WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – If you are considering riding a bike recently, you are not the only one. Bicycle shops across the country have increased sales. Bicycle sales rose more than 120%, according to research by the NPD.
Many new riders come to Trek Wausau in search of bicycles (WSAW photo).
Wausau is no exception.
Saturday, customers flocked to the Trek shop before it was scheduled to open. Some find bicycles interesting in the era of social distance.
“They don’t want to be right next to someone they don’t know, shoulder to shoulder, above, today is a fun day, you want to get out, you want to enjoy yourself,” said David Rietz, who was shopping with a friend at Trek
He checks electric bikes, or “e-bikes,” both to go to work or ride longer distances.
“On many new electronic motorbikes, the distance is, you know, 40 miles, sometimes more. And above all it’s fun, I feel like a kid again,” he said, explaining how the bike guides the rider. without throttle, making the trip sweat free.
Rietz was not the only one who checked the bike recently. Trek’s manager, John Nowaczyk, said he worked hard to keep the showroom full and fulfill requests, all while wearing masks and maintaining social distance within the store.
“Nearly 20 years in this industry, and I have never seen a surge in bicycle sales like this, this is incredible,” Nowaczyk said. “It’s the riding season on it. You can ride social distances, people choose to transport by bicycle to avoid public transportation. We see commuters, we see the first time, we see people who have never shopped at a bicycle shop before.”
Some traveled trade for lanes, choosing to stay closer to home this season. Nowaczyk said Wausau has a good cycling infrastructure.
“We see people canceling their vacations, and the money they have put aside for that, they buy bicycles for their families,” he said, adding he thought the CARES Act stimulus check helped some make investments.
The others are cleaning the old bicycle in the garage.
“If there are no bicycles available, they might renew their bikes, they are willing to spend 2, $ 300 to repair their bicycles at this time,” he said.
Some say the bicycle boom can ride long after the pandemic ends.
“Even here, if you don’t want to take the bus with people with everything that happens, it’s a safe way to get to where you need to be,” Rietz said.
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