Bike sales surge amid coronavirus pandemic

Bike sales soar amid pandemic, causing shortage across the country.
Bike sales soar amid pandemic, create shortage.
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 7:56 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Many people are engaging in more outdoor activities this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. But if you’re into biking, you may be noticing a shortage at stores.

At Whitetail Cycle Sport in North Platte, business is booming. Owner Shae Caldwell said social distancing and the warm weather is creating a huge demand for bikes.

In fact, this has been the busiest summer for Caldwell who has been in business for four years. Sales have increased 400 percent since March.

But the spike in sales is making it difficult to keep up with demand. The pandemic has forced people to workout outside and many are either buying bikes or pulling them out of storage to be repaired.

“Which also presents a little bit of a problem because we are running across not being able to get parts for some of these bikes as well,” said Caldwell. “As a matter of fact, there was a company in Kansas who was looking for tubes that they use to run their equipment and they couldn’t get these tubes anywhere. They found out we had a case of them and drove all the way from Kansas just to pick them to keep their business running.”

Caldwell said it could be two, three weeks or even until the beginning of the year before their inventory is replenished.

“Always come in and see what we have because every once in awhile a truck will show up and surprise us.”

For now, she advises the public stay vigilant of cyclists and always wear a helmet.

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