking destination (brewery, winery, local bar) “with an emphasis on craft and/or micro beverages”. NOTE: The time and drinking destination of the 21+ (natch) Brewery Ride changes, sometimes monthly, so phone Flying Pigeon before showing up at the shop. (Safety still applies, NATCH, so don’t put your helmet on backward or forget to tie your shoelaces or overdo it with the drinkies!)
2nd Saturday – Spoke(n) Art Ride – If you love NELA 2nd Saturday Art Tour (and if you read U Want 2 Go Go, you know Ms. Go Go has a giant girl-crush on the nabe art fave) and want to experience it in the most neighborhood-immersive way possible, join Flying Pigeon’s (slow-paced) night-time cruise of Arroyo Seco streets and art galleries. Plus, plan to make the post-ride party at Flying Pigeon and their neighbor: the Bike Oven (a bike collective where do-it-your-selfers can work on their wheels). Past parties have included beer, kiddie bike races, (but no kiddies drinking beer) and flaming pinatas. Alternatively, you could stay at home and watch CSI reruns….
3rd Sunday – Get Sum Dim Sum – A free, slow-paced cruise for Chinese carbs on a Sunday morning? Yep, it doesn’t get any better than this. Riders usually split the cost of the food at destinations in Chinatown, San Gabriel and elsewhere. You can rent a bike at Flying Pigeon for $10 but their fleet is small and advance reservations are a must. Think of the char siu baau and pick up that phone, baby.
Eats + exercise + free = Excellent Excursion 4 U
Legends Beach Bike Tours
The Legends Beach Bike Tours don’t include dim sum, drinks or pint-sized demolition derbies but they do start at family owned Perry’s Beach Cafe, which has been serving sustenance to SoCal sand and sun lovers for decades in its multiple offshoots along Santa Monica and Venice beaches. Perry’s has a huge fleet of bikes (plus rollerblades and every kind of beach paraphernalia you might want to rent) and they’ll make sure there’s a Schwinn cruiser that fits you. For $35, you’ll wheel along the boardwalks and bike paths of sun-drenched beaches (and alongside off-the-beaten-track canals) while a Legends tour guide apprises you of must-see sights/sites via headset. All you have to do is slather on sunblock and stay upright.
All over Los Angeles!
Want to craft your own wheel-worthy adventure? The C.I.C.LE. (Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange) website can steer you towards routes no matter where you want to go and are also involved with Families and Bikes (FAB), which promotes family biking for the health of people and the planet. (You’re one of those, right?) Check out their “Wheel Routes” link on the right hand side of Home Page; daily bike commuters all over Greater Los Angeles share their most hassle-free routes complete with tips and hints. Many are great for group rides. Thanks, C.I.C.L.E.-ists!
And if Ms. Go Go locates those sassy, red, cycling sunsuits, you’ll be the first to know.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….