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get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 20, 2021 10:52AM
....manufacturing was stalled....


Manufacturers can't keep up with the exploding bicycle demand

....If you're looking to buy a bicycle this summer, you may be out of luck.

A cycling boom sparked last year during the coronavirus pandemic has continued into 2021, creating short supply across the nation. Manufacturers are struggling to supply bikes to an exploding customer base of people newly eager to enjoy the outdoors.

The shortage is leaving business owners with little or nothing in stock — and customers with few options.

Jason Dohrmann, who owns Summit Ski & Cycle in Los Angeles, said he has never seen a bike shortage like this before. Dohrmann told CBS News correspondent Nichelle Medina that his store ran out of bikes last year.

"We're definitely not making that much money, but we're just making enough to survive right now," Dohrmann said.

Dohrmann said he thinks he won't have bikes to sell until next year. Until then, he is switching gears and focusing on bike repairs when he can get parts.

"Bikes would have to sit here for an extra couple of weeks just waiting on a part when usually we get it done in one day," he said.

Dohrmann's problem is similar across the U.S. During the pandemic, bicycle makers said they slowed down production because people were forced to stay indoors. But once COVID-19 restrictions started to lift, demand for bikes skyrocketed and manufacturers have yet to catch up, one analyst said.

Bicycle sales grew 55% between December 2020 and February 2021 when compared to that same period in 2019, said Matt Powell, senior industry advisor and vice president at market research firm NPD Group. Bike sales are part of a larger trend of Americans buying more outdoor equipment this summer, Powell told CBS News.

"We're seeing camp furniture, grills, coolers, hammocks, recreational tents, all very strong," he said. "And then, of course, the cycling business has been outstanding."



even the bike shorts.......are getting short..........er.......?!



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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 20, 2021 11:53AM
That’s been an issue since last year. No bikes, no parts to repair bikes, no used bikes



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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 20, 2021 12:00PM
and didnt we just have thousands of the rental bikes in giant piles a couple of years ago?

never could figure out why they were scrapped rather than donated to peeps that could use them... Im guessing $$.



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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: btfc
Date: June 20, 2021 01:59PM
Ha! I’m in the midst of a bicycle glut, and they’re clogging up my shop as several are being fixed up right now. I’ve been planning to have 4-5 bikes of various sizes ready to go on each of my properties, so I was picking up thrift store mountain bikes for $20 or so.



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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: rz
Date: June 20, 2021 08:24PM
Two different neighbors in our old neighborhood put bicycles out at the curb a few months ago. One was a 10-speed ladies bike with a flat tire. We gave it to a friend who had been looking for a bike. The other is a single speed men's bike that is some kind of promo for some brand of beer (I forget which one - not one I'd ever heard of). It had a little bit of rust, but was in otherwise good shape. I kept that one.
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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: btfc
Date: June 20, 2021 09:48PM
One of my bikes is a Fuji Marlboro folding mountain bike, only available through the Marlboro rewards program in the 1990s

[www.chooseafoldingbike.com]


Mine is missing the Marlboro sticker, a former owner must have been anti smoking. smiling smiley
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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 21, 2021 11:57AM
Chinese made bikes will be in shorter supply as metal fab/processing in China is being curtailed/reduced due to electricity shortages.
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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: SteveO
Date: June 21, 2021 03:28PM
Yep this has all been goin' down for about a year now. Bikes... and even chains, tubes, etc are in short supply. One of my friends is a QBP rep (major supplier to bike retailers) and she told me on Saturday that supplies of a lot of bike-related parts (not to mention bikes) are going to be even more scant for at least the next few months...then...who knows. Ugh. OTOH, now is a great time to sell a used bike, so I think I'm gonna part with one of my cx bikes. I'll be able to get what I paid for it back in 2010! Cray.



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Re: get shorty?!.....the pandemic causes another shortage --> bicycle shortage.....
Posted by: decay
Date: June 21, 2021 09:39PM
I have a BMX bike (Haro) from the early 2000s I should sell.



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