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Old 01-02-10, 11:31 PM   #1
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Bike Shortage in LBS?

My daughter has been shopping for a new road bike (end of December 2009). They have been to several bike shops in SW Missouri, finding very limited selections. Dealers are telling them, they've sold out many of the 2009 models, and the 2010's won't be arriving until March.
Is this a nation-wide trend, or do you think perhaps the shops just have seasonal low inventory?
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Old 01-02-10, 11:42 PM   #2
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Manufacturers and retailers all over the country for the past year had been reducing inventory like mad to cut costs in order to survive the recession.

I think the present low inventory levels is a consequence of that.
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Manufacturers and retailers all over the country for the past year had been reducing inventory like mad to cut costs in order to survive the recession.

I think the present low inventory levels is a consequence of that.
Definitely. But the 2010 "march" line is exactly that. A line. I've bought a 2010 Trek in Sept this year. And when I bought my wife a road bike (Trek) in August I had my choice of the 2009 or 2010. Most of the 2010's from the major Mfg's are available after Interbike which is in mid-september
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Basically the world is in recession and it has been coming for a couple of years. Bikes were selling well earlier in the year and with the stocks being depleted due to a cut in production for 09, certain types of bikes were in short supply. I know my LBS had the 2010 models in the shop in June due to the 09 bikes being sold out. By Christmas though they could not get hold of some 2010 models as they were sold out.
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I was doing a little shopping for a bike for my daughter, as well. This was in south Louisiana. No 2009 models available and not many 2010 models. The dealer told me they had cut back on inventory due to the "stellar" economy.
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my preferred LBS has a healthy supply of bikes of all nature - except BMX... I do see some inventory turnover but the one that I need them to sell (Specialized Tricross) seems to stick around, as if to tell me that I am destined to buy it... the other LBS that I drive past on a frequent basis appears to have a healthy inventory as well.
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My daughter has been shopping for a new road bike (end of December 2009). They have been to several bike shops in SW Missouri, finding very limited selections. Dealers are telling them, they've sold out many of the 2009 models, and the 2010's won't be arriving until March.
Is this a nation-wide trend, or do you think perhaps the shops just have seasonal low inventory?
Up here the bike shops see very little business over the winter months. So far this winter we are seeing more snow than usual. The bike shops keep a low inventory because of the amount of money they tie up in stock that will just sit in the shop for several months. Some bike shops have had their credit limit lowered with the present economy and the interest rate raised on what money they do owe for stock purchased. In Nov. and Dec. I bought a bunch of winter clothing for the wife and I. A good bit of it had to be ordered because the LBS cut inventories this year with the bad economy.
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Hi 5kdad,

You may have to go out a little farther from your local bikeshops, though I'm unaware how many bike shops you've hit up, as you said "several" in "SW Missouri" and is quite vague. For specific help, perhaps someone in the regional section for Missouri could steer you in the right direction if you are really looking to buy a bike soon. http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ountain-Plains

What other posters said make sense but I know in terms of at least the type and quality of bike I was looking for in late 2007, I had to go to a local chain that was a 40 mile/ 50 minute drive from my house vs. the 3-5 bike shops within my more immediate area. It would probably help (as was the case with this chain) if it was in an area with a higher average income; this would probably translate to more selection.

I would save yourself some time and get at least a basic idea of what a bike shop has in stock if it's a considerable distance/trip by calling them up and asking what are the bikes in stock in the size you are looking for; the price range, brand, type of bike, any desired components on your bike, etc. It took me about a month or more to find a bike that I was happy with but I was in the market for a bike in the summer of '07 and purchased in the middle of August.

Another note: If bike selection within a reasonable driving distance is indeed very limited is that it may be a good idea to purchase other basic bike related items or clothing you could wear biking and save now as shops and online stores alike are clearing out their warehouses and inventory and good deals can be had. I've purchased some clothing for cooler and colder biking in the past few weeks (about 35-50 degrees), like a skull cap, balaclava, gloves, shoe covers, socks, pedals, and cycling shoes. I've come to enjoy biking and want to be able to ride longer throughout the year when the conditions are still comfortable for me.

Good luck!

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Up here the bike shops see very little business over the winter months. So far this winter we are seeing more snow than usual. The bike shops keep a low inventory because of the amount of money they tie up in stock that will just sit in the shop for several months. Some bike shops have had their credit limit lowered with the present economy and the interest rate raised on what money they do owe for stock purchased. In Nov. and Dec. I bought a bunch of winter clothing for the wife and I. A good bit of it had to be ordered because the LBS cut inventories this year with the bad economy.
This is happening in quite a few places and not just bicycle shops.

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