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Next Week: St. Louis Bike Shops See Uptick In Sales During Pandemic

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A bike stands against a bench at Forest Park.
Credit Joshua Phelps

This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” over the noon hour Friday, May 29. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

Bike retailers around the St. Louis region have reduced capacity for in-person visits due to the COVID-19 crisis. But even with less foot traffic, some shops are seeing an uptick in sales. 

According to Big Shark Bicycle Company owner Mike Weiss, the Richmond Heights location has gone from an average of 60 sales per week to nearly 140 a week since about mid-March. 

“Now the limiting factor is supply,” said Weiss. 

The increase seems indicative of just how eager people are to get out of the house. And as has been widely reported across the country, biking is truly having a moment in the U.S. during this pandemic — providing a great way to explore while also maintaining social distance.

“What we’re finding is people need an outlet for physical exercise,” said Emma Klues, vice president of communications and outreach for Great Rivers Greenway. “From a mental and emotional health perspective, people need fresh air and [need to see] other people.”

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Weiss will join host Sarah Fenske to talk about why the shop has seen an increase in sales and what businesses are doing to keep bikes in stock. He’ll also offer some maintenance advice for those who are biking amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, Klues will share her recommendations for specific trails and routes to explore while continuing to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Have you taken up cycling for the first time — or found yourself biking a lot more than you used to — during the COVID-19 crisis? Tweet us (@STLonAir), send an email to talk@stlpublicradio.org or share your thoughts via our St. Louis on the Air Facebook group, and help inform our coverage.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Joshua Phelps. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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