Velo Cult

1969 NE 42nd Ave., 922-2012, 10 am-10 pm daily.

Unless you're looking for the merchandise perched back in the dim showroom, you could very easily walk into Velo Cult on a Friday night without noticing what makes the place so pleasantly odd. The front section of the massive Hollywood bike shop is very much a tavern, with a photo booth, a long bar, several large communal tables, 12 taps and the appropriate glassware to pour an imported Belgian strong pale ale or a Pilsner. And yet, if you make your way past the boisterous crowd of people in hats who have their right pant legs rolled up you'll see there's a huge assortment of bikes and gear in the back and, just before 10 pm, one lonely mechanic replacing the day's last brake pads. MARTIN CIZMAR.