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    Are these good or bad times for LBS?

    I see a crap load of Covid Zombies out on brand new bikes each morning so i am assuming this is a good time to own a bike shop....

    Most of the new bikes I see are low end rides though...

    I have not visited mine for a while but I may just stop in to see how they are doing.

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    Would think with the economy crumbling there will be a shift from houses and cars, to bikes and tents
    Round and round we go

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    I have seen a lot of article referencing the need to change city transportation infrastructure based on substantial increase in cycling and walking as a means of social distance travel.

    That is always a good thing I think. I have also seen threads here regarding bike shops in locales where the only bikes they have left are high end mountain bikes and everything else at a consumer level is gone.

    I hope this is all true! Bike shops are the best thing for cities to have.
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    My lbs is there, the door is locked. Not sure heís supposed to be open. Sales are way down, and fear of online shopping going to a whole nother level.
    Round and round we go

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    This was posted on FB yesterday by an LBS near me in Ogden, UT.

    ďWe are at a point in the bicycle industry that I have never seen in my career. Bikes under the price point of $800 have sold out from almost all bicycle brands in the whole industry. We're not talking like a couple weeks either, in a lot of cases its over 10 weeks. The next segment of bikes that are going to sell are all the models below $4000 and if the time line is the same we will be sold out of those until models from 2021 start showing up. Long story short if you are shopping in this category get a bike sooner rather than later because you might actually not be able to find one. Repairs are about three weeks out, I hope all of you are good, I will keep updating as things change.Ē

    My LBS a little further south has been crazy busy with repairs and sales.

    Iíve seen more people on bikes and hiking the last few weeks than I ever have this time of year.


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    My LBS is "unofficially" open, and the owner/wrenches are swamped with tons of repairs, mostly minor things. The owner had to stop taking new jobs, because they were piling up outside his shop faster than he could fix 'em.
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    Might be a good time to do some spring cleaning and sell some old bikes that are collecting dust in the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog View Post
    Bikes under the price point of $800 have sold out from almost all bicycle brands in the whole industry.
    Does not surprise me. As I mentioned I've noticed most of the new stuff being ridden have been low end stuff... LOTS of people out without helmets too.....

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    I just hope that unlike the gas crisis of the 70's that people remember the lessons they learned now and continue on with hiking and biking and just just discard this new method of experiencing the world once mass transit and social gatherings become the norm again, if they do.

    It would be great to live in a world where cycling is normal, hiking and experiencing nature is a popular thing to do. Fingers crossed that there is a silver lining with this whole covid thing.
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    My main riding buddy has been working part time in the shop I've been going to lately and they're swamped. He's thinks they need to have a night shift because they spend all day building up new bikes and are a week behind on repairs that they can't get to. May be temporary but currently business is good for this shop (Gray Matter/Phoenix, AZ.).
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    Amazon has been doing their part to kill all small businesses, yet the average consumer keeps buying all their stuff from them, including bikes and bike parts. Nevermind the fact that there are individual sellers selling their goods through amazon, theyíre getting screwed in the ass by Amazon. I blacklisted them a few years ago. And no, I donít shop at Whole Foods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Amazon has been doing their part to kill all small businesses, yet the average consumer keeps buying all their stuff from them, including bikes and bike parts. Nevermind the fact that there are individual sellers selling their goods through amazon, theyíre getting screwed in the ass by Amazon. I blacklisted them a few years ago. And no, I donít shop at Whole Foods.
    You can use Amazon to shop and review and then go directly to the seller instead of through Amazon in many cases.
    Sometimes you simply have to pay a little more for shipping, but many times not.
    As an example, I am ordering axles for a Polaris Sportsman directly from the source I located on Amazon, completely independent of Amazon, purchase wise, and the supplier offers free two day shipping over a certain amount. Takes a little more time but worth the circumventing of Amazon AFAIC....
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    I dropped by one of my LBSs yesterday and they were swamped with service work. Owner said that they couldn't get any new bikes from their suppliers and they even had distributors running out of tubes. They seemed happy with the level of business they were experiencing.

    Our trails and bike paths have been so crowded that the land agencies have had to start asking people to recreate during off hours and have been turning people away from trailheads. The Denver news ran a story the other day about trail rules and the overuse causing resource damage.

    Here in Colorado the Governor has allowed bike shops to stay open as critical businesses during the COVID situation, but with new safety procedures. The LBS I visited yesterday has a policy of only 1 customer in the shop at a time. You ring a doorbell and they buzz you in. You shop and bring your purchase to the new plexiglass service department window and the employee behind the glass answers any questions through a microphone and speaker system, scans your purchase through the glass, and then you swipe your card on the reader outside the glass and they email a receipt. No contact shopping and purchase. Bike shopping and purchases are only by appointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardjohnson View Post
    I just hope that unlike the gas crisis of the 70's that people remember the lessons they learned now and continue on with hiking and biking and just just discard this new method of experiencing the world once mass transit and social gatherings become the norm again, if they do.

    It would be great to live in a world where cycling is normal, hiking and experiencing nature is a popular thing to do. Fingers crossed that there is a silver lining with this whole covid thing.
    I agree somewhat with this but the mass crowding of trails is not what we want. I say we shut down all bike shops and any advertising of such. Stingy thinking I know.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    i am assuming this is a good time to own a bike shop.
    tons of stories here : https://forums.mtbr.com/general-disc...m-1135589.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I agree somewhat with this but the mass crowding of trails is not what we want. I say we shut down all bike shops and any advertising of such. Stingy thinking I know.
    I doubt most people that are cycling now, will be mountain biking, maybe a small percentage.

    Hiking OTOH.
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    Can anyone report on ebike sales vs. non ebikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Can anyone report on ebike sales vs. non ebikes?
    They'd be the same right?
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    Local Mayor and county supervisor both on new e-bikes the other day about 8 miles from their house. Both in their 60ís and I didnít realize who they were when I spoke to them, until after I pulled away.
    Went to school with both of them 40+ years ago. First time Iíve ever seen them on bikes.
    I expect business is good all around except for the supply chain interruptions...
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    Yep, my shop is swamped. Two weeks out on sevice unless you're on the RFN list but thats another topic. He generally is a high end shop but sells lesser models also. Told me he has sold more $400.00-700.00 bikes in six weeks than he has in the last 3 yrs.

    They are now out of stock of said bikes and are finding it hard to get more.

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    Lots of ebikes out these days, ebike sales gotta be going good too!

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    Korn, I just read the title and thought of that song. Opened up the thread and there it was. Even though I saw it earlier and responded in here it didnít hit me until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillbo View Post
    I see a crap load of Covid Zombies out on brand new bikes each morning so i am assuming this is a good time to own a bike shop....

    Most of the new bikes I see are low end rides though...

    I have not visited mine for a while but I may just stop in to see how they are doing.
    covid zombies goes into the "great name for a band thread". right now.

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    QBP has furloughed or laid off a bunch of staff. I assume it is supply chain issues

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    Similar (positive) situation here: my lbs' business are up four times over the same period in 2019. Lots of consumer new bike sales, lots of repairs, and sales of highend bikes have stalled.

    Personally, this is all good news. More people riding bikes is good thing short and long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OzarkFathom View Post
    You can use Amazon to shop and review and then go directly to the seller instead of through Amazon in many cases.
    Sometimes you simply have to pay a little more for shipping, but many times not.
    As an example, I am ordering axles for a Polaris Sportsman directly from the source I located on Amazon, completely independent of Amazon, purchase wise, and the supplier offers free two day shipping over a certain amount. Takes a little more time but worth the circumventing of Amazon AFAIC....
    Not familiar with Polaris MTBs. But good idea about making the initial purchase through Spamawhore.com and then from then on dealing directly with the smaller mom-and-pop company.
    Donít frail and blow if youíre going to Braille and Flow.

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    Well seeing how City elitists in Portland hate cars, they are loving this... And yest Bike shops are busy... even my small town Sandy bike shop is staying busy...

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    My LBS is cranking lately in the service department. I've been in there 2 or 3 times recently and each time I was there, they had at least a few shoppers and they have been layers deep in bikes waiting for service. It's been hard to approach the counter with all of the bikes in there lately. I'm happy for them. Bored folks have been pulling there old thrashers out and they have been getting them repaired. I see all sorts of bikes around the area. More bikers than ever now. They gotta find something to do in this time of the 'Rona when most of their habit destinations are closed.
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    No doubt there will be an increase in bicycle thefts. Hopefully the new bicycle owners are buying half decent U-locks instead of cable locks and actually using them, even in their own garage.

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    Lbs are doing well for now.

    I ran into an issue of all kids bikes were gone except 1 shop that happened to have a couple left. Brand wasnt even on my radar, (Scott) but after calling almost every bike shop in and around st louis, I paid for that one over the phone and picked it up after work.

    Every shop I talked to said pretty much every bike under 700-1000 (depending on the shop) was sold out and months before they would see more.

    Now how long this will keep up is anyone guess but I know the shop I use for about everything and know the owner has been the busiest they have every seen.

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    now the mainstream media has caught wind:

    https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/...y-15278825.php

    the LBS around the corner from me is absolutely swamped with repairs. the shop i use twenty blocks out from me has three guys working like beavers plus two volunteers helping them. the only reason i get timely service from them is i've been a regular customer of the owner for almost ten years and have spent a fair chunk of change at his shop.

    another good reason to develop a good relationship with the LBS of your choice, in my opinion, you'll tend to get better service.

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    My lbs won't be assembling new bikes until June 1st.
    They are overload with repairs now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    My lbs won't be assembling new bikes until June 1st.
    They are overload with repairs now

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    Are they working over time and 12 hour days, lots unemployed so they could hire someone but then theres training and over seeing. A quick once over by the seasoned mechanic or lifer would do the trick.

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