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Say goodbye to traffic gridlock, ride a bike

March 23, 2010 12:11:07 AM PDT
Every day, we see more bicyclists riding around town. If you want to hop on some two-wheeled transportation, but don't know where to get a little "education," you may want to stop by the Bicycle Kitchen in Los Angeles. It is a community, non-profit, "bike-education" space.

"It's a place where anyone can come in, and we have the tools and the volunteers available so that you can fix your bicycle, and if you don't know how to fix your bicycle, we'll teach you how," said Charles Haine, a bike enthusiast and a part-time volunteer at Bicycle Kitchen.

The experts at the Bicycle Kitchen will teach you to maintain your bike using either new or used parts, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds.

"I'm a student at USC, I have little to no money, so a place like this is perfect for fixing my bike," said Daniel Alvarado of Downey.

Haines said they will help you to build a bike from scratch.

"You can come to us, we'll help you pick out the right bike size and the right bike style for your kind of riding," he said.

The walls are lined with tools and parts, the friendly volunteers are experts, and every Monday night is a "women only" workshop.

If that doesn't get rid of your excuses, not only does Southern California have great weather, you can get to know your city.

"You realize how wonderful this city really is for cycling," Haines said. "You get connected to the city in a way that you wouldn't in a car."