Whether you're an everyday bike commuter, a weekend trail warrior or the occasional CicLAvia participant, you need a good set of wheels. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Golden Saddle Cyclery have you covered, and won't get all snooty if you don't know your stuff. Kyle Kelley and Thomas “Woody” Wood left Orange 20 Bikes to start their own shop with Ty Hathaway in 2011. Tell them your price range and what you need: road, cyclo-cross, fixie, mountain or touring bike. They'll fit you to find the correct frame size and help you pick the right bike from their well-curated selection, or they'll build it themselves. You can also get your trusty two-wheeler tuned up or find locks, helmets, lights, saddles and U.S.-made apparel from Swrve, Poler, Cadence and other top brands. If you need inspiration, the shop's blog follows the employees' envy-inducing bike travels.
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