Two Wheels Good, via Orange 20

Orange 20I’ve been riding the same bike for the last 8 years, and bought it as a replacement to the one I had for another 5 before that when it was stolen. It’s a great bike but the more I rode it around the streets of Los Angeles I realized it was really designed and better suited for the kind of off road mountain biking I used to do much more of some 13 years ago. Once I realized this there was no going back and I started looking at getting something a little more city street friendly. Buying a bike was something I wanted to make sure I did right, I didn’t want to spend a chunk of cash on something only to find it’s not the right thing for me.

After checking out a few shops around town I decided that Orange 20 Bikes would be where I bought it because it’s a small shop with strong connections to the LA biking culture, and more importantly the guys there were extremely helpful when I went in with questions. Their hours are a bit sporadic which makes getting in there to talk to someone the hardest part but once I did TJ (and later Jim) were more helpful than I could have hoped. I bought a complete bike but swapped out a few parts (here’s the final results) to make it more “mine” as well as to upgrade a few of the key components to something a little more street worthy. Though all of this the guys there offered helpful, frank advice (such as pointing out that X brnad was more expense than Y brand and the only difference in quality was the color of paint, or that a specific piece on the stock bike was known to fail pretty quickly and they could replace it right away with a much higher quality piece for about $4). I never once felt like I was being upsold or that I was being pushed towards something I didn’t want. It was an awesome experience and I can’t recommend them enough. (not to mention that they are conveniently located on Heliotrope at Melrose, right across from The Bicycle Kitchen and Scoops, and directly next door to Pure Luck!)

9 Replies to “Two Wheels Good, via Orange 20”

  1. Sean– the bike looks great. I love Orange 20 ’cause when I went in there to get a SS cog, I was trying to buy one with one too many teeth, and they saved me from that mistake. I have bullhorns on my bike, but is seems like everyone today has switched to really chopped MTB flat/riser bars on their street bikes. With BMX bike grips for added hipster-ness. What’s up with those? Bullhorns are more comfortable going up hills, damnit.

  2. Yeah I’m not sure what that is all about, I’ve been riding with riser bars on my mtn bike for years and was ready for a change and I kinda think the chopped-super-short-just-for-looks thing is lame, it’s less control and anything done for scenepoints is an auto fail in my book.

  3. not everything is for looks, as easy as it is to chock it up to the hipster value people love to talk shit about (and simultaneously deny deny deny about themselves)… I’ve been on (very low) riser bars for years now and love them more than bullhorns (which I also rode for years). I never ride with drops cuz they don’t feel comfortable for me…

    O20 is the jam. Those boys are RAD. Bicycle District RULES!

  4. Huphtur – Doh! forgot to mention that, thanks!

    Ashira – I’m not dissing rider bars, like I said I rode them for years on my mtn bike, it’s more the chopping them super short that I think is dumb. And I say that based on overhearing conversations from people who have them saying things like “it’s a little more squirly but they look dope!” or “not quite as easy to handle as the ____ bars I had on there but..” But in all honesty I don’t give a shit what anyone does, people can make their own decisions and run with them. Personally I can’t see making a bike harder to control simply because it looks better, but that’s just me and most of the time I have no idea what I’m talking about so I should just be ignored. Viva O20. Viva Bicycle District!

  5. um.. no – making a bike harder to ride because it just looks better, is in fact very very stupid. my point was more that all riser bars are not for looks only…. Viva Bikes and riding them!

  6. Why should we have just one “Bicycle District?” Why not make the ENTIRE CITY a “Bicycle District?”

    Besides, have the residents and other businesses been polled about this? Especially the Armenian, Latino and Filipino immigrant families who live there? Or is this just another example of white people defining their land for them? Are there any existing bike routes or paths in this district? Is it planned in any manner that makes it bicycle-friendly? What aside from the businesses at the Hel-Mel corner qualify it as a “Bicycle District?”

    I think the “Bicycle District” proposal is a STUPID idea, and I’m a bike rider. Instead of arbitarily naming a neighborhood as such, why not implement better planning practices that create more bike-friendly streets, amenities and facilities, as well as bicycle safety awareness for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists (and bus drivers) alike – AND IMPLEMENT IT CITY-WIDE? How a bout a Portland-like integrated system of trails, paths, lanes and bicycle corridors? This is not going to work if implemented in a limited area.

    Naming a few blocks of East Hollywood the “Bicycle District” has very little substance to it. We should be striving for a “Bicycle CITY” instead.

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