Argentina import controls put brake on bike sales

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In this Nov. 28, 2012 photo, people sit with their bicycles in the Plaza de la Republica along the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Civic leaders have tried to make Buenos Aires a bicycle-friendly city, but that’s been stymied by another government initiative, protectionist import bans designed to spur domestic production that have instead strangled supplies of everything from bananas to prescription drugs. For cyclists, fewer bikes are available because the business has mostly relied on foreign-made parts. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Summer has arrived in the Southern Hemisphere, and bicyclists all over the Argentine capital have hit the streets to enjoy the warm weather. That means this should be peak season for bicycle manufacturers and shops all over town, but the ride hasn't been so smooth this year.

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