EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, gyms and fitness centers have had to close, leaving people to find a different way to exercise. For many, that means oiling up the chain on their bike and pedaling down local bike paths.
“It’s been pretty insane the last 6-8 weeks really, ever since the coronavirus hit. Both fitness equipment and bicycles, people can’t get enough of it,” said Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling Manager Kirk Kendall.
During the pandemic, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling in Evansville says they’ve almost completely sold out of their bikes typically used for leisure riding. The shop has also seen an increase in their higher end performance bikes and bikes with electric motors, most of which come with a price-tag upwards of $1,000.
“I think bicycles in general have let people re-discover the freedom part of getting out and riding,” said Kendall.
“Just trying to stay not cooped up because when you have two kids stuck in the house all day and then they want to run, run run so we figured we’d just ride bikes,” said Tyler Wainman.
Wainman and his children Kadie and Jaxon live in Evansville. He says they try to ride their bikes for an hour when it’s nice outside to keep the family active.
Venu Chippa’s son Akshaj recently learned how to ride a bike.
“It’s a good experience, he’s four years old and he’s enjoying the bike riding. We have a 1-year-old daughter so it’s nice to come out as a family in the evening, especially when it’s nice and warm outside,” said Chippa.
Due to the pandemic, Kendall says the bike shop has also been repairing more bikes than usual.
“Everyone’s been bringing us their bikes and some of them haven’t seen the light of day in a while. It’s been pretty packed. I’ve been here 7 1/2 years and it’s more busy than I’ve ever seen it for sure,” said Kendall.
Whether you’re biking recreationally or for performance, it’s still recommended you wear a mask if you choose to exercise in a public area when others are present.
(This story was originally published on May 19, 2020)