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Pedal Power: LOS ANGELES

Pedal Power: LOS ANGELES

See Los Angeles from the seat of a bike.

?>AKBAR

Essential Silver Lake bar; mostly gay, but all are welcome. Scheduled events span craft-making nights to "Bears in Space."

4356 Sunset Blvd.

323-665-6810

akbarsilverlake.com

>BAR KEEPER

Bartenders? first stop for museum-quality vintage glassware and hand-selected spirits.

3910 W. Sunset Blvd.

323-669-1675

barkeepersilverlake.com

>BEST FISH TACO IN ENSENADA

Dive done deluxe. Here?s the entire menu: fish tacos ($1.50), shrimp tacos ($2), and drinks ($1). Top this deep-fried deliciousness with salsas from avocado to mango.

1650 N. Hillhurst Ave.

323-466-5552

bestfishtacoinensenada.com

>CAVERN CLUB THEATER

Tiny stage downstairs in Casita del Campo Mexican restaurant, where drag acts like Jackie Beat and Chico?s Angels send them howling.

1920 Hyperion Ave.

323-662-4255

cavernclubtheater.com

>DEAN

So-simple-they?re-chic leather doctor, duffle, and messenger bags made on premises. Not cheap, but you?ll look like a movie star.

3918 W. Sunset Blvd.

323-665-2766

deanaccessories.com

>CHEESE STORE OF SILVER LAKE

Grab a picnic sandwich like muffaletta or salame rosa with gouda.

3926-28 W. Sunset blvd.

323-644-7511

cheesestoresl.com

>ECHO PARK TIME TRAVEL MART

Brainchild of literary über-hipster Dave Eggers, this shop carries imaginary sundries (like an "Evil Robot Memory Eraser"), the proceeds of which benefit the 826LA tutoring center in back.

1714 W. Sunset blvd.

213-413-3388

826la.org

>FORAGE

Organic lunches and dinners so locavore the chalkboard menu lists the farmer and forager suppliers. Always on the menu: mac 'n' cheese and a pork belly sandwich with aioli, shredded cabbage, and jalapeño.

3823 W. Sunset blvd.

323-663-6885

foragela.com

>GRIFFITH PARK

About two miles uphill from Los Feliz, the deck of the Griffith Observatory offers iconic L.A. panoramas, with the Hollywood sign behind you and the city spread out below.

4730 Crystal Springs Dr.

323-913-4688

laparks.org

>INTELLIGENTISTA

The essential Sunset Junction coffee experience features perfectionst baristas, grand windows, and a crowd of creatives on the blue and white terrace of Nicaraguan tile.

3922 W. Sunset Blvd.

323-663-6173

intelligentsiacoffee.com

>MORE BIKE CITIES

East London

Brooklyn

Berlin


?Has hell frozen over? The city that defined car culture is developing a two-wheel fetish, and it?s all because of a bicycle accident. After L.A.?s mayor was sideswiped, he called for a paradigm shift in how cars and cyclists share the road. High gas prices and ever-increasing gridlock certainly helped the cause, too. Don?t expect Portland just yet, but as Danny Roman, founder of tour company Bikes and Hikes L.A., says, "L.A. is already very biker-friendly and getting even friendlier." And not just for his gay Spin Dating rides. Last July, the city authorized the construction of 1,680 miles of bikeways.

Start in Los Feliz, a neighborhood between Hollywood and downtown L.A. It?s on the high end geographically and socioeconomically, with cozy early 20th?century homes lining the foothills of Griffith Park. As Sunset Boulevard gyrates about 2? miles via Silver Lake to Echo Park, you?ll breeze along downhills and huff up moderate ones to Sunset Junction. Detour on Fountain Avenue and Hyperion Avenue for some of L.A.?s top gay nightspots.

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