June 25, 2021

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Bicycle shops report continued surge in demand amid pandemic

A boom in bicycle sales has kept shops busy as the surge in demand has lasted for about a year now.General Manager at Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth, Josh Pierce, said sales this past March were triple what they were at the same time last year. A busy spring season, made even more so by people’s desire to get outside and stay distanced.“We order bikes, we’re selling bikes to people before they get here, putting their names on them, building them and they come in the door and they go right back out,” Pierce said.Typically, the store has 300 to 400 bikes in stock, now, they have about 150 and many are spoken for.“Parts are very hard to get. I was just looking to order some for a customer and if I get them today I’m going to get them in November,” Pierce said.He said the interest in cycling has been incredible.“It’s a great thing. There are more people out there riding bikes than I’ve seen in over 25 years in the business,” Pierce said. President of the cycling group Granite State Wheelers Dave Topham said their group of about 400 members statewide has also gained interest.“Basically, all around the state for fun, recreation, just having a good time and doing it safely,” Topham said.Pierce’s advice was that if you want to get in on the bicycle scene, do it quickly with demand so high. >> MORE FROM WMUR: Boat sales rise as more people plan local summer vacations during pandemic

A boom in bicycle sales has kept shops busy as the surge in demand has lasted for about a year now.

General Manager at Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth, Josh Pierce, said sales this past March were triple what they were at the same time last year. A busy spring season, made even more so by people’s desire to get outside and stay distanced.

“We order bikes, we’re selling bikes to people before they get here, putting their names on them, building them and they come in the door and they go right back out,” Pierce said.

Typically, the store has 300 to 400 bikes in stock, now, they have about 150 and many are spoken for.

“Parts are very hard to get. I was just looking to order some for a customer and if I get them today I’m going to get them in November,” Pierce said.

He said the interest in cycling has been incredible.

“It’s a great thing. There are more people out there riding bikes than I’ve seen in over 25 years in the business,” Pierce said.

President of the cycling group Granite State Wheelers Dave Topham said their group of about 400 members statewide has also gained interest.

“Basically, all around the state for fun, recreation, just having a good time and doing it safely,” Topham said.

Pierce’s advice was that if you want to get in on the bicycle scene, do it quickly with demand so high.

>> MORE FROM WMUR: Boat sales rise as more people plan local summer vacations during pandemic