COLLEGE PARK, Md. (ABC7) — If you wanted to get your hands on a new bicycle this summer, you might be out of luck.
Bicycles are the latest COVID-19 shortage.
“We have never seen anything like this in a very long time," said Dave Nghiem at College Park Bicycles in College Park, MD.
Business is booming at bike shops, however, there are no new bicycles to sell.
“We have never locked down half the planet like this so they can’t do their jobs to build bikes. So, no one has been building bikes for three months. if no one is building bikes, there’s no bikes on the continent" said Dave.
As the weather warms up, people are itching to exercise and now some – are using it as a form of transportation.
According to the NDP group – bike sales are up over 50 percent.
The latest hot commodity has created a nationwide shortage of bikes. Some local shops even saying you won’t be able to get your hands on a new bike until August. "We have never seen anything like that" said Dave.
Bikenetic in Falls Church, Virginia said "It's been crazy. Certainly nothing has calmed or slowed down in any way. While we stocked up as best we could, we're also starting to run low on the "bread n butter" bikes.
However, they have plenty in stock of old, used and refurbished bicycles.
Dave explained “everything is ready to go. it’s as if you brought an old bike in and we tuned it for you. We already took care of that.”