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      Bike season in Marquette

      Fuel prices are going up, up, up in the U.P. And with them the number of people using a less expensive mode of transportation to get around.

      Maybe you"ve never needed a bike before. Maybe now you want one.

      But if you want to buy one, which one is right for you?

      The owner of Lakeshore Bike says it all depends on what you want to use it for.

      "A mountain bike has generally a knobbier tire. A little higher volume of air in the tire. It's original design is to go off-road. On pavement, the more efficient bikes would be something with a larger diameter and a narrower tire." said Lakeshore Bike owner Matt Calcaterra.

      You can buy a bike, but if you don't take care of it, it won't take care of you. It's a good idea to get your bike checked by a professional at least once a year.

      "You want to make sure your tires are in good shape and they're not all dry-rotted, that they're properly inflated. You want to make sure your brakes are properly functioning and can stop you in time. And make sure everything else is functional with the bike." said Calcaterra.

      Riding on a bike trail is one thing. But Marquette City Police say riding on the open road is another. Out on the road, you're treated like any other vehicle.

      "Ride predictably. No sharp turns. Make sure you don't slam on the brakes. Be visible. Wear bright clothing." said Sgt. Ryan Grim with Marquette City Police.

      If all the rules are followed properly, biking can be both a fun activity and a cost-effective way to travel.