The friendly attendants at Cycle San Pedro put patrons in the saddles of rental bikes and nudge them in the direction of LA's many landmarks and attractions. Riders can point their handlebars in the direction of the LA Maritime Museum or the Battleship USS Iowa, or content themselves with a leisurely cruise along the waterfront so they can gather some air in their lungs to keep as a souvenir. Rentals are available by the hour, while tours put a knowledgeable guide in the point position for explanations of the route's sights and sounds.
One way to get an exceptionally close look at picturesque Alamitos Bay is to ride atop its churning surf on one of Long Beach Hydrobikes's stable, pedal-powered water cycles. The company ensures that renters catch the bay's most noteworthy sights, providing them with a map detailing the location of a bird sanctuary as well as a cove where jellyfish delicately billow in certain months. Avid pedalers generally cruise at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour, exercising bodies with a workout that takes advantage of water resistance to jettison excess calories out to sea. As there is virtually no risk of capsizing, riders may wear anything from a bathing suit to a water-soluble prom dress. The hydrobikes come equipped with storage compartments, drink holders, and a wealth of extra space to invite pets along for the ride, free of charge.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Like that time you rode your older brother's Schwinn into the pool, a triathlon requires you to bike, swim, and run. Tri-Pacific sports outfits athletes for all three aspects, filling its Naples storefront with competition-grade equipment. Racks of bike frames and wheels populate the walls, alongside slick jerseys and aerodynamic helmets. Runners plop onto comfortable couches as they slip on a rainbow of running shoes, searching for the perfect fit. Wet suits and swimwear aid swimmers in slipping through the water with the least resistance. The shop also augments the competitor's most important piece of equipment, their body, with nutritional supplements and energy bars.
Located two blocks from Venice Beach’s iconic boardwalk, Venice Beach Station assembles a fleet of rental bicycles and skateboards with which to cruise along the shore in style. Once equipped with a mount and protective equipment, customers can explore the 2.5-mile pedestrian-only promenade, where scores of artists and performers entice riders to stop and take in the vibrant culture mixed with solemn remembrance of fellow mimes crushed by invisible pianos.
For centuries, bicycles have been oppressed by the cruel, unyielding logic of gravity. Want to ride up a hill without pedaling? "Not on my watch," gravity says. Well, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals doesn't take that lying down. Their bikes give riders two power sources: pedals and a switch-activated motor. For riders who don't want to cruise the beachside alone, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals also organizes guided tours of popular Venice Beach sights, including the boardwalk, Marina Del Rey, and the secret tunnel that leads to Venice, Italy.