Monthly Archives: January 2012

Let them eat parking spaces – Mission Meridian Village parking garage costing South Pasadena

Mission Meridian Village has an incredibly high Walk Score (94 out of 100), a New Urbanist pedigree second to none, and is a beautiful collection of buildings in a quaint and prosperous small town – but like most places in America, it cannot pay its own bills. The reason for that funding shortfall? As in […]

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Raleigh rod brake repair at Flying Pigeon LA bike shop

In this video I make an attempt to describe a repair job we did on an old Raleigh roadster from the late 1970’s. The audio has some issues, but this is my first ever attempt at voiceover, so please forgive me. The music was supplied by my ukulele. A bunch of cleaning and some shining […]


Memories of Meeting of the Styles

You have a cement wall 55 feet high. Which would you prefer? This: Or this: The mural at the top was painted in September of 2007 as part of the Meeting of the Styles in Los Angeles. Meeting of the Styles is an international event put on by a West German collective. They touched down […]

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Two Wheeled Love Letters to NELA – the North East passage

In a recent interview with KCET Departures, outdoor survivalist and native foods expert Christopher Nyerges described the path of the Arroyo Seco River from the LA River, through Highland Park, to Pasadena as a prehistoric highway – moving goods, culture, and people. Today, the Arroyo Seco Parkway (aka “110 freeway”) has paved over the trails […]

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El Monte: Crossroads of Progress?

That title isn’t as sarcastic as it may sound, as it seems our much-neglected San Gabriel Valley has been quietly moving ahead with a bit of progressive transportation infrastructure. Last week, I rode from Long Beach to Arcadia along the Los Angeles River and Rio Hondo bike paths, running a little handlebar-mounted videocamera the whole […]

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KCET Departures reports on our January 2012 Dim Sum Ride

We were joined by Kelly Simpson, from KCET Departures, during out last Dim Sum Ride. She took some great photos, talked about transit and the city, and wrote a nice ride report: “I felt like Alice in Wonderland being led through an unknown passage and pulled in by my own curiosity” -from Get Sum Dim […]

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Ways & Means

A couple of months ago I took a fellow rider who works for the LADOT on a tour of the new stretch of bikepath through Frogtown, along the LA River. I’d been nagging the City about the lack of wayfinding signage along that street (and really, along nearly every mile of bicycle facility in LA!), […]

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Flying Pigeon LA inventory on January 19, 2012

In this video I show off one of our 36-hole Velosteel coaster brake hubs. We’re selling these for $50 (in the video I completely blank on the price). These hubs are reproductions of Sachs Torpedo coaster brake hubs – which are hard to find, but which we see all the time working on old European […]

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LA-based bike film fiesta at the Vista on January 20 and 21

MOVIES ABOUT BIKES – AT THE VISTA THEATER, HOLLYWOOD from FUNWUNCE on Vimeo. I don’t know what you’re going to be doing at 12 a.m. on January 20th and 21st, but if you want to see some Los Angeles bike films you should join us at the Vista Theater (located at 4473 Sunset Blvd. Los […]

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Flying Pigeon LA inventory on January 7, 2012

We have been busy repairing old Gazelle bikes this week – installing new parts and servicing the old ones. Our Schwalbe tires just arrived – lots of them, in loads of sizes and options for city bike riders. Four new Bromptons arrived: an M6 in dark blue, two M3’s (one in sage green, the other […]

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