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The Pearl’s Fast Track to Cycling in LA

March 19 is the Vernal Equinox, marking the first day of Spring – the season of rebirth, renewal, and energy. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than hopping on a bike and exploring LA on two wheels. If you’re looking for bike lanes and bike paths near The Pearl, check out the LA County Bikeways Map. Cycling is also a fun way to stay fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Bike Garage has some useful facts and tips to enhance your cycling experience. We’ve rounded up some great resources, including bike shops & rentals, bike repair, and scenic bike trails to start your spin!


Godspeed Cyclery bike store near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Godspeed Cyclery 533 S Western Ave. #B Los Angeles, CA 90020


Located in the heart of Koreatown, not far from The Pearl, Godspeed Cyclery is all about the experience. This full service emporium offers top bicycle brands, cycling clothing & accessories, auto carriers & racks, camping gear, and bicycle maintenance & repair. Their service technicians are professionally trained and certified to work on all makes and models of bicycles, not just ones that they sell.


DTLA Bikes bike store near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


DTLA Bikes 425 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013


What started as an underground basement shop on Broadway has grown into the premier bicycle store in Downtown Los Angeles. Located in an 18,000-square-foot facility spanning three floors, DTLA Bikes is a cycling destination for fixed-gear messengers, urban commuters, weekend warriors, hard-core roadies, and leisure riders alike. The shop has over 500 bicycles in stock, along with thousands of accessories. Their knowledgeable staff, who love to ride to work, includes skilled mechanics and service techs.


Just Ride L.A. bike store near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Just Ride L.A. 1626 S Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90015


LA-made and family-owned, Just Ride L.A. is more than just a cycling shop, it’s a lifestyle. Established in downtown Los Angeles in 2008, Just Ride has been the go-to destination for Los Angeles’ active city cycling community. From small-scale repairs to the highest quality bikes on the market, this award-winning store is a one-stop shop for all of your cycling needs. 


Hoopty Bikes mobile bike repair near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Hoopty Bikes 305 E 9th St. #219 Los Angeles, CA 90015


Hoopty Bikes is a mobile bike repair shop for all types of bicycles. Whether it’s an ebike, classic 10-speed, basic commuter, or beach cruiser, they’ve got you covered. For a fast, free estimate, text 310-308-0252 with a photo of your bike and your zip code, and the best mobile mechanic in LA will schedule an appointment at your home or office. No shop visit required. They also specialize in restoration of vintage road bikes.


Glendale Narrows Elysian Valley Bicycle Path near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


LA River Bikeway


Along the 51 miles of the L.A. River, you’ll find a series of disconnected paved paths everywhere from Canoga Park to the Port of L.A. But the most bike-centric activity is along the Glendale Narrows/Elysian Valley Bicycle Path, which cuts through cafe and restaurant-filled Frogtown. The bike path runs from Victory Boulevard and Riverside Drive to Elysian Valley’s Egret Park, with various notable entry points like Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park and Rattlesnake Park. 


Hollywood Sign / Hollywod Sign Trust bicycle path near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Griffith Park Trails


Take a trek by bike through the mix of native chaparral and landscaped paths that cover Griffith Park. For a flat ride, you can stick to the perimeter and the L.A. River Bike Path, take a detour onto Crystal Springs Drive for a bit of an elevation change, or really get adventurous with a challenging climb up Mt. Hollywood Drive. Those cycling to Griffith Park and Observatory must use paved park roads and may park and bike from public spaces around the park. The Observatory has several bike racks. 


Griffith Park Observatory bike trails near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Spokes ’N Stuff Bike Rentals 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027


Located on Crystal Springs Drive in Griffith Park, you can choose a bicycle to rent and enjoy hours in the sun while getting some exercise and seeing the sights. Parking is available in the Rangers Station Parking Lot.


Spinlister bike rentals near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


Spinlister Bike Rentals


Spinlister is a global bike rental and sharing service that provides a platform to connect bike owners with active people looking to rent or borrow around the world. Through their service, owners list their bikes, renters search for a bike in whatever area they want, and complete the rental process easily through their website, mobile app, or in-store kiosks. They even offer various protection options and delivery services for your peace of mind.


Topanga Creek Outpost bike store near The Pearl apartments in Koreatown, Los Angeles


9 Amazing Bike Rides In Los Angeles


From the mountains to the beach, and everywhere in between, you can pedal your way across the city and enjoy almost endless biking opportunities. Take a ride along the coast on the Marvin Braude/Pacific Coast Bike Path or venture up to Cogswell Dam, tucked in the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa. Closer to home, you can peel the Arroyo Seco Bike Path from Ernest E. Debs Regional Park all the way up to the Rose Bowl, where you’ll find a loop of protected lanes. These great rides take place on roads that are entirely car-free or have light traffic, and they work for all fitness levels.


Photo Credits:

Photo #1: Just Ride L.A. 

Photo #2: Godspeed Cyclery

Photo #3: DTLA Bikes

Photo #4: Just Ride L.A.

Photo #5: Hoopty Bikes

Photo #6: Glendale Narrows Elysian Valley Bicycle Path/Wiki Commons Junkyardsparkle

Photo #7: Hollywood Sign/Hollywood Sign Trust

Photo #8: Griffith Park Observatory

Photo #9: Spinlister Bike Rentals

Photo #10: Topanga Creek Outpost