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Cali-made Public bikes marry the sophistication of Euro-styled bikes with the economy and comfort demanded by today's riders.
This summer, we?re swooning over the latest accessories in a smart boutique. But they?re not handbags or jewelry; they?re supercool bikes from Redmons.
This Mar Vista cycling shop has convinced us it?s our eco-duty to purchase a Euro-style roadster. And according to blogger Garance Doré, these types of bicycles are so easy to ride that Amsterdam ladies navigate them in skirts.
Perhaps we?ll settle on one of the Venice-based Linus Bikes (from $449), modeled after ?50s and ?60s French bicycles; they make us feel like Jean Seberg in Breathless. Or maybe a sleek Public (from $595), styled by the founder of modernist furniture source Design Within Reach. Then again, we?d like to splurge on the pink Pashley Cycles number in the shop window ($995), made by Brits who?ve been hand-building bicycles since 1926.
Besides kicking the tires, Redmons gives us lots of reasons to visit: cute Nantucket Bike baskets (from $30), fancy saddles (from $95) and bike helmets that mimic equestrian wear or are polka-dotted (from $60), In short, it has all the bells and whistles.
Finally, since the store?s worn linoleum, wooden shelving and contemporary art evoke an edgy fashion shop (not a gearhead hangout), we?ll be stopping by to browse even after we?ve ridden away.
Redmons, 12218 Venice Blvd.; 310-313-6600 or redmonsla.com
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