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06/09/08 - Longview

High Gas Prices Lead To Boon For East Texas Bike Shops

As the pain at the pump continues to soar, more East Texans are finding alternative modes of transportation.

KLTV 7 News' Lakecia Shockley shows us how bicycles are becoming more than just a way to get some exercise.


Wolley G's Bike and Fitness ownser David Plant has his share of repairing old bikes.

"Number one reason - higher prices at the pump. I mean, it's getting so expensive to drive, they're finding that 'hey, I only work four or five miles away, I can ride my bike to work.' "

David has repaired bikes from all over East Texas in the last few weeks.

"They're bringing their bikes out of storage, or out of the garage, or mothballs where it's been for the last 20 years."

Cyclist Eric Deller is skipping taking his car, too. Instead of filling up, he suits up to ride his bike to work.

"Three days a week I'll commute on my bike. My car doesn't get good gas mileage...When you're riding a bike, distance and hills is all that matters. You don't really want to pick the fastest way to get there. You want to pick the shortest way to get there."

Although Eric doesn't need fuel for his ride, he says there are still perks at the gas station.

"You're glad you don't have to stop, but they're there for drinks and all of that -- so, refreshments," he laughs.

LaKecia Shockley / lshockley@kltv.com

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