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Old 05-05-06, 02:33 PM   #1
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L.A. Bicycle Kitchen...

Anyone been there? What's it like? I'm thinking of going for the first time this weekend. If it's anything like I think it is, it should be really cool.

Do they take donations of bike parts? I have ALL KINDS of parts I'd love to start getting rid of, and I'd rather toss 'em down at a place like (I think) the Bicycle Kitchen is, as opposed to eBay or something like that.
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We have a bike co-op in Cleveland too.
Great place to learn maintenance and pick up some used/vintage parts.

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there was an article in Bicycle I think, Cyclist or one of the bike magazine and then a couple pages later the editors built their ideal fixie. I thought someone was going to have a debate thread over this but I guess no one else spends as much time in the dentist waiting room as Ido
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Old 05-05-06, 03:09 PM   #4
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I've been. It's a cool place. They have all the tools and most parts you need, and is $7 (??) an hour for stand time. It's much better to go there and work on your bike than going to your LBS and pay more, especially if you don't have all the tools you need.
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Old 05-05-06, 05:12 PM   #6
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I fuggin' *HEART* the shcitt out of the LA Bici Cocina!!!!
I have been there once and love love love it!!!! Great people, great idea, plus the chance to spot a Juvi-kyle!!!! What is not to like? And check out the ice cream parlor 2-3 doors down...fantastic!
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i also agree very good place
the people there are also very friendly
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they are pretty good there at the bicycle kitchen. I love what they stand for and everyone is pretty nice. Great place to pickup used frames and parts, they dont charge ebay prices but they do charge for stuff, i mean they have to stay open some how. Got any spare parts :-) i could use some too...

but yea, and its $7 an hour for a stand and you can use anytool that they have. I had to rethread my Miele and used their super pricey park tools rethreader.. think the stupid tool costs like 700 bucks. i paid 4 bucks to use it because it only took me about 45 minutes to do ti and fix my bike. it would have cost me 50 bucks at the LBS and i just trust myself that much more with my own toys
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I'm glad to hear good things about them. We are modeling our emerging co-op in Sac after them. Hopefully we will have the same luck.
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Anybody know if they happen to have the special tools for mounting a Phil Wood bottom bracket?
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i just got some super nice cinelli bars/stem from them for 20 bucks..bike kitchen rules...dont knnow about the phil wood tool.. but i cant imagine they see many phil wood BB's rolling through there
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i cant imagine they see many phil wood BB's rolling through there
That's sorta what I figured. Just thought with the topic at hand that I might throw it out there.
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323-no-carro, or I can call someone and ask, if you really want to know.
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Is that really the ph number? That gets me laughing.

Actually I think I have solved my latest BB riddle with something a little cheaper than a Phil. Thanks.
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I'm glad to hear good things about them. We are modeling our emerging co-op in Sac after them. Hopefully we will have the same luck.
Whereabouts is the new Sac Co-op?
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We have a space in Oak Park and are getting ready to open up at the end of June. We have had tons of support in the cycling community here. Are you in Sac? PM me if you want to be involved.

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sloppy robot, did you get the clincher cinelli stem and handlebars... saw them on saturday.. nice stem if its the one im thinking about.
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323-no-carro, or I can call someone and ask, if you really want to know.
and i dont know about you, but i always get a machine... i had to ride down there to check it out because i could never get in touch with anyone.

and for the phil wood bb tool, if its the one im thinking about with the outfacing teeth, i do think they have one. They have a TON of tools, super fancy ones too that get locked up.
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sloppy robot, did you get the clincher cinelli stem and handlebars... saw them on saturday.. nice stem if its the one im thinking about.
its the one with the hidden bolt/wedge combo.. 1R i think ? and some of those cinelli campione del mondo bars..its jsut what my new road build needed

thanks kitchen!

oh.. i got them saturday.. around 2
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before you haul all your valuable junk down there, you might give them a call first, they don't have unlimited storage space. Or maybe it was just that my stuff really was junk, anyway it gave me an excuse to turn an old varsity into a grocery getter machine. They always take kids bikes for their earn-a-bike program though.

Very nice and helpful people, always crowded when I went there so I just worked on the floor or someplace, didn't even know they charged money. Even bought a tee shirt, never wear it, not my style. really. i swear.
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There was an article about them in Bicycling magazine which really surprised me..
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yup that was the set, i left the bolt loose.. did you manage to break the bars free?.. light setup..i was there around 2ish as well, thats right around when i left actually.

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I wish they did an exchange thing. I gave them a bike, but still had to pay for a cable and a few used nuts I needed at the same time.
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yup that was the set, i left the bolt loose.. did you manage to break the bars free?.. light setup..i was there around 2ish as well, thats right around when i left actually.
ha.. thats funny.. i noticed they were on the top of the rack and freshly fondled.. i also noticed the bolt was loose.. but since its a wedge like the stem bolt.. you also have to tap it.. and then the bars fall right out..they do seem kinda light for what they are..we must have just missed you
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