TAKE 10: Longtime Nantucket bicycle rental business adapts amid pandemic – News – capecodtimes.com

NANTUCKET — For close to 90 years, Young’s Bicycle Shop on Broad Street has been renting bicycles to island visitors and residents.

Young’s was founded in 1931 by current owner Harvey Young’s grandfather, who shares the same name, and has been run by the family ever since.

“My father bought it from his father, sold it to my brother, and my brother sold the business to me back in the mid-’90s,” Young said.

When COVID-19 shut down the island in March, the Youngs had to rethink how they’d been doing business.

Can you sum up what your business does to someone who has never been? We are predominantly a rental shop. We do some bicycle retail and we try to do some bicycle repair, but the huge percentage of our business is renting bikes. In the late ’70s we added the small fleet of car rentals.

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