2020 has brought with it a myriad of challenges, the novel coronavirus being perhaps the most pressing. People around the world are struggling to live their everyday lives while staying healthy and reducing the spread of the disease. Even with a global pandemic, however, the world continues to spin. So do bike tires! But in slightly different ways.
Here are some ways COVID-19 has transformed the cycling industry in 2020:
Increased downtime as a result of quarantines and social distancing has had people turning to old hobbies. Governmental advice to avoid public transportation systems has also forced commuters to reach for alternatives. As a result? Some bike shops have reported sales increases of up to 600%. With such a high demand and shipping delays as a result of the virus, you could be left waiting for a new set of wheels.
Those who typically frequent cycling classes or gyms' stationary alternatives have had to seek new biking options. For those who can't afford to invest in an in-home exercise machine, the open road has called out. Although the street may be less temperature-controlled, a little reprieve from the indoors could likely do us all some good.
While your typical cleaning regimen may consist of waiting for it to rain during a ride, the pandemic has necessitated more caution. Be sure to frequently sanitize handlebars, grips, saddle, brakes, and other areas that are frequently touched during bike use.
If you rely on shared-bike programs to get from place to place, take care to wipe down surfaces and avoid touching your mouth until you can wash your hands. When possible, these bikes should be entirely avoided for the time being. They don't just carry people — they carry germs.
Biking can be a source of comfort and stress relief during these unprecedented times, but take care to protect yourself from sickness wherever you can. With any luck, we'll soon be riding towards a more normal state of the world.
Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.
Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)
That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.
Biking is an enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. Whether you're tooling around the neighborhood or participating in road races, cycling is a great way to get fresh air and exercise.
Unfortunately, cycling can be dangerous. And it is important for us to bring awareness to the dangers of cycling to help all riders become highly alert of their surroundings when riding on the road. In 2020, nearly 700 cyclists were killed in crashes involving vehicles. Of those, a quarter were hit-and-runs, which means the driver fled the scene before police arrived.
Ever dream of thru-biking across the interior of the United States? Thanks to a decades-long project spearheaded by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, that trip is one step closer to fruition.
When completed, the Great American Rail-Trail will stretch from Washington D.C. to Washington state, encompassing nearly 3,700 miles along the way. The idea has been in the works for 50 years and more progress is being made every day.
About 80 miles of the trail are considered complete, but the Great American Rail-Trail already connects with existing bike trails. It's built on old railroad lines, hence the name. The path is made from paved asphalt, crushed stone and other materials.