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May 9, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If you find it difficult to perform the traditional bicycle exercise on the floor because your neck gives out before your abdominal muscles, try doing them against a firm pillow or bolster. Just remember to use your abdominals to press your back against the pillow. Sit upright with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place a bolster or firm pillow behind the small of your back, making sure it won't slip out of position. Lean back against the bolster and place your hands behind your head with elbows pointed out. On an exhalation, contract your abdominals, raise your feet off the floor and press your navel toward the pillow.
April 16, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Naomi Hirahara's seventh novel, “Murder on Bamboo Lane” (Berkley: 304 pp, $7.99 paper), is something of a departure: the kick-off of a mystery series featuring rookie bicycle cop Ellie Rush. For the last decade, Hirahara has written mysteries about Mas Arai , a Japanese American gardener based in Southern California; she won an Edgar for “Snakeskin Shanisen,” which came out in 2007. But if Mas is a throwback to a different California -- reticent, aging, with roots in the state's tortured racial history -- Ellie is a detective of a different sort.
December 13, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
I've logged a lot of time on motorcycles, and a lot of time on mountain bikes. So I approached my first "electric bicycle" with the same skepticism that I employed in the minutes before I sat on my first electric motorcycle. That lasted 30 seconds into my first ride, by which time I was a convert. The instrument of my bicycle conversion was an electric Shima, from the German manufacturer A2B. It was followed up by a similar revelation astride A2B's Alva+. The Shima and Alva+ did for me what performance enhancing drugs did for Lance Armstrong.
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600, . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
September 18, 1995
Referring to the article about Dennis Crowley's bikeway from Pasadena to L.A. (Aug. 29) and your follow-up editorial (Sept. 4), I fully endorse the concept. I commuted for two years along the Potomac River from Alexandria, Va., to Washington, D.C., with thousands of others. If such a path could be such a smashing success in spite of Washington's miserable weather and the bike path's poor maintenance, then I can only envision the Pasadena bikeway succeeding beyond all forecasts. Certainly anything that we do to reduce cars on freeways and improve good health should be encouraged.
May 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Bicycle built for four? Or should that be of four? This quirky YouTube video has gotten about a million eyeballs and has been bouncing around the Twitter-sphere. It comes with this straight-faced explanation: "Cruising with a bicycle in Prague airport before boarding a flight back home to Estonia. " (Be patient when you watch the video; it takes a while before the "bike" appears.) Which got me wondering about the prospect of using bicycles to scoot from gate to gate in airports.
August 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Police knocked on doors in a Long Beach neighborhood Friday seeking information on a suspect accused of sexually assaulting women while riding past them on a bicycle. Officers canvassed an area near 5 th  Street and Alamitos Avenue, handing out fliers and asking the public's help in finding the male cyclist who is suspected in at least 35 assaults over the past year. In all of the cases, the suspect has ridden up behind women and girls walking on the sidewalk and grabbed their breasts or buttocks as he passed by. The victims range in age from 12 to their mid-60s, Long Beach police said.
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March 15, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
There are people who sprint with the bulls in Spain, and people who plunge into icy oceans on New Year's Day. Then there are the several dozen men and women who gathered in Echo Park on Sunday morning at the bottom of a beastly hill and looked up. Before them stretched Fargo Street, one of the city's steepest roads. The challenge: to climb it. On a bicycle. Without stopping. Some tried and failed. Falls were so common that no one blinked when a woman tipped over halfway up the hill and tumbled violently into a bush on the side of the street.
September 26, 2010 | By Andrew Bender, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Call me a tightwad, but when I heard that Montreal had rental bikes you can pick up and drop off all over town for a mere $5 Canadian a day (about $4.85 U.S.), it was like angels singing. See the city, sample the local cuisine and work it off without paying usurious day rates at the gym. This I had to try. The bike system, called Bixi (think "bike" plus "taxi"), started last year in Montreal and proved so successful among both commuters and tourists that the technology has been exported to Minneapolis, London and Melbourne, Australia; Paris already has something similar.
April 4, 2014 | By David Farley
ACHILL ISLAND, Ireland  - Instead of asking if I wanted to see the dessert menu, the waiter took a surreptitious look around the restaurant and asked, sotto voce, "Do you want to go to the coziest pub in all of Ireland?" Before I could answer, he offered that Lynott's Pub, housed in an ancient stone building, had only four tables and that there would likely be a "trad session" - live traditional music - happening. It was my first night on Achill Island, Ireland's largest island, and I didn't have much of a plan.
March 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Massachusetts travel outfitter Great Freedom Adventures has created a new summer tour that combines two pastimes: cycling and beer tasting, though not necessarily at the same time. The Maritime Bike and Beer Adventure Tour spends six days exploring Boston's North Shore and Cape Ann. The coastal journey begins and ends in Ipswich, about 30 miles from Boston. By day, cyclists tour sea captains' mansions, museums, galleries, marshlands and beaches in the fishing towns of Gloucester, Salem, Rockport , Newburyport and Essex.
February 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
If it had an ounce of buoyancy, "Girl on a Bicycle" might qualify as a diverting piffle. But Jeremy Leven's attempt at old-school romantic comedy, set in a postcard-pretty tourist's vision of Paris, is more of a foolish plod than a weightless rollick. The Euro-pudding of a premise concerns Italian tour bus driver Paolo, his German flight attendant fiancée and the title character, a French model who catches his eye as she crisscrosses the city fetchingly on two wheels. The alleged hilarity grinds into gear when Paolo accidentally hits the bicyclist with his bus, then pretends to be her husband to visit her in the hospital.
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system. " Writer-director Stuart Urban's movie introduces us to bicycle cop Baz (Kevin Bishop), who doesn't have the best response to getting hit on the head by looters during 2011 riots in London: He quickly decides to start murdering transgressors, filming his deeds with his helmet-cam, then uploading the footage so he can become a death-wish social media darling.
January 30, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
To the thieves, it was just a bicycle - an electric-powered, orange-colored bike  they took from a Marina del Rey condominium complex. But what the two men stole was the joy that 12-year-old Mia Timbrello felt when she rode the three-wheeled bicycle that was given to her last April by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mia is nonverbal and severely autistic and has had a double organ transplant, her mother, Yolanda Rangel, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 . “Whenever she was able to ride the bike, her face lit up and she was obviously enjoying herself,” L.A. County sheriff's Det.
January 17, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.
May 22, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help in finding a "rare and valuable bicycle" stolen earlier this year from a Lancaster home. The bicycle, an almost century-old Indian Deluxe, was stolen March 4, authorities said. The red bike was made between 1914 and 1917 and was in "excellent condition" when it was stolen, according to authorities.  “The exact value of the bicycle is not known, however it is priceless to its owner,” said the Lancaster station's burglary suppression team, which is handling the case.
December 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Shinola is paying homage to the Wright Brothers with a limited-edition timepiece and even more limited edition bicycle, both of which were unveiled at a private launch event in Detroit last night. The wristwatch, based on Shinola's Brakeman timepiece, uses the brand's Argonite 715 quartz movement and has a stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, chocolate brown Horween leather strap and a black dial with the words: "The Wright Brothers" above the number 6. In a cool flourish, the "T" in Wright is designed to look like the instantly recognizable double wing configuration of the brothers' early aircraft.
January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police began investigating their first homicide of the year Sunday after a 46-year-old man was shot to death while riding his bicycle in South L.A., authorities said. Don Jackson was approaching the 10000 block of South Main Street about 12:20 a.m. when an unknown suspect approached on foot and opened fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Jackson was struck multiple times, police said. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
December 17, 2013 | Patt Morrison
If you're expecting a new bicycle alongside the Christmas tree, or just rolling out your old one, Michelle Mowery is on your side of the street. The city of four wheels is turning a corner on two wheels. Nearly 350 miles of new bike lanes, out of a planned 1,684, have opened to bicyclists. Mowery has spent two decades in the city's Department of Transportation as senior bicycle coordinator, and she's finally finding critical mass and critical money for L.A.'s bike plan. She knows there's an information gap about the laws, and a culture clash, but a bike-culture shift, she believes, will be the saving of L.A., from the obesity epidemic to the daily commute - including hers, from Long Beach to downtown.
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