Bike gross sales have boomed this 12 months at West Norfolk outlets which have been attempting to maintain up with unprecedented demand.
Gaywood’s Wilco retailer in Lynn Street mentioned its gross sales had greater than tripled what it might usually have anticipated to promote through the spring and summer time months.
Its supervisor George Woodhouse advised the Lynn Information: “Bike gross sales have been astronomical. They’ve gone by the roof.
“We have now been promoting mountain bikes and highway bikes, no matter folks can get their arms on. As quickly as Rishi Sunak mentioned do not go on public transport the frenzy actually began.”
He mentioned prospects had been shopping for the bikes for each leisure functions and in addition to make use of for comuting. Initially there had been some delays with getting bikes from suppliers, however they had been capable of finding various sources to maintain apace with demand.
“Gross sales are nonetheless going robust now, though they don’t seem to be the identical as they had been throughout April, Could and June. I believe the nice climate in May performed a component,” mentioned George.
At Fakenham, Norfolk Electrical Bikes, primarily based in Miller’s Stroll, has additionally skilled a surge in consumers.
Director Alan Poole mentioned: “The final three or 4 months have been extraordinarily busy and demand has been excessive for our electrical bikes – and it nonetheless is.
“We have now greater than doubled the gross sales we’d usually anticipate through the summer time months. There have been some delays with provides and a number of bike outlets have not been in a position to get inventory.
“Nonetheless we’re nonetheless taking deposits and the provision will be capable to meet up with demand.”
He mentioned his prospects, each women and men, had been largely aged from 50 to 80, and nearly all of gross sales had been for leisure. Nonetheless there have been additionally a number of consumers who had been of their 20s and 30s with some buying bikes to journey to work.
“We’re in a position to provide a variety of bikes on the finish of the day, though there’s a delay on a few of the fashions,” he mentioned.