Bike shops across the US are seeing a surge in demand for bike repairs as bike owners increasingly opt for the convenience of online services.
In the last few years, the number of people using the popular online service for repair of their bikes has more than doubled, according to the Bicycle Repair Association of America (BRAA).
The bike repair industry is in a bit of a renaissance right now, says Bill Taylor, director of marketing and business development at BRI.
“People want to fix their bikes faster and have more confidence,” he says.
“They want the satisfaction of getting their bikes fixed faster.”
The most popular online bike repair services include bikes that are just a few years old, or that have never been ridden.
For those who want to buy new bikes, Taylor says the best way to find a shop that will do the job for you is to go to your local bike shop and look for the “most convenient” shop near you.
The bike shop will typically have a large selection of new and used bikes available, with most people finding their bike repair fix within a couple of days.
Taylor says that can be a great way to save money.
“People are looking for affordable, reliable bike repair, which is a lot more expensive than it sounds,” Taylor says.
Taylor says that while the online services can be convenient, it can be harder to find someone who will work on your bike for you.
He says that’s partly because some of the best bikes are owned by owners who work with bikes for decades.
For example, if a bike has been in a shop for years and the owner no longer rides it, it could be difficult to get someone who is trained in repairing and maintaining bicycles to work on it.
Taylor recommends looking for a local bike repair shop that is willing to work with you on your repairs.
“If you want to get a job done that you’ll be happy with, then it’s going to be more of a no-brainer,” Taylor explains.
The best bike shop to find the best repair online is located near youIf you are looking to get your own new bike, or want to repair one you already own, you should look for a shop near your home.
Taylor tells ABC News that there are a number of bike shops that are located near the home and that these are often the most reliable shops for people looking to buy a new bike.
“A lot of people don’t realize that if you go to the nearest bike shop, there are people there that can help you with that,” he explains.
Taylor also recommends checking out online forums and websites for people who have a particular interest in repairing bikes.
These websites often have many threads about the repair of bikes and the bikes that they repair.
Taylor is also encouraging people to use a search engine to find repair shops near their home.
“That way you can see if there are any good shops nearby and get more educated about what they’re going to do for you,” he adds.
“When you’re looking to do your bike repair for yourself, you’re not going to get much advice from the people you meet in the shops,” Taylor adds.
If you have a specific issue with your bike, such as a broken lock or a broken chain, Taylor recommends calling a local repair shop first.
“Call the shop first and let them know if you need assistance or they can help,” he suggests.
Taylor recommends asking the shop to send you an email with your order number and a contact email address so that you can give them the information you need to start working on your issue.
“This way, you’ll get a response right away and you’ll have a better chance of getting a good service from them,” Taylor recommends.
If your issue isn’t covered by the warranty, Taylor suggests that you call your local dealer to see if they can repair your bike.
“There’s usually a warranty for bikes and they usually have to send a new one,” Taylor points out.
“It’s a bit more expensive but they’re usually able to fix it.”BRI’s Taylor says people can also check out the brands of bikes being repaired and the repair process, and then ask for their repair estimate.
“It can be very helpful to know how much they charge and what the repairs cost,” Taylor tells CBS News.
“Then you can decide if that’s the best time to get it fixed or not.”