Located in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood, Budget Pro Bicycles is an unassuming bike shop tucked into the corner of a low-slung strip mall. Inside, rows of hanging wheels line the ceiling, while bike parts, accessories and riding gear make up the front portion of the storefront. There are ready-to-ride bicycles available for sale as well, set into rows and organized by style and age range, which makes Budget Pro a perfect shop for a child’s first set of wheels. There’s even a small service shop, which tunes, repairs and maintains bikes for some of the many riders throughout the neighborhood. And as a bonus, Budget Pro guarantees their repair work for a full 30 days, which means you can be riding in style – and with peace of mind – in no time.
Things have changed a bit since DTLA Bikes first opened its doors in 2009. The store began as a small basement shop with around 20 bicycles for sale along with a handful of basic accessories. Over the next few years, the business rapidly expanded to the point where the full-service facility now features more than 1,500 bikes in stock and a collection of parts and accessories that includes, among other things, gloves, helmets, lights, locks, and Babe Ruth rookie cards to put between the spokes. DTLA Bikes also employs two full-time mechanics, who are capable of performing tune ups as well as major repairs. Another major feature within the store is its indoor track, which allows customers to test ride anything from a mountain bike to a commuter bike.
Since it first set down roots in Venice in 1995, Boardwalk Skate & Surf has equipped adrenaline junkies and tourists with surfing, skateboarding, and biking gear by top brands. Shoppers can fit themselves up with an Arbor, Penny Nickle, Sector 9, or Z-Flex skateboard with a hip design, and then match their new deck to a pair of skate shoes or sandals. The shop also has a department dedicated to rentals, giving patrons the option to take a surfboard, bicycle, or pair of inline skates out for a spin, so long as they return it before it gets homesick.
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.
Buena Park Bicycles Co. operates two locations—Fullerton Bicycles and Buena Park Bicycles—and that still isn't enough floor space to showcase all of their bikes. Their ample stock canvasses almost every inch of the show-room floor, expanding to the walls and hanging from the ceiling amid bike gear, accessories, and apparel from renowned brand names including Specialized, Giant, Fuji, Bell, and Nike. The knowledgeable staff helps customers choose from road cycles, dirt bikes, or BMX rides, throwing out recommendations about which bike has the best shocks and which won't turn back into a unicycle at midnight. Also accommodating patrons who have already been paired with a two-wheeled steed, the certified maintenance professionals keep bikes rolling with expert tune-ups and free estimates for repairs.
The trend-attuned staff at Store13 lines the walls with creative and original brands of street apparel, footwear, and accessories beloved by freestyle cyclists and skateboarders. Andre the Giant chides passersby to do as they are told from the technicolor crest on a Genuine Article T-shirt by Obey ($26). Stow your gear with reliable style inside a blue and grey mini-metro backpack by Chrome ($120), or slip on a black, narrow-brimmed castor woven hat by Brixton ($40) and pair of black canvas sneakers by Cadence ($49.99) to keeps heads and feet stylishly covered in concert.