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Mumford and Sons brings business to bike shops

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Updated: 9/13/2013 7:59 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Big Bills Beach Stuff owner Bill Faircloth usually has 50 bikes up for rent at his business off A1A in St. Augustine.

But this week, more than 25 bicycles have already been rented out.

Faircloth says this jump in business is due to the Mumford and Sons concert.

"All the merchants are looking forward to this weekend, it's a little boost for us, you know?" Faircloth said.

Faircloth says this concert has been a saving grace for his store, which usually around this time of the year
has close to no business at all.

"It does stop, it pretty much shuts down so it's
a good change of pace for this time of the year," said Faircloth.

Faircloth says visitors are renting out the bikes to get around the heavy traffic.

"Bicycles are going to be needed,
you can't get around in the cars and stuff," Faircloth said.

Three parking lots have been set up near Francis Field for concertgoers.

"We've got a little over 3,000
bike parking spots around town and they're all within walking distance to the show," Executive Director of Velo Fest Heather Neville said.

It's a deal that Faircloth and Neville said
saves time and money.

Each of the bikes at Faircloth's business can be rented for three days.

There is also a bike valet service that will be available off Orange Street downtown.

The lot is free, and donations will be accepted to go toward a nonprofit.

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