Monthly Archives: May 2012

And Heeeere’s…the Bicycle Millennium!

That poor old line from “Field of Dreams,” eternally misquoted as, “If you build it, they will come,” is holding true for bicycling and its supporting infrastructure. It’s not just in obvious placees that we’ve been hearing about lately, such as New York City, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and of course Portland and Minneapolis, where […]

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Why It Should Be Raining Sharrows

Every day I browse dozens of online newspapers looking for articles about urban cycling and bicycle infrastructure to post on my Twitter account. Generally about once a week I come across one complaining that motorists–and often cyclists–are “confused” by sharrows. Generally this involves proposed or brand-new installations. A couple of weeks back, at a dreary […]


We are moving to 3404 North Figueroa Street. Help!

Hey everybody, we’re moving our shop this week from its current location to a storefront right next to Antigua Cultural Coffee House in Cypress Park – just 3 blocks south west of our current location. Any chance you can lend a hand on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week? Our new address is 3404 N. […]


Fathers, Sons, and Fixies

Father & Son Fixies at Buster’sNow it’s time for some of that heartwarming crap…. My son Jack is so deeply immersed in law school now that he needs to breathe through a snorkel, but the semester finally came to an end, and he had a couple of weeks of free time before starting his summer […]

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Flying Pigeon LA inventory on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In this video: a used Batavus CS ($1,100 new – now $600); New Amsterdam Daily Urban ($499); Beater Bikes (from $299); Pashley; Bobbin; and a bunch of other stuff. I also mentioned in the video that we are moving. We are! We are moving our shop to 3402 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065, […]

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Crosstown Connection

A few months ago, I wrote on this blog about plans to rebuild the Glendale-Hyperion bridge between Silverlake and Atwater—a bridge that many cyclists already use though it is not very bike friendly. In particular, the transition from the bridge itself to surface street as you approach Atwater can be daunting, as you see in […]

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Spoke(n) Art Ride on Saturday, May 12, 2012

Join us at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop and Bike Oven this Saturday, May 12, 2012 for another Spoke(n) Art Ride gallery tour. Meet at the NELA bike-industrial complex located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065 at 6 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. We return to the start point […]


Pashley, Brompton, and Brooks: British manufacturing finds a home at Flying Pigeon LA bike shop

Britain has a proud history of bicycle design and manufacture. Though now just subsidiary of the Dutch mega-corporation Accell Group, the Raleigh Bicycle Company used to be a herald of British manufacturing. Many of their subsidiary companies are looked back upon wistfully for their quality and ubiquity in the bike markets of yore: Sturmey-Archer (internal […]

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Let’s keep our eyes on the prize

It is very easy to let the callous practice of American highway engineering dominate our minds when we want to advocate for safer, more economically productive, streets in Los Angeles. From the My Figueroa project, the Riverside Drive bridge reconstruction, to the bike lanes on Cypress Park and Avenue 28 – the modest gains we’ve […]

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A Bridge Not Far Enough

When I wrote about South Pasadena’s newest bike lanes on this blog a few weeks ago, I mentioned a bit wistfully (okay, a bit irritably) that the mighty City of Los Angeles should continue the planned extension of the York Boulevard lanes beyond the planned termination at Figueroa so that they could join up with […]

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