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Old 04-11-20, 08:51 AM
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Supporting LBS during COVID-19

Hi All,

Based in Ontario, Canada where bike shops have been deemed essential service as bicycles are deemed "vehicles" under our Highway Traffic Act. Most bike shops are now operating on a curbside basis where you can take your bike in for pre-arranged servicing, with all safety and precautions being taken outside of the shops. As well, I have found that most local shops are now willing to be flexible on pricing / price matching and even do local deliveries within the same city.

In all cases, "thank you so much for your business and supporting LBS" have been a prevalent response to my business lately.

What have been your experiences with your LBS lately?
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The shop closest to me moved to the curbside model for a week, then announced their temporary closure. They are part of a TREK-affiliated 3 site dealership, and the other two locations (in nearby towns) appear to be operating normally. So not sure what happened with the one most local to me, could have been something with the specific site where the curbside model didn't work, or perhaps their business dried up as a result of the quarantine measures in place here now.
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In Michigan, the bike shops have been deemed non essential, and are closed.
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What have been your experiences with your LBS lately?
A decent LBS near me has said: Business is a-boomin'.

Was there this morning, briefly, to pick up some parts. And there was a line stretching out the door and around the corner. Techs bringing out serviced (and new) bikes that customers had previously ordered; clerks bringing out online-ordered parts. They weren't allowing folks inside the showroom floor or to pick about the parts bins, but they've been doing a lot of business. Staff's all gussied up with face masks, gloves, and other staff constantly wiping down and sanitizing surfaces. Better than could be expected, I suppose.
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The biggest local shop is still operating but all curbside and online or over the phone.
Buddy who works there says business is steady.
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My closest LBS here in Atlanta is operating under reduced hours, but the owner says they're very busy. I'm very glad that at least one of the local businesses is doing ok, as almost everyone else on the street is closed or trying to survive by filling to-go orders.
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I have some grant money that needs to be spent for a youth cycling mentorship program i help run. A local shop supports the team thru bikes and some gear, so I am going to buy some consumables, a new work stand, and wheel trying stand from them. They support us, we support them.

I havent done it yet because there isn't a hurry on my end due to the program being on indefinite hold.
maybe I'll order everything this coming week.
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