February bike imports continue surge

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. continued to import bikes at a rapid pace in February, although the monthly import totals have been declining since a peak last September.

The country brought in 1.38 million bikes in the month, worth $119 million. That’s 74% more bikes than in February 2020 and 26% more in value, according to import statistics released by the Department of Commerce this week. 

Although monthly import total have been declining since September (see chart below), bikes continue to come into the country at a rate well above recent seasons. On a trailing-12-month basis, bike imports were up

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Bicycle industry still booming a year into the pandemic

Bicycles continue to spin out of stores in record numbers.

Last March, people began purchasing bicycles at the beginning of the pandemic. A year later, the industry continues to see an increase in sales — to the point where manufacturers are struggling to supply product, experts said.

“We used to get a truckload of bikes, and now we are getting two or three at a time,” said George Gatto, co-owner of Gatto Cycle Shop in Tarentum. “The vendors can’t keep up with the demand. It’s been a really challenging past 12 months.”

This time last year, Gatto said, he was

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How to Diagnose Bike Noises

You’re pedaling along your favorite route when a new sound catches your ear, and you realize—it’s coming from your bike. Great, you think, what does that mean?

Bikes get worn out. When they do, they communicate their distress through squeaks, creaks, and a variety of other weird noises. If your bike’s been extra chatty lately, it might be time for a little TLC. We know better than anyone that it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out exactly where the sound is coming from—especially if it’s hard to reproduce when not riding—so first you’ll need to know how

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A Bicycle Bandit In Mexico City Has Gone Uncaught For 16 Years


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If you ever find yourself riding a bicycle in Mexico City, or CDMX, do not let a friendly stranger borrow it. That stranger could just be a local bandit who has been stealing bikes from riders for more than a decade and a half.

The bandit is well-known in the city, and despite a 16 year reign of terror, local police are powerless to stop this man, citing a technicality that the bike thefts are not actually thefts, according to news daily 24 Horas.


Photo: Jalopnik / José Rodríguez
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Bicycle turn-indicator tail light is activated by shoulder-checking

While there are now quite a few turn-indicator bike lights on the market, their bar-mounted controls are just one more bit of clutter to manage. Eesen’s Shield tail light/turn indicator takes a different approach, as it’s activated with a turn of the head.

Hardware-wise, there are two parts to the Shield setup – a seatpost-mounted light, and a wirelessly linked motion sensor that’s mounted on the back of the rider’s third-party helmet.

The idea is that when the user turns their head to perform a shoulder check before turning, the helmet unit will detect that movement and automatically trigger the

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Tip leads police to SUV driver suspected in hit-and-run of 3 kids riding bicycles

BRANCH COUNTY, MI — Police, following a citizen tip, found the SUV and driver they believe struck three children riding bicycles Monday in Branch County’s Sherwood Township.

The silver 2005 Chevrolet Equinox was found on Tuesday, April 6, at a home on Hackman Road near Sturgis in St. Joseph County, Michigan State Police said. A citizen told police about the SUV.

The crash happened around 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 5, on Ralston Road near Arney Road, police said. Three siblings were riding their bicycles when a SUV drove off the road, hit them and drove away, police said previously.


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