Hollywood Behind Handlebars

Hitting the trail with yesteryear’s celebrity cyclists

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In the March 2012 issue of Los Angeles magazine, we highlight the city’s best bicycle rides, from rugged mountain routes to casual beach cruises, plus the gear you need to get—and keep—going now.

Exercising outdoors is a local pastime as old as Tinseltown itself. Steven Rea’s soon-to-be-released coffee table book, Hollywood Rides a Bike, recalls how stars from Bardot to Bogart got their wheels turning. Take a look:

 

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      Joan Crawford graces the cover

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      Louise Allbritton has fallen off a bicycle belonging to one of her character’s four brothers in this still from San Diego I Love You (1944).

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      Brigitte Bardot rides through la campagne.

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      This shot of Humphrey Bogart was snapped outside the sound stages of the Warner Bros. backlot in the mid 1940s.

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      Grace Bradley tops an 1890s Gormully & Jeffrey high-wheel owned by J. Walker Lyon of Pasadena.

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      British It girl Julie Christie was photographed bicycling between filming scenes of The Go-Between (1970) in Norfolk.

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      Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth were photographed while filming the romantic drama The Lady In Question (1940), in which Ford plays the son of a Parisian bike shop owner.

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      In one scene of I Wake Up Screaming (1941) Victor Mature and Betty Grable hide out in a bike shop.

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      Elizabeth Taylor was a teenager when this photograph was shot.

Photographs courtesy Hollywood Rides a Bike/Photofest

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