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Bike shortage among growing list of supply and demand issues

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Like so many other recreational activities, biking is back in full swing. But getting a new pair of wheels is hard to find.

Bicycles are on the growing list of supply and demand issues related to the pandemic. In Bloomington-Normal, riders are backpedaling.

Vitesse Bike Shop in Normal is one of many shops struggling to stock up due to a shortage on aluminum that is used to make bikes.

The aluminum is made in China, making this an international supply chain breakdown.

Owner of Vitesse Bike Shop Chris Koos said the shop's inventory has seen a sharp decline since pre-pandemic.

"Three hundred bikes are sold in inventory," Koos said. "Today we have about 18, 19 bikes."

Koos said new inventory sells fast. Bikes now sell out in less than 48 hours.

"We have an incredible number of bikes on back order. And as soon as we may get four or five bikes this week and they'll sell instantly."

Koos said it is difficult to do repairs on older bikes because of the shortage of bike parts.

He said he expects regular bike production to return to normal next year.

Darnysha Mitchell

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