Updated 04/26/2011 06:37 PM
New bike shop could make your commute easier
Gas prices are hovering around four dollars a gallon, which can put a strain on your wallet. We sent Megan Eaton to opening day at a new bike shop to show you a cheaper way to get to work.
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ALBANY, N.Y. — In February, Joseph Falu bought a brand new truck. Two months and several hundred dollars in gas later, he's looking for a more efficient ride, because he says his truck drank up a lot of gas.
Falu headed over to the Broadway Bicycle Company on Tuesday to pick out a commuter friendly bike. The brand-new store is owned by the Plaine family, who have been in the bike business for three generations.
The specialized shop is a green retail facility, which, according to owner Les Plaine means, "recycled building using recycled materials, renewable resources, and low v.o.c. products."
Of course, riding a bike is much "greener" than driving a car. It's also a cheaper ride.
"You could have just bought a $100 bike, instead of buying gas that week, and rode to work," says manager, and son of Les, Matt Plaine.
You've heard about an electric car, what about an electric bike? You just turn it on, and you're off.
Falu said it's easy to operate.
"You pedal it to get it started then you go full throttle it's like riding a mini-bike," said Falu.
Falu chose a $500 electric bike for his next ride. He says it's well worth the initial cost.
"A very very small electric bill compared to four or five dollars in gas. I'll be riding until September or October if I need to."
"Saving the earth, four dollars a gallon, really cant go wrong, right?" said Matt Plaine.
So when $4 a gallon – and counting – gets to be too costly, consider a mode of transport with two wheels.
1205 Broadway, Albany
Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.