Increased Outdoor Activity Creates National Shortage in Bicycles

Written by on May 28, 2020

Increased Outdoor Activity Creates National Shortage in Bicycles

By Staci Inez

May 28, 2020

Photo | Staci Inez / WLVR

With kids out of school and many parents working from home, bicycle shops are seeing an increase in sales and a shortage in supply, WLVR’s Staci Inez explains why in this report.

Bicycle production in China shut down in January and February because the country was battling the coronavirus.

Tomias Hinchcliff, owner of Easton’s Genesis Bicycles, said it usually takes 120 days to receive an order from China, so there is now a low supply of bikes available nationwide.

“Every manufacturer I know of and I know of a lot…is sold out of bikes,” said Hinchcliff.

Hinchliff says local demand is up with gyms and yoga studios closed… and people are looking to get out of the house while still being socially distant. 

“We’re used to being busy, but I have not seen anything like this since the 70s during the gas shortage in 1979… we had a much smaller business then, but could not keep up with demand and this is very much reminiscent of that.” 

Hinchcliff is still selling and servicing bikes with curbside options for customers – but says he’s not sure what this year’s future holds. He’s hoping to get back on track for 2021. 

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