Tribune News Service
Bathinda, August 12
The cycle sales have picked up pace across the state as there has been a substantial increase in the number of cyclists ever since the governments started easing lockdown restrictions.
Cycle store owners said they were selling every model — from premium to affordable — since the lockdown was eased recently.
Bicycle store owners claimed they were selling around 100-150 bicycles each every month with the price ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 1 lakh. While 70 per cent of the bicycles being sold are normal road bikes, 30 per cent are alloy-made, fitted with multi-gear.
Pankaj M Munjal, chairman-cum-managing director, Hero Cycles, had tweeted earlier that there was about a 70 per cent surge in the demand of cycles compared to the pre-Covid-19 times.
Munjal today tweeted, “For the cycling community, it’s business as usual in these Covid times. Cycling demand has surged 100 per cent over the world. This is the new norm.”
Local cycle trader Rajesh Kumar said, “The demand for cycles in the region has gone up post lockdown.” Many other traders claimed to have sold a high number of cycles.
Shop owners said there was a rise in sale of bicycles for children too.
A standard cycle cost around Rs 3,600. The hybrid range begins from Rs 4,500 and goes up to Rs 1 lakh.
Though gyms opened recently, many people are not going there due to Covid-19 fears. They are rather opting for cycling.
Shikhar Goyal, a city resident, said he recently bought a cycle to improve his fitness level. “With gyms and swimming pools remaining closed for a long time, I decided to opt for cycling for my fitness while mainting social distancing.”
Another resident Sarabjit Singh said, “We want to stay healthy and maintain social distancing as well, so cycling is definitely a better option.”
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