How To Support Your Local Cycling Shop During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With COVID-19 infections growing exponentially over the last month, attention has been rightly focused on the toll the virus is taking on human health. Yet the economic repercussions are also devastating: Millions of workers are losing their jobs, and millions of small businesses are struggling to stay afloat.

For most cycling enthusiasts, the bike shop plays an important role in our lives; it’s one small business that’s definitely a priority for us in a situation like this. That’s because these shops are much more than mere retail settings — they are true community hubs, where cyclists gather to share stories and meet like-minded people.

Without community support, however, many of these enterprises will struggle to stay afloat. Even in states where they have been deemed essential and allowed to operate, many are dealing with significant restrictions and lower revenues.

Fortunately, there are things we can do to help. A recent Bicycling.com article provided a few smart tips to help keep your local shop (and local riders) stay healthy.

Tips for Supporting Your Local Bike Shop

  1. Call ahead and prepare. Many shops have reduced hours or have become appointment only. Other shops no longer allow in-store shopping, but do offer curbside pick-up. By calling or emailing ahead, you can determine the best way to support your favorite business.
  2. Honor social distancing and hygiene rules. If you visit a store in person, maintain a safe distance of at least six feet. Wipe down your bike before and after service. Use hand sanitizer and wear a mask if shopping in an enclosed area.
  3. Order online. This can reduce the threat of virus spread, but it’s important to recognize deliveries may take longer than usual.
  4. Ask about remote help. Some shops are offering repair guidance over video conferencing platforms such as Zoom.
  5. Purchase gift cards/certificates. This is a great way to show support, especially for shops that have been temporarily closed.

Finding the Right Bicycle Accident Attorney

Gary Brustin isn’t just an attorney — he’s a lifelong cycling enthusiast who only handles bicycle cases. That makes him one of California’s most experienced cycling law specialists.

If you’ve suffered a bicycle-related injury or loss, we urge you to contact Gary’s offices for a free consultation.

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