By Lisa Kava
A happy ending is in sight for Bicycle Renaissance, the Upper West Side bike shop that closed its doors for good at the end of the day on Tuesday. According to Manager Robert Lara, the shop will re-open under new ownership in early spring.
“Customers can look forward to something exciting, new and different,” Lara told West Side Rag. The new owners, who will likely keep the name Bicycle Renaissance, plan to sell products manufactured by the company SPECIALIZED BIKES. The store will stock a variety of bikes; including mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, racing bikes and e-bikes. Helmets, clothing and bike accessories will be sold as well.
Assistant Manager Gus Harris had reported that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, bike manufacturers were unable to manufacture enough bikes to keep up with the demand, making it difficult for the shop to procure enough bikes to sell.
The major bike companies manufacture from factories located in China and Taiwan, which were shut down for a few months, Lara elaborated. When the factories were able to re-open, production was low with fewer workers returning he explained.
“Getting inventory has been really tough” said Lara. “All of the bike shops are having trouble, not just us. In a normal situation we would have already had many 2021 bikes in the shop.”
Lara is optimistic about an increase in production with factories now open and more workers returning. “Hopefully things will be better in the spring with the vaccines in sight.”
The new owners plan to completely renovate the shop, starting work in January, according to Lara, who is upbeat about the project.
“It will be really nice and brand new. Something the neighborhood can look forward to.”