Monthly Archives: November 2011

It’s Not About U

While I am nearly delirious with pleasure over the steady proliferation of sidewalk bike racks in LA, I do regularly encounter a problem with them: the standard U-rack does not make it easy to attach a practical bike to it. A naked bike, no problem. But, if you have a basket, or a saddlebag, or […]


“Wheely Good Future” in NELA Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wanna be in a parade this Sunday? I’ve gone and done something stupid: I signed up the Bike Oven for the 67th NELA Holiday Parade taking place on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 1 p.m. It was in 2006, just one year after opening, when the Bike Oven was first asked to join in the […]


What about hills? Granny bikes vs. Mt Washington

We get this question about our Dutch bikes all the time: “What about going up hills?”. When I’m feeling snarky, I’ll answer, “Have you ever ridden a bike up a hill before? It’s just like that.” Otherwise, I’ll steer folks towards the modern-style Dutch bikes we carry like the Gazelle Chamonix line or some of […]


Brewery Ride on Saturday, December 3, 2011

Join us on another lovely, slow-paced, bike tour to sample fine beer on Saturday, December 3, 2011 on our Brewery Ride. Meet at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop (located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065) at 3 p.m. The ride leaves at 3:30 p.m. This month we’re heading to Eagle Rock […]

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From Occupy Best Buy to Occupy LA in a day

On my way to celebrate Thanksgiving with the in-laws this year (riding my wife’s abandoned road bike), I ran across an “Occupy Best Buy” encampment alongside the 60 freeway in Montebello. The Occupy Best Buy folks were parked out in front of a suburban (or exurban?) electronics depot – but with their tents, sleeping bags, […]

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What Is LA/2B?

This is for those of you who didn’t catch Pigeon Master Josef’s Tweets about it last week, but the City of Los Angeles, formerly notorious for giving the wishes of LA’s residents the brush-off when it comes to transportation policies, is lowering the drawbridge and asking new ideas to come marching right in to the […]

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KCET Departures features Josef from Flying Pigeon LA

Before you watch this, let me just apologize in advance to: fashion conscious customers, Mayor Villaraigosa, owners of “yuppie gastro-pubs”, and everyone else I know I slighted in this long, rambling, interview. The video above is part of the KCET Departures project to document the living history of the Highland Park community. Previous installations of […]


Yepp Maxi and Yepp Mini baby seats in our Flying Pigeon LA online store

It took me a while, bit I finally uploaded Yepp Maxi, Yepp Maxi Easyfit, and Yepp Mini baby seats and accessories to our site. Full product details will have to wait until later this week – but you can place your order or just browse around our Yepp selection in our shop online now. Any […]

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Re-thinking the mismeasure of LA’s broken streets with LA2B

What stands in the way of better streets in Los Angeles?


Flying Pigeon LA inventory on November 17, 2011

Lots of blabbing in this inventory video, some whiskey, and LA’s new online community feedback tool: You’ll also see the Bella Ciao bicycles that have garnered a ton of phone calls and emails (though not many test rides, curiously). Pashley bikes a-plenty. Some Linus bikes, our helmet selection from Bern, Yakkay, and Nutcase. There […]

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