SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)–During the pandemic, biking became a very popular hobby. It was a way for one to get outside while avoiding the dangers of Covid-19 contraction from close contact with others. A major issue emerged as interest in riding bikes rose, but the supply chain was completely unable to match demand.
Problems emerged for local bike vendors such as Syracuse Bicycle when suppliers across the globe had to shut down for periods of time in order to contain Covid outbreaks in factories. Syracuse Bicycle sales managers Zak Field says that shutdowns, in any form, had major effects on the business.
“So, we would see one plant that makes one specific bike part in Malaysia shut down for a week or two and that had months of repercussions afterwards and playing catch-up was quite difficult but hopefully we don’t have to navigate that ever again” said Field.
Not only did this mean that less bike parts and bikes were available for sale here in Central New York and across the country, but it meant a raise in prices by manufacturers. Field says that his store was helpless to these price changes but still was frustrated at the confusion that it caused consumers.