In the age of the coronavirus, public transportation is less in vogue, festivals are canceled, events are mostly a no-go, and the usual places for socializing, recreating and exercising are either closed or fraught with restrictions and added risks. Put another way: Biking is booming.
“We’ve been sold out since early June and there’s no real end in sight as far as our reservations are looking,” said Sam McNichols, owner of Mountain Adventure Equipment in Mountain Village. “And we probably have to turn away about 40 people per day. A lot of people are renting bikes for one or two weeks at a time.”
But it’s not just that people are rushing to the local bike shops to purchase or rent bikes, though that is part of the equation. When the global pandemic shut down much of the manufacturing sectors around the world, disrupting the production of everything from processed