Interest in Cycling Soars as Bikes Are Hard Find, interview with Joe Ferguson of Revolution Cycles in Washington | eMissourian

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Joe Ferguson has never had to go looking for used bikes to sell at his shop, Revolution Cycles, 1917 Bedford Center Drive in Washington. But then COVID-19 happened.

Bicycles, new and used, are hard to come by these days, another result of the virus.

“When the world shut down for three months, nothing was being manufactured. That included parts for bicycles,” Ferguson said. “And I guess during the whole lockdown, people who were at home looking for something to do decided to go ride a bike.

“We had more people buying bikes and fewer bikes to sell, so all of a sudden the world is out of bicycles.”

The same scenario is playing out in bike shops across the country.

The NPD Group reported that sales of bicycles, sporting goods and home fitness equipment has surged over the last several months. “As U.S. consumers tackle ways to keep themselves and their families busy, active, and fit during this time of social distancing, sports and home fitness equipment as well as children’s and adult leisure bicycles have seen double- and triple-digit sales increases.

Within the cycling market, March sales were driven by children’s/BMX (+56 percent) and adult leisure (+121 percent) bikes, NPD Group said.

MoBikeFed comment: We have been hearing from bike shops and businesses all around Missouri who report a similar situation to that faced by Revolution Cycles in Washington: Unprecedented demand but difficulty filling orders for bicycles and parts.