Ride On! is a bicycle co-op that rents, sells, repairs and teaches owners how to repair their bikes. Owner Ade Neff originally got the idea to open a bike shop after finding the nearest place where he could repair his bike was eight miles away, well outside the boundaries of South Los Angeles.
“It was crazy not to have a place in South L.A. where I could take my bike and fix it myself. It’s everywhere else, but not here in South L.A.” he said.
Ride On! began two years ago when Neff and a few partners started repairing bikes in the Peoples Street Plaza once or twice a month. An amenable store owner allowed him to use a portion of his space for equipment storage. After noticing Adee’s steady clientele and the growing bike community, the store owner offered Adee the opportunity to take over the lease.
As a co-op bicycle shop, Neff’s plans to offer members discounts on the equipment needed to repair their bikes, instruction if needed, and for a small fee members can to do the repairs on site. People can also pay to have their bike repaired.
He plans to have a soft opening to coincide with the Leimert Park Garden Tour on May 6.
Plans for a grand opening in June are currently underway. Once open, Ride On! will host regularly scheduled bike rides open to cyclists of all abilities.
For more information, visit rideonbikecoop.org.