Bike shops have seen increased business in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Columbia Missourian reports.
Across the U.S., children’s and BMX bike sales increased by 56% during March. Adult leisure bike sales increased by 121% for the same period.
Some bike shops were deemed essential businesses and continued to conduct business during stay-at-home orders.
“It felt really weird at first, like here I am as a business owner that is actually thriving in this new landscape,” Karl Kimble, owner of Klunk Bicycles & Repair in Columbia, told the Columbia Missourian.
Amid the increased interest, bicycle parts manufacturers have struggled to keep up with demand. This has caused delays in parts orders for local businesses and a backlog of repairs.
Despite those challenges, business owners say they are excited about the growth of participation in biking.