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The bike is back as people pedal through the pandemic

The bike is back as people pedal through the pandemic 2020-09-04Leave a comment

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People ride bikes in Dalseong County, Daegu, on July. 26. [YONHAP]

Folks trip bikes in Dalseong County, Daegu, on July. 26. [YONHAP]

The bicycle is making a comeback because the Covid-19 pandemic leaves different modes of transportation, together with the subway and the bus, as comparatively dangerous choices. A growth has resulted, halting at the very least briefly the lengthy decline of the two-century-old expertise.
 
“Though folks put on masks within the subway, there are too many individuals within the automobiles particularly throughout rush hour,” a latest bike purchaser stated. “I’ve been driving a motorcycle to work since a month in the past. It makes me really feel actually good, as it’s secure from the coronavirus, in addition to a great way of exercising each morning and night.”
 
Based on a report by the Hana Institute of Finance, gross sales of bikes within the first quarter jumped 45 p.c on 12 months.
 
Bikes have additionally been a very good different to individuals who nonetheless wish to train whereas adhering to social distancing pointers.  
 
A 42-year-old girl not too long ago bought a motorcycle for her elementary school-aged youngster. She stated she is apprehensive in regards to the results of staying dwelling for therefore many months as a result of pandemic.
 
“Whereas staying solely at dwelling and never exercising, my youngster has gained quite a lot of weight,” Kim stated. “With emergency reduction grant cash, I purchased a motorcycle for my youngster. My household is having a motorcycle picnic each weekend.”  
 
Samchuly Bicycle, one of many largest bike producers in Korea, introduced Wednesday 77 billion gained ($64.8 million) in first-half income, a 35 p.c improve on 12 months. The corporate posted 10.6 billion gained in working earnings within the first half, a 507 p.c improve on 12 months and a four-year excessive.
 
 

A customer looks at a bike at Emart in Seoul. [EMART]

A buyer appears to be like at a motorcycle at Emart in Seoul. [EMART]

“Gross sales of bikes have been hovering,” a spokesperson for Samchuly Bicycle stated.  
 
The usage of bikes for meals supply can be driving demand, as extra individuals are ordering in as a result of pandemic.
 
Demand has been so robust that bikes have been briefly provide since March. Even outdated inventory has been transferring quick. The shortages had been exacerbated by the shutting of factories in China.
 
The rise of electrical bikes and scooters has not helped.
 
Shares of Kosdaq-listed Samchuly Bicycle misplaced 85 p.c of their worth from a latest peak in 2016 to early 2020. They’ve since greater than doubled in worth because the pandemic led to a mini renaissance in bicycling.  
 
Since mid-August, Emart has been promoting Samchuly Bicycle’s bikes in its 50 branches throughout the nation.  
 
“Bikes, out of public eye for the previous 4 years, are gaining recognition,” stated a spokesman for Emart.
 
BY KWAK JAE-MIN, CHEA SARAH   [chea.sarah@joongang.co.kr]  

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