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Bike Shipping During the Pandemic

By: Angelina Palermo  May 27, 2020

BikeFlights.com isn't just used for travel. Ship your bikes to sell or clean out your old cycling gear.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s 2020 plans, especially with regard to travel and events, and that means there have been changes in the shipping needs of cyclists, too. BikeFlights.com, USA Cycling’s Official Bike Transportation Partner, has remained open and continues to serve individual cyclists and bike shops.

“Typically at this time of year, we’re helping individual cyclists, such as USA Cycling Members, get to important bike races like Nationals and bucket list events like Dirty Kanza; however most events are or will be postponed or cancelled,” said BikeFlights.com President William Alcorn. “At BikeFlights.com, we always focus on meeting the shipping needs of our customers, and we’re continuing to do exactly that even as their needs have been evolving in recent months.”

Staying home to flatten the pandemic curve has given many people more not only to ride, but also to organize and clean out extraneous bike gear from their bike rooms, basements and garages.

“Lately, we’ve seen a lot of cyclists using BikeFlights.com to ship bikes and trainers to their family members, teammates and friends to help them stay active and healthy while they can’t go to the gym or participate in their favorite team sports,” said Alcorn. “Many riders are also taking advantage of this time to sell their extra bikes and bike gear online, then they use BikeFlights.com to ship to the buyer.”

BikeFlights.com works with cyclists who sell their gear on sites like Ebay, Pinkbike and Facebook. When they book their BikeFlights.com shipment, sellers can arrange a pickup directly from their home for just $7, thus saving them the time and effort to go out and drop off their shipments at a carrier location.

BikeFlights.com Ambassador Kerry Werner walks us through his spring cleaning routine - selling and shipping out his old cycling gear.


But it’s not just individual cyclists who are using BikeFlights.com more. Across the country, many new riders are just discovering cycling while others are returning to their bikes after long hiatuses. That means a lot more business and thus an increased need for shipping for bike shops and other cycling industries, which have been scrambling to keep up. Spring and early summer are normally busy times in the bike industry, but the advent of the pandemic has meant there is suddenly even more demand for bikes and bike parts than usual.

“We were already seeing a trend toward more e-commerce, and the pandemic is accelerating that,” said Alcorn. “You can stay home and order directly from your favorite bike shops and cycling industry businesses, no matter where they are, and we at BikeFlights.com help those businesses ship their bikes, wheels and gear directly to you.”

No one knows exactly how long the COVID-19 pandemic will persist or how long it will be until mass participation events can safely resume, but one bright spot is that we may end up with many more people enjoying cycling and even becoming cyclists.

Alcorn said, “Once we do finally get back to being able to travel again, we’ll still be here at BikeFlights.com to help you get your bikes to Nationals and all the events on your bucket list.”

Check out BikeFlights.com’s guide to bike shipping during the pandemic.


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