Tucson Bike Shops Say It’s Time to Complete Repairs
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — It’s the most wonderful time of year for Tucson’s bike shops. The owners help dozens of runners a week looking for a pre-race tune-up.
“This year it’s expected to be over 8,000 cyclists, so ridership is up and about 60% of that is local,” said Steve Morganstern, owner of Bicycle Ranch. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in activity.”
Store owners say repairs will take about 5-7 days. Cyclists should therefore check their moving parts before riding.
“It’s important to make sure the shifting is smooth and the braking works well,” said Roadrunner Bikes mechanic Dan Millis. “These are safety features, it will make driving more enjoyable, but it’s super important for safety.”
Mechanics say flat tires are dangerously common on El Tour.
“For the tires themselves, you’re looking for physical cuts, you’re looking for dry rot, if it’s been sitting for a long time it can be crusty,” Morganstern said.
Out-of-state riders ship their bikes to get them ready or rent road bikes. Store owners say they lack availability.
“We have these really cool giant Contend AR-1s at $2,000 that you can rent for $55 a day, so people are definitely accepting us,” Millis said.
Of course, once all the gear is prepared, it’s time to enjoy the ride.
“It’s not just about who rides, it’s about getting the whole community involved,” Morganstern said.
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