Who We Are
El Jimmy is the founding member of Relámpago Wheelery. He has been a bike messenger in L.Á. for 20 years (ouch)! He is also the original founding member of the Bicycle Kitchen/La BiciCocina. Without ever owning a car he is one Ángelino who has gotten a bunch of shit done atop two human-powered bicycle wheels. His son helps him on a tandem to school, on daring urban ice cream expeditions, hellish grinds up to the Griffith Observatory and the occasional deep dish pizza mission. Jimmy is dedicated to helping L.Á. see the light of bicycle and transform this amazing metropolis into the best place on the planet which entails saying adios to car culture. A life-long mission indeed.
Kyla is a recipient of the 2018 QBP Womxn's Bike Mechanic Scholarship and UBI graduate. She has been heavily involved in the bicycle world for well over a decade.
DYNAMO LIGHTING AND CHARGING
Dynamo Generators for bicycles are simple little electrical generators that utilize an armature of magnets and copper coils activated by your bicycling input. Dynamos are nothing new -- they’ve been around longer than bicycles themselves! But dynamos are to bicycles what ice cream is to pie; great individually, mind-blowing together.
At Relámpago Wheelery we are dedicated to helping you kick the battery habit! Dynamos last almost forever. We have a working Sturmey Archer dynamo hub from 1956! With today’s Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs you’d have to bike for 50,000 hours before having a problem. We carry a variety of dynamo generator (mostly in hub form), head lamps, tail lights and hardware to install them on your bicycle.
Email us for an appointment and we can talk about your lighting needs, your budget and what would work best within those parameters.
WHEEL BUILDING Hand-built bicycle wheels are art in motion. With well-selected components to match the application and a consistent build approach, we build wheels that will last, look fantastic and match your and your bicycle’s personality. We wield our builds with pride and love.
TUNE UPS, CUSTOM BUILDS AND A BICI-WHIRLIGIG TO RUMMAGE THROUGH
We mostly focus on getting dynamo lights on your bicycles, but along the way you might find some bicycles here at our bicycle studio that might interest you. We do not currently carry new bicycles as we find that recycling is sufficient for the purposes of building city-worthy urban warriors. We don’t have anything against new bikes, it’s just not our focus at the moment. Send us an email if you have an interest is checking out a frame that we can build up for you!
And whether you’re getting a bike from us or just need a tune up or your bike is acting kinda funny, we wrench a bit over here and would love to help you out! Drop us a line and we’ll get you in here to see what all is up with your bike to make it road or dirt ready again.
We also have a bike parts whirligig you can whirl around. There’s gems in there that just might match your two-wheeled steed. While you’re at the shop, take a gander! You just might find exactly what you’ve been looking for!
En un esfuerzo de estrechar los lazos solidarios más allá de nuestras fronteras físicas e imaginarias, hacemos una invitación a ser parte de la Bici-Parranda donde en esta ocasión lo generado sera para apoyar el proyecto de Comida No Bombas Tijuana.
Por más de 7 años en esta ciudad fronteriza se ha venido organizado un grupo de personas de diferentes latitudes para denunciar lo absurdo y desigualitario del sistema alimentario en el cual vivimos. La acción es ir a los mercados locales y recoger los alimentos que “no están en condiciones ” para la venta y que son destinados a tirarse a la basura. Se limpian y cocinan de forma comunitaria, después se sirven una cenas de forma gratuita en espacios públicos a cualquier persona que tenga hambre. En la actualidad se a consolidado una cocina comunitaria donde se brindan cenas cuatro días a la semana para alrededor de 100 personas cada día, de las cuales la mayoría son personas en situación de calles, migrantes de diversos lados del mundo y deportadxs.
Durante todos estos años el proyecto se han venido adaptado a diferentes circunstancias y problemáticas que ha sufrido la ciudad. Se a sumado y solidarizado en las diversas luchas de migrantes, luchas feministas, la comunidad LGTBQ, contra el abuso policíaco en la cuidad. Hoy en día es parte de la organización del encuentro Bike! Bike! 2019.
Vengan y esperamos que puedan conocer, disfrutar y apoyar esta parranda transfronteriza.
Dear all LA!
In an effort to strengthen the ties of solidarity beyond our physical and imaginary borders, we ask that you join us to raise funds for Food Not Bombs Tijuana.
For more than 7 years in this border city, a group of people from different places have organized to denounce the absurd and inequitable food system in which we live. The action is to go to local markets and pick foods that are "not fit" for sale and are intended to be thrown away. Cleaned and cooked communally, a dinner is served for free in public spaces for anyone who is hungry. Currently, it occurs in a communal kitchen where dinner is offered four days a week for about 100 people each day, most of whom are people living in streets, migrants from different sides of the world and those deported.
During all these years the project has been adapted to different circumstances and problems suffered by the city.We have sympathized with and joined in the various struggles of migrants, feminist struggles, the LGTBQ community against police abuse in the city. Today, it is part of the organization of the Bike! Bike! 2019 gathering.
Come and we hope you can meet, enjoy and support this cross-border celebration.
Oh what a magical creature! It’s simple really and an easily repeatable formula.
1 part bicycle-towed karaoke stage whirled up with mics and sound system
2 parts karaoke via tablet steeped in love
3 parts Ángelino ready to rock
2 hardy helpings of tandem (to tow the stage)
Voila!: mobile karaoke bike party!!!!
The Charioke comes out to play after the BiciParranda sometimes and you might catch it at your local international Bike!Bike! Conference and definitely at a CicL.Á.vía or tu. Maybe one day you might be able to rent it, but for now come here to see when it might make its way to the mean streets of L.Á. ready to bring it down to its knees with sheer out-of-key love.
It’s not about bicycles, it’s about building
Re:Ciclos is a multi-disciplinary build project utilizing bicycle technology and recycled materials as its foundation for education, expression and community engagement. Re:Purposing, Re:Imagining, Re:Fabricating, and Re:Designing discarded bicycles and bicycle parts, the program is formatted to matriculate students through a build process, whether it is jewelry, bicycle-powered machines (bici-maquinas) or cargo bicycles and tandems. Re:Ciclos teaches basic to advanced art, mechanics, fabrication and engineering with the aim of populating communities, individuals, organizations and businesses with bicycle technology in their everyday lives.
There is limited car parking available at Relámpago Wheelery. Please plan your trip accordingly. We are conveniently located close to the Beverly/Vermont Metro station and on several bus lines.