All too often, Los Angeles is typecast as the buxom bimbo to New York's bespectacled intellectual. However, LA isn't just a sprawling cultural wasteland dominated by the automobile and inhabited by vapid celebrities, unctuous entertainment executives, and the aspiring actors/Midwestern transplants who valet their luxury SUVs and pour their coffee for them. There's also a "bike culture" in LA, and they're taking back the streets.
If you don't believe me (or if that video wasn't enough to convince you) just check out this photo, courtesy of Devik in LA:
Yes, here in New York you'll often find fixed-gears locked to street signs and parking meters. In Los Angeles though they just keep them on their cars. Note also the "One Less Car" sticker on the top tube. Sure, the cynics among you may sneer, but keep in mind that this person probably used to somehow use two cars in the course of the day before cobbling together a fixed-gear like the ones he saw on Fixedgeargallery. Either that, or the bike belongs to the driver's teenage child, and the "One Less Car" sticker refers to the fact that his parents refused to buy him that BMW convertible unless he raised his grades to at least a B-. Either way, it's an encouraging sign.
In other news, professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer has won the prologue of the Dauphiné Libéré. This is a good indication that Leipheimer should be in top form to not compete in the Tour de France, which is just a few short weeks away.