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The COVID-19 pandemic — which has shut down bicycle factories in China — combined with the stay-at-home order issued by state officials last month has created a bicycle shortage. Bike shops are churning uphill to keep up with an increased demand from consumers who want to get out and exercise during the pandemic.

Like an athlete testing her leg after getting the cast taken off, folks were out and about Saturday seeing what they could do and how it felt doing it following the easing of restrictions in public activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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