Bike Mechanics are the New Doctors

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In Toronto, it is getting as hard to get an appointment with a bicycle mechanic as it is to get one with a doctor. Susan Krashinsky writes in the Globe and Mail:

"Cycling is growing in popularity, and it's not easy to find a good mechanic. But this year, high gas prices, nasty weather and a traffic-choked downtown core meant tune-ups were in high demand. And when the transit strike hit in April, a flood of desperate customers descended on Toronto's bike shops."

Mechanics are working 11 hour days, and booking service appointments a month ahead. The number of cyclists has exploded. "It's gone off the hook," Mr. Kamphof [of curbside cycles] said. "We saw triple-digit growth for the month of April compared to last April."

And why not? "It's more convenient than the bus and it's less expensive than a car." ::Globe and Mail

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