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A Bicycle Lover's Guide to Coffee in LA

Last count, there were approximately 1.5 billion excellent coffee shops to choose from in Los Angeles. They've all been pretty well-covered by the likes of Thrillist, LA Weekly, and whatever else the cool kids read these days. 

There are, however, a handful of spots in LA + beyond worth visiting on a bicycle. Here are some of my favorites. Scroll all the way down for a handy-dandy Google Map.

 

The Old Truck @ Old Place Restaurant


Open Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30am-4pm

 

 

 

Handlebar Coffee Roasters

128 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

I have an annual tradition that looks a little something like this: 1) Hitching a Friday afternoon Amtrak from Union Station with my bike, 2) Enjoying the ridiculously scenic tour up the coast, 3) Hopping off in downtown Santa Barbara for several beers at Figueroa Mountain Brewery, 5) Getting minimal sleep, and finally 6) Riding the coast back down to LA.

There's no more appropriate spot to commence step #6 than Handlebar. Owners Aaron Olson and Kim Anderson decided to settle in Santa Barbara (and open Handlebar) after riding in the Amgen Tour of California back in 2008. That's right - the owner/roasters are former competitive cyclists. Coffee here is delicious - last check about nine months ago, they were building out a new roasting space slash cafe somewhere up State Street. Who's got the latest on that?

Topanga Creek Outpost

1273 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

 

This place has probably made more of an impact in my life than any other institution in Los Angeles. It started 4+ years ago when I showed up for their weekly Saturday 8AM mountain bike ride (weather permitting, this happens every single week). The "shop" is actually an old converted cabin up in the Santa Monica Mountains. Needless to say, they have access to world-class riding quite literally in their own backyard.

That first Saturday meet-up ride uncovered a whole world of trails I never knew existed. On top of that, the diverse group (all ages and skill levels) of folks that come every weekend quickly became good friends. And of course - there's the banana bread and coffee to follow each ride. It's quite honestly hard to beat ... now if only it would stop raining every Saturday (just kidding... please keep raining, we need it!).

 

#LARiverCampCoffee + #BallonaCreekCampCoffee

Every Wednesday at 7am

Make your Wednesday morning special by packing some coffee brewing gear + riding down to the end of Ballona Creek Bike Path (if you live west), or to Sunnynook River Park (if you live east). You'll quickly discover a world of coffee & cycling geekery so fierce you may need to sit down. But seriously ... it's worth the extra-early wake up call (they meet at 7 and generally pack up around 8am) for chattin' bikes and brewing.

I finally made it to my first one this past week and it was all happy happy, joy joy. Expect to see just about every coffee toy imaginable and some fancy rigs. And maybe (just maybe) some free samples of Latigo Coffee.

Pedaler's Fork (aka, 10 Speed Coffee)

23504 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

 

What's there to say that hasn't already been said? Pedaler's Fork in Calabasas is a gorgeous amalgamation of great beer, freshly roasted coffee, high-quality bike stuff, and damn good food. This place is an absolute hub for cycling in the Santa Monica Mountains - and a key supplier of 10 Speed Coffee thorough the area (including two other spots listed previously). 

If you're lucky enough to have flexibility in your mid-week schedule, check out the "Ride 'n Pint" (which goes down every Thursday night). You basically charge through the local mountains around sundown (headlamps a must), then return to the restaurant for one of many delightful craft brews. Great company, beautiful riding ... worth showing up to at least once.

 

Free Coffee Friday @ Mission Workshop

3118 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Make a full morning of it - show up first at Intelligentsia Silverlake for Golden Saddle's weekly #TGSCIFride (typically meet up time around 7am), ride for approximately two hours on mixed terrain, and finish at Mission Workshop for free coffee from Bicycle Coffee Co

Does it get much more appropriate than that?

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