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(TreeHugger)   The wheels of industry are spinning for bike shops during the lockdown   (treehugger.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Cycling, Bicycle, local bike shop, Bicycle industry, Author Carlton Reid, Lawyer Steve Vaccaro, volunteer couriers, bicycle industry  
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2020-04-07 1:12:23 AM  
I can attest to this. One of my besties is a wrench and I was just talking to him a few hours ago. He says his shop is fully staffed and rocking. Their backlog is piling up. It's the early springtime so it's a busy season anyway, but he says the stay-at-home order hasn't really affected them at all.
 
2020-04-07 1:18:21 AM  
My commute to work is a bit too far for biking, particularly at 11 pm.  And it doesn't help that sky high pollen counts mean my lungs feel like I have sand in them.  But I did used to like biking when I was young.
 
2020-04-07 1:49:23 AM  
I've been riding the same (very rural) route to and from work almost daily going on ten years now. Today I saw more people riding bicycles on the route than ever before. I LOVE it. MOAR BIKES!

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2020-04-07 2:00:41 AM  

TwowheelinTim: I've been riding the same (very rural) route to and from work almost daily going on ten years now. Today I saw more people riding bicycles on the route than ever before. I LOVE it. MOAR BIKES!

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I used to bike a ton when I was a teen/early 20s. It was my "get away from people" card. Got into road racing at an amateur level and had a blast. I will have to get the ol' Specialized Cross bike out that has been neglected as of late.

/Cross bike for the heftier rims for my fat ass!
 
2020-04-07 2:19:05 AM  

powhound: TwowheelinTim: I've been riding the same (very rural) route to and from work almost daily going on ten years now. Today I saw more people riding bicycles on the route than ever before. I LOVE it. MOAR BIKES!

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I used to bike a ton when I was a teen/early 20s. It was my "get away from people" card. Got into road racing at an amateur level and had a blast. I will have to get the ol' Specialized Cross bike out that has been neglected as of late.

/Cross bike for the heftier rims for my fat ass!


The box carries my lunch, rain gear, spare clothing (change of socks, underwear and a sweater), tools, pump, tubes, and can still fit a week's worth of groceries when I stop on my way home.

There was a lot less in that particular photo. It's about 3000 feet higher elevation than where I started the ride at my home. I probably had tools, pump, tubes, beer, and pot.
 
2020-04-07 4:29:36 AM  
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This sounds like a Very Special Episode about to start...
 
2020-04-07 7:29:32 AM  
No it won't.   We'll go back to being fat and lazy in no time.
 
2020-04-07 8:26:20 AM  
NJ bicycle commuter, here (see profile). I haven't been on a bike in weeks. Why? I live in a high rise and am staying off the elevator. More importantly, I've had three cycling-related trips to ER since 2013. Absolutely cannot risk getting injured now.

Looking at getting a trainer.
 
2020-04-07 9:09:29 AM  
I was walking to the office, like normal, and realized that the only reason I wasn't riding a bike was the traffic. So, I'm going to go buy a bike soon. I figure a few weeks/months of getting used to it with low traffic means I'll be more likely to keep doing it once the traffic gets back to normal.
 
2020-04-07 9:20:44 AM  
I got an air pump last week to fill up the tires but haven't taken it out yet.
 
2020-04-07 9:44:06 AM  

powhound: It was my "get away from people" card.


THIS. Riding is the ultimate zen time.
 
2020-04-07 10:49:20 AM  
My company had a 900% increase in March (Sell physical therapy exercise stuff that also crosses over to home market)
Trouble is now no inventory and factory closed
 
2020-04-07 10:52:55 AM  
Saw an unusually high number of people out biking a few days ago and realized I should get mine out of winter storage and start riding it again. Did so on Sunday afternoon/evening.

/Groin was sore all day yesterday.
//I figure it's a "first time in a while soreness" thing
///Own a hybrid bike because I live near the downtown of a city, but far out enough that there are things like occasional gravel roads and bumpy brick pathways
 
2020-04-07 11:17:33 AM  

mtrac: NJ bicycle commuter, here (see profile). I haven't been on a bike in weeks. Why? I live in a high rise and am staying off the elevator. More importantly, I've had three cycling-related trips to ER since 2013. Absolutely cannot risk getting injured now.

Looking at getting a trainer.


I picked up a Wahoo Kickr Core about a year and a half ago.  It's a great workout - I use it with Zwift. Shut Zwift down when I'm back outside. It's been great for me to use during the winter. Kicks my ass.
 
2020-04-07 1:56:23 PM  

Alphax: My commute to work is a bit too far for biking, particularly at 11 pm.  And it doesn't help that sky high pollen counts mean my lungs feel like I have sand in them.  But I did used to like biking when I was young.


With the lack of traffic, some places that were not drivable before now are
 
2020-04-07 8:16:04 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: I was walking to the office, like normal, and realized that the only reason I wasn't riding a bike was the traffic. So, I'm going to go buy a bike soon. I figure a few weeks/months of getting used to it with low traffic means I'll be more likely to keep doing it once the traffic gets back to normal.


DOOOOO EEEEET!
 
2020-04-07 8:17:08 PM  

morg: I got an air pump last week to fill up the tires but haven't taken it out yet.


You don't want to take the air pump out anyway. Take out the bicycle. It'll be a lot more fun!
 
2020-04-07 8:41:28 PM  
Pulled my 20 year old mountain bike off the wall last week. Less than $100 tue up and I'm riding again for the first time in ten years.
 
2020-04-07 8:45:41 PM  

hughesrep: Pulled my 20 year old mountain bike off the wall last week. Less than $100 tue up and I'm riding again for the first time in ten years.


What make is it? Is it squishy (suspension) or non-squishy? Do you have any good trails where you live? I'm gonna guess they're going to be packed with people riding. Be careful and have fun!
 
2020-04-08 6:41:44 AM  

TwowheelinTim: hughesrep: Pulled my 20 year old mountain bike off the wall last week. Less than $100 tue up and I'm riding again for the first time in ten years.

What make is it? Is it squishy (suspension) or non-squishy? Do you have any good trails where you live? I'm gonna guess they're going to be packed with people riding. Be careful and have fun!


It's a Gary Fisher, circa 1998ish?  Front suspension.  Was a nice bike back in the day.

I don't think there are a lot of good off road trails here along the Jersey Shore, soil is really sandy. I'm too old to do the Mt Dew commercial stuff anymore.  Used to ride the hell out of it when I lived in the Midwest.

Kids are old enough now though that we can on bike rides together.  Some good paved trails nearby.
 
2020-04-08 6:45:05 PM  

hughesrep: TwowheelinTim: hughesrep: Pulled my 20 year old mountain bike off the wall last week. Less than $100 tue up and I'm riding again for the first time in ten years.

What make is it? Is it squishy (suspension) or non-squishy? Do you have any good trails where you live? I'm gonna guess they're going to be packed with people riding. Be careful and have fun!

It's a Gary Fisher, circa 1998ish?  Front suspension.  Was a nice bike back in the day.

I don't think there are a lot of good off road trails here along the Jersey Shore, soil is really sandy. I'm too old to do the Mt Dew commercial stuff anymore.  Used to ride the hell out of it when I lived in the Midwest.

Kids are old enough now though that we can on bike rides together.  Some good paved trails nearby.


Those late nineties Fisher bikes were aluminum weren't they? That's a really great bike. Gary knows how to build a bike and make it work well. He got a head start though. Hell, he's been doing it since the seventies.

Yeah, I'm tired of breaking my body too. It takes too long to heal anymore. There are some amazing, ball busting trails in my neighborhood but many of the routes are beyond what I care to ride anymore; there are ten and fifteen foot vertical drops on some of them. And just over the hill, there is a community forest with much more sane trails, but are high on the cardio requirements. Even though the trails are beginner rated from a technical standpoint, it's much more demanding of raw power and stamina. I've made the mistake of taking some beginners there and they HATED it. "This shiat is HARD" was uttered more than once. All of these trails are close enough for me to ride to so I don't have to load my bicycle in a motor vehicle and drive there.

Enjoy riding and be safe!

(:
 
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