Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hot Wheels

The weather is warming, and so is the pavement. Why spend the summer days ahead stuck in traffic running the A/C full blast when the reliable two-piston engine--the bicycle--and Tulsa's 50-plus-mile trail system beckons throughout the city?

Maybe one vital piece of that whole hitting-the-trails equation is missing: The wheels. Problem is, new bikes cost a pretty penny, especially at the local specialty shops. In this town, it's difficult to get into a quality, new bike for less than $250--roughly, the cost of 50 gallons of gas at the peak of last year's summertime surge in oil prices.

This type of hit to the wallet isn't all bad. For that kind of money, a buyer gets top-notch machinery with which to hit the trails, saving money on bike repairs, auto wear and tear, gasoline, time and, potentially, health insurance.

Read the rest of this story in Consumer Watchdog in this week's Urban Tulsa Weekly.

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