The good news is that the “great bike shortage” of 2021 is finally over.
The bad news, like everything else, you’ll have to pay more in 2022.
Lori Van Maluka remembers the bike shortage all too well.
A year ago, the bike shops were empty and she had no choice but to buy second-hand.
She is now trying to fix the old bike she bought last year.
“It was really hard to find a bike,” she said. “All the bike shops were out of stock, so my husband found one on Facebook.”
But fast forward a year, and the pandemic bicycle shortage is finally coming to an end, according to Jason Reser, owner of Reser Bicycle Outfitters in Newport, KY.
“A year ago we were experiencing major supply chain disruptions that slowed our ability to get a lot of bikes,” Reser said.
A year ago, their lockers were empty. You would be lucky to find a bike to buy.
Now, however, you can choose any type of bike, except for cheap bikes that manufacturers no longer make money selling.
“Now it’s more like $150 or $200 for the same quality,” Reser said, “so they jumped in price.”
But despite the price increases, many parents are now moving towards buying bikes for their children.
How to choose the right children’s bike
So if you decide to buy, how do you make sure you buy the right size?
Chris Winn runs a bicycle education program for the Bicycle Colorado organization.
“We know kids grow up fast,” he said, “but we want them to have a fun and comfortable experience on the bike they have.”
Winn says that before making a purchase, make sure the frame size is correct.
“We want kids to be able to stand on this frame and have their feet flat on the floor,” he explained.
He warns that a bike is too big, “it can be a bit bulky. And hard for that kid to handle.”
Finally, he says don’t forget to buy a properly fitting helmet using the two-finger rule.
“That means you can put two fingers above the eyebrows and the top of the helmet,” he said, “and two fingers below that chinstrap.”
Making sure a bike is properly fitted ensures that the bike will be on the pavement and not sitting in your garage.
This way you don’t waste your money.
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