Two wheels good … Bike sales soar as UK bikes | Life and style


Tthere are few high street businesses reporting exceptional trade as part of the coronavirus shutdown, but bike shops sell as soon as new stocks are delivered and are overwhelmed by demand for overhaul of old bikes.

The big chains and independent bike shops, which have been allowed to keep their doors open as an essential service while the rest of the main street is closed, admit they were taken by surprise.

“It was the busiest negotiation period I have known in 27 years,” said Andy Rackstraw, owner of Saddle Safari in southern Buckinghamshire.

The Rackstraw team worked three shifts – including overnight – to meet demand for new bicycle construction and maintenance work while providing physical distance to keep staff safe. It has a waiting list of 300 repairs and bicycle sales have tripled in April compared to the same period last year.

“I’ve never experienced it like this,” said Steve Pettitt of Steve’s Cycles in Hull. “My repairs have at least doubled. People have been bringing bikes that have been behind the garage for years. “

He said sales of kits such as helmets and saddles also went well when parents took the kids on the road. “In fact, you see families together,” he said.


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