Despite aggressive drivers, wormhole storm-drains and a lack of proper bike lanes, traversing the city by bike can be quite simple and fairly enjoyable. "Simple and enjoyable" also seems to be the credo at the Bicycle Kitchen, a volunteer-run organization that offers neophytes courses on bike repair, as well as tools and stands for those who already have the know-how. It's at the heart of LA bike culture and is a great place to meet like-minded riders. Tip: If you're a lady who's a little intimdated by the whole scene, check out "Bicycle Bitchin" night, on which only female riders and "cooks" (as the mechanics are called here) are allowed in the shop.
Looking for a little bike repair and maintenance help? A bike co-op will have you back on the road in no time, provided you’re willing to lend a hand. The volunteers at these shops won't work on your bike for you, rather, with you—providing space, tools and knowledge to help you learn basic bike maintenance or build a beauty from scratch.
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