Due to state and city mandates regarding COVID-19, the Bike Shop is closed until further notice. In the meantime, we welcome you to send us your questions about bikes, repairs, and riding using the below form.
The UCLA Bike Shop is a Do-It-Yourself Workshop established as a partnership between UCLA Recreation and UCLA Transportation to encourage transportation by bicycle among current members of the UCLA Community (i.e., students, employees, and members of UCLA Recreation).
Workshop location:Northwestern corner of John-Wooden Center
Outdoor tools, workstand, and air pump:Just outside of shop
2131 John Wooden Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Public workstations are located in many places around campus, for your convenience. Most of them have a workstand to suspend your bike in the air, a pump to inflate your tires, and a small selection of tools for repairs. Here is a map of their locations and here is a list of them:
UCLA Bike Shop: Just outside the UCLA Bike Shop
Strathmore: In front of the Strathmore Building on the west side of Westwood Plaza, just north of the Police Station
Covel: Adjacent to Sproul and Covel Halls on the Hill, behind Drake Stadium
LuValle: In front of Dodd Hall, south of LuValle Commons
PS9 (pump only): Across Charles Young South from the Center for Health Sciences, south of Parking Structure 9, and on the northernmost inverted-U-bike-rack
100 Medical Plaza: West of 100 Medical Plaza, south of Reagan, and just east of the stairway between Reagan and 100 Medical Plaza
Sunset Recreation: In front of the turnstile at the main entrance, next to bike racks
Schoenberg: East of Inverted Fountain, south of Schoenberg Hall
Hammer Museum: Enter the parking structure from Westwood Plaza and proceed as though you are going to descend to the second level of underground parking; the pump/stand is on the ramp between the two levels.
Please feel free to ask us questions about your repairs:
Routes for Rides
We often get questions from aspiring and active bicyclists about how to ride to campus from various parts of the city. In response to these inquiries, we've mapped dozens of routes that we've found useful over the years:
You may also plan your route to campus using tools like Google Maps'Bicycling-Directions (click "Get Directions," then click on the bike icon).
Also, we invite you to request custom routes for your particular commute:
Here is an illustrated overview of the many ways in which an inner tube can become damaged to cause a flat tire. Many people's first inclination when they get a flat tire is to immediately install a new inner-tube. However, the first step we recommend is attempting to determine which of the following types of flats has occurred. This determination informs the repair and increases the likelihood of its success. It's not fun to go to the trouble of replacing an inner tube, only to get the same flat afterwards. This common pitfall can be prevented by a better-informed approach to the repair.
Here is an illustrated, step-by-step guide to how to check your tire for common issues. Lots of flats are caused by problems with the tire itself. Screening for these problems and addressing them as needed is a critical part of addressing a flat tire. Sharp objects (e.g., thorns, wires, glass) laying on the ground often lodge themselves in the tread of tires when we run over them on our bikes. These objects sometimes penetrate the tire and poke a hole in the tube inside of it. Afterwards, they can stay in the tire. A quick installation of a tube--without checking the tire--can leave these sharp objects in the tire. The result is that the same puncture occurs again.
Rim strip is among the most under-appreciated safeguards against flats. Using this illustrated guide is a great way to become acquainted with their role in flat repair.
Once the cause of a flat has been investigated, the tire has been prepared for installation, and the rim strip is in good shape, it's time to install the tire. This illustrated guide has key tips to successfully install even an extra-tight tire.
Please feel free to ask us questions about your repairs:
Ask a bike mechanic!
Cables and Housing
Cables and the housings in which they travel are the key to shifting and braking on most bicycles. Cables are generally anchored in the shifting mechanism(s) or brake lever(s) at the handlebar of the bicycle. They relay actions taken at this command center to the mechanisms on the bicycle that implement these commands, such as shifting gears or applying the brakes. In order to effectively relay these commands, cables and housing must be in solid shape. If they are damaged in any way, their function will be compromised. In some cases, they need to be replaced to achieve proper function. This illustrated guide shows how to cut cable housing and post-process it to yield the best results.
We welcome you to ask questions about your repairs:
Ask a bike mechanic!
Parts for DIY Repairs
We maintain a carefully-selected, value-oriented inventory of new parts that are available for purchase. Sales on our new parts are final (i.e., returns/exchanges will not be accepted and refunds will not be issued).
We also gather used parts that may still be useful or contain useful pieces; they are available free of charge. We do not offer any kind of guarantee on used parts; we recommend that they be inspected for integrity and tested for function prior to use.
Please feel free to ask for guidance about finding replacement parts:
If you are interested in working at the UCLA Bike Shop, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our offerings by using our DIY services and perusing our website. Eligibility requirements to be considered for employment include being a current student at UCLA and not being in one's final year of studies here. Once you have a good sense of what working here involves and whether you're eligible, we invite you to complete our online job-application.
As demonstrated by UCLA's Gold designation in the Bicycle-Friendly University program, UCLA is committed to supporting your bicycle-commuting endeavors.
Bikes for All is an inspirational video filmed by a UCLA student. Bike-U-mentary, produced by UCLA Transportation, documents two bicycle-commutes to campus. Sharing the road can be challenging when everyone's in a hurry, so Watch for Bruins.
Most thefts can be deterred by securing the bicycle frame with a U-lock to approved parking-infrastructure (e.g., a bicycle rack). We recommend this humorous video about (in)effective locking produced by BikeUCLA Films, The Bike Bandit.
The League of American Bicyclists recommends the following guidelines for a smooth commute: 1) Follow the law; 2) Be predictable; 3) Be conspicuous; 4) Think ahead; 5) Ride ready; 6) Keep your cool. These videos about how to ride on the road provide guidance, too; for more information, we recommend our Smart-Cycling Classes.
The following links are provided for informational purposes.
A sampling of On-Campus Organizations and Resources:
- UCLA Bicycle Academy
- UCLA Bicycle Coalition
- UCLA Bicycle Master Plan
- UCLA Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Progress Report
- UCLA Cycling Team
- UCLA Health Campus Initiative
- UCLA Transportation
A sampling of Bike Shops, DIY Workshops, and Bike-Rental Services in LA:
- Atomic Cycles
- Bicycle Ambulance (This shop offers used-bike sales)
- Bicycle Kitchen (DIY Workshop)
- Bicycle Workshop (Recumbent-bike specialist and one of the few places in town with a Phil-Wood spoke-cutter)
- Bikes and Hikes LA (This organization offers bike rentals)
- Bikes and Books (This shop offers used-bike sales)
- Bike Attack
- Bike Improv
- Bike Oven (DIY Workshop)
- Bikerowave (DIY Workshop)
- Cynergy Cycles
- Downtown LA Bikes (This shop offers bike rentals)
- Flying Pigeon
- Golden Saddle
- Helen’s Cycles
- Just Ride LA
- Los Angeles Bicycle Kitchen (DIY Workshop)
- Palms Cycles (This shop sometimes offers used-bike sales)
- Performance Bicycle
- Santa Monica Bike Center (This organization offers bike rentals and sometimes offers used-bike sales)
- Wheel World Bike Shop
A sampling of Rides, Events, and Classes in/near LA:
- Climate Ride
- Culver City Bicycle Coalition
- LA Bike Trains
- LA Critical Mass
- LA Wheelmen
- Midnight Ridazz
- Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade
- Passage Ride
- Santa Monica Spoke
- Sustainable Streets
- Walk 'N Rollers
A sampling of Governmental and Non-Governmental Bike-Programs:
- California Bicycle Coalition
- California DMV Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorists
- League of American Bicyclists
- Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
- Los Angeles County Bicycle Master Plan
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: Bike Metro
- Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bicycle Services
- Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance