New Orleans doesn’t have the national renown of Minneapolis or Portland when it comes to bike culture. But its reputation is growing. Structurally, it's already a great city to explore on two wheels: It’s dead flat (highway overpasses are really the only hills to speak of); multiple side streets offer lightly traveled alternates to the main arteries; and there’s always something to look at as you pedal along. Bicycle Michael's is a Frenchmen Street anchor, a packed-to-the-rafters yet laid-back spot that offers easy rentals by the day or longer. The shop is well situated between the upriver French Quarter and the downriver neighborhoods of Marigny and Bywater.