Thanks to $4-per-gallon gas prices, green guilt or a combination of both, Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium has experienced a noticeable spike in bike sales — particularly road bikes — in the last few months.
Owner Brian Eckman says more and more people are returning to simpler traveling methods, like trading in their big honking SUVs (Florida's flat, people) for the classic bicycle. In business for 11 years, the CBE has always catered to new riders and families, even offering basic bike maintenance, safety and tire repair classes.
Eckman is also involved in the community and is a huge proponent for bike lanes and bike awareness.
"We're active in the government aspect," he said. "We try to push for more lanes and really plug into the community."
Along with road bikes, beach cruisers or "café cruisers" are also sought after. Painted in bold, iconic designs and psychedelic colors, boasting names like "Wasabi Dragonfly," it's no wonder people are clamoring for a more laid-back ride.
CBE also sells all of the accoutrements of the modern-day cyclist, such as jerseys, water bottles, baby trailers and much more.