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There’s lots of talk lately about architect Frank Gehry’s taking over the L.A. River's redevelopment (i.e., new bike lanes!). Add to that the bike-sharing program scheduled to debut in spring and recurring Ciclavia car-free events, and it's obvi that bike riding is a hot topic. Here are nine items to get started--stylishly.

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Dutch bike

Like the look of the sleek bikes that Europeans tool around on? Get a Venice-made Linus, which comes in a rainbow of colors and various speeds. It’s so attractive, this is the bike of choice for beachy resorts such as the Ojai Rancho Inn.

Linus Bikes, 1413 1/3 Abbot Kinney, Venice; 310-857-7777 or

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The wicker basket is the classic way to get everything from your farmers'-market haul to your laptop home safely. Get a sturdy handcrafted one from the Nantucket Bike Basket Co., available in a range of shapes and sizes.

Available at Spokes N Stuff, 7777 Melrose Ave.; 888-242-3971 or

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Levi’s Commuter Skinny Jeans ($88) keep you visible with jazzy reflective cuffs. Also, the high waist prevents a refrigerator-repairman rear-exposure situation.

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Folding Helmet

Rather than tote around a bulky helmet, you can collapse the Closca Fuga into your bag after you’re done riding. A Spanish bike enthusiast designed it for his wife, who wanted a stylish, portable helmet--and the award-winning design is available to pre-order for October delivery.

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Beach cruiser

Want a no-frills bike with fat tires so you can smoothly tour the approximately 3 gajllion miles of gorg SoCal boardwalks and neighborhoods? You’ll love Firmstrong, the Hermosa Beach-designed cruisers (from $199) that come in candy colors.

Available at Bike Attack, 2400 Main St., Santa Monica; 310-581-8014 or

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Don’t have a Birkin to slap on the back of your ride like Olivia Palermo? No worries! Make do with a cute coated-canvas tote ($69) that attaches to your back-wheel rack.

Linus Bikes, 1413 1/3 Abbot Kinney, Venice; 310-857-7777 or

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Hip pack

A bag that converts to a belt like this Vere Verto crossbody ($322) is handy. (Post-ride, you can also detach the strap and carry it as a clutch.)

Available at Ten Over 6, 8425 Melrose Ave.; 323-330-9355 or

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Cover Up

Want to wear a skirt? Pair with yoga shorts--like the ones from Lululemon with a four-inch inseam ($58)--so that your upper thighs are covered no matter what.

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Electric bike

See that black thing over the back tire? It’s a changeable battery that lets you get a little or a lot of help pedaling. Irvine-based Pedego makes a wide range of commuters and beach cruisers (from $2,295).

Available at Pedego Santa Monica, 214 Pier Ave., Santa Monica; 310-917-1111 or

Custom Cycling Apparel to Get You Going

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