5 Bikes 5 Museums: Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park presents daily programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theatre. Free public telescopes are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear.

The Griffith Observatory with the Golden Saddle Cyclery Tokyo Fixed Special

Exhibitions

The Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park presents daily programs in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon theatre. The Observatory also hosts periodic special events and monthly public star parties. Free public telescopes are available each evening the Observatory is open and skies are clear. Knowledgeable telescope demonstrators are available to guide visitors in observing.

Free Admission

Griffith Observatory’s grounds, exhibits, and telescopes are available free to the public each day the building is open since 1935. For special events and limited exhibits, there may be an extra charge.

Bike of Choice

You can only find this bike in one place: Golden Saddle Cyclery off Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. This custom build of theirs features a Tokyo Fixed Dream Machine frame with Nitto and All-City components. Only the very brave would make it up to Griffith Observatory on a single speed, but feel free to hop on the bus up to the hill after a day of riding. Single-speeds work great for commutes because they have less components to upkeep. This is an excellent specimen, featuring top quality components and a thoughtful curation of bike parts.

Getting There

The Observatory sits on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. By car, enter the park at Los Feliz Boulevard where it crosses Interstate 5. You can drive and park freely in the Observatory public parking, or you can take the 96 Bus in Downtown towards Sherman Oaks, exit at Riverside/Los Feliz. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) also operates a bus service from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red line station to the Observatory. The shuttle operates every Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm and stops at the Observatory every 35 minutes. Print out the trail map and take it with you.

Specs

FRAME: Tokyo Fixed Dream Machine

HANDLEBAR: Nitto Swept Back

HUBS: Formula

RIMS: Mavic CXP22

TIRES: Limited Edition Japanese Release White Panaracer

BRAKES: Tektro Long-Reach

CRANKSET: All-City Track

SADDLE: All-City Gonzo

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