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Now Might Be the Perfect Time to Buy a New Bike

Social distancing measures to combat COVID-19 have rearranged our active lives.


The COVID-19 pandemic has totally discombobulated the typical ways in which we routinely get active. Gyms that tried to remain open are now closed. So we stocked up on home gym essentials and moved our workouts into our living rooms and bedrooms, but nobody expected a weird kettlebell shortage. Running got a bump, but some places banned it. Skiers, hikers and rock climbers took to the hills, but now many trails are closed. If athletes want to bet on anything, it should be that social distancing measures will remain in place longer than any of us thought.

One activity that’s well suited to this state of affairs is cycling, particularly given that a lot of brands and online retailers are holding sales that’d be unseasonable in other times. Case in point: Competitive Cyclist, where you can pick up a Cervelo C2 Disc 105 for 40 percent off. Yes, it’s still a significant purchase at $1,740, but is cheap for a carbon frame with high-end parts like disc brakes and a Shimano 105 groupset. And, as Gear Patrol learned in a recent investigation, bikes are expensive for good reason.

Here are some more notable bike deals:
Save up to 40 percent on pre-owned Specialized bikes.
Save up to 56 percent on cycling apparel.
Save up to 40 percent on mountain bikes.

If you do decide to pick up cycling, or lean deeper into it as your new fitness regimen, remember to check with and abide by your current local health and government recommendations.

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