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Pandemic bike sale boom continues through holidays

Last Updated Dec 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm PST

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A North Vancouver bike shop has been busy all through the pandemic trying to meet demand

Steed Cycles service manager Sam says turning customers away has become commonplace

James says sales were up by about three times more than usual in October and November

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Bikes have been in high demand through the pandemic, and one local shop says it hasn’t slowed down all the way through to Christmas.

In the early days of the pandemic, many people turned away from transit due to COVID-19 and bikes starting rolling out the door.

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While a bike with a bow by the tree is a classic Christmas image, Steed Cycles service manager Sam James says the shop hasn’t been able to keep up with the need for kids’ bikes.

Just the other day, the shop got four kids’ bikes in, and they all went out the door within hours, he adds.

“Typically, you’d sell a lot of kids’ bikes around Christmas. We just don’t have any,” James tells NEWS 1130. “We’re still seeing, still, a crazy amount of high-end bikes go out the door, which is pretty unusual this time of the year.”

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James says turning customers away has become commonplace

“It’s just been go, go, go. The only time we’ve had a respite from that is when we ran out of bikes,” he says.

James and his team in North Vancouver have been building bikes around the clock throughout the pandemic.

He says demand usually tapers off around October, but instead, the shops saw about three times more business than usually that month and in November.