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Cycling during Covid-19 pandemic

Cyclists are asked to ride alone during pandemic
Posted at 10:57 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 12:18:43-04

WEST MICHIGAN — Despite the governor’s extension to stay home, Michiganders are still able to practice social distancing in the great outdoors. Village Bike and Fitness are now encouraging cyclists to enjoy the sport while riding alone.

“There’s a ton of trails that are great to get on,” Cory Bultman said, owner of Village Bike and Fitness. “A caution to mountain bikers though, don’t go so aggressively as to not get hurt and then have to go to the hospital.”

Bultman says if you are riding alone, getting to a hospital in the first place will be very difficult. He stands behind this warning as the risk for Covid-19 continues to pressure West Michigan.

“Riding solo is better than in a group. Even breathing by people, if you’re behind them, you’ll be breathing their air and that will get onto people around you. I do recommend riding solo.”

As cabin fever grows, you can prep your bike by filling up its tires and checking the chain for lube and cleanliness. Bultman says in-store bike tune-ups will have to wait as bike shops remain closed due to the governors orders. However, if you need a part, Village Bike and Fitness can ship it straight to your door.

Unfortunately, the virus has changed the way we recreate. He encourages cyclists to always ride with lights, even during the day. Riding with a spare tube and chain kit can help fix a flat on the road or trail. Bultman says, ‘no matter your cycling circumstances, having fun is close second to safety.