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What?s more fun than learning new facts about our fair city? How about doing it while getting an endorphin buzz?

That?s the concept behind Bikes and Hikes L.A., a sightseeing outfit that leads individuals and small groups on fitness-oriented biking excursions. You turn up at the company?s Santa Monica Boulevard headquarters or new outpost inside Madame Tussauds, get a hybrid bike and then follow your guide.

We like the legendary homes tour ($68 a person) for out-of-towners, since it?s only ten miles and includes a Beverly Hills mansion tour. There?s an even shorter Hollywood tour ($55) that includes Grauman?s Chinese Theatre and Paramount Pictures. Hiking newbies can opt for a 3.5-mile Hollywood Hills hike ($52).

We?re most excited about the five-hour L.A. in a Day tour ($162): 32 miles round trip from WeHo to Venice, including a walking tour of Greystone Mansion. (Bonus: The ride burns 2,000 calories.) And every weekend, there are 12-mile ?eco-spin? classes that last two hours and burn 1,000 calories.

Thanks to Bikes and Hikes L.A., we?ll never waste another sunny afternoon in a sweaty studio.

Bikes and Hikes L.A., 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood; 323-796-8555 or

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