Author Archives: Josef Bray-Ali

Return of the Get Sum Dim Sum ride!

We stopped hosting the “Get Sum Dim Sum Ride” years ago; but now, after many months of research and test rides, in collaboration with LA Cycle Tours, I am proud to announce that the Get Some Dim Sum Tour is now live on the LA Cycle Tours web-site! Origins Back in August of 2008, Flying […]

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Whither #bikela without Huizar?

In 2020, Jose Huizar will be termed out of office. His wife has recently dropped her bid to replace him. To call the end of Jose Huizar’s term in office a “crisis” for the cycling community is a HUGE understatement. In 2021, one year after the CD 14 election, the city will be redistricted again. […]

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Repairing the pump chuck on my Lezyne ABS-2 Floor Pump

Before I closed the bike shop permanently, I took home a Lezyne ABS-2 Floor Pump. At the time, this was a pump that retailed for over $100 and featured a fancy chuck (the part that fits on the valve of the inner tube) that allowed relatively quick attachment to Presta valves while also allowing inflation […]

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Letting Go

When it comes to riding a bike in Los Angeles, I bounce between two philosophical states. I have found that mainstream politics, and my own political ideology, have sometimes kept me from enjoying the simple pleasure of riding a bike. First, bike riding in this city takes grit. It takes physical strength. It takes mental […]

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See you in the streets

The image above is from a vigil for “Bizzy” – killed by a speeding drunk driver at Marmion Way and North Figueroa Street. This post is a response to a defamatory, slanderous, unhinged blog post by Sahra Sulaiman of Streetsblog LA published one week before the May 16, 2017 General Election for the Los Angeles […]

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On our own, once again, like always

My comments are being blocked on Los Angeles Streetsblog while the words of my critics (on other posts) are left up. Why? Who else is being silenced in the livable streets community? I suspect my comments are being blocked because the site, at this point, is little more than a black hole for tax deductions […]

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So, what comes next?

It has been over a year since I hauled the last box of stuff from the Flying Pigeon storefront; just a few months after that my campaign for city council went down in flames. I was falsely accused of racism, homophobia, transphobia, fat hate, anti-Mexicanism, anti-Americanism and had a horde of intellectual gate-keepers in this […]

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Burning Man Bike Sale July 9 to August 27, 2016

Looking for a Burning Man bike before you make the long drive out to the playa? Look no further than Flying Pigeon LA – where we are selling a fleet of single speed beach cruisers for $150 apiece. Unlike big box retailer bikes, we assemble ours with care, and the bikes themselves have a better […]

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Flying Pigeon LA inventory on July 7, 2016

Hey everyone, it’s time for another Flying Pigeon LA bike shop inventory video! This was shot on July 7, 2016 to show you a sampling of what we’ve got for sale at the moment. This time there is even a surprise refurbished 56cm Nishiki we’ve gone over from top to bottom. There are also a […]

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Lost and Found: How to Get Your Stolen Bike Back

The Mighty @flyingpigeonla Bakfiets is found!!! pic.twitter.com/ILS6w7uCbo — fig4all (@fig4all) May 22, 2016 A few weeks ago, while I was working late in my shop, someone walking by the shop saw my bakfiets cargo bike parked out front and decided to steal it. The bike was locked to itself using a rear wheel lock – […]

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