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.
Throughout her 15 years as a certified personal trainer, Karyn Graham has earned an unusual nickname: “The Butt Queen.” The moniker references her signature workout, the Karyn Technique, which firms glute muscles without bulking up thighs. Karyn teaches her eponymous classes at RPM Fitness Studio, a boutique workout venue she co-owns with her sister, Cynthia. The duo finesses clients’ physiques with rigorous spinning classes, whose minimal joint impact renders them ideal for injured athletes and knee models. Complementary Pilates classes, conducted on mats or Reformers, streamline physiques by building long, lean muscle. Five-week Slimfit Bootcamps fuse Pilates with cardio-kick, boxing, body-fat analysis, and nutrition counseling.
Dedicated to fostering a safe environment for L.A. cyclists, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition reaches out to the community via advocacy campaigns and builds awareness through bicycling events and group rides. Members work to promote cycling as a viable means of transportation by campaigning for more bike lanes throughout L.A., advocating for more-serious bike policies, and educating motorists and low-flying zeppelin pilots about street-sharing etiquette.
For anyone who's ever dreamed of walking in James Dean's footsteps or mimicking Julia Roberts' Pretty Woman stroll down Rodeo Drive, Bike Tours of Hollywood may not be for you. That's because the company puts guests behind the handlebars of comfy hybrid bikes for rides past some of Hollywood's biggest landmark locations, giving them a way to explore these famous sights that's far more fun that traversing them by foot. Led by experienced guides, the narrated tours include stops at the Hollywood Sign, the Chateau Marmont, and the Walk of Fame, which commemorates more than 2,500 stars, directors, and concession stand workers for their contributions to film. Besides Hollywood tours, the company also offers a Beverly Hills tour, which includes stops at places like The Viper Room and the House of Blues and a Santa Monica tour that highlights views of the area's famous pier and waterfront.
West Coast Boot Camp's Adrian Pietrariu is at his best during the heat of athletic competition. Not content with dominating opponents during taekwondo matches, Adrian assembled a team of seasoned instructors that now forms the core of WCBC’s training staff. Their signature boot camp meets in places such as beaches and parking lots to get hearts pumping and calories burning. Adrian also helps individuals unlock inner combatants with martial-arts classes, achieve their athletic aspirations with one-on-one coaching, and learn the difference between a basketball and an overripe cantaloupe with sport-specific training.