LA bike co-op empowering people to ride

With the Bicycle Kitchen already established, Los Angeles’ Bikerowave stuck with the cooking theme when they picked the name for their bicycle co-op.

Kwang Paik said their goal is to empower people to ride their bike by learning how to repair their bikes.

“People are a lot more likely to ride their bike if they know how to fix a flat tire,” Paik said.

The shop provides the tools and mechanics to help people fix their bikes. Their rates are $7 an hour, but they also offer yearly passes for $150 ($100 for students).

Kwang Paik of Bikerowave

They hold shop hours Monday-Thursday 6:30 – 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. -5 p.m.. They are closed on Fridays.

In addition to providing shop time, Bikerowave hosts various events like their recent bike swap.

Paik said the swap was a great way to bring the bike community together.

Check out their post about the bike swap and their mission.

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4 comments
madelinebrozen
madelinebrozen

Yeah - couple of firsts actually. First time I'd been there, and first time I'd ever worked on my bike myself!

madelinebrozen
madelinebrozen

Yeah - couple of firsts actually. First time I'd been there, and first time I'd ever worked on my bike myself!

tucsonvelo
tucsonvelo

Awesome. That was the first time you had been there to work on your bike?

madelinebrozen
madelinebrozen

I was actually at the shop when you came in and were interviewing for this piece. I rode down to check out the swap meet and then decided - hey there's a lot of stuff wrong with my bike, maybe I can work on it. 2 hours, $27 and tons of smiles later, my bike rides like a dream. Even better - I felt so empowered to have done the work myself. The mechanics were so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Thanks for the shout-out to a great LA establishment.

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