April 14, 2020 at 3:15 pm #311119
Hey all, I’m working on a topic for the site about buying parts, person to person during coronavirus.
Wondering how everyone is managing it? Are you going into a bike shop? Shopping Craisglist or FB Marketplace? Or are you waiting until everything is over?
If so, I’d like to know if you’re taking any precautions during the transactions, and why or why not? This could be sanitizing the parts or shipping boxes, or wearing a mask or keeping distance during transactions.
I may shoot you an email after for more info. Curious to know what everyone thinks.
April 14, 2020 at 10:36 pm #311151
Not sure if every shop in Tallahassee is doing this, but we’ve got one place that has set up curbside. You can order online and come by or talk with an employee in a tent by the front door. They’ll even bring bikes outside for test rides, but the public isn’t allowed to come inside. Seems to work okay for now.
April 15, 2020 at 10:37 am #311199
I have seen some shops around Colorado doing that as well. Worked for me when I needed to pick up a tool. Order online, wait outside and someone comes out. Not bad.
April 15, 2020 at 11:35 am #311203
Here are some guidelines for all shopping not just bike parts.
Try to do as much shopping outdoors as possible. Outdoors is much safer than indoors. If you must go indoors, stay for as little time as possible. Businesses should move as much of their activities outside as possible.
Businesses should do as much as possible to encourage the flow of air through their buildings. Open all doors and windows and turn fans and ventilation systems on high. Running recirculating hvac systems does not help. The more air that flows through a building, the safer it will be. Businesses should add more windows that open, if possible.
Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes.
Maintain a 6 ft or greater distance from others.
Try not to touch anything or touch as few things as possible.
Wear some sort of mask even if it is just a cloth tied around your mouth and nose. While not 100% effective, masks do reduce virus transmission. (Why do you think doctors where them?) An added benefit is that masks discourage you from touching your face.
Sanitize your hands before entering and after leaving any business. It would be great if all businesses had hand sanitizing stations at their doors.
Gloves only help if you put on and take off a new pair when entering any business and you know how to remove gloves without contaminating yourself. You should still sanitize your hands before and after using gloves.
Under the perfect conditions of temperature, humidity, etc., coronavirus could survive for as much as 2-3 days on the perfect surface. In real life, that time is much less. The longer you wait, the less likely a possibly contaminated object will infect you.
You’re mostly likely to get coronavirus while grocery shopping because conditions are crowded and people touch a lot of things. Grocery stores and other crowded businesses should extend their hours so that stores are less crowded.
We are not going to wake up in a month and have the coronavirus suddenly be gone. Until we find some cure we will likely be living with coronavirus for a long time. If we are going to get businesses open again these are the things we need to do.
April 15, 2020 at 11:45 am #311205
First to answer you question I would deal with others if I found a bike or part. I have sold another non bike item on Craigslist and plan to post a couple more items. I would be cautious sanitizing the item. I would also practice as much distancing as possible.
I appreciate reading this. I assumed with everything being shut down my LBS was not open. After reading VPJ, I checked their site and they are open but only to meet you at the door with parts or to take a bike in/out for service or demo. Been ordering service items online thinking that was my only option. Would saved me some shipping costs had I known the shop was still open. Better to know now so if I do need another item or a service there is an option.
April 15, 2020 at 12:02 pm #311209
For parts, I order most everything online (Jenson, Competitive Cyclist, Amazon & others). Despite the incessant fear mongering it is extremely low risk unless an infectious delivery driver coughs right onto the package as they are handing it to you. When the package is delivered, I open it, take out the contents, put them with my bike stuff and wash my hands. If I had to go to my LBS, as others have said, most are open with “doorside” delivery/pickup.
April 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm #311944
I have done a little bit of everything over the past several weeks. Suspension service at a local bike shop, carbon frame repair, bought a bike and sold parts through Craigslist, and shipped parts I sold on Pinkbike.
Each of the shops are doing their best – most scheduling appointments, some limiting customers, some curbside pick up, and others offering pick up and delivery.
I am primarily using common sense – meeting outside, maintaining social distance, and washing my hands.
I did travel outside of my county to buy a bike for my son, but fortunately in Colorado bikes are essential. 😀
April 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm #311955
I passed up two great bike deals on Craigslist in my local area. I was even in a small bidding war on one but, decided that venturing out to an unfamiliar location meeting a stranger was not worth the risk. I have purchased a few parts and clothing accessories online from stores and private parties and just let them sit for a week in my workshop before opening the package. Of course, I wash my hands after handling the box and the goods inside. So far, I have not had any issues.
April 20, 2020 at 12:54 pm #315328
The bike shop that I work at is still open – we’re only allowing 1 customer at a time through the service shop entrance, and it’s 1 customer per staff member in the store. All repair bikes are fully cleaned & disinfected before coming in.
We’re also doing a lot more online sales and offering curbside pickup. We also lowered our free shipping threshold.
As for personal sales, I’ve been trying to have as little contact as possible, either shipping things or e-transferring money and leaving the part in a safe place. Seems to be working well so far.
April 21, 2020 at 11:33 am #315878
I bought a hard tail frame used off Craigslist to make a dedicated Zwift rig with the plan of turning it into a winter ride.
I paid cash somImhad to go to ATM to pull out enough. I took a spray bottle of IPA and sprayed they keypad before use, and sprayed my hands after.
WhenI met the seller I opened the back of my truck, and placed the money on the tailgate.
The seller came out of his garage and placed the frame and parts on the tailgate and took the money.
We each inspected our items and away I went.
When I got home everything was again sprayed and wiped with IPA.
April 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm #316241
I just bought a bike off of Letgo just this week. It seems as though it was allowed in Maryland/Virginia, IF all precautions are followed (aka social distancing and or masks). I was concerned though because there were essential travel restrictions (HMMmm) .It seems as though there people are still buying person to person, maybe even more so. People that may be in quarantine have nothing else to do want to bike, which leads to more bike purchases, etc. It seems most people are still buying/selling on used merchandise apps all sort of things (non bike related). My mother found a free Dyson Vacuum. Big win. I got cleaned to the “T”.
I think my LBS is open on certain stingants, haven checked tho.
April 26, 2020 at 1:39 pm #318830
I haven’t needed anything or had anything to sell at the moment but I wouldn’t hesitate to do so if that was the case. I still ride 4 days a week and have a trip booked with 3 other friends in a few weeks.
If you can’t tell, COVID doesn’t scare me. It’s not the plague.
April 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm #318861
Aloha in ‘Bonedale, CO is doing one custy in store at a time as well as door service which is working very well. I stopped by for a couple parts, the sign on the door explained the rules so, I opened the door and asked for assistance at which Darin was glad to conduct our business in front of the shop. Was spot on!
Disclosure: No cooties were harmed during this transaction.
April 27, 2020 at 11:51 pm #320023
I’ve sold a couple parts since the pandemic started, and I’ve always just left them on my doorstep and had people leave money under the mat. Is it safer that way? Probably a little (one guy did put two twenties in a ziploc bag). Am I at risk of being ripped off? Definitely. But no one has yet — including people who bought some non-MTB stuff I sold. For items over like 80 bucks, I ask for prepayment via Venmo or PayPal, just to be sure. It’s gone pretty well so far, all considered.
April 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm #330631
I am buying online or in person as I would anyway, to the extent the states are allowing it. I am more cautious in terms of hygiene, washing up after touching stuff, etc. In Ohio the bike shops were allowed to stay open and are using hygenic practices to minimize risk. Clearly the disease is very serious for some people, my wife’s cousin who was older but otherwise healthy, died from it. Other people never knew they were exposed. It seems to have random victims, with some comorbidity factors contributing to worse results. On the other hand, we need to get back to work, we need to live while we are alive.
I think the collective freak out is because human beings have learned and conquered so much with medical technology, it has skewed our perception of risk. Nature will never be completely defeated. We remain mortal, so the question is not “if” we die, it is “when”. Get outside, ride your bike and enjoy the time you have. I hope I don’t go soon, but when I do I have no delusions that the world will (or should) stop turning. I just hope I convinced a few people to ride their bike along the way.
May 2, 2020 at 10:13 pm #336197
I recently sold my bike. I just wore a mask and used gloves during the transaction. But I haven’t gone for a ride even though I got a new bike.
May 4, 2020 at 11:29 am #337114
Just sold a set of Thule rook racks yesterday. Met the guy in person in the local BevMo parking lot and had my mask handy just in case he was one of the paranoid types….but he wasn’t. We didn’t shake hands but he did handle the racks after I did and I did take money from him w/o spraying sanitizer on it. Oh, THE HORROR!!!!
May 12, 2020 at 9:46 pm #347056
That is just hilarious, mtnryder! The media has been frothing at the mouth since day one and were nowhere to be found during Ebola, SARS, MERS, H1N1 or any other panepidemic in history.
Thank the media for playing the panic card 24/7.
May 13, 2020 at 9:27 am #347943
Just sold a bike this weekend via Craigslist. Neither of wore a mask nor social distanced. We didn’t shake hands but talked casually several minutes about biking as he was buying one of my kids bikes for his son. Time is the only factor that kept our conversation from not going longer. I am also coordinating buying another bike once again via Craigslist for my son since he outgrew his last. Not sure how that transaction will go. I am not sweating it but since writing this I am thinking maybe I should inquire of the seller if they have any concerns.
May 14, 2020 at 1:21 pm #353061
I just sold my Marin San quentin on PB Buy/sell and bought a Yt Jeffsy Cf 1 on offerup. The preconscious we took include wearing masks and social distancing. Also have ordered parts online but didn’t do anything special for that.
May 25, 2020 at 8:08 am #372787
I go into my LBS. purchased both of our new bikes in April instore. We just use appropriate PPE… good precautions taken by the team there and everything is still sort of open where we live anyway.
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