Life A Bike Store Survey
posted by July 29 at 14:13 PMon
You don’t need the New York Times—or any of a hundred small-town newspapers that have run likewise stories—to tell you that cars are out/bikes are in. Not if you work above a bike shop. There is seemingly a new bike in the window at Velo, the bike shop below The Stranger’s offices, every day. The other day there was nothing in the window—and they weren’t just faking people out. “We’re selling 13 or 15 bikes a day on weekends,” says Velo sales associate Annie Gillberg. “Our mechanics are having trouble keeping the shelves stocked.” (There’s currently a 6 to 9 day wait for tune-ups at Velo, even though they have several mechanics and a tune-up is a one-hour job.) Ben Atkinson, a mechanic at 2020 Cycle, says the shop has been “absolutely insane”—not so much with new purchases as with repairs on bikes that people haven’t used in years and just hauled out of the basement. Wayne Fujiki at Gregg’s Cycle says “racks are flying out the door”—lots of new customers retrofitting old bikes, “putting racks on them to carry stuff to work.” He repeats, “Rack and panniers have been going crazy.” Erica at Recycled Cycles says, “It’s really busy in here. A lot of people who come in say they want to start commuting,” and are buying bikes to ride to work.
Just felt like scaring up some good news, bike-wise, to counterbalance all the acrimony over the Critical Mass mess.
(With reporting by Julia Mullen Gordon.)