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Commuters on bikes mean more sales at local shops

Post by News Tribune Staff on May 14, 2008 at 10:22 am with No Comments »
May 14, 2008 10:22 am

I swung by two Tacoma bicycle shops to see if there has been a spike in sales from people deciding to commute to work on bike.

Here’s an early verdict: It hasn’t been a boom, but it’s a noticeable increase.

"People come in and tell us, ‘I am selling my car and going to just a bike,’ " said Alex Warren, the service department manager at Rainier Cycle Sports. "It happens probably once a week. It’s happening. It’s not huge, but it’s definitely happening."

Most of the customers who purchase bikes for commuting are in the early- to mid-20s, he said.

Business is also up at Old Town Bicycle, assistant manager Ryan Harris said. Part can be attributed to the end of the rainy season – a natural time for many to purchase or upgrade bikes – but a significant number want to ride to work.

"I’ve heard lots of people throw around the word “commuter,'” he said.

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