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At most bike shops, unless you come clacking in wearing carbon-fiber road shoes and full Spandex, the staff will barely give you the time of day. But newbies and casual riders are as welcome as the diehards at Budget Pro Bicycles in Eagle Rock. Tucked away in a tiny strip mall just off the 2 freeway, Budget Pro doesn't look like much from the outside, but the surprisingly expansive shop carries a full line of bikes, clothing and accessories from all the major brands, including Trek, Gary Fisher, Bontrager, Giro, Shimano, you name it. Prices are reasonable and the laid-back but knowledgeable staff won't make you feel like an idiot if you walk in not knowing the difference between a beach cruiser and a mountain bike. They're great with repairs, too; $50 gets you a full tune-up with zero upsells (but if you want to spring for the fancy Maxxis tires, they've got them).

LA Weekly