How can I show how thankful I am for the service the staff of DTLA Bikes provided?
How can I thank the staff?
Awwww! We heart you too! The feeling is genuinely mutual! It would be a huge help if you would leave us a review on one of these social platforms! Thank you! DIGITAL HUGS!
What do I need to rent a bike?To rent a bike with DTLA Bikes, you must have valid ID, showing that you are 18+ years old and a credit card that matches the name of the renter.
What are the durations of rentals? And what is the late return policy?Rentals run in increments of 24 hours from time of rent. For example: If you rent a bike at 2PM you will need to return the bike before or at 2PM the following day Same goes for multiple day rentals: If you rent a bike for 4 days on Monday at 3PM then you will need to return it by Friday at 3PM to avoid being charged an extra day for later return. Anything returned after the rental window will be charged an extra day until the item is returned.
Do I have to reserve my rental ahead of time or can I rent on the spot?
You can reserve or walk in and rent. Just be sure to have an ID (Passport, State, Driver's License, Military) & a credit card. We do make copies of these items as measures to ensure the return of all items rented. Once the rental is complete we destroy all sensitive materials immediately afterwards and guarantee the safety of your personal information
Does DTLA Bikes rent bikes for production (film, photoshoots, etc...)
Yes, we do, please call 213-533-8000 to obtain further information and reserving or CLICK HERE
I want to rent bikes for my job/corporation, can you do that?Yes, however if you need more than 2-3 bikes you will need to call 213-533-8000 in order to speak with an employee to set up that ticket for you.
Can I also rent extras (ie. pedals, lock, lights, helmet, rack, etc...)?
Yes, we rent a multitude of extras to accommodate your experience.
A list of what we have available:
- Child trailers*
- Child seats*
- SPD/SPD-SL pedals
- Front and rear light set
- Emergency saddlebag kits
*only applicable to hybrid bike rentals
We DO NOT rent:
- Cycling Shoes/socks
- Cycling apparel
The bike I rented was stolen, what now?
Contact us immediately! 213-533-8000
Yes, you are responsible for the payment as indication in the agreement waiver (HERE) all charges will be made to the card held on file and will be the MSRP of the bike(s) and any extra items which do not get returned.
In the case of your inability to pay restitution we are at liberty to contact the Los Angeles Police Dept. and provide them with your personal information to aid in their pursuit.
I just ordered an item, but didn't receive a confirmation, how do I obtain confirmation information?
Our apologies, we know how frustrating it can be having to track down your information. That is why there is an automatically generated email sent to the email provided at the time of check out. At times the email may end up in the your SPAM folder. If you're still unable to locate it please do not hesitate to reach out to our ready and abled staff by phone- 213-533-8000 or email: [email protected] stating your needs.
If you entered the email incorrectly by mistake you can either change it by going into your online account, if you registered with us otherwise please use the above contact information to alert us to the issue.
I want to purchase an item online, but I'm not able to complete the purchaseIn some cases there might be required information that when is not provided it will prevent progressing the purchasing process. Typically, if a size, color, or other request isn't indicated the system will not allow completion of item purchase.
What if I need something same day or next day?You are always welcome to pick the item up in person at our Downtown L.A. location (425 S. Broadway, 90013), we suggest calling the shop prior to 213-533-8000 to ensure the best possible service and preparation upon arrival. You may select next day shipping, but it will always charge the requisite amount even if your order is over $100, as the free shipping offer is voided for any item needing to be shipped in less than 5 business days
I would like to send someone to pick up an order from the shop, what do they need to bring?Typically, the name on the order must match the name on valid identification of the person retrieving the item along with being able to show an Associate the verification email stating item was ready for pick up. However, if someone is being sent in the place of the purchaser, the person who made the order is REQUIRED to provide the following items & information or DTLA Bikes Staff & Management are at liberty to deny release of item. Purchaser must provide an email to [email protected] with the following content: 1. A picture of the purchaser's ID and credit card (if used to make purchase) 2. The name of the person who is to act as their representative (this person must also produce identification and verification email) 3. [Copy & Paste] I give permission DTLA Bikes to release items which I've purchased online to (NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE). I understand that I am responsible for making this decisions and am acting of my own account.
Help! I ordered the wrong product!If you order the wrong item we will be happy to assist you, give us a call 213-533-8000 or email: [email protected] so we can handle the problem swiftly and simply.
I requested a refund, more than 7 days ago, but I still don't see it in my bankRefunds are processed as soon as the customer requests one. It can take up to 12 business days for the funds to be returned depending on the form of payment chosen to use, the time of request (ie: holidays usually cause postponement), your bank's policies, and the amount being refunded. There is a nonrefundable 10% refund fee for any and all refunds issued via online platforms
What's a 10% refund fee?The 10% refund fee goes to processing card fees, bank fees, and retail fees that are typically covered by the shop when a purchase is made. However, when a refund is requested, there is another round of fees assessed thereby doubling the costs.
I haven't received my item and it's been over 3 weeks since I ordered it.Please use the tracking number provided to locate the item, once it leaves our possession we are no longer responsible for replacing, resending, locating, or reimbursing said items. Your best bet is to contact the delivery company and it's always a good idea to purchase delivery insurance
If I have my own parts, can the DTLA Bikes' mechanics put them on my bike for me?
Yes, we can build or attach or switch out any parts you would like. There's still a labor charge that remains the same whether or not you get the parts from the shop or bring them yourself.
Can I have my bike washed?
Yes, we offer bike washes as stand alone options or as a part of our tune-up options:
When do I pay for services rendered?You can pay when you drop your bike off during the check in process or you can wait until you return to retrieve your bike to pay. Either way is great. We accept all major CC and in some very special cases Paypal as well (of course cash).
How long does a basic tune up take to complete?
Depending on the condition of the bike and which service you choose, the average turn around time is approximately 2-4 days* The other tune up options which are more comprehensive and detailed can take anywhere from 3-7days. We always work our hardest to get you your bike sooner rather than later. *sometimes waiting for parts may delay the completion
If I need new parts (wheel, tube, tires, chain etc..) is that included in the cost of labor?Unfortunately. no. Parts are charged separate of the labor fees. Except in the case of tire flats. That includes the tube and the labor for the changing. However, if a new tire is needed that is extra.
Do I have to make an appointment before bringing my bike in for a tune up (or other repairs/maintenance)?
No, you do not have to set an appointment before bringing your bike to get serviced. The mechanic will take a look at the bike and give you an estimated time for completion.
I recently had my bike serviced at your shop and my bike doesn't seem/ride well, what should I do?No idea. Never happened before. Of course, these things will occur from time to time. There's only a few of us and a lot more of you. Simply, bring the bike back. We will take a look at it no problem. Although extremely rare, there have been instances where a slight adjustment or minor issue was overlooked. In an effort to avoid this and situations related, we encourage showing, telling, pointing out, and feeling free to express to our very capable Staff, who are eager to service you and your bike with loyalty and respect.
Will I be notified when my repairs have been completed or should I stop by frequently?Once your bike has been completely serviced one of the DTLA Bike's staff members will give you a phone call and/or send you an email stating you are able to retrieve your bike.
RESPRO FAQ & More Info
What or who is a Respro?
Established in 1993, Respro® (UK) Ltd is a leading player in developing solutions to problems found in the urban sports environment. A British Company, Respro® produces uniquely exportable products and a brand range that works both at a local and a global level. From its UK manufacturing it currently supplies products to over 26 countries.
What We Do
Respro® develops products under three distinctive brands: Respro® Masks, Hi-Viz™ and Team Respro®. The products that we develop are brought about by observation and a challenge to make things better. The products are intrinsically valuable, assisting in the solution to problems that exist in work and leisure activities. Whether they be anti-pollution masks, reflective safety gear or race support products, they incorporate quality materials and up-to-date technology, and involve considerable time identifying the problems and accommodating user needs. Respro’s successful reputation is underpinned by quality, reliability, creative style, pragmatic attitude, attention to detail and soul; a mix of characteristics that makes Respro® unique in its field with a reputation for bold, creative and functional design solutions.
Respro® is made up of a core of key people integral to a smooth running company. They are as important to the company and its clients, as the company and it’s clients are to them. Respro® also partners up with expert external resources, cross referencing ideas and concepts with its own internal capabilities. This combination has made Respro® and it’s team responsive, flexible, effective and efficient, placing it in a good position for future product and market developments.
Respro® Masks have been manufactured and distributed from the UK for over 20 years and can still claim the title of ‘the original and the best’. The range is expanding into new markets worldwide as the need for protection from pollution in our urban environments increases. Increased awareness of air quality, due to recent pollution episodes in China and Singapore, has made it a permanent annual topic of discussion and one that is firmly on the global problem map.
Coal and wood fire burning together with the threat caused by petrol and diesel burning vehicles reduce air quality to harmful levels. Respro®Masks provides a solution to the pollution issue, makes a statement about the air we breathe and is most definitely a product of its time.
What's this Respro Mask all about?
The Respro mask focuses on the ‘urban trainer’, the ‘home runner’ or the multi-sport end user where breathing rates are typically higher than your average commuter. Improved comfortability are key to this level of personal endeavour.
For improved air flow and comfortability the two Powa™ Elite valves on the mask allow faster air flow characteristics when breathing out at elevated breathing patterns, ie when you are giving it the beans from A2B which equates to less back pressure, less dampness in the filter, improved filtration, lower inhalation resistance all of which result in improved comfort and performance.
Each package incorporates a complete mask fitted with a Hepa-Type™ particle filter for filtering submicron particles like diesel smoke, pollen, brake lining dust and any aqueous water vapor particles that can carry various chemicals in the air. A spare combination filter is also supplied as part of the package allowing filter interchangeability making every mask suitable for use in a wider variety of environments from inner cities to the countryside.
A graphics rebuild for the look of the mask fits it squarely in the sports arena rather than the ‘scare the hell out of everyone’ arena.
What size do I need?
As a rule of thumb mask sizing is as follows:
a. 5’ Light Build = Small
b. 5’ Heavy Build - 5’6’ Average Build = Medium
c. 5’6” Heavy Build - 6’ Average Build = Large
d. 6’ Heavy Build - 6’+ Average Build = X-Large
- Hat size:
- Physical build:
- Eye to chin length:
Using a piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the neck. Use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the neck circumference. Easier still check your shirt size.
Head size (AKA Hat Size):
Using a piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the head just about the eyebrow. Use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the head or hat size circumference.
Eye to Chin:
Take a piece of string and place it between the eyes on the top of the nose bridge, run the string over the tip of your nose and down to just under the bottom of the chin. This is the eye to chin length.
How do the filters function?
Each filters type has a primary use in a specific environment.
- The City™
- Uses Dynamic Activated Charcoal Cloth (DACC™) a 95% pure charcoal weave, originally developed by the U.K. Ministry of Defence for use in the protection against chemical and bacteria warfare situations. We use DACC™ to effectively filter out Primary pollutants associated with vehicle exhaust emissions. The DACC™ is laminated with medical grade non woven polypropylene material which filters particulates from the air and helps prevent them from entering the respiratory system. The City™ filter offers protection against: - Hydrocarbons. e.g. Benzene; Pyrene;1,3 Butadiene. - Acid gases. e.g. Nitrogen dioxide; Sulphur dioxide. - Photo-chemical pollutants. e.g. Low level Ozone - Particulates. e.g. Black smoke; Pollen; Lead oxide.
- The Sports™
- filter uses electrostatically charged fibres to attract airborne particulates down to 0.3 microns in size. 1 Micron = 1/1000mm. Unlike most particle filters which rely on mechanical retention, which inherently results in high inhalation resistance or very large cumbersome filters, the Sportsta filter offers extremely low inhalation resistance, by like comparison. The Sportsta™ filter offers protection against: - Pollen dust; Building dust; Clay dust; Grain dust; Soya dust; Carbon dust; House dust; Cigarette smoke. - PM10’s. e.g. Diesel smoke. - Lead & Tar.
What is being filtered out?
Each filter has sub-micron filtration capability. What this means is that it is able to trap particles less than one micron in size which is more than capable of the removal of 2.5 micron particulate material (PM).
Typically particulate pollution in the cities appears to be in the 2.5 micron size range and above. Particles smaller than this are known as respirable dusts, which can lodge deep within the lungs and air sacs. This is the more dangerous type of particle pollution as chemicals from vehicle exhaust gases combustion known to be toxic, are carried by means of the respirable particles. Hence the need for a Hepa-type™ submicron particle filter.
The DACC™ Activated charcoal layer within the Techno™ filter has excellent adsorption properties when it comes to SO2 and NO2 uptakes. With this capability and its capability of filtering VOC’s it is the best filter available in our range for dealing with the broad spectrum of pollutants commonly found in major cities across the globe.
Can I wash & re-use FILTERS?
The filters function as, filters. They serve as a barrier between you and the particulates in the atmosphere. If you were to wash and reuse a filter, you would diminish the purpose of the filtration system and destroy the intended use for the mask (other than looking badass, of course)
In short...the filters do require replacing.
Professionally, we recommend that the filter should be replaced every month or every 69 hours, whichever is sooner, however in the off chance case that usage is sporatic, once a filter becomes noticeably discoloured it should be discarded immediately (all filters are made of organic materials and are biodegradable)
Replacing the filter
Will the valves & filters only work with certain masks?
All our filters are interchangeable, provided they are the same size. You can make your own mask from a combination of parts. like the Sportsta™ mask with Techno™ or City™ or Cinqro™ filter or Allergy mask with Powa™ Elite valves.
When would I change the valves, do I need to?
The valves should not need replacing on a regular basis assuming that they are maintained properly. On a monthly basis, it is advisable to flush the valves through with warm water, allow to dry and apply a little talcum powder to prevent the valve from sticking. On the Powa valve, it is essential that you locate the two pins, nearest the hinge, properly into the body of the valve, and check that they are seated properly.
What's the best mask for an urban setting?
Any of the following masks which come with a combination filter would be suitable for environments where pollution is high and full of exhaust gases and various particulates including PM10, PM2.5 and respirables (sub-micron).
A combination filter has both a Hepa-type filter layer and a DACC layer. This combination of Hepa-type filter layer and DACC in one single filter provides submicron (smaller than PM 2.5) dust filtering capability, together with DACC capability for filtering gases (VOC’s /Acid gases) and vapors . It is the best type of filter available in our range for dealing with the broad spectrum of pollutants commonly found in major cities across the globe.
Typically particulate pollution in cities appears to be in the 2.5 micron size range, above and below. Particles smaller than this are known as respirable dusts, which can lodge deep within the lungs and air sacs. This is the more dangerous type of particle pollution as chemicals from vehicle exhaust gases combustion known to be toxic, are carried by means of the respirable particles. Hence the need for a Hepa-type submicron particle filter together with a DACC Activated charcoal layer.
The usable lifespan of the filter is based on the characteristics of the active urban cyclist. If you are using the mask for another activity it still applies, but your breathing rate and activity would put the lifespan of the filter at a proportionally shorter or longer time. If your breathing rate is say half that of a cyclist then the effectiveness of the filter would be twice as long. For cycle commuting on a daily basis we recommend that the filter should be replaced every month or every 69 hours, whichever is sooner.
How and how often should my MASK be washed?
(This is in reference to the external and exposed part. The filter is typically encased by or surrounded by the mask)
It is recommended that you wash the neoprene shell of the mask every month under normal use. To do this it is necessary to remove the filter and the valve first. Although spare valves and filters are available from your retailer, please be careful not to misplace any of the components during maintenance.
Also, feel free to freshen the mask to your liking... essentially, it is basically your olfactory that has to deal with the funk and we deal with the other junk.
What's the deal with the flexible nose thingy?
The malleable nose clip deforms easily so that a good fit can be formed around the bridge of the nose. Continuous or exaggerated deformation will eventually cause failure in the metal - it will snap. Once a good fit has been found, it is best to maintain the shape, rather than folding it flat when storing it or when not in use. If it breaks, all you have to do is send a picture of it, indicating size, model and address details to [email protected] and we will send a replacement shell FOC. There is a small shipping charge which is charged at cost and dependent on country location.
How often should I replace my BANDIT SCARF?
Under normal conditions the Bandit™ will provide the user with approximately six months protection. The Bandit incorporates D.A.C.C. which is specially coated so that it can be washed. It should be washed on a regular basis to maintain optimum performance. Immerse in a pan of boiling water (this releases the petroleum compounds pounds which are attracted to the D.A.C.C.) and leave to cool. Then wash in warm water using a non-automatic washing powder, rinse and leave to dry.
Why is it hard to breathe?
If you feel like Adam Levine when he sings "it's getting harder and harder to breathe. Is there anyone out there? Because, it's getting harder and harder to..." you get where this is going
From the start that you have to understand that any mask will have some level of restriction especially at fast breathing rates for example; when cycling fast.
All of our masks are compatible with aerobic exercise. If you body starts working in an anaerobic capacity then no mask is compatible and you will feel like you need to stop or slow down.
The best masks will use exhalation valves that ‘dump’ heat, water vapors and Co2; the quicker the better. The removal of these components are the key to comfort. You need to get them out of the mask. The Powa™ and Powa™ Elite valve is key at elevated breathing rates.
Help my glasses keep fogging up!
First, it's good to know you're actively breathing. Means, something is right.
When using a mask with glasses, it is best to fit the mask first to get the correct fit with no seal leakage, then place the glasses in front of the nose clip on the mask. It is really dependent on the seal of the mask. Having adjustable nose pads facilitates a better fit than plastic moulded rims. A good seal around the nose and cheekbone will mean no leakage in that region which equals no misting. This is how/why glasses get misted up on the inside of the lens. In our experience most glasses wearers manage to figure a way of fitting glasses with a mask without them getting misted up.
I have a beard, will it interfere?
Any beard will interfere with the sealing of a mask, it goes without saying. How much leakage is governed by the thickness of the beard and the correct size of mask.
Why are the masks so expensive?
We found a few million scientists* one day and asked them the same question. The response was unanimous across the board.
It is much more expensive to replace an entire respiratory system, than it is to purchase a Respro mask.
Also all Respro packages incorporate a complete mask fitted with a Hepa-Type™ particle filter for filtering submicron particles like diesel smoke. A spare DACC™ chemical/particle filter is also supplied as part of the package allowing filter interchangeability.
For improved air flow and comfortability, two Powa™ Elite valves are included with each mask. They improve air flow characteristics when breathing out at elevated breathing patterns. This equates to less back pressure, less dampness in the filter, improved filtration, lower inhalation = mask + 2 filters + Powa™ Elite valves + graphics = value for money
Consider it this way: Hospital bills, breathing machines, home filtration systems, etc... are unequivocally more of a financial burden than a Respro mask. Plus, the alternatives are much more difficult to fit in your bag, pocket, and anywhere.
*We did no such thing. However, we did use common sense to discern the same outcome
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