With pandemic restrictions still in effect, people are looking to get outside in safe ways again this summer. Last year, many people turned to camping and biking as fun, outdoor activities that involved little to no additional people. This surge in popularity left many bike shops understocked for much of summer 2020.
“There’s a global shortage of bikes and outdoor sporting products,” said Tommy Poole, an employee at Denny’s Central Park Bicycles. “We’re seeing about two to three times the demand for bikes. We’re busier than we’ve ever been. Bikes will probably be in short supply till the end of next year.”
He explained that the increase in demand has not been the only thing impacting the bicycle shortage.
“Many of the suppliers right now are having a hard time getting products as well,” Poole said. “Suppliers used to be able to buy two containers easily, but now they must bid on a single one.”
In addition to bike sales, the sale of recreational vehicles has also been on the rise. An employee at Gillette’s Interstate RV said the business has seen an approximately 20% increase in sales over the pandemic; however, he noted that sales of smaller camping equipment such as tents may be where most people are investing as a way to get out of the house.
“RVs are more of a luxury item,” he explained. “We have seen more people buying them to spend more outdoor time with just their friends and family, but people need their houses and cars more immediately.”