Cafecito Organico (710 N Heliotrope Drive and 534 N Hoover St.) Two locations with plenty of bike parking. Lots of cyclists on staff.
The following Santa Monica hotels generally keep bikes available for use by guests, and should be accustomed to hosting cyclists:
(1) Oceana (849 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica) A retreat from the busy streets of LA, this boutique hotel feels more like home than hotel.
(2) Shutters on the Beach (One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica) Where they pride themselves on helping you relax.
(3) Kyoto Grand Hotel (120 South Los Angeles St.) Located in the heart of downtown, across the street from the stunning CalTrans building and just blocks from the Civic Center, Chinatown and Little Tokyo.
(6) Perry’s Cafe (Santa Monica and Venice) Eight locations along the famed beach bike path, they offer food as well as bike and skate rentals.
(11) Santa Monica Bike Center (1555 2nd St., Unit A, Santa Monica) Bike hub for commuters that also offers rentals and repairs in the city’s downtown, right next to the Third Street Promenade and a major mall, and a block from the beachfront bike path. Offers “road, comfort, cruiser, tag-a-longs, kids’ wagons, kids’ bikes, baby seats and even a Tail Wagon for those people traveling with pets.”
(12) Orange 20 Bikes (4351 Melrose Ave.) Large, friendly shop in the Hel-Mel “Bicycle District,” offering everything from fixies to commuters to cargo bikes. Across the street from the famed Bicycle Kitchen.
(13) Golden Saddle Cyclery (1618 Lucile Ave.) New commuter- and city bike-oriented shop in Silver Lake, LA’s hippest district. Minutes (by bike) from both Downtown and East Hollywood.
Bike Attack (2400 Main St., Santa Monica) Friendly little neighborhood bike shop on Santa Monica’s Main Street.
(14) Flying Pigeon LA (3714 N Figueroa St.) Yes, they sell actual Flying Pigeon bikes, as well as Pashleys, a variety of Dutch bikes, fast commuters, cargo bikes and the appropriate gear, plus repairs. Next door to the Bike Oven. Also offers rentals of single-speeds for local riding.
LA Brakeless (12220 Venice Blvd.) Fixie-oriented, but they sell and fix anything, and they’re as deeply involved in community affairs as the other shops mentioned here. In Mar Vista, on the Venice boulevard bike lanes, across the street from Bikerowave, a community-run bike repair shop.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) – Non-profit umbrella group coordinating bike advocacy throughout the region, with an informative website.
Bikeside – Westside-based advocacy group, generally more radical than the LACBC.
CICLE – Eastside/ downtown group focused on rider education, it also hosts the area’s Tweed Rides.
Santa Monica Spoke – Works with the city to design and promote bike infrastructure and programs.