A rider named José leads the way on the Boyle Heights green bike lane

The above video was supposed to have shown off Boyle Heights’ newly painted green bike lane.  Instead, a  man riding a customized bike while listening to ranchera music steals the show. City bike coordinator Nate Baird shot the video and other photos this weekend after city crews sprayed sections of the First Street bike lane a bright green to help the lane and riders stand out in traffic. But what also stood out and caught Baird’s attention was a bicyclist with a dark hat riding a customized bike equipped with a boom box on the handlebars. “I thought it was really cool,” Baird said of the man’s bike.

Baird had seen the man and the bike a few months before when the First Street bike lane was completed. After the man agreed to be photographed this past weekend, Baird got on his own bike and used his phone to record a video of the rider gliding down First Street accompanied by ranchera music playing from the boom box. As they approach First and Soto streets, Baird asks the man for his name. He replies “José … from  Tijuana” before continuing on his journey.

Where was Jose going?  Baird was not sure but Jose of Tijuana seemed to be enjoying the trip.


  1. Thats 1 Ugly Bike”

  2. thats the homie “tijuas”….. he makes his bikes out of spare parts of broken bikes.. or else he’ll just break bikes in oder to make one…. the one he is riding converts to different “styles”….

  3. amazing! can’t wait to try it out! also that dude’s bike is awesome.

  4. While Evan snoozes and Frank hates, I love this vid and think that’s one bodaciously righteous ride.

  5. No bike snob here. Any bike that is well-maintained and is ridden regularly is an awesome bike. Jose’s bike is better than any Cervelo hanging from the garage rafters gathering dust.

  6. I like the music on the background…Very local…

  7. Ha!…That’s kind of awesome! More of these bike lanes please…and Jose can officially open them!

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