Bicycle sales surge, supply shortages strike during pandemic

There is a greater demand for bicycles during the COVID-19 pandemic, KY3 reports.

Josh Even, owner of Sunshine Bike Shop in Springfield, said that many customers have also been coming in to tune up and repair their old bikes.

“With the closing of gyms and things like that, biking became big,” Even told KY3.

Bike sales have seen their biggest growth since the 1970s over the last two months, the Associated Press reports.

However, the increase in demand for bikes has contributed to a shortage. The U.S. relies on China for about 90% of its bicycles. The shortage occurred because production in China was largely shut down until recently due to the coronavirus.

The bicycle shortage is projected to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to recover in the U.S.

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