The Kitchen will provide you the tools and expertise to repair, refine, or, for that matter, rebuild a bike. The suggested donation is $7 an hour. Call ahead to make a reservation, else you might find yourself on a waiting list. » 706 Heliotrope Ave., L.A., 323-662-2776.
Josef Ali-Bray operates this offshoot of the Bicycle Kitchen in Highland Park. Ali-Bray also sells $300 Flying Pigeon Bike, a Euro-style cruiser that is a favorite in China, up the street at 5711 N. Figueroa St. Be sure to call ahead before showing up. » 3706 N. Figueroa St., L.A., 323-223-8020.
The Westside version of the Kitchen was cofounded by Alex Thompson, the UCLA graduate student who also helped form the C.R.A.N.K. MOB fun ride. Morgan Strauss, who helped conceive the first Crimanimalz freeway ride, is head mechanic. » 1816-A Berkeley St., Santa Monica, 310-315-4383.