Coronavirus Pandemic Leads To Bicycle Scarcity, Together with In Springfield
For those who go to purchase a motorbike nowadays, you’ll discover a a lot smaller choice. That’s as a result of there’s a worldwide scarcity of bicycles.
That is, partly, as a result of bicycling has grown in recognition this 12 months. When the coronavirus pandemic started, extra folks began shopping for bikes, and producers are nonetheless attempting to maintain up with demand. The shutdown of factories that make bicycles and bicycle elements added to the issue.
In line with a report from the market analysis firm, NPD Group, April gross sales of conventional bikes, elements, helmets and different equipment elevated 75 % in comparison with the identical time final 12 months.
Jeff Anderson, with Queen Metropolis Cycles in Springfield, mentioned his enterprise has been impacted by the scarcity.
“Often at the moment we might be receiving giant portions of bikes to get us by way of the rest of this season and into spring of subsequent 12 months,” he mentioned, “however, you already know, at present, if we’re capable of get any bikes from our important firms…it is only a handful at a time.”
And he mentioned they’re often spoken for or offered earlier than they hit the gross sales flooring.
They do have just a few bikes at their store, however Anderson mentioned the stock of entry-level bikes is low.
The scarcity has additionally impacted Queen Metropolis Cycles’ restore enterprise, however, at the least partly, in a great way.
“Lots of people are pulling their outdated bikes out of their sheds and garages and having us, you already know, get them again up in driving form, which, you already know, it takes lots of work for a few of these outdated bikes,” he mentioned, “so we’re positively a lot busy with that.”
However he mentioned they’re having hassle getting elements like inside tubes. In some instances, in accordance with Anderson, they’re counting on used elements they have already got within the store.
At A & B Cycle in Springfield, Patrick Winstead mentioned they’ve been capable of get shipments of bicycles however they aren’t getting all that they wish to.
“We’ve bikes and orders already positioned that we must always get delivered,” he mentioned, “so, we ought to be in a great place to have the ability to have an honest provide of bikes, however it’s laborious to say for certain.”
Stock is at present about half of what it might usually be. They nonetheless have just a few used bikes, nevertheless Winstead mentioned they are not doing as many trade-ins as they usually would. However he stays optimistic.
“I believe we’re having a great 12 months, so I believe it has been busy, and it is positively difficult and irritating at instances,” he mentioned, ‘however we have now a great group of individuals, and we’re simply going to get by way of it.”
Each Winstead and Anderson hope the bicycle scarcity will enhance over the subsequent few months. And Anderson hopes those that have found biking through the pandemic will keep it up. That, he mentioned, could be a silver lining in a difficult time.