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June 16, 2013

Local bike retailers have a cycle for everyone

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It’s not unusual for customers to hang out and chat with staff.

“We promote cycling as something that’s fun and good for society,” Blackwell said. “You’ll burn zero gasoline, it’s good for your health and can be part of your lifestyle. I ride my bike every day and enjoy it more than driving a car.”

Buchanan is a Bianchi dealer which is the oldest continuously operating bike maker in the world, founded in 1885 in Milan, Italy.

“We also sell a lot of Specialized and Cannondale bikes,” Blackwell said. “One of the American bikes we have is Surly, headquartered in Minnesota. We have bikes for people of all ages, from kids to an 85-year-old woman who bought one last week.”

· 405 Bicycles, 3251 Market Place, Suite 110, is owned and operated by Eric Melton and Se Kim.

Melton is a former employee of now defunct Millers Cycling and Fitness and knows his way around bicycles.

405 Bicycles is the newest shop in town and they’re located near Andy Alligators and HeyDay Entertainment Center at Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Rd. 405 specializes in road and mountain bikes.

“Basic mountain bikes start at $400 and road models at $800,” Melton said. “For custom road bikes, the sky is the limit.”

Serious cyclists can find carbon fiber bikes at 405. These are the same bikes ridden by the pros in the Tour de France. The primary brands carried by 405 are Specialized and Cannondale.

“Avid cyclists will spend $15,000 for a custom ordered bike made with special parts,” Melton said. “It’s no different than someone spending 10-grand on golf clubs and then you have to pay to go use them.”

405 also hosts a ride with the Bicycle League of Norman on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

“Everyone who works here is a cyclist and we can help our customers, from kids to professional racers with anything they need in the sport of cycling,” Melton said.

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