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Bike industry struggling to match demand amid pandemic

Bike industry struggling to match demand amid pandemic

Bicycle industry struggling to keep up with demand Bicyclists are encountering long wait times or huge hurtles as the industry struggles to keep up with…

Tuesday, May 04

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Bicycle industry struggling to keep up with demand Bicyclists are encountering long wait times or huge hurtles as the industry struggles to keep up with demand during the pandemic. CONNECTING… WASHINGTON – A nationwide bike shortage is causing back orders and long wait times for people purchasing bicycles. It’s due to an increase in demand and a lack of supply thanks to production delays during the pandemic .

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"Demand has just been up three four times over what it traditionally is as a result of a lot of things being closed and cycling being one of the few socially distant things that you can do," Alex Bartholomew, the store manager at Trek Bicycle in Arlington said.

The bike shortage began last year in the early stages of the pandemic but is only getting worse. Production was stalled slightly during the pandemic but Bartholomew says the real reason for the shortage is the demand. More and people are ditching their vehicles and ridings bikes instead. Others are looking for ways to get their children who are home from school, outdoors and some people who don’t feel safe going to a gym are looking for another form of exercise.

Bartholomew says the average wait time is between four to six months but in rare cases some people have ordered bikes that won’t come in for well over a year from now.

"People are frustrated and rightfully so. […]

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