The Bike Factory

This is a no nonsense bike repair shop. I've been to a few other shops where they try to up sell you with glitz and glamour when all you need is an honest repair. I came in after I was told by the guys are Bike Factory that I needed to pay $69.99 for a set of shifters followed by $80 for a tune up. $80 for a tune up!? Get real, even Helen's Cycles is cheaper than that. Any ways, the owner at the Bike Factory charged $28 to fix my shifters and tune my bike up. My bike is up and running like new and I have a lot more coin left in my pocket. If you are looking for repairs, go to an old school no nonsense type of shop like this. If you want to waste your money, go anywhere else.

On a side note, this place is small and cluttered so I don't know if I'd recommend buying a bike here.

Garage Company inglewood

If your a motorcycle freak this is one spot you will love!
Yoshi started the Garage Company in 1987 in Venice CA in a 700 sqft garage, now after 23 years he has moved to a 20,000 sqft warehouse of motorcycle heaven.
This is a great place to shop for anyone who loves motorcycles, they have anything and everything, it's a must see if your in LA! Tell Yoshi hawaiian Ryan sent you!

Santee Alley (Da kinda Aloha Stadium of Downtown LA)

This place is crack for girls! I notice the same people following each other like a group of bird flying from tree to tree and Zig zagging their way from store to store trying to find the best deals of same stuff found at your local mall but for loads cheaper.
There are stores that could be at any mall and some look as if a homeless person found a box of clothes and made a display with a sharpie.  You can find anything from knock off cheap bags to Ed Hardy tees, to the oh so irritating bubble gun that all the kids want (yes I hate you kids shooting me with the bubble gun).
As you walk down the alley you feel as if your at a high end Aloha Stadium, and like the stadium you see every form of life, from the pasty white Japanese tourist, to LA gang banger with a LA Dodger logo tattooed on his fore head, to the Korean shop owner that speaks surprisingly good Spanish, to the super hot Latino chick with almost hooker like quality, yes you find it all. So go and make your own swap meet adventure.