Bicycle shops report continued surge in demand amid pandemic

A boom in bicycle sales has kept shops busy as the surge in demand has lasted for about a year now.General Manager at Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth, Josh Pierce, said sales this past March were triple what they were at the same time last year. A busy spring season, made even more so by people’s desire to get outside and stay distanced.“We order bikes, we’re selling bikes to people before they get here, putting their names on them, building them and they come in the door and they go right back out,” Pierce said.Typically, the store has 300 to 400 … read more

Racial disparities prompt calls to repeal King County’s bicycle helmet law

In the fall of 2019, a white man spat on Edwin Lindo while he was riding his bicycle with a friend around Mercer Island.

“It gets on my jersey and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening right now,’” he recalled.

Lindo, who identifies as Central American Indigenous from Nicaragua and El Salvador, and his friend, Aaron Bossett, who is Black, viewed the encounter as a racist attempt to exclude them from the biking community.

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Applebee’s customer attacks cook with bicycle, cops find dynamite in bag

A man used a bicycle as a weapon against an Applebee’s cook during a bizarre outburst.

The suspect allegedly made a scene at one of the restaurant chain’s Wisconsin locations that involved yelling racial slurs at other customers, including children. When authorities later located the man, they reportedly found an explosive in the bag he was carrying at the time.

The incident occurred last Wednesday around 9 in the evening, Kenosha News reports. The suspect, identified as Matthew Arnst, reportedly yelled and screamed at other customers and allegedly directed racial slurs at several people.

According to reports, Arnst had

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Billionaire Philanthropist Sylvan Adams Aims For The Moon Via Madonna And A Bicycle

“Before I became some sort of a big shot owner of a professional cycling team I came into it as a participant,” says Israeli-Canadian businessman Sylvan Adams, co-owner of the Israel Start-Up Nation team.

“I love training camp rides with the team. It’s great to ride with the boys. It’s rare for them to see a team owner riding alongside them.”

Team riders do not have to ease off to humor a wannabe; Adams has

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Extans Blue Carbon Fiber Akhal Sheen Bicycle

Design studio Extans’ website says it’s “devoted to mastery with an exceptional eye for detail,” and both of those core principles are on full display with its new Akhal Sheen bicycle. Inspired by the meticulous precision of fine jewelry, the bike is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and dressed in a beautiful navy blue shade.

Apart from its carbon fiber construction, the Akhal Sheen is based around three important numbers: 19, 21 and 24. The first of these is how many units will be produced. The second, its weight — the Akhal Sheen weighs under 21 pounds. The last,

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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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