If you haven’t heard yet, there is a
nationwide global shortage on new bicycles and many accessories. This is exciting and extremely frustrating at the same time. Frustrating for us and we know for many of you as well. I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for understanding this situation and for your patience. All of us at Bike Tech sincerely appreciate all of you, our cycling family!
A recent CNN Business article – ‘The new toilet paper:’ Bikes are flying off shelves, overwhelming shops interviewed shop owners all over the country to see what’s been happening, both in large cycling cities, and others. Honestly, this article hit home. For those of you that have been in the shop looking for a new bike, we’ve had to put you on a waiting list with no definite date of when we’ll be able to deliver. Many of you have waited patiently for repairs, special order parts and accessories as well.
As noted in the CNN piece, “A recent survey from the National Bicycle Dealers Association found that 83% of shops are concerned about their inventory levels. Bike manufacturers are struggling to keep up.” At Bike Tech, we are in that 83%.
All of this said, there is a silver lining! We’ve been hearing similar quotes like “some people are saying ‘it’s such a joy to be back on my bike. I can’t believe I ditched it for so long,’.” These are the comments that keep us motivated and working the extra hours.
In response, we have reduced our hours, moved to an appointment only schedule on Monday’s and are working nights and weekends to try and keep up with demand, specifically around repairs. As we, the global cycling community, work through this, we ask for and truly appreciate your patience.
I’d like to leave you with this – please, keep riding your bikes. As we begin to open back up, think about where and how you can use your bike. The more we are riding, the more we will be seen. This, over time, equates to safety and more cycling/walking/running infrastructure. So many of our friends and customers use their bikes daily for transportation, and not necessarily because they want to. The riding you do in/around Macon creates the visibility we need to usher in change. I highly encourage you to learn more about what our friends at Bike Walk Macon are doing and join their efforts. Bike riding is for everyone.
Additional Articles to Check Out:
The Economist – How lockdown converted the world to cycling, and the speedbumps that lie ahead
CBS News – Americans turn to cycling during the coronavirus pandemic
New York Times – E-Bikes Are Having Their Moment. They Deserve It.
Washington Post – What do bikes and toilet paper have in common? Both are flying out of stores amid the coronavirus pandemic.
World Economic Forum – Could the pandemic usher in a golden age of cycling?
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As a reminder — if you are sick, if you feel sick, if you are just getting over a sickness, or if you’ve been around someone who is sick, please wait to visit our store (or any establishment for that matter, unless it’s the Hospital) until you are 100% clear and healthy. If you’re not sure, please consult with your doctor. We MUST continue to be as cautious and respectful to one another as possible.
“It’s been a long time since the bicycle has been this important to the American people,” Cooper said in the CNN piece. “It’s so cool they’re this interested in bike riding.” We wholeheartedly agree!
– Bobby, Lucious, Jim, John & Rod