By Lisa Kava
Bicycle Renaissance, a long time Upper West Side establishment located on Columbus Avenue between 80th and 81st Street, will close for good at the end of the day on Tuesday, according to Gus Harris, assistant manager and mechanic. The store sells bicycles, bike accessories, and biking apparel, and performs bike repairs.
The shop has been suffering in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Harris said.
“We can hardly find bikes or accessories such as helmets and shoes,” Harris told WSR in a phone interview. “The bike manufacturers have not been able to keep up with the demand for bikes since Covid hit.” While the shop has been busy with bike repairs, the repair business alone is simply not enough, Harris explained. Days of operation had already been reduced at the end of the summer due to slow business, he said.
Bicycle Renaissance has been located in three different spots on the Upper West Side in its approximately 50 year history, Harris said. The shop first opened on Columbus Avenue between 84th and 85th Street around 1970, before moving to Amsterdam Ave between 83rd and 84th Street in the mid 1980’s. The store has been at its current location since approximately 1988, according to Harris.