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.
The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!