Bicycle sales are booming in the U.S. and conditions in Bloomington-Normal are tracking along with that trend. Nationwide data forecasts a full year sales increase of up to 8% and a record year, measured in dollars. Michael Wilson of Wilson's Cycle in Bloomington says another part of the business is doing even better, repairs. He says those are up 20%.
"With the economy people are realizing they can get their bikes fixed a lot cheaper than actually buying a bicycle and just kind of uh I guess testing the waters to see if they like commuting more and riding their bike more than driving."
Wilson says comfort bikes, commuter and fitness models are all growing in popularity. Caryn Davis, of Bloomington Cycle and Fitness says sales at her shop have also been rising above the national rates.
"We've seen a dramatic increase in cycling in the area. Everything from road riding to off road riding, to definitely an increase in commuterism."
Data from the Leisure Trends Group collected for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association indicates sales through August were $356 million nationally. Back to school items drove August results. Mountain, Transit, and Fitness bikes were each up 12% in dollars.
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