Reasons to shop at your local bike or run store

By September 19, 2016Swiftwick News

Local businesses are the backbone to local communities. Whether you are a runner, cyclist or golfer, don’t overlook the rewards for supporting your local retailer!

1. Local businesses ARE the community.

Local businesses are owned by people who live in your community, are less likely to leave and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future. For every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $68 goes back into the local economy, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. That’s compared to the $48 that stays local per $100 spent at chains.

2. Local shops help the community.

It is known that local businesses are more likely to support local charities, schools and events. Supporting local shops supports the community.

3. Ask the experts.

Shopping at a local store means you can get an expert opinion about the products that you’re purchasing. Employees at your local bike, run or outdoor shop know their stuff and are passionate about it. More often than not, owners and employees are runners/bikers/hikers themselves, so they can give you honest, first-hand opinions on what products would suit you best.

4. Above and beyond service.

Runners and cyclists alike will benefit significantly from shopping local.

For cyclists…
Most local bike shops offer at least a year of free tune-ups and adjustments, and some even offer lifetime tune ups on bikes purchased there. Parts bought at the shop are generally installed for less than parts purchased elsewhere. Your local bike shop will also handle any warranty issues you might have if something breaks or doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.

For runners…
The running shoe world can be incredibly intimidating when you aren’t 100% sure what you are looking for… or looking at for that matter. Sizing often varies slightly between brands, and sometimes even styles of the same brand of running sneakers. Visiting a locally owned running store will give you the ability to try on multiple pairs of shoes to find the perfect fit. Go in to your local run shop for an individualized fitting to find the perfect shoes for you. Plus their in-depth knowledge of all things running can help you find other gear perfect for your needs.

Find your local Swiftwick shop by visiting HERE.