What started as an all-purpose variety store has evolved into L.A.'s go-to spot for reasonably priced used bikes. Coco's Variety Store doesn't just flip bikes, it rebuilds them from scratch and sells them with a warranty. Owner Peter Vermeren has 25 years of experience as a garage-sale picker, which he uses to prowl the city and hand-select only the highest quality frames. He only rehabs those he can stand behind, so the shop's fleet of $200 to $500 used cycles, which includes many Treks and Specializeds, is rock solid all the way through. Coco's also is a certified dealer of new, and relatively cheap, Linus and Bianchi bikes. Coco's once was known for its Prada-logoed marquee, which was changed this year to a wild mash-up of dazzle ship camouflage and world championship cycling ribbon designs, painted by Jason Filipow.
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