In the downtown area you won't find too much for high end shops. There are no WW-centric shops in the LA Area. The closest, by a long stretch, is the aforementioned Bike Effect
in Santa Monica. All of the other aforementioned shops (Cynergy, Helen's, VeloPasadena, etc:) are just your usual shops with clothes, various brands, and fancy decor. Some are significantly larger than others. To be honest, and I'm good friends with a few of the owners of those shops and privy to all their politics, they're just the usual shop you'd see in Australia or any other 1st World country for that matter. Nothing too special.
A good, somewhat unique, shop that is near enough to downtown would be Golden Saddle Cyclery
. It was documented over here
If you do end up in Pasadena, all of the shops are basically the same - the usual alotment of brands. Except for one. That would be Open Road
off of Sierra Madre (name of the street). It's worth a trip and at least an hour of rummaging around. You'll find everything from random local and vintage kits of all types to used high-end components. The owner is a fantastic guy, talk to him and you can strike a deal. A friend of mine once bought a pair of ZIPP 303's for $300USD. They were lightly used, otherwise perfect. Foes
manufacturers their bikes in the same building (off the back)...
If you do end up in the City of Burbank for some reason or another, Velo Pasadena has an extension store in that area - where they keep all their really high end goods. It's a boutique
shop if there ever was one. The shop is called Velo Studio
(from Velo Pasadena).
If you need other recommendations, feel free to send a PM or contact me through other methods. Other WW members here have contacted me when they're in the area and I've done my best to help sort things out for them, including laying out entire maps of riding in the area. If you are looking for specific products or brands, I can help with that as well.
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