True to its name, Empire Bikes is all about expanding the civilization of cycling. Its inventory spans everything from beach cruisers to race-ready road bikes, and its handy staff helps keep existing bicycles in tiptop shape. They also foster a sense of cycling community with weekly rides and bike-centric events that benefit charities and other causes.
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.
The traveling coaches of Rise Up Basketball know that many virtues of great players are invisible—their work ethic, for example, or ability to cooperate with team members. So, when practicing with their clients, they focus on physical, mental, and social skills. Drills on shooting and passing merge with teamwork exercises and game-like scenarios that demand quick thinking, all of which occur at a local park or gym of the player's choosing. Whether they're guiding a single person, a group, or an active team, the instructors strive to build overall athleticism, no matter the student's age or initial skill level.
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.