Pedaling DeFestano’s Bristol Bikes wares

SOARING SALES: Co-owner Mark DeFestano says sales exploded at Bristol Bikes LLC, which specializes in electric bicycles, following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and he anticipates continued demand now that it will take years to repair the Washington Bridge in Providence, which was partially closed in December due to an infrastructure failure. DeFestano is pictured with his wife and co-owner, Robin Paradis.
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
SOARING SALES: Co-owner Mark DeFestano says sales exploded at Bristol Bikes LLC, which specializes in electric bicycles, following the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and he anticipates continued demand now that it will take years to repair the Washington Bridge in Providence, which was partially closed in December due to an infrastructure failure. DeFestano is pictured with his wife and co-owner, Robin Paradis.
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

The pandemic restrictions and a growing appreciation among consumers for electric bicycles has resulted in boosted sales at Bristol Bikes LLC, an independent distributor of several popular e-bike brands. “The pandemic really opened up an entire new market,” said co-owner Mark DeFestano. “[Buyers] cleaned out all the traditional bike shops. And that’s when people really

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