Did the Pandemic Cause a Bike Shortage?
"I wouldn't even call it a shortage. There's no bikes in the United States right now," said Brooklyn Bikes owner Ryan Zagata.
States may be reopening, but that doesn't mean people are returning to their pre-pandemic habits. And one thing many are concerned about is the safety of public transportation. The idea of trying to social distance on a crowded train or bus just doesn't fly for some people, so they're resorting to bicycles to get around — if they can find one.
The United States now has a shortage of bicycles, without many stores completely sold out. It's not only a less crowded way to get around, but it's a good way to stay in shape with thousands of gyms closed.
At Brooklyn Bicycle, there's been a surge in sales. One customer bought one of the last bikes in stock as Inside Edition was there filming.
"I wouldn't even call it a shortage. There's no bikes in the United States right now," said owner Ryan Zagata. "We have actually less than nothing. We've probably pre-sold about 1,200 bikes."
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