Bike sales have been going up for the last five years and bike shops are definitely cashing in.
The pumps are working and wheels are turning in the Delmar Loop. Good weather and extra income has shops like Big Shark Bikes raking in the dough. Industry experts say sales have gone up 13 percent in the last year. Bike prices can range from $300-$1,000. Accessories like helmets, water bottles and tires are going fast.
"We have actually gotten an increase in bike sales, bike repairs and sales of commuter type accessories since the recession hit," said Ed Shafer of Big Shark Bikes.
"When the weather is better, more people, even when it’s not so nice, people are riding in part because of gas prices and they need the exercise. It’s a beautiful thing," said avid bike rider Alan Cina.
According to Trailnet, a St. Louis Biking Advocacy Group, ridership is going up. They have seen their bike-to-work numbers go from 150 in 2005 to double that in 2011. Avid rider Alan Cina has been commuting on his bike for 14 years, racking up eight miles a day.
"Bike sales go up because it’s easier to get than a car. You can get around a lot for what you want to do. Some have almost ditched their car in favor of a bike," said Cina.
As St. Louis continues to become more bike friendly, shops will reap the benefits of a $3.1 billion business year round.
To find out more about biking... http://bigshark.com/
Trailnet St. Louis... http://www.trailnet.org/
Bike sales openings.. http://www.maplewoodbicycle.com/contact.asp