Bike tours for architecture fans
Great weather: check. Landmark architecture: check. Love of exercise: check. Angelenos have all these things, and now there's a way to enjoy them all at the same time: free architecture-themed bike rides.
Bike Haus is a year-old venture in which riders view a half dozen or more landmarks on 10- to 20-mile rides. Past excursions have visited the Chemosphere house and works by modernist master Craig Ellwood. While most buildings are just viewed from the outside, architect-organizer Brian Janeczko recalls the time his group was invited into a landmark house and given snacks by the owner, who passed around vintage magazine articles about his home. The next ride is September 17.
Googie Riders is devoted to its namesake kitschy 1950s design. For the past six months, architect James Black has led riders 10 to 80 miles to destinations such as Pann's in Baldwin Hills and Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. He chronicles it all on his blog, The Lower Modernisms, and, post-ride, participants study the coffee-shop interiors of soaring beams, bright Formica and rock-clad walls while enjoying a well-earned hot breakfast. The next ride is this Sunday, August 27.