Increased interest in cycling

Discussion in 'The Bike Cafe' started by Pinelander, May 26, 2020.

  1. Pinelander

    Pinelander New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    4
    I heard on the news yesterday that sales of bicycles have zoomed and many big box stores are out of stock. LBSs are doing better than ever. The pandemic has allowed many to see the value and enjoyment of being able to get on a bike and get away from it all. It seems to be part of a bigger trend where people are beginning to have a renewed appreciation for open space and clean air. Maybe something positive will come out of this shitstorm we're all living through. Anyway, stay safe.
     
    Tags:


  2. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    10,590
    Likes Received:
    333
    After this is over will be a good time to buy a barely used bike.
     
    MohawkMike and Mr. Beanz like this.
  3. Mr. Beanz

    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Messages:
    1,706
    Likes Received:
    456

    I agree. Everybody and their mother were out on the trail the first 3 weeks. 100's of families, So many it was almost not worth riding on it. Now I pass maybe 4 families along the way. Plenty of lightly used bikes and sneakers in this area. :D
     
    Germanrazor likes this.
  4. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    10,590
    Likes Received:
    333
    BTW: I did ride today.
     
    Mr. Beanz likes this.
  5. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Messages:
    4,679
    Likes Received:
    376
    I know of a couple of LBS's that are out of stock on a lot of bikes. But that seems to be the going thing on a lot of stuff not just bicycle stuff.
     
  6. Germanrazor

    Germanrazor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2020
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    45
    Yep.....trying to find my daughter a Wahoo26 and is impossible!
     
  7. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Messages:
    4,679
    Likes Received:
    376
    Have you looked at the Giant line of bikes, like the ARX or the XTC models?
     
  8. Mr. Beanz

    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Messages:
    1,706
    Likes Received:
    456
    It has already scaled back over here. This section few weeks ago was covered with all kinds of riders. On Sunday, we saw about 10 on the way back consisting of a 12 mile stretch. DSCN2398.JPG
     
    Germanrazor likes this.
  9. Yojimbo_

    Yojimbo_ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2005
    Messages:
    1,088
    Likes Received:
    49
    Those newbies should keep at it - it is unpleasant at the beginning but once your body starts to adapt it gets better.
     
  10. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Messages:
    4,679
    Likes Received:
    376
    Very true, and once a newbie has cycled for a long time and they continue into their 60's, 70's and maybe beyond, you get to experience all those unpleasant feelings you had as a newbie all over again!
     
  11. Germanrazor

    Germanrazor Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2020
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    45
    You are 100% correct. When I did my first road ride of only 4 miles I was saying I am done! Now 4 miles could be a sprint.....well not really but you folks know what I mean.
     
  12. Pinelander

    Pinelander New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    4
    It is tough when you first start out. I think one of the biggest issues is "seat discomfort." After 50 miles or so you're not thinking about your butt nearly as much. At the beginning I thought plush and cushioney was the answer and went through several seats until I figured out narrower was actually better.
     
  13. Yojimbo_

    Yojimbo_ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2005
    Messages:
    1,088
    Likes Received:
    49
    For sure. I hit my mid 60s this winter and I didnt do any trainer work. So when I finally started to ride again it was / is extremely unpleasant. And I'm much slower (and a bit heavier) than last year.

    It's no fun getting old and seeing yourself deteriorate, but it's still better than the alternative.

    If you're lucky you get old.
     
  14. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    1,202
    Likes Received:
    93
    I'm sure that will be the case, but I'm also sure that the sport of bicycling has made a permanent growth spurt.
     
  15. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    1,202
    Likes Received:
    93
    If I might pass on a little advice at 75 - stop trying to keep up with the fast guys. I'm riding once a week with an 88 year old man who is upset that he can't ride a 15 mph average without it ruining his entire week. I have 81,000 feet of hard climbing this year despite the lockdown and no place to stop at mid-points. But I sure couldn't do that while trying to ride fast.
     
Loading...
Loading...