Invasion of the Low Riders

By Nate Jennings

There is a new trend in local towns all across South Jersey. Driving down Landis Avenue in Vineland New Jersey yields some very extraordinary sites. The brand new landscaping and the smell of sweet flowers, and the latest new thing that has ever hit the asphalt, bicycles, not just any bike, but low riders. These sensational bikes are equipped with custom paint, soft seats, spinning wheels, and a ride like never before. These luxury bikes were not only created for the young, but for adults who are young at heart also.

As the summer months slowly creep up and the gas prices continue to rise this could be a plus for savings accounts. Paul Smith owner of Xlent Low Riders bicycle shop on 8th and Landis Avenue in Vineland created these brand new cruisers, which are the hottest thing since BMX bikes hit the pavement. These special low riders are more than just bikes, there classy, smooth, and are built custom made for all who love bike riding.
“Twenty five years ago I was walking in Wild Wood New Jersey and I was actually trash picking and stumbled across an old unique bike. Years latter an idea came to my mind and took off like a group of seagulls on the boardwalk, which gave me the notion to design these unique bikes.” Smith says that he never thought that these creations would take off so quickly.
These low riders are as pretty as cars, but durable like trucks. “These bikes are so comfortable and they are very beautiful also,” said twins Taneesha and Taneeka Jennings of Vineland.” Smith started designing his low riders in Woodbury New Jersey than moved his operations from city to city introducing these bikes to hundreds of people across south Jersey. Now he and his hard working staff are designing these fantastic bikes here in Vineland. They can customize a special one of kind bike for clients only taking one full week working around the clock to do so.
One bike stood out from all the rest, with a flick of a switch fire protruded out of the tail pipes. “Wow, these bikes are hot like fire,” said Eric Simpson of Chester Pennsylvania. Smith will build bikes with all kinds of styles such as the ever so popular twisted style. These new bikes are the talk of the town and the news is spreading quickly. “ These bikes are off the charts,” said Nate Jennings Jr. a Vineland resident who took a tour through the bike shop.
One thing that stood out about Smith is that he cares more about the youth in Vineland than anything else he has ever created. He gives kids a discounts on bikes if they bring him proof of a good report card, and he also donates bikes to schools and people who sponsors fund raisers. Smith’s goal is to keep the youth out of trouble by taking them to cool bike shows that allows them to travel from Pennsylvania to New York. This gives him an opportunity to show off his incredible designs.
Ashley Rodriguez and Jason Roque who are Vineland residents that enjoy hanging out at the bike shop watching these masterpieces unfold. “I try to stay with the trend also,” said Smith.” He also knows that styles change rapidly. “If they can make a hoodie bling than the seat on my bike can shine too,” said Smith. He designs bikes from scratch for people who are young and old school as well. Smith is a great mentor in this community and will do anything positive to help the youth here in Vineland. His website is http://www.Xlentlowriders.com, and the number to reach him is (856) 404-7679

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