Before wintertime hibernation, bicycles forage and fill their inner tubes with enough sustenance to feed training-wheeled cubs come spring, a noble act that often leads to serious exhaustion. Help spin the spokes of life with today's Groupon to Bay Area Bicycles, located in the Gulfway Shopping Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get a minor bicycle tune-up (a $49.99 value).
- For $15, you get $30 worth of retail merchandise.
Bay Area Bicycles owner Tom Neagli, a cycling savant certified by the League of American Bicyclists, stocks his glass-fronted store with a staff of savvy two-wheelers and a wide variety of bike-friendly accessories. Keep trusty pedaled steeds in tip-top shape with a minor bicycle tune-up, which includes an adjustment of your velocipede's front and back brakes, derailleurs, and lingering aches brought on by nagging ingrown tires. Any additional or new parts can then be sutured on for an extra fee.
Those in search of more bike-appropriate attire can sweep the store's stacks for spoke-spinner accessories such as the handlebar-mounted CatEye Velo 8 computer ($29.99), whose easy-to-read digital display tracks eight metrics including current speed, overall time, and the secret location of several haunted crypts. Safety-conscious pedalers can pack a portable Innovation Ultraflate CO2 kit ($19.99) for on-the-go tire inflation, or they can grab a steel-barreled Topeak Joe Blow Max II floor pump ($34.99) that can be used at home to push rubber-plumping puffs through both Schrader and Presta valves.
An active part of the Corpus Christi biking community, Bay Area Bicycles coordinates group rides, fundraisers, and other cycling events every year. In 2009, the shop donated more than 95 bi-wheeled buddies to underprivileged children as part of KBAY's Bikes for Kids program and has also donated supplies to the South Texas Area Runners, Riders, and Swimmers triathlon club.