7 Bits of Good News as the Cycling Industry Rallies Against the Spread of Coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Among the constant bad news about the worsening spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and people in the bike industry are trying to make the most of a bad situation. Check out some of the positive news stories to come through our inbox we spotted this week.



Santini and Kitsbow shift clothing production to make facemasks
Performance clothing manufacturer Santanti announced this week that with the falling sales of its clothing range due to the virus it was planning to instead shift its production lines towards masks with the aim to produce 10,000 a day. The masks once produced will be given to those fighting against the spread of COVID-19.


Talking to local news outlet, BergamoNews.It, the marketing manager for Santini, Paola Santini, said: “We have made the prototype, now we are waiting for the go-ahead from the Politecnico di Milano which is testing it and from Monday 23rd of March we could put our mask into work. We have already tested the machinery and we are ready to produce ten thousand masks per day. We receive many requests, but the priority will be addressed to Bergamo and its province, because we touch the difficulties of our hospitals and how much they still work in companies with their own hands.”

Kitsbow have also decided to start making protective equipment for local first responders and medical staff. They have apparently already had an order for 26,000 units that will ship on Monday. Read more on Bicycle Retailer, here.

Sea Otter Classic 2018 XC Emily Batty



Industry Nine hopes to shift manufacturing to support fighting the virus

Industry Nine has announced on social media that they have CNC machines ready to make parts that could be in short supply because of the COVID-19 outbreak. In their statement, they specifically mention ventilator components but they are asking anyone to get in contact with them if they think they can help them make the items that are in desperate need during the crisis we are currently all facing.




bigquotesIndustry Nine is in a position to help with manufacturing parts needed and assisting supply efforts in combating the virus outbreak. At our disposal are dozens of CNC machines ready to make parts in short supply like ventilator components. Our engineering teams have years of robotics and automation experience ready to support companies producing PPE like masks and gloves. We're reaching out to our contact network to find ways to support these industries in need, but now we're calling on our dedicated followers to help us connect with other manufacturers or suppliers. If you think you can help us in this effort please email:⁣

tips@industrynine.net⁣⁣
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Please share with or tag people/friends who may be of help. Thank you all - please be safe! ⁣⁣
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Monkey's Sauce begins produce hydroalcoholic gel to supply hospitals



Monkey's Sauce has decided to use its large stock of glycerin and alcohol to produce alcoholic gel for hospitals. Monkey's Sauce said: "Monkey's Sauce and Hexis Group (our parent company, manufacturer of self-adhesive vinyl films) produce hydroalcoholic gel to supply hospitals. Glycerin is a major component of our sealant and we use alcohol to clean all machines & to produce some products like Hexis Shagclean. As we have a lot of stock that's why we decided to produce hydroalcoholic gel. Thank you to all the staff currently working at the factory while respecting the safety rules"



BMZ Group stops production of batteries for ebikes to make batteries for ventilators

The BMZ Group, who produce Li-ion batteries that are used in e-Bikes, has decided to convert their production lines to make Li-ion batteries for medical equipment with a focus on ventilators, which are in short supply across the world. They have found that companies producing ventilators desperately need batteries with the company seeing a 50% increase in inquiries.

BMZ Founder and CEO Sven Bauer told Cycling Industry News: “For us, health protection is paramount. That is why we didn’t hesitate for a moment when we received a distressed call from manufacturers of urgently needed ventilators. We are in the fortunate situation of having access to an extensive inventory, allowing us to increase the number of batteries we produce for use in medical technology.”



RGT Cycling indoor training app has been made free to users

With some parts of the world on full lockdown and others asking to limit any potentially dangerous activities more riders have been looking towards indoor training apps to get in some miles. While Zwift has offered up some added events, RGT Cycling has decided to make their platforms completely free to users. The programs, which normally cost £12.99 (per month), will now be available to everyone at no charge for the time being as they want to encourage people to stay indoors and not put themselves in a situation where they might add to the strain of healthcare services.

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Alex Serban, the founder and CEO of RGT, told Cycling News: “As the impact of COVID-19 is felt around the world, this mission has become more important than ever and after watching inspiring communities come together to support each other, our need to do everything we can to help became obvious.

“At a time when focusing on profit would be easy, this removal of restrictions will provide free access for all and, we hope, offer some support to the cycling community.”



Cycling shops report a rise in sales as more people look to cycling as a mode of transport
Cycling Industry News reported earlier this week that with the spread of COVID-19 and the worries over using public transport they have found that bike shops have been seeing a rise in sales.

Energise e-Bikes has found that they are selling to people who they would not normally serve with a spike in sales at weekends. They told Cycling Industry News: “We did have a spike on the weekend sales-wise, particularly in the 30 to 40-year-old commuter demographic, which we don’t see that often.

Tring Motion’s David Barnett, hasn't found quite the same kind of sales as Energise but they have seen more people coming to have repairs on their bikes: “Mine has been mainly repairs, activity has increased despite my website being offline for a few days. I have had an uptick on lower priced units, for sure.”

Bicycle Retailer has also reported that New York has seen a rise in sales with New York city bridge counters seeing increased traffic and Citi Bike share system finding a usage increase of over 50%.

In the same report, it mentions that Bicycle Habitat which has three locations in the city has found increases of over 75% in their shops since the outbreak of COVID-19. Charlie McCorkell, owner of Bicycle Habitat told Bicycle Retailer: “We’ve been pretty busy; we’re an important part of the whole system right now and we’re doing our best to keep it going.

“We’re seeing sales in two categories: the transportation category and the other is what I call ‘normalizing your children’s experience in a time of crisis.’ We’re selling a lot of kids bikes. I think parents are trying to give kids a good experience as opposed to everything sucks out there.”



Trash Free Trails announce selfless isolation initiative with the DIY spring trail clean
Trash Free Trails were set to kick off their Spring Trail Clean tour next month, which would have seen them head to 10 locations across the UK to clean up the trails from plastic waste left behind by trail users. But with the spread of the virus and government restrictions, the plans could not go ahead but that does not mean that trails can't be cleaned. To keep their idea going, they have announced 'Selfless Isolation', which involves anyone interested to head out to their local trails and pick up any rubbish that you can find. Even if we can't have as much fun on our bikes at the moment we can at least make sure that the places we ride stay clean and healthy for when we can return to the trails.


bigquotesAt Trash Free Trails, we strongly believe that now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to provide people with ways to stay connected with each other and with nature. Over the coming weeks, it will also be vital that we all find ways to feel purposeful over this worrisome period — to feel like we have achieved something significant. As we have seen so many times, the simple action of removing a handful of plastic pollution from the places we love can be an incredibly powerful and symbolic act.

So we're not going to cancel or postpone the Spring Trail Clean Tour. Nope, we're just going to change things up a little. We’ve decided to overhaul our recently announced Spring Trail Clean Tour, and call for some 'selfLESS isolation'!
Trash Free Trails


bigquotesHere's the plan:

- We were really hoping that up to 1000 people would join us in giant, glorious groups of trail loving trash hunters, but that's going to have to wait a while.

- But just as we were settling in for a little sulk we realised that we don't have to be together to work TOGETHER to #protectwhatwelove.

- Idea We're going to hijack the #selflisolation & #socialdistancing hashtags of doom for GOOD by asking thousands of you to do your own #selfLESSisolation #DIYTrailClean whenever you are able to escape into our wild and beautiful places.

- Now this is the key. Every individual positive action makes a difference. But, when we share and connect these incredible individual actions, something truly awesome happens. So, please shout it from the hilltops! Use social media to connect our dots and create a giant, noisy network of action!

As outdoor sportspeople we know you'll all have been thinking the same as us; "will we still be able to ride, run and roam our trails and wild places?". Whilst things are changing faster than Danny Hart's Champerey run the current guidance from the UK government, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the British Mountaineering Council, British Cycling and the National Trust is that we CAN still head out into our hills, forests, trails and rivers as long as we are playing well within our CAPABILITIES. We'll be keeping a super close eye on this and will be updating our community constantly to make sure we all remain responsible with our actions. We also ask that anyone joining us from afar strictly follows the guidance and law being applied where they live!

Are you in? Ace! Click the link below to view more detailed plans and assets for our re-launch. If you’d like to join in, here are our #s and handles to get you started:

#1000positiveacts #stayconnected #selflessisolation #springtrailclean #DIYTrailClean #trasfreetrails
Trash Free Trails

It is important to remember your own country's guidelines when outside your home. If your government is suggesting 'social distancing' then please follow the rules and remain at least 2 meters away from other people (try not to visit your trails in large groups) and do not travel unless it is necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19.





47 Comments

  • 86 0
 Thank you Pinkbike and @EdSpratt - everyone needs a dose of positivity and happiness. In times of duress, people can truly be helpful and supportive. I am so proud to be part of a great biking community. Stay safe x
  • 30 1
 My shop has had the sales equivalent of a mid-summer Saturday for the last 10 or so days. They sold nearly 120 bikes in six days alone. Add to that the service side which is currently at a 10 day backlog. The state just closed all non-essential businesses, but my shop owner is convinced he's essential, he also may believe that the lizard people are working with the Clintons to make this disease seem more sever than it is, but I do digress. I've decided to stay home, if it was just me, ok then, maybe if I just worked the shop and quarantined while off otherwise I could see accepting the risk. But with my wife and four-year old at home, I'd rather not be the vector for them. Especially my wife who has bad asthma.
  • 20 0
 We are rocking at our store! Sales are good and service is the big one. over 40 bikes the past two days. I am a mechanic in the back and stay busy any way all year; more so now. I just don't have customer interactions. We just stick to Texting and Email to communicate. My family would not make it with out pay for a few weeks or less. I am not going to hope the Gov't will send a BS check that would not pay much at all for a week or two at most even. Business and families are going to really suffer. We have strict protocols for the shop. Lock doors, set up appt time first, text or call when you arrive, we come out and get your bike, NO accessories like bottles on bikes. We spray down bikes with ISO and use gloves. 10 people limit in shop. No "looking" Appt for buying bikes. It's starting to work well. Scary times!!! I have a wife and 2 yrs old daughter to take care of, wife's job is closed as of TODAY!
  • 9 0
 @MrDiamondDave: fortunately my bikes shop job is a part-time gig and I can afford to go without. My full-time job is allowing me to telework, so we've just been sheltering in place.

If our shop owner would commit to taking serious steps to prevent employee exposure then maybe my attitude would be different, but since he's just going along business as usual, I can't be so cavalier. My friend who works there has indicated the same, but he is still going in against his better judgement. I told him to stay in the shop, wear gloves and wipe all the bikes with Clorox wipes before starting.

Stay healthy everyone!
  • 4 0
 @MrDiamondDave: I feel for you buddy..just follow proper protocol and you will be fine.I thankyou for you service and common sense. Cheers
  • 9 0
 At least in some areas, like in Ontario, Canada, bike repairs have been deemed an essential service. If all you do with bikes is play with them in the forest, it's easy to forget that a LOT more people use them as crucial methods of transportation.
  • 2 0
 Dang! Im jealous, we got shut down just this monday and didnt sell anywhere near that when we were still open. We had more demand, but mostly tune-ups and repairs.
  • 1 0
 Our shop has been crazy busy as well, but we have reduced hours and limit the amount of people that can be in the shop at one time, we also get crazy with the disinfectant and lots of sterile gloves.
  • 2 1
 Our shop has been super stressful the past couple of weeks. We have had record days for March and the workshop is as busy as mid summer. Although we are government exempt from closing, the business directors have decided to close until further notice which is a decision I really respect. We could have really cashed in on this, but staff come first on this occasion. It's a decision that really shocked me as they dont strike me as a staff first kind of business...
  • 1 0
 @husstler: They were deemed essential in Knoxville, TN
  • 1 0
 We've been steady throughout this... The boss gave us the option to work to stay at home.. We are letting the customer make the call.. If they want to stay in the car, we'll do the back and forth to handle them.. We've been using a lot of lysol and hand sanitizer... Ultimately, after seeing a lot of shop owners debating if staying open is a good idea, my thought is that if you feel that staying home is the best thing for you, that's what you should do..
  • 10 0
 Everyone's going to remember what companies did and how people treated each other during this time. This isn't just the "right" thing to be doing anyway, but will also win them customers for life. We'll see what companies take their Corporate Social Responsibillity seriously and which ones are just doing things for show.
  • 6 1
 Bought a kids bike right before it started hitting the fan in the US. Current plan is to turn some of the lawn into a “trail” for her to ride. Planning on flagging it, using the weed whacker to buzz it short and then a little digging and build a couple tiny rollers and berms. Should be awesome!!
  • 10 0
 don't forget the puddle. make a puddle. splashing is mandatory
  • 3 0
 @blowmyfuse: in between the rollers of course. Wheeee!!
  • 2 0
 I’m about ready to turn my back yard into a pump track or something. Just gotta get the Mr. on board with me destroying our grass...
  • 1 0
 @ridebikesyall: it’ll grow back next year
  • 3 0
 Great to see companies working together to combat the coronavirus. Kitsbow will probably make the raddest masks.
  • 1 0
 The French federation of cycling releases 6 weeks training calendar in three levels of fitness. Looks pretty well done and easy to read to pick up some various HT ride. roulezchezvous.ffc.fr
  • 4 1
 Yes! Health before wealth!
  • 2 5
 Hello to folks at Pfizer - win! win!
  • 2 1
 My local bike store has sold out of smart trainers, refurbished watt bikes and turbo tyres. Roads are empty near me. I can self isolate on my bike and all is good...for now.
  • 2 0
 American manufacturing isn't dead, it was just resting. This is exactly what I needed to hear today.
  • 2 0
 “BMZ Group stops production of batteries for ebikes to make batteries for ventilators”
Best news I’ve heard in months.
  • 2 0
 Thats a pic of zwift not RGT LOL
  • 1 0
 All the Red States should open for business when Trump tells them in 15days!! I have a boatload of popcorn for this event!!
  • 4 3
 Another GREAT American Company stepping up !
  • 6 9
 I really do hope that these folks understand, facemasks in our facilities are disposable, as in, single-use, as in, toss it when you leave the room.....and cost about $0.01 each (due to the fact they are disposable).

These cloth masks are as effective as the many Asian masks that we see in recent history, useless. They simply are about as clean as a handkerchief, not at all. If anything, they collect more filth than not having one at all. Plus, how many folks have an autoclave at home to clean them.

We need to get some PSA's out there that when you take off your rubber gloves they are supposed to fall into the trash can, not your pocket. I really like it when I see folks in the store wipe their nose with their rubber gloves.....wow, just wow.
  • 5 0
 Certainly wouldn't be N95 masks. I appreciate their efforts though.
  • 5 7
 @Brownsworthy: While I agree with the sentiment, I do not at all agree with a potentially false sense of security or protection. We, collectively would be better off NOT putting a less than optimal mask on our faces (certainly not one that is not clean), wash our hands, and continue on.
  • 3 0
 @RoadStain: Absolutely, I understand completely.
I'm a Nursing Clinical Specialist.
  • 7 0
 @RoadStain: my wife, a nurse, takes the perspective that the masks at least serve the purpose of a slight barrier but active reminder to not touch ones face. It helps. Nothing’s perfect.
  • 3 12
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 24, 2020 at 5:42) (Below Threshold)
 @RoadStain: not a single viable source advises to use masks. As to gloves, I tried to use gloves when using public transport in winter (those max 10 times a year that I do) to avoid other germs, like ones causing seasonal stomach flu. it makes very little sense for an untrained person. It's because it is extremely hard to remove the gloves without touching them with your finger tips (some remove gloves by putting them into their mouth - check!) then we put hands without gloves into our pockets hold keys with them, wallet, phone, and we'd still need to wash our hands directly after removing them. So for regular populace, gloves are also a one big waste. Healthcare should get them.

Also with this trend of X company helping doing Y product for healthcare. For the most part it probably works, but alcohol industry or petrochemicals shifting their production to disinfectants or gloves, they do it in an inefficient way, for more money and more importantly, they take resources that companies that tend to do stuff like that effectively and cheaply suddenly have nothing to work with. That's the case in Poland.

Big f*ck you to distilling industry, stick to making poison for people, ruining their health and family life, make more of that domestic violence stats increasing stuff. We don't need you to cause more mess, we need you to kick the bucket.
  • 2 0
 Hospitals should look into ways of reducing usages of masks and gloves by running tubing and power extension to outside the rooms of patients. I've heard that some hospitals have all ventilator and other equipment in shared spaces outside of rooms so that techs can monitor and adjust without needing to swap gloves/masks for every room. Maybe it doesn't work in all cases, but perhaps there are some ways of improving the efficiency of systems while still providing care without waste.
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: Um, not in the US. Unless a Trauma Center is in absolute triage mode that simply is not happening (that I have heard at any center).

The ONLY time would in situations such as earthquakes and 9/11 type events. Even hurricanes have better planning than that.

Most of the traffic at the ED's the past number of days is hypochondriacs with a sniffle wasting everyones time demanding a test. Fact is, if we check them for precancerous skin cells at the same time we could also 'save some lives'. Maybe they should also do PAP's, Mamograms and Prostate checks as well....imagine the lives we could save.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: is there any reason why we can't do that? I mean if the problem is a shortage of masks and gloves, shouldn't doing thing to minimize those needs?

There is some discussion of this on Reddit's /r/nursing sub: www.reddit.com/r/nursing/comments/flhjjb/nurse_pro_tip_put_your_ivs_on_extension_lines_run
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: If a facility did, next week there would be commercials on TV's with the lawyers getting people to line up to sue for the "unusual" treatment that "could" have blah blah blah blah blah...and god forbid someone in walker trips...and on, and on and on. Did not say it was not a good idea, just that no facilities risk management team would allow it to happen. MOST of my job is risk management.
  • 1 0
 Cedric Gracia will test if alcohol used for producing gel really works :p
  • 1 0
 Nice things real happening in this horrible hours
  • 1 0
 Why, Trump said it was a hoax? You don’t believe your President?
  • 1 0
 What if Coronavirus is karma from earth for what we did to Australia? ????
  • 6 7
 Best news so far: quit making useless E-bike batteries and actualy make something that society needs
  • 1 2
 Santini high fiving someone??? Great choice....
  • 2 0
 It's a picture of Batty - never a bad choice and one of them has a glove on.
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