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‘The problem is multilayered’: Bicycle shortage caused by supply and demand disruption amid pandemic

‘The problem is multilayered’: Bicycle shortage caused by supply and demand disruption amid pandemic

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Crazy Cat Cyclery in El Paso is experiencing a shortage of bikes due to high demand and slow production. Roberto…

Tuesday, Jan 12

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Crazy Cat Cyclery in El Paso is experiencing a shortage of bikes due to high demand and slow production.

Roberto Barrio, owner of Crazy Cat Cyclery, said they are having to turn customers away because they have no bikes available for in-store purchase.

“We have people coming in, what’s super frustrating is our inability to service those orders,” said Barrio, explaining how many potential customers have been put on a waiting list and are expecting their bikes until the summer of 2021.

He explained the problem comes from manufacturers that are having a hard time keeping up with the demand.

He said more people started looking for bicycles back in March during the shutdown.

“People were trying to stay active, the gyms were closed, they were forced to stay at home and were looking for ways to release stress,” concluded Barrio.

At the same time, he said, manufacturers were adapting to new COVID-19 protocols and, lately, have been shutting down due to virus outbreaks in the facilities.“In December, a shipping warehouse had a shut down because of a cluster in L.A.,” said Barrio, “and they stopped shipping the products they had.”He said the orders are most often made several months in advance and all the orders they are waiting for right now will not be delivered, Barrio expects, until later in the year.The orders usually come from overseas and take about six to eight weeks to arrive. Now, he said, it’s taking twice or three times as long.“There won’t be […]

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