MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’re looking to buy a bike this summer, you may be out of luck. A cycling boom sparked during the pandemic continues. Manufacturers are struggling to supply products as more people are eager to enjoy the outdoors.
Jason Dohrmann has never seen a bike shortage like this before. Dohrmann’s family-owned store, Summit Ski & Cycle in Los Angeles, ran out of inventory last year, putting the brakes on business.READ MORE: Florida Records Highest One-Day Total Of COVID Cases With 21,000
“We’re definitely not making that much money, but we’re just making enough to survive right now,” he said.
It’s a similar problem across the U.S. The pandemic slowed bike production, and manufacturers have yet to catch up. At the same time, demand skyrocketed last year and isn’t slowing down.
Matt Powell from the market research firm NPD Group said sales between December 2020 and February 2021 grew 55% compared to the same time during the prior year.
It’s not just bikes. Americans are buying products for a variety of outdoor activities.READ MORE: Activists Hold 'Down With The Chains' Rally At Bayfront Park Saturday
“We’re seeing camp furniture, grills, coolers, hammocks, recreational tents, all very strong. And then, of course, the cycling business has been outstanding,” Powell said.
Dohrmann said he thinks he won’t have bikes to sell until next year. Until then, he is switching gears, focusing on bike repairs when he can get parts.
“Bikes would have to sit here for an extra couple of weeks just waiting on a part when usually we get it done in one day,” he said.
Dohrmann plans to ride things out and is hopeful that new inventory will soon spin out of his showroom.MORE NEWS: Dolphins' Xavien Howard Back At Practice Open To Fans
Electric bikes are also seeing a major spike in sales.