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Hoopty Bikes cycling near THEA apartments in Downtown Los Angeles

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Cycling is becoming more popular than ever – both as a form of exercise and an alternative method of transport. Traveling by bike also has some excellent health benefits. According to Harvard Medical School, cycling provides an aerobic workout that triggers the body’s feel-good endorphins, and it’s also easy on the joints, builds muscle, increases bone density, and helps with everyday activities. The LA area boasts some of the best bicycle shops and services around, from luxury custom bikes to high performance ebikes, and even mobile bike repair, many just a short distance from THEA. You’ll also find convenient access to almost endless bike trails, from scenic coastal rides to rugged mountain roads. Check websites for hours and safety guidelines.

DTLA Bikes 425 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013

What started as an underground basement shop on Broadway has emerged into the premier bicycle shop in Downtown Los Angeles. Located in an 18,000 square foot shop spanning three floors, DTLA Bikes is a cycling destination for fixed gear messengers, urban commuters, weekend warriors, hard core roadies, and leisure riders alike. The shop has over 500 bicycles in stock, including Aventon Electric Bikes, along with thousands of accessories. The knowledgeable staff, who love to ride to work, includes skilled mechanics and service techs.

Tokyo Bike Row DTLA 1320 E 7th St #120 Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tokyo Bike is a small, independent bicycle company founded in 2002 in the quiet Tokyo suburb of Yanaka, Japan. Based on the concept of Tokyo Slow, the bicycles are designed to explore the places you love and call home. With a Tokyo Bike, it’s as much about the journey as the destination. Private shopping by appointment.

Topanga Creek Outpost 1273 N Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga, CA 90290

Topanga Creek Outpost has been building quality custom bicycles since opening their shop over fifteen years ago. They offer customized bicycles crafted with the highest standards based on your needs, budget and style to make each bike uniquely yours. The friendly staff will help guide you through the entire process, from initial design to component specification to work completion, with a straight approach and open communication. They are also an authorized Los Angeles dealer for complete bicycles, bicycle frames, parts and accessories.

Electric Bikes LA 209 E El Segundo Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245

Electric Bikes LA is the first bicycle store in Los Angeles solely dedicated to the sale and repair of electric and folding bikes. They offer a wide selection including road, mountain, trail, and commuter, along with electric scooters, kick scooters, and accessories. Electric bikes are considered bicycles rather than motorized vehicles, so you do not need a drivers license, registration or insurance to operate. The bikes have power assist, which means that the bikes combine electric power with one’s actual manpower, creating a hybrid approach to cycling. Depending on the weight of the rider, hills, wind, pedal assist level and size of the battery, a rider can expect a range from 18 to 65 miles before it needs to be recharged.

CLIP eBike Converter

Turn any bike into an ebike with CLIP, a new design which attaches to the front wheel of a bike in seconds. Two arms lock around the bike’s fork, and the other end connects with the front of the wheel. A tiny controller attached to the handlebars has a button that you can push to boost your bike’s speed as you pedal up a hill with a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. Optimized for the urban commuter, CLIP is as light as a laptop, fits in your backpack, and looks great charging on your desk. Activate CLIP when you face an uphill climb or to coast that last stretch to your destination. CLIP.bike is based in Brooklyn, New York, with a mission of empowering the world to adopt biking as their primary choice for urban mobility.

Just Ride L.A. 1626 S Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

LA made and family-owned, Just Ride L.A. is more than just a cycling shop, it’s a lifestyle. Established in downtown Los Angeles in 2008, Just Ride has been the go-to destination for Los Angeles’ active city cycling community. From small-scale repairs to the highest quality bikes on the market, this award-winning store is a one-stop shop for all of your cycling needs.

Hoopty Bikes 305 E 9th St. #219 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hoopty Bikes is a mobil bike repair shop for all types of bicycles. Whether it’s an ebike, classic 10-speed, basic commuter, or beach cruiser, they have you covered. Founder Chris Duncan, an X Games pro BMXer, mountain biker and master bicycle mechanic, started Hoopty Bikes in 2009 in the heart of San Francisco’s cycling scene after developing a love of restoring vintage road bikes. In 2015, he moved the company to Los Angeles and grew the company into a full-service mobil repair center, along with sales of vintage road bikes. To book an appointment, just text a picture of your bike with your location to 310-308-0252

Spinlister Bike Rentals 12575 Beatrice St. Los Angeles, CA 90066

Spinlister is a global bike rental and sharing service that provides a platform to connect bike owners with active people looking to rent or borrow around the world. Through their service, owners list their bikes, renters search for a bike in whatever area they want, and complete the rental process easily through their website, mobile app, or in-store kiosks. They even offer various protection options and delivery services for your peace of mind.

LA River Glendale Narrows and Elysian Valley Path

The Los Angeles River is host to a Class 1 bicycle and pedestrian path that runs 51 miles from Canoga Park to the Port of Los Angeles, but the most bike-centric activity is along the Glendale Narrows and Elysian Valley Bicycle Path, which cuts through Frogtown near DTLA. This 7.4 mile path, which goes from Victory Boulevard and Riverside Drive to Elysian Valley’s Egret Park, takes you along one of the nicest soft-bottom sections of the river. Although there are concrete and freeway-close sections, the best parts pass through a prettier, greener segment, ending near the spot where the city of Los Angeles was founded. The upper part of the route, which passes through the Glendale Narrows, offers unfettered views of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains.

The 8 Best Bike Rides In Los Angeles

From the mountains to the beach, and everywhere in between, you can pedal your way across the city and enjoy almost endless biking opportunities. Take a ride along the coast on the Marvin Braude/Pacific Coast Bike Path or venture up to Cogswell Dam, tucked in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa. Closer to home, you’ll find biking aplenty in Griffith Park or at the Rose Bowl. So pack your favorite snack, strap on your water bottle and go for a spin.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Hoopty Bikes

Photo #2: DTLA Bikes

Photo #3: Tokyo Bike

Photo #4: Topanga Creek Outpost

Photo #5: Electric Bikes LA

Photo #6: CLIP.bike

Photo #7: Just Ride LA

Photo #8: Hoopty Bikes

Photo #9: Spinlister Bike Rentals

Photo #10: Spinlister Bike Rentals

Photo #11: Topanga Creek Outpost