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Bicycling becoming more convenient

Posted August 24, 2008
Updated August 25, 2008

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— High gas prices have led to a bicycle boom and a push toward making biking more convenient. Things you never thought you could do on a bike, like picking up the children or running errands, are becoming possible.

“Considering how high they (gas prices) are, just going out and getting some things sometimes helps,” bicycler Morgan Walton said.

Getting a few things on a bike is no problem, but going to the grocery store and picking up a lot of items has required more consideration.

“This is a kit that just goes onto any bike and it has these big wide loaders in the back, so you can take your grocery bags they give you and drop them right in there,” Elise Giddings, with Cycle 9 Bike Shop, said.

Cycle 9 in Orange County specializes in biking not for recreation, but for transportation – from the bikes that can haul to ones that fold flat and fit in a suitcase.

The big sellers are electric-assist bikes that you plug in. When you are ready to go, the power gives you a boost for long distances or tough hills.

“This is a great way to avoid using your car and (to) save on gas and help our own national dependence on foreign oil,” Giddings said.

The demand for all this added convenience is huge.

“It's really hard to keep them in stock. As soon as we get stuff, we sell it right out,” Giddings said.

Bike outfitting is a "green" idea that definitely has a following, as more people opt for two wheels to try to save money.

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  • b4kids Aug 28, 2008

    RE: the comment "This is not the 1890's where bicyclist rode alongside horse-drawn buggies."

    As a matter of fact, it is 2008 and there are still horse-drawn buggies where I live, smack dab in the middle of the USA. They're driven by the Amish - some of the most peaceful folks I know (no, they're not perfect by any means). Every time I see a buggy, I feel like a wild party animal riding my modern bike with reflective tape and blinking lights. For that matter, I work at a place that is so respectful of all modes of transportation, there's a bike and buggy shed with hitching posts and bike racks.

    Regarding toys, how 'bout them Hummer H2's, eh? Please.

    And as far as ComputerTrainer goes, if you weren't trained to "not hit" other cars, car accidents would be rampant, people would be dying all over, and cars would be banned. It's everyone's responsibility to be watchful. Check this video out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4

  • mwilson3 Aug 28, 2008

    Wow! Nice to learn I've been doing the impossible for over 30 years!... Biking in traffic without getting killed or even hit, carrying groceries, riding in 95+ degree heat (even to business meetings). I must be Superman or something! Oh wait, no, that's not it; I just decided to do it and figure out how to solve some minor challenges.

    Oh, and by the way, riding in the middle of the lane is NOT how most cyclists get hit, it's how they AVOID the majority of crashes. Those of us who actually RESEARCH this stuff know that 90 percent of crashes involve turning and crossing movements, not overtaking. If a driver can't see and stop for a bicyclist plainly in the middle of the road in daylight he has no business behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Aug 26, 2008

    I respect the bicyclists traveling on the same road as I do. However, I am annoyed when they do not travel on a single file on the right side. I cannot see over them or even around them, creating a safety hazard when going around curves.

  • sillsburykeitha Aug 26, 2008

    Thank you, thats exactly my point. There's a lack of planning for our roads. Someone in our government thinks more roads instead of better roads are better.

  • rtpdude Aug 25, 2008

    @sillsburykeitha

    You have an RV? With today's extreme gas prices I feel for you.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 25, 2008

    I don't mean this to be rude or argumentative, but if you come upon a cyclist while driving your RV you would legally be required to wait for a passing zone and move to the other lane to pass.

    Instead of giving us half a lane all to ouselves, just provide a little extra pavement and it benefits cyclists and RVs.

  • sillsburykeitha Aug 25, 2008

    jreesnc, You claim .. Bikes are legally permitted to use the ENTIRE road. In 1908 Briggs and stratton build a car that was quick and fuel efficiant that legally maneuvered the roads, but that didn't stop it from getting run over by the larger cars which caused them to recall all that they sold and untitle them. they were called go-carts. In minnesota I saw a half lane along the roads on the right side and discoverd this was for bicycles, joggers, skateboarders and scooters and it cut down on people getting hit in the town. I'll tell you right now my RV is as wide as the lane and there's no room for anyone to the inside of the white line durring traffic. Now I do my part and ride my HD everywhere but It is against the law to ride side by side and that goes for bicycles too, and i'd like to see license plates for some of these people.

  • mcgurme Aug 25, 2008

    @NC is my home

    You are complaining about the "me" generation taking "your" roads.

    But you are exhibiting the behavior you are decrying. They aren't your roads. Your business is no more important than anybody else's.

    Some cyclists are out for a recreational ride. Some are riding to work. Just like some drivers are out on "Sunday drives" and others are driving to work. Nobody has priority. Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right - regardless of the "reason" for being on the road.

    Some cyclists are rude. But so are some drivers. Example: some drunks threw a beer can out the window of their SUV at me on Saturday. How many times has a drunk bicyclist thrown a beer can at you in your car???

    I decry it when cyclists run red lights and stop signs. It is against the law, but it is not enforced. I hate it when I am waiting on my bike, and another cyclist rides right through. This is lack of education and enforcement. That should be fixed.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 25, 2008

    And when you were a kid you wouldn't follow traffic laws. You could turn around and ride any which way. You, as I did as a kid, were playing on the street, so when a car came you got off. I did it and my kids do it.

    The difference is that at some point you are old enough to go with the flow of traffic. Now you can follow the rules of the road and do not have to get off when some yells "CAR."

    Your post implies that slow moving work traffic is okay, but how dare someone use the roads for recreation. That's a philisophical difference, I believe the most important time of our lives is the time we are not at work. People with a chip on there shoulder are the hazard, and that can be motorists and cyclists.

    I think it's crazy to limit our exercise to a stationary bike at the gym.

  • NC is my home Aug 25, 2008

    "Opinion"-Well when I was a child riding my bike along NC roads, the rule was that as soon as a vehicle was seen or heard--get off the road. It didn't matter if there was a good shoulder or not. If you had to dismount the bike, do so. You do not play in the road.

    Most of the slower traffic was work related. During the summer months especially, there were tobacco sleds, tractors, etc. The drivers always had common sense & pulled over as soon as possible. The trouble with the overpopulation is that most of them moved here with an ATTITUDE that they were going to take over & live the way they want-forget what's right. When you move somewhere, you follow the rules & customs that are already established. You wouldn't drive on the right side in the UK? These migrants don't care who built this beautiful state. They just want to enjoy it & forget everyone else. If bikers don't learn some courtesy, they should be outlawed off the roads. Face it-bikers are a HAZARD.

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