Bikes and Hikes LA http://bikesandhikesla.com Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:11:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bikes for sale in Los Angeles! http://bikesandhikesla.com/bikes-for-sale-in-los-angeles/ Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:58:04 +0000 http://bikesandhikesla.com/?p=4688 Are you in the market for a bike in Los Angeles? Save a ton of money and purchase a gently used bike from us.

These bikes were maintained weekly by a professional mechanic. Choose from hybrid, road or mountain. Most of our fleet is Giant. The best part? Because the bikes are slightly used, you get a 60% discount on them. We also sell used locks, helmets, lights, etc.

We provide free basic tune ups for your bike for as long as you own it. The idea is to get you on a bike at the cheapest possible price. Bikes range from $100-$400 depending on what you are looking for.

Swing by:  8250 Santa Monica Boulevard. West Hollywood, CA 90046.  We are open 7 days a week between 8 am and 5 pm.

A couple models we sell:

 

Model 1
21 Speed Hybrid BikesHybrid Bike Sale
– Male: 2015 Giant Escape 3 / 2016 Roam 3 Giant
– Female: 2015 LIV Giant Alight 3
Sizes available:
– Female: Extra Small, Small, Medium
– Male: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
In usage since:
– January 2015, less than one (1) year, gently used, well-maintained

 

 

 

Model 2Mountain Bike Sale
Revel 3 Giant Mountain Bike (2013)
Size available: Large
In usage since:
– 2014, less than two (2) years, gently used, well-maintained.

 

 

Road Bike Sale

Model 3
Defy 5 Giant Road Bike (2013) 
In usage since:
– 2013, less than two (3) years, gently used, well-maintained.

 

 

 

 

First come, first served!

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Sightseeing LA: Top Rated LA Tours http://bikesandhikesla.com/sightseeing-la-top-10-rated-la-tours/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:34:56 +0000 http://bikesandhikesla.com/?p=4659 Continue Reading]]> Los Angeles has so many places to see and sites to experience—both indoors and outdoors. From guided tours like The Melting Pot Food Tours where you get to sample some of LA’s finest cuisine or experience Harry Potter’s magical world with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood or take in the spectacular Los Angeles views on a Sunset Hike in Griffith Park . Or go on one of the many self-guided tours like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Movie Star Homes GPS Bike Tour.

The biggest challenge for a tourist in this spread-out city is— which LA tours to choose?

Whether you want to take in some LA arts and culture, enjoy a top notch culinary experience or head out on a biking adventure, Los Angeles has something to offer for every tourist and visitor.

We’ve narrowed the choices a bit so you can get right to it.

Here are 10 of the top rated Los Angeles tours:

#1 Sunset Hike

Hollywood Hills Sunset HikeSouthern California is known for its spectacular mountain ranges. Match that with a hike at sunset and you have LA’s top outdoor adventure—Bikes and Hikes LA’s “Sunset Hike.” “This may be the most popu-lar hike of the dozens in Griffith Park, and it’s easy to see why: Drive 10 minutes from Hollywood Boule-vard to enjoy massive mountain, city and even ocean views for the duration of this moderately challeng-ing trail,” says the LA Times. Departing from the Greek Theatre, the seasoned tour guide leads you through Griffith Park, sharing fascinating history and quintessential Hollywood stories, as you make your way to the top of Mount Hollywood to take in the sweeping city views. If that isn’t enough, the hike con-cludes with an insider tour through the Griffith Observatory, a museum about astronomy, cosmos and space. Oh, and by the way, “Rebel Without A Cause” with James Dean was filmed here.

#2 The Getty

Getty Museum Bike TourSoak up some fantastic arts and culture at the world-famous Getty Center situated on a hilltop above Brentwood in the Santa Monica mountains. This 24-acre campus with stunning views and gorgeous gar-dens is home to the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Take in the artistic past and present with the museum’s permanent collec-tion of pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and decora-tive arts; 19th and 20th century American, European and Asian photographs; and contemporary and modern sculpture. Main Entrance to the museum is free.

If you still need more of an art fix, check out the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades—“a recreated ancient Roman country house with its 7,000 years of ancient art from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire.”

“This megamansion sits on some of the most valuable coastal property in the world. Modeled after an Italian country home, the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, the Getty Villa includes beautifully manicured gardens, reflecting pools, and statuary. The largest and loveliest garden, the Outer Peristyle, gives you glorious views over a rectangular reflecting pool and geometric hedges to the Pacific,” says Fodor’s of the Getty Villa.

#3 La Brea Tar Pits/LACMA

Here, you’ll get a top LA tour twofer; The La Brea Tar Pits AND the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).


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Among the hustling and bustling of Wilshire Boulevard, nestled between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the national headquarters of the Screen Actors Guild, you can take a walk back in time…all the way back for a peek into the Ice Age—at The La Brea Tar Pits. During the first part of the 20th century, more than one million bones have been excavated from the Tar Pits. Bones from creatures like mammoths and saber-toothed cats who roamed the Southern California landscape 10,000 to 40,000 years ago.

Open daily 9:30am to 5pm. (except key holidays). Then walk down the street to LACMA for some Los Angeles arts and culture.

LACMA Bike Tour LALACMA

Devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. Its collection includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the ge-ographic world and nearly the entire history of art. LACMA is known for its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–5 pm Friday: 11 am–8 pm Saturday, Sunday: 10 am–7 pm

General Admission: $15 for Adults

#4 LA in a Day Bike Adventure

LA in a Day Bike Tour“The best way to experience LA!” “Yes! It’s an amazing adventure!” says USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and ABC-TV. And, it’s all by bike. This unique LA tour starts on the iconic Route 66 in West Hollywood, then it’s off to Beverly Hills and Bel-Air for an up-close experience with the extrav-agant mansions that Hollywood mega stars call home. After that you’ll take in the ocean breeze and waves crashing as you cruise along LA’s world-famous beach towns—Santa Monica, Venice & Marina Del Rey. Now it’s time for a little Hollywood history as you bike to Culver City’s historic movie studios that put the City of Angels on the world map. Lots of breaks are peppered in between these LA tourist highlights so you can relax and have lunch on the beach and do a little strolling through some quaint towns. This 32-mile, 6-hour excursion, lets you discover the very best of LA and get some great exercise too. Definitely worth a drop in your adventure bucket.

Benefits of the LA in a Day Bike Adventure!

  1. Eco-friendly and sustainable way to experience the city. Reduce your carbon footprint.
  2. Avoid Los Angeles traffic on our tours. We won the Gold Medal AGAIN this year for the worst traffic in the USA. Story here: LA Times
  3. Beat your jet lag. The 2 best ways to cure jet lag are: exercise & sun exposure. You get both on our tours.
  4. Experience LA up close and personal, don’t just drive past it behind metal and glass.
  5. Kill 2 birds with one stone. Exercise and burn calories while you sightsee!
  6. Visit famous film locations.
  7. Tour with the #1 rated Tour Company in Los Angeles on Trip Advisor.
  8. Go where the tour busses can’t…tour busses were banned from the hills in Beverly Hills, bikes are welcome!
  9. Get accurate information for our expert local tours guides. Hollywood Bus Tours are a scam. Check out this undercover news segment from NBC.

#5 Movie Star Homes GPS Self-Guided Bike Tour

GPS Bike Tour HollywoofExplore Beverly Hills at your own pace. This self-guided bike tour allows you to have a flexible schedule and have control of your own bike adventure, all while avoiding typical LA traffic. We provide you with a 6-hour bike rental, helmet, lock & a GPS tour on iPad. Then you’re off! You decide when to start and how long to spend in the glamorous neighborhoods of LA’s most rich and famous. Our routes are designed to take you through quiet, residential, bike friendly streets. Pedal past celebrity homes, enjoy a fabulous lunch on Rodeo Drive and take a nap in the gardens of one of Beverly Hills’ most glamorous mansions. It’s all up to you!

 

 

#6 Melting Pot Food Tours

Melting Pot Hollywood Bike TourLA is known for its great cuisine so it’s no wonder there’s a top 10 LA tour involving food. Melting Pot Food Tours takes visitors and locals on an LA culinary adventure with industry and culinary arts experts Lisa Scalia and her sister, Diane Scalia. Lisa’s goal is to enlighten people about the most exceptional, little known, independently owned and operated restaurants and shops in Los Angeles. Diane is a self-taught chef and cookbook author, who appreciates world cuisine. Together they are the ultimate culinary team.

Discover Los Angeles says,“Melting Pot Tours offers experiential food tasting walking tours in neighbor-hoods throughout the region designed to indulge the taste buds and delight the senses.” You’ll get to stroll through the historic and rich cultural neighborhoods of LA, while having a truly unique culinary experience (and a full meal) as you taste, in a “grazing fashion,” authentically prepared ethnic dishes, local specialties and even some quintessential American bites.

#7 A day in LA Tours

Hollywood Bike ToursA great way to get the lay of the LA land is with “A Day in LA” tour which offers a Full City Tour. They also offer hotel pickups, private tours and charter bus & shuttle service. In one full day you can get your fill of LA sightseeing—from a cruise through Venice Beach and Santa Monica to LA’s most notable highlights including Griffith Park, Sunset Strip, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, The Grove & Farmer’s Market, The Hollywood sign and much more!

 

#8 Hollywood Bike Adventure

Ultimate Hollywood Bike TourThis is the Ultimate Hollywood Bike Experience that takes you to LA’s best sightseeing treasures. You’ll pedal past Tinseltown’s most storied landmarks starting from the Walk of Fame and the iconic Capitol Records Building, to Paramount Pictures’ twin archways. Then you’ll ride by the estates of Hancock Park, the Original Farmers Market, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, CBS Television City, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now TCL Chinese Theatre) the Dolby Theater (home to the Oscars), as well as multiple filming locations and architecturally significant landmarks. This 3.5 mile bike adventure is designed for cyclists of all levels.

#9 Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Warner Bros Bike ToursConsidered one of the best and most unique studio tours in Los Angeles, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood brings you closer than ever to the world of Hollywood’s top notch entertainment. The Ar-chive and The Picture Car Vault Warner Bros’ iconic backlots, give you a unique, up close experi-ence with one of the busiest movie studios in LA. You’ll have the chance to see what really happens on a sound stage, where today’s hit TV shows and movies are produced. You’ll feel like you’re on the set as you’re surrounded with actual filming. And for the big finale of your Studio Tour, you’ll visit Stage 48: Script to Screen, our legendary back-lot, where you’ll see the key phases to the entertainment production process. From the writer’s lounge to the Warner Bros. Legacy Room, this 45-minute, self-guided tour gives a truly immersive and interac-tive look at how Hollywood makes its magic.

 

 

#10 Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood Bike TourFrom beginning to end and all in one place, Universal Studios Hollywood, is an action-packed family friendly, entertainment adventure that won’t disappoint. From thrilling Theme Park rides and shows to a real working movie studio, you’ll be immersed in everything Hollywood. You’ll even get to shop, dine and check out a movie at CityWalk. The LA Times says of Universal Studios’ new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” attraction,”Magic comes to life, or as close as it gets.” Here are just some of the “behind the scenes” tours:

  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged!
  • King Kong 360 3-D
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Book your Universal Studios ticket here.

So whatever kind of LA tour adventure you want or whatever LA experience you’re craving for your travel bucket list, there is something for just about everyone in these top ten Los Angeles tours.

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Cycling Prep Tips and Top 10 Safety Rules for The Road http://bikesandhikesla.com/everything-you-need-to-know-before-you-get-on-a-bike/ Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:34:24 +0000 http://bikesandhikesla.com/?p=4613 So you’re ready to head out for a nice long (or short) bike ride. Whether it’s for pleasure or you’re commuting to work, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned cyclist, preparation is key so you can enjoy the journey and get to your destination safely.

Here are some absolute musts before you head out to make your ride safe, comfortable and  uninterrupted, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors as you cruise along with the wind at your back.

Fun bike Los Angeles

Absolute must haves

First is the bike and the gear:

  • Good quality bike, suitable for the terrain you’re riding (mountain, road, city)
  • Helmet
  • Lights
  • Lock
  • Bike map with bike lanes and/or local knowledge of the roads.

But there’s more. You’ll need some tools and accessories:

  • Bike pump
  • Tubes
  • Flat-fix tools
  • Other bike tools
  • Bike clothes
  • Phone handlebar mount

Bicycle Rules

Biking on city streets means riding alongside cars (and other cyclists) so it has its own challenges. The key is to ride safe which means obeying the rules. Here are 10 important bike safety rules:

  1. Wear a helmet
  2. Stay visible; use bike lights and/or wear bright clothes.
  3. Look and Signal; use hand signals to let drivers know where you’re going, try to make eye contact with them and look before you go.
  4. Stay alert; for obstacles on the road and cars and other motor vehicles.
  5. Ride in the right direction; don’t go opposite of the traffic flow.
  6. Be predictable; don’t just weave in and out of traffic.
  7. Don’t get distracted; don’t use your phone while riding your bike, or listen to music.
  8. Obey all the traffic laws and lights.
  9. Watch out for parked cars; make sure no one is going to throw their doors open.
  10. Test your bike before you ride it; check the brakes, wheels, tires, and make sure that everything works perfectly.

And don’t forget the water and a snack.

  • Hydrating before, during and after your ride is important to prevent dehydration. Bring a bottle with you. If you’re biking more than two hours, stop for a refill. But remember to keep your eyes on the road and not on grabbing the water bottle.
  • Granola and energy bars are a great way to get some quick fuel for your body. Grab a few to have handy when you need a pick me up en route.

So there you have it. Ready, set go. And enjoy the ride.

-by Tracy Pattin

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Top 10 things to do when visiting Los Angeles! http://bikesandhikesla.com/top-10-things-to-do-when-visiting-los-angeles/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 23:49:13 +0000 http://bikesandhikesla.com/?p=4543 Los Angeles has a lot to offer, a lot of great restaurants, streets and things to do. It might be overwhelming at first and you probably don't know what to do. Here is a list of our top 10 recommendations while visiting Los Angeles. From the best celebrity spotting restaurants to the best Los Angeles tours, we've got you covered. ]]>
LA is filled with unlimited great adventures, so we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 hotpots recommended by top LOCAL Los Angeles tour guides who know it best. Los Angeles is as a traveler’s wildest fantasy come true. It’s the epi-center of entertainment, a shopper’s paradise, starlets, gorgeous people, the best climate for hiking and biking as well as the worst traffic you’ve ever seen. The city spans across 467 square miles. You will need expert advice if you want to experience the best of LA in one trip. Our expert guides have put together a list of handpicked suggestions to help you plan your trip.
Top Los Angeles restaurant

Credit: Kim Reierson

#1 Craig’s Restaurant

Celebrity sightings are their own adventure in Los Angeles. You never know who’ll be dining at the table next to you in this very popular American cuisine restaurant in the heart of West Hollywood on famed Melrose Avenue. Top celebs like Mariah Carey, Kris Jenner, Nick Jonas and other tastemakers are known to stop by for a meal. Call early for reservations!

Top Hollywood tour

#2 Hike to the Hollywood Sign through Griffith Park

Griffith Park is one of LA’s hottest landmarks, surrounded by panoramic views, 53 great hiking trails and crowned with a stunning observatory. (“Rebel Without A Cause with James Dean was filmed here) Take in a sunset hike with Bikes and Hikes LA and watch the spectacular city lights illuminate the landscape and even catch a view of the Hollywood Sign.  And while you’re on a trail you may even catch a Pokémon.

The Sunset Strip

#3 Party on Sunset Strip

From The Whisky to The Roxy to the Viper Room (Johnny Depp’s former club) The Sunset Strip on Sunset Boulevard still rocks like it did back in the day as famous rockstar bands like Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison and the Doors once graced these clubs. You can rub elbows with the celebs as you dine at great restaurants like Eveleigh, Church Key and Tocaya. Have a drink under the stars at SkyBar and dance to jazz at Sunset Tower Bar or even have a few laughs at the famed Comedy Store. The Sunset Strip has something for everyone wanting to party the night away.  For celebrity sightings and an old school Hollywood experience, we recommend dinner or drinks at the Tower Bar in the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Top Los Angeles tour

#4 Bike LA IN A DAY, voted the #1 LA Tour

Get an up close and personal vibe of LA as you roll down the city streets, through quaint towns and along the beach with Bikes and Hikes’ popular LA IN A DAY bike tour. Tour guides will regale with stories about celebrities and cool LA history as you cruise by posh Beverly Hills mansions and city hotspots for a completely different kind of LA experience all while getting some great exercise.

 Highlights:  West Hollywood – Pedal past 30+ Celebrity Homes – Route 66 – Sunset Strip – Walking Tour of Greystone Mansion Gardens & Grounds – Beverly Hills – Bel-Air – UCLA – Westwood – Veterans Hospital – Brentwood Village – Bundy Dr (yeah, that street) – Santa Monica Promenade – Santa Monica Beach/Pier – Venice Beach (stop for lunch) – Abbot Kinney – Venice Canals – Muscle Beach – Skateboard Park – Frank Gehry Beach House – Marina Del Rey – Culver City Studios – Robertson Boulevard – The Ivy Restaurant – Pacific Design Center, and much more…

Melrose Fashion District

#5 Melrose Fashion District

From high end fashion boutiques with international designers like Helmut Lang, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Fuerstenberg to trendy shops like Urban Outfitters to its many art galleries and great cafes, you can shop, stroll and dine to your heart’s content in the Melrose Fashion District. Then take a well-deserved break and a few photos at Melrose’s most famous rooftop park on the third floor of Restoration Hardware, with its sweeping views, couches, fountains and relaxing music.  For more information, visit west hollywood

Mulholland Drive Hollywood Bowl Overlook

#6 Ride along Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive, famous for the 2001 David Lynch movie, is 24 miles of spectacular, scenic views—perfect for a long bike ride with stunning rest stops at the Hollywood Bowl Overlook at 7036 Mulholland Drive and from the Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook at 8401 Mulholland Drive.

Surfing Los Angeles

#7 Surf/Kayak in Malibu

Of course LA is synonymous with beaches, so surfing and kayaking are the perfect outdoor adventures. If you’re a bit of a water sport novice you can take a lesson first, then enjoy the Pacific Ocean as you surf and kayak the day away at top beach spots like Santa Monica and for for a less crowded vibe you can head north to Malibu.

Getty Museum

#8 The Getty Museum

Soak up some fantastic arts and culture at the world-famous Getty Center situated on a hilltop above Brentwood in the Santa Monica mountains. This 24-acre campus with stunning views and gorgeous gardens is home to the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Take in the artistic past and present with the museum’s permanent collection of pre-20th century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts; 19th and 20th century American, European and Asian photographs; and contemporary and modern sculpture.

Movie Star Homes Tour

#9 Bike Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills usually conjures up strolling along Rodeo Drive with its uber expensive designer stores, but there’s another way to experience this rich and famous city—with a bike ride. As you cycle along the gorgeous streets you can see the many mansions where famous stars lived (and still do). And you’ll have lots of opportunities for photo op stops like bizarre hot spot The Beverly Hills Witches’ cottage (Spadena House) or the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Hills sign.

iPic Westwood

#10 Watch movie at IPIC in Westwood

Have an unforgettable movie experience at the fancy IPIC movie theater in Westwood. You can munch on unlimited popcorn, enjoy some gourmet nibbles, sip a fancy drink and if you’re a little chilly and tired IPIC even offers blankets & pillows and reclining seats.

If the above got you excited and you’d like more information or have any questions, please contact our expert planners to get your questions answered and to book your experiences. We look forward to hearing from you. Call: 323-796-8555 or Contact us.

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Things to do for Labor Day Weekend in Los Angeles. http://bikesandhikesla.com/things-to-do-for-labor-day-weekend-in-los-angeles/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:27:51 +0000 http://bikesandhikesla.com/?p=4343 Summer 2016 is winding down and it is time to bid farewell. But wait – we live in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, famous for her endless sunshine and unlimited outdoor activities. Labor Day is coming up soon, traditionally on the first Monday in September celebrating all American workers for their social and economic achievements.

Below you will find a list of Things to do in Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend as well as some Do’s and Don’ts.

Los Angeles Bike Rental#1 Los Angeles roads will be packed and traffic is horrendous on Labor Day weekend, people trying to stream down to the beaches of Santa Monica, Malibu and Venice. DON’T take the car! Even so, who are we kidding, we will be still ending up on the beach, yet there is a clever alternative how to dodge all the traffic, DO take a bike! Take one of our LA tours, where you get to see the whole city and cycle an easy-going bike trail along the beach with a refreshing lunch snack and drink. DO IT YOURSELF! In case you don’t own a bike and have no clue where to get one stop by our shop and we will supply you with everything you need for your Los Angeles Bike Rental.

 

Universal Group Tickets#2 A long weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to visit one of the many theme parks in Los Angeles. You have watched all the Harry Potter movies or just want to have a great day out with the kids? Visit Universal Studios Hollywood and explore the mysterious Hogwarts castle and experience many other theme attractions, such as the Minion 3 D ride and new world of The Walking Dead. In case you’re looking for a rather classical theme park experience check out the Pacific Park at the world famous Santa Monica Pier. However be assured you will not be the only one on a sunny, long weekend like this, so make sure your get your tickets in time. DO Universal Studios Hollywood!  Click here to purchase cheap Tickets to Universal Studios.

 

County fair Los Angeles#3 The L.A. County fair is no ordinary Labor Day event. It has a rich history and will annually appear, this year for the 94th time. The county fair used to be an agricultural fair in the early 1920’s and transferred into a modern hustle and bustle with prominent sing and dance acts, exhibitions, livestock contests, competitions, rides and many more attraction! Besides the choice of outstanding tasting food is just mouthwatering. You will find the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds at 1011 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona, CA 91768. DO go County Fair!

 

 

Hollywood Tours#4 Head up to Griffith Park and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings at a picnic. You feel a little more active, take a walk and hike up the Hollywood hill and the Griffith observatory to enjoy the stunning views over the city of Los Angeles and take a peek at the Hollywood sign. Have it organized for you on a guided Hollywood tour, hiking through Griffith Park with loads of information about the city, the foundation of the park and humorous side stories, check out what previous guests had to say on TripAdvisor!

 

 

American BBQ

#5 America is a huge barbecue country, so on Labor Day make sure you DO have your own classic American BBQ, attending a BBQ party with friends or take Los Angeles best BBQ places into account, such as an all you can eat barbecue at the Terrine restaurant in West Hollywood, Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ, or Horse Thief BBQ.

 

 

Fun fact

labor day fashionUSA fashion. If you are wearing white during summer seems plausible, it keeps you slightly cooler than wearing darker colors. However, a fashion rule developed by the American society, DON’T wear white after Labor Day as it is the unofficial end of summer fashion. So be careful while you’re licking your, in BBQ sauce drenched, fingers to not ruin your last complete white outfit of the summer.

You see there are plenty of attractions and events to do on Labor Day, just to name a few. If you’re still not certain about whether you just want to relax on the beach or discover the city in a complete new way on one of our LA tours or Hollywood tours, feel free to stop by our shop and let us help you!

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Hollywood Bus Tour Scam! http://bikesandhikesla.com/hollywood-bus-tour-scam/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:09:14 +0000 http://bikesandhikesla.com/?p=4280 If you google ‘tours in LA’ right now, you’re very likely to see the story that NBC 4 recently did about the Hollywood Tour Bus Scam.  Take a look at the Hollywood Bus Tour scandal.

Well, we here at Bikes and Hikes LA would like to address this repulsive behavior, because we believe first and foremost in giving quality tours that our guests can feel confident in booking.

The story is basically this; tour bus companies in Hollywood are going around pointing out celebrity homes that don’t really belong to celebrities.  They’re lying to their paying guests.  Not only that, but they’re telling false stories, like one involving Justin Bieber burning down a house.  Sorry, but other than getting ‘burned’, as in being put in his place, that didn’t happen in LA.

Now, not only is this incredibly awful for the people that pay good money to take these tours, but it’s turning into a dangerous situation for the people who live in the falsely pointed out houses.  Fans obsessed with celebrities like Julia Roberts will seemingly go to any length to get close to their fixation, and it’s become more than a nuisance for the home owners, it’s escalated to the point where their safety is in question.

So other than the fact that Bikes and Hikes LA gets tourists out of those shady buses and in to the fresh air, how are we different?

  • Our guides truly love what they do, and they go to great lengths to research the city and the stories they tell.
  • We are consistently learning new things and updating any information that may be out of date, or found to be incorrect.
  • We have guides who have lived here in Los Angeles for many years, and even some of the rare ‘born and raised in LA’ locals leading our biking and hiking tours.

Bikes and Hikes LA will show you Los Angeles in a way that no other LA based tour company can offer, all the while giving you stories that you can actually count on being true.

So how do you as a traveler avoid getting scammed?  It’s all in the reviews.  Make sure you check the reviews of the company you are going to book with, and check multiple review sites just to be safe.  Bikes and Hikes has consistently good reviews on Tripadvisor and Viator.

It’s also a good idea to call ahead and talk to the company to confirm bookings.  We have lots of friendly office staff ready and happy to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate on giving us a ring.

At Bikes and Hikes, stories like the Hollywood tour bus scam make us want to work even harder to make our guests more satisfied with their tours.  Our biking and hiking tours around LA have a good reputation, and we are committed to keeping it that way.

Because it’s not just a paycheck for us, it’s a lifestyle. 

So don’t waste your time with those dishonest bus tours sitting in traffic and getting false information.  Come outside with us, and learn what Los Angeles is really about.

-Kayla Rodiger, Bikes and Hikes LA Tour Guide
Los Angeles Tours    Los Angeles Tours

 

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