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Dec 15, 2011 9:35 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: a book for bike lovers

TUCSON - A new book, titled "Tucson Spokes," chronicles the iconic cycling community here in Tucson.

Christopher Mooney and Stefan Walz, who are both local cyclists, came up with the idea a couple of years ago. For the last year and a half, they've been putting their book together and it's finally complete.

Jaimie Arrieta, who owns the Peddler on the Path mobile food truck, has become a local staple, and is included in the book.

"My dad and I used to ride out to Catalina Highway," Arrieta said.

Which is where he developed his love of cycling. For him, his mobile truck gives him the opportunity to help other riders and broaden his horizons.

"I try to make it to as many places I can around Tucson and Arizona. The more I get to travel with it the better because the more I get to travel with it--the more I get to ride my bike," he continued.

Along with Arrieta, local cycling enthusiasts, advocates and professionals,such as the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, Damion Alexander and Victor Riquelme are all featured in the book.

Christopher Mooney, who did all the photography, says he's happy he and Stefan got this far.

"I'm really glad that Stef and I were persistent and followed the project to the end."

He also says the book is a great way to show off Southern Arizona's beauty.

"We really have something very unique and special that should be shown to the world."

Both Mooney and Walz say there is a possibility of a second book in the future.

For more information on "Tucson Spokes," check out:www.tucsonspokes.com

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