By trading in gas pedals for bike pedals, Bikes and Hikes LA riders adopt a green method for sightseeing the shores and slopes surrounding Los Angeles on top-notch, fully suspended hybrid road bikes from specialized brands such as Trek and Fuji. Carefully researched routes—such as that of the Movie Star Homes Tour that takes guests down Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip, and includes a walking tour of a famous Beverly Hills mansion—lay the groundwork for what is ranked as TripAdvisor's best tour in West Hollywood. For the LA in a Day tour, sightseers pedal by celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air before exploring picturesque Venice, Santa Monica, and Marina Del Rey. Tour guides can accommodate groups of 2–100 people, providing translators in any language and building custom experiences, such as scavenger-hunt bike rides or group levitations, upon request.
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Seven days a week, the staff at Aviation Cyclery ensures smooth pedaling for casual and experienced cyclists alike with repair services and a large inventory of bikes and accessories. Using their vast knowledge of two-wheeled transport, they pair customers with small to large items that fill the shop from storefront to rear wall. These range from bells to baskets and helmets, as well as sleek vehicles such as cruisers and front suspension mountain bikes. Professional mechanics situated on one side of the store fix faulty bikes by inflating tires, truing wheels, and programming bells to play a warning for squirrels crossing the street.
A full-service bike shop embracing road, mountain, and casual riders alike, Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery suits every whim and riding style, from its mechanics performing basic repairs or complete system overhauls to its supply of custom-built frames and wheels. Two-wheeled mounts from brands such as Trek, Jamis, and Knolly wag their handlebars from racks along the wall, and the shop rewards new adopters with a slew of perks, from free tune-ups for a year to unlimited cups of coffee for owners and hot WD-40 for bikes. In addition, 5% of all pre-tax profits help benefit organizations dedicated to preserving California’s natural gems and cycling havens, such as the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and the Mountains Restoration Trust.
A San Fernando Valley staple since 1964, Cycle World has locations in Chatsworth and Northridge to keep bicyclists riding smoothly and safely with helpful services as well as equipment and accessories from top brands. Riders of all experience levels can peruse bicycle models by manufacturers such as Specialized, Cannondale, and Cervélo. The shop also maintains a busy schedule of events geared toward enthusiasts, hosting both road and mountain rides on several days each week.
Servicing street stallions for more than four decades, PV Bicycle Center's expert technicians tune up two-wheelers in seven steps. To jump-start the full-frame physical, bikes are hoisted into the air like chain-clad cheerleaders, allowing their frames, spokes, and handlebar pompons to undergo a thorough scrubbing. Next, technicians strip components and degrease them in an ultrasonic cleaner. Submitting your cycle to a shifting and brake adjustment improves its ability to switch speeds and stop, leaving it too well-adjusted to author a spiteful memoir about its winter in the garage. Further adjustments to hubs, bottom brackets and headset bearings encourage peak performance. Finally, adjustors carry out minor wheel truing, check the tires, and breathe new life into your bicycle's rubber lungs.