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Bicycles are little like bathroom paper, hand sanitizer and hamburger on this time of coronavirus.
Native shops simply can’t preserve them on the cabinets.
Don Dibartolomeo, supervisor of Spoke Life Cycles in Perrysburg, is amazed on the covid-crush of consumers this summer time.
“There have been an unbelievable quantity of individuals popping out of the woodwork to purchase bikes,” stated Dibartolomeo, who additionally has shops in Sylvania, Elmore and Fremont.
“Gyms have been shut down, colleges have been shut down, so you may have a whole lot of mother and father with youngsters that wanted some exercise and bikes turned that outlet. You had individuals who needed to work out they usually couldn’t and, as soon as once more, bikes turned an incredible health outlet,” he stated.
Dibartolomeo stated this reminds him of the early Nineties when mountain biking was common.
“However this blows that away,” he stated. “That is the early ’90s mountain bike increase instances 10, as a result of it’s each bike — from a cheap, entry-level bike all the way in which as much as a $2,500-$3,000 bike — simply gone. They’re simply gone.”
Due to coronavirus, bicycle manufacturing got here to a halt in March, DiBartolomeo stated.
“Not solely are we seeing a surge within the demand, however we’ve no provide as a result of the producers weren’t in a position to produce for 3 months,” he stated. “As a result of you’ll be able to’t get bikes, everyone seems to be pulling out their storage and barn bikes and getting them mounted to allow them to get out and experience.”
This summer time, at Cycle Werks in Bowling Inexperienced, there’s a whole wall of the store that’s completely empty the place bikes can be on show to promote.
“With lots of people being at residence … they’ve determined to get outdoors and do extra driving,” stated retailer supervisor Tim Ebook. “We noticed a giant rush of individuals wanting new bikes, wanting their outdated bikes repaired.”
“We’re positively dusting some bikes off, for positive, and getting them put again collectively.”
Biking is nice household time and train, Ebook stated.
“It’s neat to see folks get out and do issues as a household collectively, reasonably than simply being content material with staying residence and watching Netflix all day,” he stated. “The Slippery Elm Path has been busier than it’s ever been, with a whole lot of newer riders getting out.”
Cycle Werks often has a gaggle experience that begins on the store on Mondays and goes out to Grand Rapids, but it surely was suspended this 12 months as a consequence of coronavirus.
Biking is in Ebook’s blood. His grandparents opened Ebook’s Bike Store in 1939 in Bowling Inexperienced. He now manages the Cycle Werks store within the metropolis. In addition they have areas in Whitehouse and Sylvania.
“You will get out of it what you place into it,” Ebook stated of biking.
“When you simply desire a good leisurely experience to get out and benefit from the contemporary air, you are able to do that. If you wish to race, there’s actually that obtainable, too,” Ebook stated. “We promote bikes for all of these sorts of riders.”
Don’t overlook the gear earlier than hanging out on a experience.
Helmets are a should for security, Ebook stated. New know-how has made them lighter and cooler.
Bob Rex has been biking since 1976 and guesses he has logged 50,000 miles on rides across the nation — even the world.
The retired trainer, who taught 35 years for Bowling Inexperienced Metropolis Colleges, stated there’s nothing like being outdoor and taking within the surroundings on a motorbike to clear your thoughts of COVID-19 and the rest.
Rex prompt households who wish to begin biking collectively start with a cheap buy.
“Begin off sluggish,” he stated.
(Multi-media journalist J.D. Pooley did the interviews for this story.)