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Posted: Mon, Sep 14, 2020 2:37 PM
It comes as no shock that bicycle gross sales in Decorah are skyrocketing identical to they’re in bigger cities. With miles and miles of each paved and off-road trails, Decorah has turn out to be a biking vacation spot for biking fans. Mix that truth with the additional time individuals have had at house over the previous 6 months plus the federal government stimulus test many obtained due to COVID-19, and you’ve got a recipe for a monumental improve in bike gross sales.
Decorah Bicycles supervisor Josie Smith says,”We have positively seen a surge within the biking scene right here in Decorah. Of us are positively on the lookout for methods to get out and benefit from the open air.”
Oneota River Cycles proprietor Deke Gosen explains that the majority bike producers are positioned in Asia, so COVID-19 has had a direct impression on manufacturing. “Between the anticipated impression of the coronavirus and the tariffs positioned on China final fall, bike producers decreased their manufacturing considerably. They anticipated individuals would pull again on account of the pandemic, in order that they deliberate accordingly,” explains Gosen. “However when individuals did not pull again, and as an alternative spent extra time open air having fun with actions like biking, the whole lot turned bottlenecked, and and consequently, backordered.”
It is not simply new bikes which might be promoting although, it is bike components too. “When it began to turn out to be extra of a problem to get new bikes in,” explains Smith, “we noticed an inflow of parents bringing their bikes in for service work. In the end, if a brand new bike could not be bought, people made due with what they’d saved away for years. Satirically, this additionally led to not solely a motorcycle scarcity, however a components scarcity, too. Tires and tubes, for instance, in sure sizes have been arduous to return by due to this.”
Smith says electrical, pedal-assist bikes have turn out to be extraordinarily fashionable this yr. “We bought double the quantity of e-bikes this yr than in years prior. Due to the bike scarcity and the unknown of when product would turn out to be accessible, some people made the choice to buy their first e-bike. We really feel that the majority people who went this route have been already excited about investing in an e-bike sooner or later, and the scarcity of what we name ‘acoustic bikes’ (bikes with out battery or motor) contributed to the funding taking place sooner,” explains Smith.
Relating to getting your arms on a brand new bike, each Smith and Gosen agree — it appears like it should be an extended wait. “It could possibly be a very long time earlier than issues stabilize,” shares Smith.