Cycling got a big boost when the pandemic closed gyms and people started looking for socially distanced activities and new ways to exercise. A shortage of new bikes meant that many people were fixing up the old ones that had been stuffed in their garages. A good alternative to hauling a bike (or several) to a shop for maintenance is Bike Werks, a mobile service that comes to you. Owner Carl Armbruster, who lives in Colesville and started the business in 2017, hired two additional mechanics to keep up with recent demand. “People are thrilled not to have to wait for their bikes or make multiple trips to a shop,” says Armbruster, who also finds that customers who aren’t getting out much these days are often eager to hang outside and chat during service calls. Bike Werks mechanics bring supplies to customers’ driveways or sidewalks to do on-the-spot tune-ups and repairs, such as brake or chain replacements, and also run a stand year-round on Sundays at the Olney Farmers and Artists Market.
Bike Werks, 301-310-6765, bikewerksolney.com