Bike shops and repair shops welcomed the chance to continue trading during the UK lockout, after the government declared them an important commodity alongside supermarkets and pharmacies.
People are hoping to avoid public transport and remain mobile throughout the coronavirus outbreak, bike shops owners have said.
The bike industry has seen a boom in business in recent days, especially in the case of bicycle repairs, as people get old bikes out of their sheds in an effort to escape public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) stated that members had registered a boom in mending, while sales of cheaper bikes were also high, as commuters opted to ride on two wheels rather than risk contamination on trains, buses or tubes.
Some of the UK’s biggest cycle stores like Evans and Halfords have closed temporarily, but it is expected most of their franchises to stay open for the time being, as long as they can find a way to sell safely without placing staff and consumers at risk.
William Butler-Adams, Managing Director of Brompton Bicycle, said: “We have a job to help people and keep them on the road.” He said that sales had stopped in the UK, but had “dropped off the edge” overseas, with Brompton sending 75 per cent of its bikes in the midst of shutdowns in Italy, Spain and France.
One South Coast bike shop saw service bookings rise by around 10%, while Clever Mike, a cycle maintenance and repair shop in North London, said it had experienced its best week in seven years of operation with double the average turnover for that time of year. Nevertheless, the Clever Mike company is closing temporarily because it is worried about keeping workers secure at its busy office.