ERIKA CHRISTENSEN, 30
Profession: Star on NBC's Parenthood
How'd you get into biking? My buddy lost about 100 pounds cycling. He took me on a 31-mile loop. I was hooked.
How many bikes do you own? One hybrid and two road bikes.
Weekly mileage? Two hundred miles, at peak.
Best way to ride? In a group.
Most surprising place you've biked? To tape a TV interview.
Padded shorts? I wouldn't go more than 10 miles without them.
Ever crash? I was descending a somewhat infamous hill in Brentwood and hit my brakes too hard. They locked. Classic operator error. I fell and broke my wrist. We couldn't shoot around it on Parenthood, so [my character] Julia "fell ice skating."
When'd you get back on the bike? I rode with my cast! — Marnie Hanel
First stop: Ask to be fitted with equipment at a bike shop.
Erika's picks: I. Martin bike (from $729), Rapha jersey ($160).