Bike Culture: Repairs

Where to fix your bike on the cheap

Bicycle Kitchen 
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

Bicycle Oven
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.

Bikerowave Cooperative
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.