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COVID-19 tips for retailers and fitters

Bicycle Retailer shares recommendations for retailers and fitters on personal hygiene in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to experts including Happy Freedman, bike fitting specialist at HSS.

Freedman wrote, “In the cycling industry, we are often exposed to bodily fluids when cleaning or working on a bike. It is not uncommon for urine, feces, and blood to be found on a bicycle, even if it is not visible. The presence of these bodily fluids increases our risk of being exposed to bacteria or viruses. We recommend using rubber gloves, safety goggles, and even a face mask when washing bikes, particularly if using a pressure washer.”

Freedman continued, “Viruses, bacteria, and fungi live on many types of surfaces that are found in a bike shop or fit studio,” and suggested, “You may want to use a disinfectant spray or cloth to clean these surfaces. Counters, arms of chairs, doorknobs, and elevator buttons are but a few places where pathogens can live.”

Freedman concluded, “For bike fitters, we strongly recommend that you ask your clients about a current or past history of communicable diseases. We also recommend the use of an infrared thermometer to check for fever without having to have physical contact. We recommend rescheduling fit appointments if your client is sick, which may prevent you from getting sick. Before and after every client, you should wash your hands with soap and water. You should also wash your hands after doing mechanical work on a bike.”

Read the article at Bicycleretailer.com.