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    Default Bike shopping during the pandemic

    A bike I am considering and have put a deposit on, has arrived at the bike shop. I want to test ride it. I know that when checking seat height it's usual for me to sit on the boulevard pedal backwards while the shop employee holds the handlebars.

    I don't want to spread infection either way. I want to "flatten the curve". OTOH I want to support an LBS, as well as get N+1. Suggestions on how to balance (so to speak) these goals are appreciated.

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    Maybe adjust yourself and take it for a spin? If you get it roughly right it will give you a good feel for the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    A bike I am considering and have put a deposit on, has arrived at the bike shop. I want to test ride it. I know that when checking seat height it's usual for me to sit on the boulevard pedal backwards while the shop employee holds the handlebars.

    I don't want to spread infection either way. I want to "flatten the curve". OTOH I want to support an LBS, as well as get N+1. Suggestions on how to balance (so to speak) these goals are appreciated.
    Put it on a trainer. Most bike shops have one.

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    I like Judd's suggestion. Bring your own multi-tool, and adjust it yourself, but ask first. Some don't like people adjusting things and potentially break something before they buy it.

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    Another option is the 109% method, you could measure your inseam ahead of time and just tell the shop. Should get you into the ballpark if you don't want to be popping wheels on an off with the trainer.

    And congrats on the new ride!!

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    Honestly, nothing will be perfect. You'll touch the bike, they'll touch the bike. Even if you adjust it yourself, they've adjusted it prior and will again after, even if you buy it.

    So if you're worried about it, bring some hand sanitizer, and clean your hands BEFORE and after touching the bike, and wear gloves while riding. Ask them to use your hand sanitizer before they touch the bike if they help with seat adjustment, and ask them to wipe the bike down with a cleaner before and after you test ride it, or do it yourself. Don't sneeze, cough, or spit on the bike. Wear a balaclava if you're worried about that happening. Way more stylish than a surgical mask

    At this stage, if you're not completely bunkering down at home (which is almost impossible for many of us--some of us need to buy groceries, order food, work jobs that still require us to leave the house, etc), you just need to take as many steps as possible to keep yourself and others around you safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emm View Post
    Don't sneeze, cough, or spit on the bike.
    Also, fight the urge to kiss your new bike.

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    All the local shops in the area are sanitizing the touch points on the bike before and after test rides. Most are also offering curbside service. Call the shop and discuss your concerns and their action plans to keep both you and them safe.

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    Every bike shop is doing something similar to the Papillon Cycles example. This is what they *must* do to keep their staff safe, and ultimately, *employed*.

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    Is it possible for the lovely LBS folks that are still open, providing a public service, and employing our friends (Phoenix Bikes, Contes, Bikenetic, etc.) please let us know how we can support you during the pandemic including donation, gift cards, etc.?

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