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Glitter and Grime, L.A. Bike Life

It’s hard to put into words what makes cycling in Los Angeles so special, so different. It’s not just because the city is so big, or because it’s mostly flat (there are still lots of hills to ride), or because we’re blessed with what could be considered a perpetual summer (rain is rare and, quite frankly, unacceptable).

What really makes riding in L.A. something truly special may be that it takes a certain amount of fearlessness to contend with the overwhelming car culture, and some real dedication to span the distances between the edges of the 500-square miles that are encompassed in this mega-opolis. Cycling in L.A. demands toughness, but it also requires that you can laugh off the honking and harassment—because they come every day—and can have fun no matter who tries to run you off the road.

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