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Cycling in the UK in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic (Part 1)

In the midst of the crisis, there was a commodity that suddenly surged in sales in the UK, making experts struggle to understand why. It is bicycle sales. As for why, you will know in the following article.

According to a survey result from a recent UK poll, 61% of the population is insecure about having to use public transport. They are extremely worried about the possibility of being infected with the corona virus on the way to work.

At London subway stations, passengers are required to be at least 2m apart. This distance is intended to be safe from Covid-19, but it also causes a major inconvenience. That is the delay.

London is the city with the most jobs in England. The spacing reduces the capacity on the subway by 15%, and buses by 12% compared to normal. Trips are delayed up to 8 million / day, the transportation system is only 1/5 of capacity. This also means that many workers are unable to catch trains or buses to work on time.

To cope with the above situations, British residents have flexibly switched to cycling. “People are competing to get their old bikes out of a warehouse, repair and replace broken parts,” said Stuart Taylor, manager of a retail bike shop in London. In early May 202020, the company supplies bicycle parts, motorcycles, cars Halfords happy to announce: their stock price soared 23%.

Many bicycle retail stores in the UK consume 50 bicycles a day

In the heart of the old Bicester market, Oxfordshire, bike distribution companies usually send to each retailer 20 – 30 pieces / week. Now, many stores are reaching sales of 50 units a day and there is still no sign of satisfying the thirst for bicycles. Orders were piled up, up 200% from the previous year.

Across the major UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Leicester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Cambridge, the road system frees up and adds space for bicycles. Currently, the UK has more than 160 kilometers of road converted to temporary service for cyclists. They are located right on the main roads, taking up part or part of a car lane.

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The history and development of Peugeot bikes

Peugeot bicycle brand is most reputable and largest in France. Peugeot sports bikes are more beautiful and durable than other brands.

In 1882, the first bicycle manufactured in Beaulieu – to be exported under the Peugeot label until the 1980s, when the freight train to North America was banned and the right to use the Peugeot brand name. Peugeot produces universal composite frame versions.

In 1882, Peugeot introduced the Grand Bi bicycle model with a bigger front wheel size than the rear wheel. This model has a steering wheel and pedals attached directly to the wheel axle.

But driving such unique vehicles is not easy because when you drive your feet you cannot touch the ground, and it is even harder to stand than a one-wheeled vehicle with an auxiliary wheel. In 1886, Peugeot began to evolve producing bicycles of the same size in Beaulieu.

During the first half of the 20th century, bicycles continued to grow to suit the diverse needs of consumers. The system of multi-plate tires that can be exchanged back and forth while running was developed in France from 1900 to 1910 and gradually improved over time. 

In 1930, the European Bicycle Racing Organization allowed riders to use this system. This is extremely time consuming. This system helps riders save a lot of time when they want to change the speed of the car

Around the middle of the 20th century, the equipment system on the bike was completed such as a hand brake system, a lighter pedal ring, a dinamo light system mounted on the wheels, and the tires were also narrower to help reduce Friction allows the bike to move more smoothly and smoothly.

These bikes became very popular in Europe especially in the UK in the 1950s and were always improved during the remaining decades of the 20th century. And so the bike became a means of transportation. mainly in those days.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, peugoet bicycles have been greatly improved with the development of technology. In design, the chassis is made of different materials to reduce weight but still ensure durability as well as aerodynamic requirements.

Bicycles are carefully calculated by computer software that allows the production of bicycles that are safer for riders. And now new technology is applied such as making carbon fiber parts or electronic self-shifting system that makes the bike more and more modern.

Up to the present time, peugeot bikes have always been improved in parallel with the advancement of science and technology to meet the more stringent requirements of users.