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 develop into a biking vacation spot for biking fans. Mix that truth with the additional time folks have had at dwelling 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 undoubtedly seen a surge within the biking scene right here in Decorah. Of us are undoubtedly on the lookout for methods to get out and benefit from the outside.”
Oneota River Cycles proprietor Deke Gosen explains that almost all bike producers are situated in Asia, so COVID-19 has had a direct affect on manufacturing. “Between the anticipated affect of the coronavirus and the tariffs positioned on China final fall, bike producers decreased their manufacturing considerably. They anticipated folks would pull again on account of the pandemic, so that they deliberate accordingly,” explains Gosen. “However when folks did not pull again, and as an alternative spent extra time outside having fun with actions like biking, every little thing turned bottlenecked, and and because of this, backordered.”
It isn’t simply new bikes which might be promoting although, it is bike components too. “When it began to develop into 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. Sarcastically, this additionally led to not solely a motorcycle scarcity, however a components scarcity, too. Tires and tubes, for instance, in sure sizes had been arduous to come back by due to this.”
Smith says electrical, pedal-assist bikes have develop into 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 develop into out there, some people made the choice to buy their first e-bike. We really feel that almost all people who went this route had been already desirous 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 palms on a brand new bike, each Smith and Gosen agree — it appears like it’ll be a protracted wait. “It might be a very long time earlier than issues stabilize,” shares Smith.