* The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has a free, 30-page bike commuting primer on its website, (www.labikecoalition.org/) that spells out the financial, environmental and health benefits of pedaling while dispelling 11 myths about cycling, such as "You're too out of shape to ride" and "It's not safe to bike in Los Angeles."
* Want to build your own bike but don't know how? Try a course in bike mechanics by immersion. Check out the Bicycle Kitchen at 706 Heliotrope Drive, (www.bicyclekitchen.com). This nonprofit and volunteer-run shop has piles of used bike parts and will help you put your rig together piece by piece.
* Biking to work is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You can bring your bike to work on mass transit in the morning and pedal home in the evening. Buses have bike racks, but getting to work by subway is a little trickier because some Metro trains ban bicycles during peak times. Be sure to check the website for specifics and pick up a Metro bike map to help you plan a route.