Pedal to work, save on gas

August 11, 2008 4:51:48 AM PDT
A lot of people are parking the car when they can and using a bike instead.Bikes are selling well at Cycle Sport in Media, but not all shops can cash in on the rush. Production in China is shut down to keep air cleaner during the Summer Olympics.

The hot-selling bike is the "hybrid", with multiple speeds, but an upright seat and handle bars. You can accessorize with carriers and baskets.

You can also buy an attachment that holds a laptop computer and a change of clothes. It doubles as a backpack.

People are buying home fitness equipment so they can avoid driving to the gym. Others are dragging the old two-wheeler out of the basement instead of buying new.

If your neighborhood bike shop doesn't stock the model you want, experts say you should shop around. Bigger stores are more likely to have a selection now, and others will regain inventory after the Olympics are over.

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