This is the photo from the Flying Pigeon LA's Flickr.
I paid a visit to Flying Pigeon LA yesterday. It is a very nice little shop on the east side. I met Josef the owner and I got to take a few bikes for a spin. Josef is totally cool and didn't make me feel like an idiot because I don't know that much about bike stuff. He told me that he is totally into the Cycle Chic thing and seemed kind of excited that I had started a blog for LA. He even suggested doing some stylish rides together. I think that would be cool.
They carry beautiful city bikes. Of course they have Flying Pigeons, but they also have Batavus and a Gazelle. They had several colors and styles of Batavus, single speed Old Dutch, 3 speed Old Dutch, 1-2 Have, and I think they had a favoreit. They can order any Batavus that I was considering. They can also special order other bikes. For instance they can order a Pashley for me if I'd like one.
I had the best time I have had on a Bicycle in a very long time and the bike in the photo above is a big part of the reason why. It is a Gazelle Toer populair. It is the most beautiful and smoothest ride I have ever had. I even took it up a reasonable hill and didn't die. I totally want it. Bad. This is the bike that I thought was not really the most practical choice for my life and where I live. The thing is heavy, though none of the bikes I tested were as heavy as I had feared. I am just not sure of my bike handling skill to say that I could manage such a serious peice of machinery. I would hate to buy it and then not be able to ride it because I can't lift it onto the bus or get it onto the train. I am also nervous about managing the hills here with only 3 speeds. It also has a leather saddle which I would feel a bit guilty about. There is also the fact that I am not used to using hand brakes. I have only had bikes with coaster brakes until now. But I can't stop thinking about it. I keep wanting to call them and make sure that they haven't sold it yet. If it had 2 more gears I would have brought it home with me.
I also rode the Batavus Old Dutch in the single speed and the 3 speed. They are really nice and quite pretty. They just weren't as stunning or as smooth as the Gazelle. Though I am not sure if the smoothness was real or just my imagination. They did have an Old Dutch in Red and I was told there are not very many of those available in North America. It is a fabulous color and the navy bike is beautiful as well.
As you can see I rode in a skirt. It was my first time. It was so not a big deal.
Now go to Flying Pigeon (which is right near the Bike Oven) right now, but leave my Gazelle alone.
Flying Pigeon LA
3714 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065