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Holy Chromoly

Virtue Bikes, perhaps the smoothest ride in town

  • 25 March 2014

More than 10,000 bicycles on streets blissfully unencumbered by cars.

That’s CicLAvia, the annual bike tour of L.A., a group-ride rejoinder to the gripe that L.A. has no sense of community.

There are food trucks. Live music. Families. It’s a solid way to spend a Sunday. And it’s free.

So we highly suggest you join the April 6th ride down Wilshire, and we highly suggest you set sail on a Virtue.

Virtue, a fairly new San Diego outfit, was started by William Mulyadi, a Chinese-American whose family owns bicycle factories in the Middle Kingdom. Those factories make bikes for the big boys.

But Mulyadi makes a high-quality bike for half the cost.

We like the Seven.

It’s a smooth-riding French design that’s similar to the Pashley Guv’nor, a pricy two-wheeler that runs up to $1,000.

The 100-percent chromoly frame is solid steel, weighs 28 pounds and sports sealed bearings.

The handlebars — with leather grips and a bell — are tiled like a Parisian delivery bike.

The MegaRange Shimano gears switch with ease on inclines.

Not that there are any hills in L.A.

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