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If you're interested in conquering the country's car capital by bike, here are a number of resources that might be useful.

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Venice Beach has several bike rental shops, including Perry's, which has eight locations along the beach between Venice and Santa Monica (310-939-0000, http://www.perryscafe.com), and Venice Bike and Skate (21 Washington Blvd., 310-301-4011), offering beach cruisers and basic mountain bikes for about $8 an hour or $25 a day.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation mails out free bike maps of the city; to receive one, fill out the online form at http://www.lacity.org/ladot/bicycle/Maps_Request.htm.

A calendar of daily bicycle-related events in L.A. is online at http://www.bikeboom.com/webcalendar/month.php.

The nonprofit organization CICLE (http://www.cicle.org) offers useful resources, routes and tips for cycling in L.A.

The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, http://www.la-bike.org, is an advocacy group listing cyclist-led campaigns and activities throughout the area.

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