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Old 03-23-20, 08:08 AM
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Minnesota will likely issue shelter-in-place orders today. Happy I picked up my road bike (also Zwift bike) on Friday.

My LBS had the doors locked, they allowed a few people in shop at a time and cleaned everything touched after each visitor. I paid for my repairs over the phone, they met me at the door and handed off the bike without contact. When I got home, the bike got a bleach wipe down and bar tape got Lysol spray. I feel like this is overkill, but at this time too little is know about COVID-19 and it's ability to survive on surfaces.

I sent an email to our Governor to consider bike shops as essential during this lock-down. We should all contact our elected officials. I'm nervously waiting to see what happens here later today.
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Bike shops are designated as essential in NYC, too. They are selling twice as many bikes as normal and are very busy. Also bike delivery services are hiring.
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I ordered my wife's new bike 2 weeks ago, and had plans to pick it up and get a fitting on Saturday the 21st. when the gov came on the radio and asked all of California to shelter in place, I figured it would have to wait for a while. I got a voice mail on Friday asking if we were still planning on the pick up on Saturday. so I called in the morning, and said we would be there around noon (since just after opening is traditionally the busiest time on Saturdays in my [dated] experience). the shop owner spent 2 hours fitting her (as part of the new bike purchase, he routinely does a full fitting). If any one is in the general south of the bay area in California, I would highly recommend Off The Chain bikes in Hollister CA. I wish we lived closer to them...

Any ways afterwards we went to a "roadhouse" we like near there, and the wife popped in to see if they were open, and she came out and said take out only. so to help support small business we went in, and ordered lunch to go, and a couple of tap beers to go as well.


On Sunday, it was supposed to be cool and rainy, and I was organizing the garage, when I noticed I was sweating, and the sun was shining. I dropped everything, ran in , and told my wife, "it is nice out, lets get out there".


On our bike ride, we saw more people in this little town out and about, walking etc. than I have ever seen on a weekend. It was nice to see the community get out. On the flip side, on one short bike path, there has been a tent behind a wall to shelter from the wind, for months. This is now 5 or 6, with 2 or more on the other side of the path. It makes me sad that so many people live so close to the edge in this great country.

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Old 03-23-20, 03:21 PM
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"....all with no human contact"

Are you delirious??? A lot of the process may be automated but there are still many unknown fingerprints and body fluids that find their way to your package, both inside and out....and not just from the shipping process.

Keep that spray bottle of alcohol, Lysol(tm), hand sanitzer, etc. near by to spray outside before you even handle it, and inside before you play with the contents.

Be smart. Be safe. Stay healthy......cheers....


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I feel for my local bike shops, However, the gross over reaction is temporary, itís all coming back, worst case a couple of months. There are online bike shops, you can get tubes, tools, and even a book, they still have those I think, to learn how to fix it yourself. Even though I tend to avoid, them, Amazon has all the same stuff, click of a button, all with no human contact.
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Don't believe in god, in the typical sense.

However, I've always believed the universe (cosmic forces, call it what you will) has a very warped sense of humor. We mere mortals just haven't figured out the punchline, yet, so we have no idea if we should be laughing or not....

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My thinking is, this is Godís way of telling corporate America to wake up, and make businesses have adequate public bathrooms. And plenty of them. Itís pointless to tell people to wash their hands with soap often, when thereís no place to do it. 🙄

Growing up in the 60s, I can remember when every place of business was required to have bathrooms available, at least to customers, if not the general public. What happened? This country is growing, but our government canít keep up. 🙁
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Originally Posted by stephr1 View Post
"....all with no human contact"

Are you delirious??? A lot of the process may be automated but there are still many unknown fingerprints and body fluids that find their way to your package, both inside and out....and not just from the shipping process.

Keep that spray bottle of alcohol, Lysol(tm), hand sanitzer, etc. near by to spray outside before you even handle it, and inside before you play with the contents.

Be smart. Be safe. Stay healthy......cheers....
Ah no, and quite sober for the moment. However, if I was as paranoid as you, assuming your post wasnít sarcasm, in which case I found it very entertaining, Iíd be making sure all handguns and sedatives were far out of reach, so as not to take myself out, before the virus inevitably gets me. Just turn off the TV, and go to the CDC website once a day, that should dial down your paranoia a notch or two.
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Half sarcasm, half not. However, if it brought a smile to your face, then I've done my work for the day

I don't consider myself paranoid (at least, not delusionally so). Tho, I actually have been spraying the outside of any packages I've received, especially if they originate outside the US or, at least. from an unfamiliar source, just to be a bit on the safe side. Of course, this turns out to be a penny-wise, pound-foolish move for me becuz I have 3 other people living in my household: 1 drives Uber and the other 2 work for Safeway, sometimes in their Starbucks kiosk. I suppose if I were going to take this to its ultimate level, I'd be installing an automated Lysol/alchol/sanitizer shower at the entrance to my front door. Hmmmm...now that I've said it out loud, need to go work on those plans....

As for calming down...nah, plan to get out on a few bike rides this week....

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Ah no, and quite sober for the moment. However, if I was as paranoid as you, assuming your post wasnít sarcasm, in which case I found it very entertaining, Iíd be making sure all handguns and sedatives were far out of reach, so as not to take myself out, before the virus inevitably gets me. Just turn off the TV, and go to the CDC website once a day, that should dial down your paranoia a notch or two.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Long drive from Portland. Community Cycle Center is our big co-op, and they're shut down right now.
Contact Washco Bikes in Hillsboro, Iím not sure if they will be making retail sales but I think you might be able to make an arrangement. Service will be accepting bike for repair. From my understanding we will write up the work order at the door and give it back the same way. It could be possible to do tubes, tires, essential parts the same way. Iím not so sure right now.
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UPS put out a bulletin that said the packages are safe. That was false. I am tooling right now a company that is making ventilators. I am receiving pkgs. from suppliers and spraying each box with disinfectant all sides of the cube and letting it sit in quarantine for at least an hour before touching with my hands . Overkill? Maybe, I'd rather be safe. I am still riding my bike, not as much and only in areas less populated which is tricky in Southern California. The really nice bike paths that we have are far too crowded for me. It seems there are those that have not taken this seriously. Riding along the coast has always been a delight here , but this weekend on Saturday the sun peeked out and the beach was a zoo! Cyclists in groups folks on the beach with kids and just like a summer day. I reported to local news agencies and the County Parks Dept. , we'll see....
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Here's an article that came out abt 6 days ago that might be of interest......

This is how long COVID-19 can live airborne

Be smart., be safe, stay healthy......cheers....
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Universal Cycles in Portland is open for business. Their planned move to Beaverton has been pushed out till May "there was more they had to do to the building before moving" I was told on the phone. I ordered up bulk patch kits and an 8 oz tub of cement. I've got a bunch of tubes to repair, and if this thing lasts a long while, I'll be the neighborhood repair guy, since our house is right next to a well used MUP.
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I am far from a germophobe. I share drinks with people. But it's the appropriate time to act like a neurotic germophobe. Wiping things down is the order of the day. Soap may be all you need. I've read that it's better at killing viruses than anti-bacterial stuff, though I am not an expert.
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I am far from a germophobe. I share drinks with people. But it's the appropriate time to act like a neurotic germophobe. Wiping things down is the order of the day. Soap may be all you need. I've read that it's better at killing viruses than anti-bacterial stuff, though I am not an expert.

Iím a firm believer of cover your coughs and sneezes and Wash Yer Hands You Filthy Animals! Some parenting still needed as I see kids walking around coughing and sneezing into the air and a friend of ours boy has to be told to wash his hands. I just donít get it.
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We've actually sold a fair number of bikes by phone.
Awesome!

I remember buying almost everything that way, before the internet.
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I know this thread has gone a bit cold and this may be a bit askew from the thread topic, but thought folks might find this interesting. A very recent study performed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation — an independent research center based at the University of Washington - provides projections on patterns of coronvirus cases on a state-by-state basis.

The 1st link is a PDF version of the actual study with an abstract and methodology on how the study was accomplished.

https://www.healthdata.org/sites/defa...03252020_4.pdf

This 2nd link is an interactive page that can show you expected peaks and patterns specific to your state.

https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections

This last link is to the article that mentions the study and, more importantly, does a fact check on the original sources for articles that mention the study.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fact-chec...212347121.html

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here in santa clara county (san jose, silicon valley) bike shops are considered essential as Bicycle repair and supply shops;

shops are not open for sales browsing, but you can pick up a bike ordered online
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