The Flying Pigeon LA bike shop hosts all sorts of bike rides and events throughout the year.
The two rides our shop is best known for are the "Get Sum Dim Sum Ride" that we do each month on the 3rd Sunday, and the "Spoke(n) Art Ride" which takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month. In 2010, we started the "Brewery Ride", which takes place on the 1st Saturday of the month.
Our rides are led by someone from the Flying Pigeon LA crew, are free of charge, and open to anyone who would like to join (except for mean people).
Kids and young adults are welcome to join but are required to wear a helmet during the rides as we are in the State of California, which requires them on people under 18 years of age.
Our regular rides are usually a great opporunity to bring a date or a friend on a bicycle adventure. We use these rides to help spread the idea that bike riding is a normal, fun, thing to do in the city (it is!).
These rides are also a good time to check out the beautiful bikes and accessories we sell.
Want to borrow a bike? No problem. We have a small rental bike fleet available for $20 per bike on our shop rides.
We can effect quick repairs before the ride starts, but please do not expect a complete tune-up in the fifteen minutes before the ride starts. Bring your bike in early, or the day before, if it needs some heavy duty repair and we'll get it rolling in time for the ride.
Our regular rides:
The Brewery Ride is a free, monthly, bike ride to a local brewery or brew-pub to sample some high grade beer (and possibly food), to speak in absurdities, to lie, to believe lies, to talk religion, and generally enjoy the good life for a few hours. The Brewery Ride started in 2010 shortly after the nearby Eagle Rock Brewery opened up. Another local brewery came online shortly thereafter: Golden Road Brewery in Atwater Village. Both breweries are Brewery Ride favorites . The ride also visits local brew pubs and restaurants in the Downtown Los Angeles and North East Los Angeles area.
Meet at the shop on the first Saturday of the month at 6 p.m.. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. and returns to the shop at around 8:45 p.m.
Pints of beer typically range in price from $5 to $12. Cash is king, but most of these places accept cards as well.
This ride is very, very, slow paced and is typically very short. Anyone under 21 can join us for the ride, but typically will be barred entry to the brewery or pub we visit.
Rain cancels this ride.
Spoke(n) Art Ride
The Spoke(n) Art bicycle ride is a free, once-a-month, bicycle tour of art galleries in North East Los Angeles. The ride takes place on the second Saturday of each month - a special night in North East Los Angeles. Area art galleries open their doors late into the night as part of NELAart's "Gallery Night".
Meet at Flying Pigeon LA at 6 p.m., the ride leaves the shop of 6:30 p.m. The ride usually gets back to the shop at around 10:30 p.m.
This is a ride that kids enjoy - but do not expect them to be able to ride for 4+ hours well past bed-time. Bring a trailer, or make arrangements with us to (if possible) borrow a cargo bike for the evening.
Please, please, please be sure to read more about the ride on the Bike Oven's Spoke(n) Art Ride page.
Fun fact: the Spoke(n) Art Ride was first held in April of 2006, and was a collaboration between Josef Bray-Ali and Ruth-Anne Tarletz of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. It has since turned into a co-produced happening by the staff at the Flying Pigeon LA bike shop and the good people at the Bike Oven.
Get Sum Dim Sum Ride
What started as an excuse to try out some good food on our Flying Pigeon bikes has become a regular monthly ride. Leaving from our shop every 3rd Sunday morning, the Dim Sum Ride tends to move at a relaxed and leisurely pace as we head towards the local dim sum palaces in Chinatown like Empress Pavilion, the new Chinatown venues in Alhambra like King Hua, and even some specialized dumpling shops like Luscious Dumplings in San Gabriel.
Meet at Flying Pigeon LA on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 10 a.m., the ride typically leaves the shop at 10:30 a.m. The ride usually returns to the shop around 1:30 p.m.
All attendees split the bill for food (at the table or we pay individually at some places). The food ends up costing between $10 and $20 per person and we strongly recommend bringing cash.
This is one of our most popular newbie- and kid-friendly bike rides.
Rain cancels this ride.
Private Bike Tours
Have a group and want to arrange a private tour with us? Need a bunch of bikes for a ride you are planning? Send us an email with your ideas and we can find a way to make this work. We can supply groups of up to 15 people with bikes and guides, and have done larger groups when give a month's notice.