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Old 03-15-20, 02:57 PM
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My brother's bike shop is swamped

My brother is torn about whether he should close his bike shop located in the Berkshires because the New Yorkers are fleeing north to the country to get their social distancing out on their bikes. His shop is swamped. His wife is a nurse and a worry wart by nature, so it's a tricky thing for them (they have two young children, too). He's keeping the shop super clean and following all the protocols as best as a busy shop will allow him. Seems crazy to close shop when business is booming, but he feels obligated to do the right thing as far as preventing the spread of the virus. Any ideas?
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Old 03-15-20, 05:42 PM
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Wash hands often. Don't rub eyes or face or suck on that finger that just got stabbed by a frayed brake or shifter cable. Unless there are circumstance unusual and unique that might be hard to control, I wouldn't close. But that's just my opinion from a long distance away.
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Old 03-15-20, 05:45 PM
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Any ideas?
Hire some help?
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Old 03-15-20, 06:39 PM
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soldier on.

try to keep up with the demand.I too share the thought of getting out & bicycling more being there are less vehicles on the roads to deal with.a mixed Blessing of sorts.keep at it.may God Bless.
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Old 03-16-20, 09:06 AM
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Looks there will be a lot of people unloading bikes in a few months. Great deals to be had
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Make some money.
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Old 03-16-20, 08:31 PM
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Work by appt only, will lower risk
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Old 03-16-20, 09:04 PM
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Unless you come in contact with high-risk people (elderly, sick etc.), I'd be in favor of keeping it open. From personal experience, being able to ride my bike is helping me thru this time and makes self isolating quite tolerable... not to mention the stress it helps me deal with. I'd also look at it this way: maybe the more people you sell bikes to, the more people stay isolated during this time.
Also, a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money next few months. If you have the opportunity to make some money, it seems like a good thing.
But you definitely shouldn't take advice from me. Maybe consult a health professional.
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Old 03-16-20, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
Unless you come in contact with high-risk people (elderly, sick etc.), I'd be in favor of keeping it open. From personal experience, being able to ride my bike is helping me thru this time and makes self isolating quite tolerable... not to mention the stress it helps me deal with. I'd also look at it this way: maybe the more people you sell bikes to, the more people stay isolated during this time.
Also, a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money next few months. If you have the opportunity to make some money, it seems like a good thing.
But you definitely shouldn't take advice from me. Maybe consult a health professional.
Being elderly doesn’t affect the chance of a person being infected, it only increases the risk factor for that person. Most people infected are between 30 and 60 and they might be asymptomatic.
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Old 03-16-20, 10:02 PM
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If your brother can afford to shut down for a couple months, that seems like the prudent thing to do. If he can't, then perhaps it's an opportunity for innovative approaches to providing repair service with minimal close interaction.
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Old 03-16-20, 11:28 PM
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One LBS here is asking people not to touch any merch. Another is limiting the number of customers inside the shop. Velofix is offering a no-contact option where you leave the bike outside and the mechanic then takes it, and they're asking customers to wash hands before and after service.
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He should act as if there's a flu epidemic -- which there is, and which there is every year. The usual things . . . wash hands, don't touch face, send sick people home. Don't panic. The statistics from China, et al don't support a panic. But do what's reasonably necessary to stay healthy and keep others healthy.
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Old 03-17-20, 11:00 AM
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I hope they're playing My Sharona on a loop all day long. Maybe a little Come on Eileen, COVID-19, you mean everything to me.
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Old 03-17-20, 12:24 PM
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Everyone's circumstances are unique and everyone has to make their own decisions when evaluating risks. I have a friend who's wife has a serious lung problem. If she were to contract the virus, she would almost certainly die so naturally he is extremely cautious. People who are caring for or who have elderly parents living with them, are also likely very cautious.

Cashiers are one of the highest risk occupations for getting the disease but the number of transactions and people you deal with are a big factor and someone in a bike shop is going to be at much less risk than someone at Walmart.

He should be as knowledgeable as he can be, consider his personal situation, and make an educated decision.
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Old 03-17-20, 01:46 PM
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I hope they're playing My Sharona on a loop all day long. Maybe a little Come on Eileen, COVID-19, you mean everything to me.
I get the latter - nice. I don't get the My Sharona reference.
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I get the latter - nice. I don't get the My Sharona reference.
"My Corona..."
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"My Corona..."
Ha! Thank you.
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If your brother can afford to shut down for a couple months, that seems like the prudent thing to do. If he can't, then perhaps it's an opportunity for innovative approaches to providing repair service with minimal close interaction.
Today he locked the doors to his shop but kept the shop open: if you want to buy something you have to call and order it over the phone. Someone from the shop then places the product outside the shop for you in a to-go bag to pick up. If you need your bike serviced, just put it in the bike rack right outside the shop and a bike mechanic will bring it inside the shop for you. If you want to buy a bike you will not get to test ride it at the store, but you get a better option: "If you want a bike we will guide you to the right product for you to take home. Due to not being able to test ride we will give you seven days to try the bike. We will even deliver it and pick it up if it is not right. (25-mile radius / seven fully refundable trial).
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Old 03-18-20, 11:52 AM
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An LBS with too much business. Interesting times.
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work by appt only, will lower risk
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An LBS with too much business. Interesting times.
Yeah, and before all this started, I began my hunt for a new bike..... first new bike in 41 years. Now that I've determined what bike I want, I have to have it ordered to get the color and group set on it I want. So now I'm slightly worrying that the shipment won't get to the LBS or that perhaps the LBS will voluntarily close or be forced to close.

Interesting times indeed!
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Seen today on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/home.php#!/Na...pe=3&source=48

bicycle repair is determined to be an “essential service” as there are people for whole their bicycle is their primary/sole mode of transportation.
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