Folding bikes and mountain bikes at the price of three to five million rupiahs is among the bestsellers now, he said.
Cycling trends are taking place in both big cities and other places across Indonesia. As the country moves toward the “new normal” era and people are practicing physical distancing rules, many chose bicycles as their transportation option.
Brand Director of Polygon William Gozali said there are some factors why people are choosing bikes for their daily activity nowadays.
First and foremost, William said, people want to stay healthy amid the pandemic. Cycling is a sport that is considered safe and easy to do for all walks of life.
Secondly, it is to eliminate burnout during the large scale social restrictions (PSBB) measures. Cycling has become a new lifestyle that can relieve stress while looking stylish at the same time, he added.
He hopes that cycling can become part of the new normal across the archipelago. Cycling has long been part of the people’s daily lives in the country’s small towns.
With a growing number of bicycle clubs and bike-to-work communities, local entrepreneurs see there is a business opportunity in producing Indonesian-made bikes to cater to the need for cycling enthusiasts.
One of them is a Bandung-based bicycle maker called Kreuz in West Java. As of now, they have received hundreds of orders for their handmade folding bikes until February 2021.