With a bit of luck, you’re healthy. Your friends and family are healthy. Your kids might be driving you crazy, but you’re healthy. So as a mountain biker, what can you do right now to help your community?
We won’t get into the advice offered by much smarter people at the CDC. You know it by know, and you’ve probably seen enough handwashing videos over the past two weeks. But what you can do today to help the West Michigan region come through this strong. Even more specifically, there are a few ways you can support the mountain biking community to get to summer in good shape.
First, instead of looking to Jeff Bezos for your next bike part, call your local bike shop. Yeah, on the phone. Ask questions. See what they have in stock, or how long it might take them to get in for you. Odds are it won’t be that much longer than Amazon, and it’ll help you develop a relationship with a shop that will be there to bail you out on a group ride, at the start line of a race (whenever those come back) or when you need that last-minute tweak in a hurry. Many local shops are even offering pick-up and delivery on repairs, which makes getting fixed up even easier.
If you don’t need anything right now, you will. Grab yourself or a buddy a gift card to cover that next tune-up, next drivetrain, or next tube of chamois cream. Because real riding buddies care. Think of it as spreading out your spring, summer, and fall budget by a month or two by putting down $50 or $75 now.
Finally, take a few minutes to turn off Netflix and leave a review for your favorite shops on Facebook or Google. Share the new promotions and ‘sick’ deals with your pals and help them get the word out when they need it the most. It won’t cost you a dime, and you might be doing a big service to a friend who was in the market but needed to be pointed in the right direction!
We have a lot of things up in the air in the world of bikes, from postponed events to doing trail work in small groups. You can help WMMBA stay on the ball by becoming an Ally, and consider making a donation to ensure we have the trails ready for you after all this rain and craziness is over!