Bicycle shortage in Hudson Valley
Cloey Callahan reports in the Times Union about the bicycle shortage in the Hudson Valley. Tom Stevens of Breakaway Cycles in Rhinebeck says that if he orders a bike right now, it won't get here until 2022. The bicycle industry was not ready for a global pandemic. “A lot of bike suppliers acted like they would in a normal recession, planning for discretionary spending being hard to come by and folks not spending on leisurely activities,” said Patrick Hogan, Bicycle Industry Research Manager at PeopleForBikes. “This economic landscape in spring and summer 2020 was super different.” Bike manufacturers are mostly based in China, and only recently began increasing their production. Parts such as shifters, derailers, and tubes are in particular demand locally. “People can’t get new bikes,” said Stevens. “So, they’re pulling stuff out of their shed that hasn’t been ridden in a long time. I just did one that needed everything replaced – the tires, tubes, cables, chains. On top of having a lot, you have time-consuming repairs.” Experts predict that supply chains won't return to normal until 2023. Read more about this story in the Times Union.