Bikes roll in as popular Christmas gift

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Elizabeth Vowell – email

GULPORT, MS (WLOX) – "All I want for Christmas is a three speed bike," at least that's what parents are hearing.  That's also why stores are reporting big bike sales.  For biking enthusiasts, it's no mystery why bikes make great gifts.

"Biking is a great activity for everyone from kids to adults. It's a great aerobic activity to get your cardio going. It's also a viable source of transportation," said Gulf Coast Biking Club President Pat Heidingsfelder.

WLOX News even reported that bikes were the most requested toy for Toys for Tots in Harrison County.  The organization even put out a special request for extras.

When it comes to buying your own bike, veteran bikers said you don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money.

"Just get the best one you can afford basically, and support our local bike shops by going and taking it to them and getting it tuned up regularly," said Heidingsfelder.

The experts also said bike helmets aren't just a fashion statement.  If you're getting a new pair of wheels, a helmet is the one piece of safety equipment you must have.

"Make sure you wear a helmet, and make sure you ride with traffic on the right side of the road," explained Heidingsfelder whose club helps show new riders the rules of the road.

Academy Sports said bike accessories, like gloves and air pumps, are also good gifts for any biker.

For, those who are new to riding on two wheels, the experts are happy to give some tips.

"We love to hear that. We love new people getting into the club, getting into biking. The more we see the merrier. Just keep pedaling," said Heidingsfelder.

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