I can confidently say that Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery has the nicest bathroom ever seen in a bike shop: and after joining the group for a shop ride and using it as my home base to go see the finish of the Tour of California I’d say it might be the nicest shop I’ve ever been in. After the morning shop ride, I grabbed breakfast at the bakery next door, sat down in a fat couch, had an Espresso, and watched the previous day’s stage of the ATOC.
The shop certainly caters to a higher-end clientele with some rather nice bike and component brands in stock. That said, the prices weren’t any higher than you’d find elsewhere. SMMC tried to differentiate itself with its level of service and makes certain that customers are happy. They apparently go to great lengths to ensure 24 hour turnaround on repairs -even if it means late nights at the shop. Demo bikes are available if you want to take one of their top-end bikes out to the local trails or never ending hills (as I found out on the group ride).
More on the shop ride after the jump…
I’m pretty addicted to clicking through Facebook ads for bike products to see what crazy things are out there. Tonight I saw an ad for “pro” bike shorts and clicked through, and found Aero Tech designs, which might possibly make the ugliest bike tights on earth. If you’ve been looking for something hideous to wear to a ‘cross race or maybe you’d just like to ride though somewhere and get your ass kicked, these are your shorts.
Also, you get to see this picture of a dipshit with his helmet unstrapped.