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Old 03-23-20, 11:39 AM
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Are you still bike riding during coronavirus? What are options for people?

Hi everyone, I'm curious what some of you cyclists, commuters, bike tourist is doing during these current times in our society where things haven't been so fortunate for people. Are you still going for rides? Are you escaping your city and riding in the outdoors? What if you live in a major city and still want to get miles in are you doing it indoors? I'm very curious on how we can help others continue to lead a healthy life and promote cycling more as an outlet for healthy and mental health during these times. It's a great way to blow of steam? I've been leaving NYC and heading for the mountains on solo rides and back home. I've been feeling great. Curious what others are doing as well.

Also, what are your thoughts on bicycle shops remaining open for repairs and service? Do you think this is a good idea?
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Old 03-23-20, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by illjustride View Post
Hi everyone, I'm curious what some of you cyclists, commuters, bike tourist is doing during these current times in our society where things haven't been so fortunate for people. Are you still going for rides? Are you escaping your city and riding in the outdoors? What if you live in a major city and still want to get miles in are you doing it indoors? I'm very curious on how we can help others continue to lead a healthy life and promote cycling more as an outlet for healthy and mental health during these times. It's a great way to blow of steam? I've been leaving NYC and heading for the mountains on solo rides and back home. I've been feeling great. Curious what others are doing as well.

Also, what are your thoughts on bicycle shops remaining open for repairs and service? Do you think this is a good idea?
I see no reason to not cycle frequently. I've always been more of a solo cyclist anyway and cycling in groups should be avoided but improving your health with exercise has always been a great idea. I've become a bike flipper in the last couple of years and usually have four or more bikes ready for sale. In the last couple of weeks all my bikes have sold as people want to get out and the few miles around their homes is very limiting. Most of the bikes have gone to inexperienced cyclists getting out there again after years and years of dormancy. With YouTube videos helping people maintain their own bikes and specialized tools being available through the mail, I see a big resurgence in bipedal locomotion. Perhaps bike shops could open for individual requests as needed. I'm not sure it falls under the category of emergency services but in certain cases it could be.
Anyway with my lack of inventory I can finally do a little maintenance/upgrading on my own bike.
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Old 03-23-20, 12:10 PM
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Riding alone, away from populous spots, local to my neighborhood, and slowing it down going downhill. I ate it bad in a race 3 weeks back, so no need to superman over the bars again with this mess going on.

So, I'm separated and reducing injury risks.

I think folks should keep going out, IF they can control themselves by following guidelines to stay away from folks and take more caution for injury.
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Old 03-23-20, 12:18 PM
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I hope to stay healthy and ride when the temperatures get warmer. I think the streets will be quiet, and I'm 3/4 mile from a network of bike/waling trails which will be open. I fear the paths will be crowded though.
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Had probably my last club ride for a few months(?) on Saturday - very low key and we sat outside a cafe that did takeaway coffee and we faithfully kept to the two metre seperation guidlines at the cafe.

Two solo rides today - one for leisure and one to ride to work and empty my locker after being laid off from a department store that is closing "until further notice".
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Old 03-23-20, 12:51 PM
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I do laps in a church parking lot. They cancelled services so the lot is all mine!
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Old 03-23-20, 12:54 PM
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I usually ride alone, so yes.
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Just outside one of the "hot zones" - NYC.
Yes, still going on (solo) rides out of doors. This is in line with Gov. Cuomo's "PAUSE" order, #6 : "Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people". I would not classify solo rides on the roads as "com(ing) in close contact with other people".
So far, nothing has been issued limiting solo bike rides. The closest is Jersey City's mayor telling everyone to "stay the he!! inside". I'm not sure what legal force this, um, direction, has.
On Saturday, I may have had someone shout to me from an approaching care "Go home", but, as always, the imprecations shouted by motorists are generally unintelligible, so I can't be sure.
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Old 03-23-20, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by illjustride View Post
Hi everyone, I'm curious what some of you cyclists, commuters, bike tourist is doing during these current times in our society where things haven't been so fortunate for people. Are you still going for rides? Are you escaping your city and riding in the outdoors? What if you live in a major city and still want to get miles in are you doing it indoors? Also, what are your thoughts on bicycle shops remaining open for repairs and service? Do you think this is a good idea?
I'm riding outdoors, with exercise specifically exempt from the San Francisco Bay Area shelter in place order provided we stay at least six feet from other people.
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Old 03-23-20, 01:11 PM
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My LBS has sent out an email for repairs message first then your bike can be brought to the door and an employee will take it.
To shop you can make an appointment or come ring a bell and you will be brought in in turn when limited numbers allow.
When your repairs are finished you'll be notified and on agreed time it will be waiting for you outside. I'm sure they will keep an eye until you show.
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Old 03-23-20, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by illjustride View Post
Are you still bike riding during coronavirus? What are options for people?
When not at work, yes. As mentioned by others in this thread. https://www.bikeforums.net/general-c...-pandemic.html
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Old 03-23-20, 01:17 PM
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Yep. I ride alone, so social distancing is just part of my ride anyways.

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Old 03-23-20, 01:24 PM
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Stay at home order issued this morning, but cycling alone is allowed. I am worried, though, that our police officers may not actually read the actual order itself and may try to pull some of us over. The fine is $1250 and a posssible 30 days in jail. Would hate to have to sort out a poice officer's mistake from the jail...
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Still riding solo. Italy & Spain banned all riding, presumably to eliminate the possibility of an injury wasting valuable medical resources.

While I can't be certain it will never happen, I've never had a bike incident requiring hospital care so the probability is reasonably low.
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Old 03-23-20, 01:59 PM
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Yes, riding outdoors. Club rides are canceled. Rode with just a small group (3 of us) yesterday, so easy to not get too bunched up together. Stayed on streets and off the MUPs, car traffic is way down, but people out walking, dogs, kids on bikes, etc. are way up on the MUPs.
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In the strictest of orders from California, exercise bike rides are still acceptable as well as walking with the same social distance rules:

"Biking is OK since it maintains social distancing," Andy Lynch, a spokesperson for San Francisco Mayor London Breed's office, said. "You can do it for exercise or essential needs. But it's the same policy for other outdoor activities. Yes, people should exercise for mental and physical health, but they should maintain social distance of at least six feet from others and not do it in a group. You should wash your hands after the activity."

Lynch added that if you go on a bike ride with another person, it should be someone you're self-quarantining with at home. If it's a person outside your household, you should maintain a distance of six feet.
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I'm actually riding more since they shut the gym down which I attended 3 days/week. So now I ride 5-6 days a week and throw in a hiking on the off days to break things up a bit (although it doesn't come close to matching the enjoyment or conditioning I get from riding). Living in the middle of nowhere and riding solo also it is very easy to social distance since I see very few other riders and most of them are going the opposite direction on the county roads. The hiking trails are in much higher use although it is still easy to maintain a very safe distance from fellow hikers. But since I've overdone it a bit and worn through the skin on a couple of areas on my feet I think I'll just cycle for the next 7-10 days until the skin grows back. Perfect time of the year to ride. Nice temps and the wind usually doesn't get bad until the afternoons.
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Here in Central Illinois the state has closed all non-essential businesses and recreational riding outdoors is allowed, but of course it is recommended to keep a safe social distance. Auto traffic is WAY down here in the capital city of Springfield so when warm enough I'm riding outdoor, otherwise like today I'll be on my Wahoo Kickr doing some session on Sufferfest.
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With all the gyms closed, cycling is about the only joy we could afford now.
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NYC here also, still commuting by bike when weather permits to 116 St from 32 St every day. I was told to work from home but still have to visit sites 3 blocks from the office, so I still go in the office every day.

On the weekends, I still ride as usual; it’s a good time to ride in the city if you have to. There is very little traffic and people, just watch out for people in dodgy neighborhoods, a large percentage of the people outside are mentally ill.

Bike shops should remain open for repairs IMO, most shops have spray alcohol, and delivery guys need their bikes serviced.
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Riding alone, away from populous spots, local to my neighborhood, and slowing it down going downhill.
Pretty much the same here.

I'm working on some new routes - on yesterday's ride, I discovered that places I thought would be dead ended up having quite a few people congregating. I'll avoid them in the future.
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I ride solo and avoid all bike paths since they are very crowded.

I see not risk in riding the streets other than getting hit by a car.
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I run a few errands, Basically, my mileage is down from 50 miles per week to maybe 5. I miss my commute.
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I see not risk in riding the streets other than getting hit by a car.
pfft.. details details
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I ride solo and avoid all bike paths since they are very crowded.

I see not risk in riding the streets other than getting hit by a car.
With so many places closed or people working from home, you'd expect motor vehicle traffic to be low and much safer.
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