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(CBS 21 Harrisburg)   Bike sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic. Do you ride a bicycle to a lot of places?   (local21news.com) divider line
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2021-04-20 9:12:07 AM  
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2021-04-20 9:13:53 AM  
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2021-04-20 9:14:10 AM  
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2021-04-20 9:32:37 AM  
Yeah, but I live in Asia where bicycle riding is often a practical choice.
 
2021-04-20 9:34:04 AM  
*flicks lit cigarette butt out car window in your direction*
 
2021-04-20 9:36:25 AM  
I ride your mom to a lot of places.

Yes!  Classic burn!
 
2021-04-20 9:40:43 AM  
After I realized I was going to be in NC for a while instead of going back to the VI (staying with my daughter teaching remotely), I bought an extremely well-priced Trek 29'er hybrid and love it.  Works well on roads and trails, and did great with the little snow we get here in the winter.  I use it to go to the store or just into town while my daughter is at work (Jeep is still in the VI) and have no regrets.  Will keep it here so will have it for vacations.
 
2021-04-20 9:52:46 AM  
I do. Google Maps told me in 2020, I biked about 90% of the number of miles I drove. Both numbers were far lower than usual - I suspect our usual yearly road trip will tip car miles well out of reach of my biking.

Biking is very popular and well-supported in my small city, which makes it an especially good option. There are a lot of safe & pleasant off-street trails, businesses all have ample bike racks, streets are also pretty safe with bike lanes and enough bikers so that drivers are used to looking out for bikers.

It does seem like I am in the bottom 5% for spending on biking locally. There are some stretches on the edge of town where you can get a pretty long and/or grueling ride, but even in town on the winding, creek-side paths, most bikers seem to have full tour-de-france spandex and bikes made of space-age materials. My most expensive gear is my induction headphones - I don't think it's OK to be on shared trails and block the sound around you.
 
2021-04-20 10:03:49 AM  
I ride a stationary bike almost every day, not that it counts for that.

I'm in a semi-rural area, so a bike isn't all that practical a choice for going into town (about 30 miles round trip).  OTOH, because I've worked from home for almost seven years now, I typically only drive once a week now, the aforementioned 30 mile round trip to Wegman's on Saturdays.  Usually works out to be closer to 40 miles because we go from Wegman's to the local farm market, then back home.
 
2021-04-20 10:09:35 AM  
And yet skyrocket sales have remained pedestrian.
 
2021-04-20 10:17:37 AM  
I snapped up a dozen in 2019.
I'm set.
 
2021-04-20 10:25:46 AM  
I bought a gravel bike because I was like, "I'm gonna ride around the lake close to my house even more if I get one of those!"

But instead I ended up riding it way more on the local mountain bike trails, because my rigid shinglespeed is out of commission, and I'm a trail masochist.

I also converted my singlespeed hard tail to a 12 speed SRAM XX1 Eagle setup, and the next farking day SRAM dropped the GX Eagle AXS. It gave me a sad.
 
2021-04-20 10:29:35 AM  
There are plenty of quality bike trails nearby, converted from disused railroads. I don't ride as much as I should, but the opportunity is there.
 
2021-04-20 10:35:04 AM  

vudukungfu: I snapped up a dozen in 2019.
I'm set.


GIMME BACK MY BIKE ASSHOLE
 
2021-04-20 10:42:18 AM  
Work part time in a bike shop.
The demand for bikes in 2020 was INSANE.  Demand is *still* insanely high, and manufacturing is nowhere near catching up.

hate to tell you customers, demand wasn't just high in our state, it was was all over the PLANET.  It remains high all over the planet.  And a warehouse fire at Shimano didn't do any favors to the manufacturing problems either.

They still yell at us for not having the bike they want, and not being able to get it for months.
working at the LBS used to be fun.  Its way less fun these days.
 
2021-04-20 10:55:38 AM  
My kids learned how to ride in the last couple weeks so I dragged my bike out of the garage for the first time in years. As they get better I can see myself going on some decent rides with them.
 
2021-04-20 10:56:07 AM  
Yes.
 
2021-04-20 11:14:12 AM  
CSB:  I had a fixed gear bike gifted to me in London which I swapped over to a single-speed a few days after getting it (I'm lazy and like coasting.) When I moved back to the USA last year the boat ended up taking almost three months, so I went out looking for a new bike in September. Everywhere sold out - at the Trek shop they told me the first available date for an order (with nonrefundable 50% down) was April.

I had all but given up, so I begged and pleaded my dad to give me his old bike which had been hanging up in the garage for the last 30 years. He relents and I leave all proud with my 'vintage' bike, only to get it home and start researching it and find out it was a 1976-era Lambert with the "death fork" which made it entirely unsuitable for road riding unless you want to die.

So, randomly I'm out and about in upstate Illinois and come across a shop selling Felt bicycles in an adult "large" size that met all of my requirements (and is a 24 speed to boot, so a huge upgrade for the hills around here versus what I expected from the fixed gear.)

Around the same time my wife's parents bring over her old bike as they're cleaning out their garage. Not in ridable condition, and she's 7 months pregnant, but thanks, I guess. To cap it off, he then rides over on one of his old Japanese bikes and leaves it in the garage because it's too dark to ride home (supposed excuse.)

Next thing I know, November hits and the truck comes to drop off our household goods. I now look in my garage and I now am the proud owner of not one, not two, but five different bicycles.

So, yeah, I now try to bike whenever I can. Driving sucks.
 
2021-04-20 11:16:03 AM  

Subtonic: vudukungfu: I snapped up a dozen in 2019.
I'm set.

GIMME BACK MY BIKE ASSHOLE


It is now a deer cart.
 
2021-04-20 11:31:54 AM  
As someone who is going to be spending parts of the year in two locations, I'm looking forward to being able to cycle more.  As someone who doesn't want to haul bikes between locations, I am NOT looking forward to buying a bike in the current market.
 
2021-04-20 12:07:22 PM  
Bikes are a in that unfortunate space for me where if the time/distance of what I'm doing makes walking unfeasible, I'm going to take a car, mostly because bikes pretty much represent all the disadvantages of walking and cars
 
2021-04-20 12:21:39 PM  

ProcrastinationStation: Work part time in a bike shop.
The demand for bikes in 2020 was INSANE.  Demand is *still* insanely high, and manufacturing is nowhere near catching up.

hate to tell you customers, demand wasn't just high in our state, it was was all over the PLANET.  It remains high all over the planet.  And a warehouse fire at Shimano didn't do any favors to the manufacturing problems either.

They still yell at us for not having the bike they want, and not being able to get it for months.
working at the LBS used to be fun.  Its way less fun these days.


Yep, I lucked into the Trek Hybrid as someone passed on it and I was next in the list... If I would have gotten it when I did, it would have been at least another three months.
 
2021-04-20 12:23:33 PM  
As a teen, I rode everywhere. I even did some of those charity rides (on a mountain bike, wearing jeans)

Bike was stolen about 6 months after I got my drivers' license, and I didn't have the money or inclination to replace the bike

Fast forward about 25 years, and my son (8) is now at the point where I could ride with him instead of walking/jogging alongside to help. Bikes are unobtainable. Even used bikes were non-existent. I bought a bike from Amazon for WAY more than it was worth, and ended up returning it due to three different serious defects (including the rear derailleur being bent into the spokes). The replacement is coming Saturday, but I'm not hopeful. Never even heard of Royce Union bikes....

Yesterday, I picked up an old early 90s mountain bike that someone threw out (neighbourhood bulk pickup). It is heavy, needs new grips, brake lines are shot. and the seat post is bent and fused to the frame. But, if the amazon bike is crap, I guess I can fix it up for about $100 and have something just barely good enough to make it through this supply line problem
 
2021-04-20 12:33:26 PM  
Starting when I was in 7th grade, my parents gave me the option of keeping the money for my monthly bus pass (it was around 25 Swiss francs per month) if I just biked to school. I always chose the money, except for sometimes in january or february.
Since then I go everywhere by bike if it's feasible. I average about 120 kilometres a week, which is a good thing because otherwise I'd be quite fat.
 
2021-04-20 12:40:41 PM  
I used to ride quite a bit just recreationally, usually several hundred miles a summer. Then last year I moved from one rural area to an even more conservative rural area and while I like the house, the whole vibe just feels less bike friendly. I've been too chicken shiat to take it out this year at all.
 
2021-04-20 12:43:49 PM  
I started riding home from work a few years ago.  The distance to/from work was too great to be a true bike commuter, but I found an express bus I could use to get into work in the morning, then change into gym clothes and bike the 27 home in the evening.  This worked out great.  Less stress than driving in rush hours traffic, I was in great shape and saving money.  I eventually even went out and bought an expensive new bike and got to ride that for a few months before the pandemic hit.

Now I work from home.  Sounds like it is a permanent move.  I don't miss the commute but I miss the rides home.
 
2021-04-20 1:33:53 PM  
Yup. Bought a Niner carbon gravel bike last month, and am looking for a Salsa Beargrease (good luck finding that). Worked in the bike business years ago, which ruined me for buying anything low-end. Fortunately I'm doing well and have pretty low expenses. Live a little far out of town for commuting, but have miles of hilly, scenic gravel right out my door.
 
2021-04-20 2:31:35 PM  
I was seriously considering getting a bike to go to and from work earlier this month. I only live about 2 miles from work, after all. But those 2 miles have no bike lane, no shoulder, and a blind curve where people regularly go 20+ over the speed limit...and then there's the cost...

I dunno. It sounds like it'd be fun, but probably not practical right now.
 
2021-04-20 2:45:26 PM  
Levo e-bike and my analog is a Stumpy, both ridden for mostly recreating. The e-bike has also been a commuter and as well has eliminated a lot of driving to trailheads. My typical yearly mileage driven was about 12,000 km before the bike and I drove just under 8000 km in 2020. This year I will likely be around 6000 km.

YMMV. :D

Been back wrenching bikes again for the last 4 years and the last year in the bike biz has truly been bonkers. I really hope people stick with it.

question_dj

I also converted my singlespeed hard tail to a 12 speed SRAM XX1 Eagle setup, and the next farking day SRAM dropped the GX Eagle AXS. It gave me a sad.

I put the X01 AXS on both my e bike and my analog, super happy with it. Great to see the AXS in GX.

All you need is the controller and deraileur....you get good cash back on the XX1 stuff, be super easy to sell right now....you'll miss cables as much as anyone misses front deraileurs!,
 
2021-04-20 4:20:01 PM  
For the past few years before the pandemic, I'd been increasingly riding to work - I had worked my way up to 3 days of riding the full distance, and 2 days of driving half way (more to avoid a big valley in the middle than the distance, which is only 9 miles each way). It's been pretty good for me.
 
2021-04-20 4:27:08 PM  
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my...
Bicycle races are coming your way
So forget all your duties, oh yeah
Fat bottomed girls, they'll be riding today
So look out for those beauties, oh yeah
 
2021-04-20 4:59:14 PM  
I ride almost every day, but mostly not to get anywhere, just to get the exercise.

I rode to the pool (a little more than 10 miles)  Sunday, swam for an hour and rode home. I'll do that most Saturdays and Sundays when it's nice enough.

I may try doing that during the week this summer when it stays light longer.
 
2021-04-20 10:55:45 PM  
Take my life in my hands around here, but I bike it anyway.
 
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