Bike shops seeing delay in getting new bikes and parts, while demand is high
DELMARVA- One pedal at a time.
Bike shops on Delmarva are trying their best to get through the pandemic, but a shortage of new bikes isn’t helping.
“Well, we’re having a lot trouble getting bikes in and were using a lot of older bikes and we can’t get the new ones that everybody wants so it’s a bit of a problem,” Dylan Hoffman, Senior VP of Atlantic Cycles, said.
We’re told it’s something they’re seeing at both a bike shop in Rehoboth and Salisbury.
COVID-19 put a pause on many operations causing delays in what they get.
“Product is being created in Asia to ship to the united states but there’s no ships to put them on because they are all tied up in the supply chain,” Buzz Carragher, the owner of Salisbury Cycle and Fitness, said.
“One of my major suppliers, giant bicycle company, produces 3 and a half million bikes a year, I’m told that I won’t have my stocked refilled until February of next year,” Carragher said.
And those delays, have people going a different route.
“There’s a high demand for new bikes but when they realize they can’t get one and it could be 6 months before we get them they will fix their old bike up, so our repair business has been significant,” Carragher said.
“We’re getting a lot of older Walmart bikes and people are like whatever I’ll guess I’ll just pay to fix it,” Hoffman said.
To add on to all of this, bike shops told us, getting products in to fix bikes is also something they are dealing with.
“We’re not able to get any parts really anymore I mean same companies that make the bikes make the parts sell so they’re shipping lines are disturbed 10 so the parts are in the same ship as the bikes,” Hoffman said.
“Last summer, I was having to resort to patching inter tubes which I’ve never had to do in something years because we couldn’t get replacement inter tubes,” Carragher said.
While COVID-19 has impacted what bikes these businesses get and how they operate, they are still keeping the wheels turning and moving forward.
“It’s going to get back on the right track, but it’s probably going to be is months before we can come to some sort of normal bike operation,” Carragher said.