Is the economy getting you down? Pollution? West Nile virus? It matters not — I've got my bike outside! You too can achieve a similar louche Zen peace when you take your bike on the Folk Art Bike Ride: In and Around Downtown, a happening arranged by the good folk of Folk Art Everywhere, sponsored by the Craft and Folk Art Museum. This seven-mile round-trip excursion parallels the Gold Line and promises a magical mystery tour of the “art, neighborhoods, and unique gathering spots in and around downtown L.A.,” a place that's changed inescapably over just the past five years. Multiple stops — with guest speakers holding forth on the stories behind the places — ensure that you won't get cramps over seven long miles of uneven terrain. The tour ends at sausage grindhaus Wurstküche, but unlike the bike ride, the beer and brats aren't free — by then, you'll be so hungry that it won't matter. Mariachi Plaza at the northeast corner of East First Street and South Boyle Avenue, downtown; Sun., Sept., 25, 11 a.m.; free, resv. required. (323) 937-4230,

Sun., Sept. 25, 11 a.m., 2011

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