Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Interesting Article on the Covid Bike Boom

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Interesting Article on the Covid Bike Boom

Old 05-17-22, 05:20 AM
  #26  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: SW WI
Posts: 169

Bikes: Cannondale Topstone, Trek Dual Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 52 Posts
Originally Posted by mstateglfr
The peak of $8.3b may have been Q2 of '21, but the decline has been very gradual.

Consumption jumped from $6.1b to $8.2 b in 1 year- Q1 '20 to Q1 '21. It has dropped just $.7b in 1 year from Q1 '21 to Q1 '22.
So a $2.1b increase and a $.7b decrease in the same time period.
thinking the same, finding a couple drop bar bikes in the Midwest to compare the ride is still pretty difficult. I would assume the saturation point has to be close, then hopefully the supply outweighs the demand. Shopping is pretty frustrating, it’s to the point where I’m just about to put it on the back burner for a year.
Bogey Speedwell is offline  
Old 05-17-22, 07:15 AM
  #27  
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8185 Post(s)
Liked 9,086 Times in 5,052 Posts
Originally Posted by Troul
IMO, BD had to drop those prices to stay competitive. They may be retailing stuff that is above an BSO, but they are not in the same league as the brand names when considering everything else & not just group sets.

I think they generally keep a low margin, so the increase reflected their high costs during that period, and are now coming back to their more normal levels. I would expect that might happen with other retail outlets as well.

Anyone following Canyon's pricing?
livedarklions is offline  
Old 05-17-22, 04:48 PM
  #28  
Junior Member
 
Bimmer69's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 26 Posts
I’ve definitely seen better availability of used bikes here in the southern Ontario market, which is one of the tightest, higher priced markets in North America. Bikes which would’ve been snapped up within a day are languishing for weeks if not months.
Bimmer69 is offline  
Old 05-19-22, 05:02 PM
  #29  
Live not by lies.
 
Join Date: Nov 2020
Posts: 1,306

Bikes: BigBox bikes.

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 857 Post(s)
Liked 779 Times in 581 Posts
Originally Posted by NoWhammies
If the used bike market is anything like the pet market, that would be a solid YES. People in my part of the world are dumping the pets they picked up during covid all over the place. The humane societies are overflowing with dumped off pets. So sad. People are terrible.
We picked up an emaciated Dobie off the street. Really sweet girl.
SkinGriz is offline  
Likes For SkinGriz:
Old 05-19-22, 05:34 PM
  #30  
Full Member
 
zen_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: USA
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 93 Post(s)
Liked 88 Times in 55 Posts
Still not seeing a lot of good used bikes in my midwest market at reasonable prices, and I have had trouble selling parts on FB marketplace / CL that should have been easy sells.

The bike shop supply situation is certainly interesting. It seems like the larger stores carrying the best known brands (Trek, Cannondale, Giant, etc.) are full of low-mid range bikes in odd sizes that are overpriced. I still can't get things like Shimano chains (bought some fake ones online that lasted 300 miles...) at the bike shop either. I have no doubt that inflation pressure is real, but I also think a lot of the price hikes are feeling out the limits of greed. Polygon (DTC) has hardly increased prices at all over the past two years, and is one of the few good values left.

The early 2021 bump may also have been fueled by stimulus checks and people getting wary from COVID restrictions, maybe more new year's resolutions to be more active and such that never materialized beyond buying a bike and hanging it in the garage too.
zen_ is offline  
Old 05-20-22, 10:03 AM
  #31  
Senior Member
 
NoWhammies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,993

Bikes: Argon 18 Gallium, BH G7, Rocky Mountain Instinct C70

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 800 Post(s)
Liked 512 Times in 306 Posts
SkinGriz Well done!!! Nice to know good people (and pet lovers) still exist. We now return you to your regular bike related thread.
NoWhammies is offline  
Likes For NoWhammies:
Old 05-24-22, 02:26 PM
  #32  
Senior Member
 
DMC707's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Posts: 5,346

Bikes: Too many to list

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1745 Post(s)
Liked 1,086 Times in 717 Posts
Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider
no sign of people unloading new bikes on craigslist here

have noticed most bikes for sale are listed at inflated prices..seems to be the same ones for sale week after week


gotta go to FB Marketplace now
DMC707 is offline  
Old 05-26-22, 07:13 AM
  #33  
Senior Member
 
cycleheimer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New York Metro Area
Posts: 4,245

Bikes: '02 Litespeed, '99 Bianchi Alfana. '91 Fuji Saratoga, '84 Peugeot Canyon Express, '82 Moto GR, '81 Fuji America, '81 Fuji Royale; '78 Bridgestone Diamond Touring, '76 Fuji America, plus many more!

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 178 Post(s)
Liked 215 Times in 123 Posts
Originally Posted by Bimmer69
Iíve definitely seen better availability of used bikes here in the southern Ontario market, which is one of the tightest, higher priced markets in North America. Bikes which wouldíve been snapped up within a day are languishing for weeks if not months.
The asking prices of used bikes listed in my area are about 3x+ what they should be. As usual, there are also very few that are above entry-level. They don't sell and then seem to get reposted eternally on CL and FB. Some sellers post the same overpriced bike multiple times in a row, and the photos show low-end bikes in extremely poor condition. I think that may have caused many people to stop looking on CL and FB. Amazingly, I've found a couple of great deals recently.
cycleheimer is offline  
Old 05-26-22, 08:19 AM
  #34  
Senior Member
 
Harhir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 666

Bikes: Fahrradmanufaktur Trekking Bike, 2 x Lightning Phantom, bikeE AT, Radwagon3

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 180 Post(s)
Liked 137 Times in 72 Posts
We seem to be back to pre-covid conditions here in the DFW area. I hardly see people commuting by bike anymore or on trails in general. Car traffic has picked up again, bike shops seem to be fully stocked again and a lot of used ones offered as well. Prices don't seem to be crazy and there have been quite a few good deals out there. I wish I had more room for bikes.
Harhir is offline  
Old 05-26-22, 09:39 AM
  #35  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: socal
Posts: 4,104
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 835 Post(s)
Liked 726 Times in 551 Posts
MTB activity still seems strong in socal and bike availability is good. As far as new bikes, a few friends have purchased Trek Marlin 7 bikes for about $1K, a great deal of bike IMO. The CR market appears flat. I put up my Santa Cruz Superlite, which has a new Manitou Markhor fork, DT front wheel XT/XTR derailleurs and in good overall condition for $400 and didn't get one call, so (of course) I'm keeping it as a spare.
2old is offline  
Old 05-26-22, 05:56 PM
  #36  
Senior Member
 
cycleheimer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New York Metro Area
Posts: 4,245

Bikes: '02 Litespeed, '99 Bianchi Alfana. '91 Fuji Saratoga, '84 Peugeot Canyon Express, '82 Moto GR, '81 Fuji America, '81 Fuji Royale; '78 Bridgestone Diamond Touring, '76 Fuji America, plus many more!

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 178 Post(s)
Liked 215 Times in 123 Posts
Originally Posted by Harhir
We seem to be back to pre-covid conditions here in the DFW area. I hardly see people commuting by bike anymore or on trails in general. Car traffic has picked up again, bike shops seem to be fully stocked again and a lot of used ones offered as well. Prices don't seem to be crazy and there have been quite a few good deals out there. I wish I had more room for bikes.
Yea, where is everybody? Gas prices are climbing daily, and there seems to be more people driving and fewer people cycling around my area. I am one of the few bike commuters out there. I do about 25 miles a day and find myself dodging more cars and trucks than ever.
cycleheimer is offline  
Old 05-27-22, 09:34 AM
  #37  
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 9,818

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3238 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 608 Posts
Originally Posted by livedarklions
So? I predict the sun will rise tomorrow. It's always a safe bet that some of the bikes that are bought now will be great deals in 4 years. It's also a safe bet that some people will also try to sell some of their used bikes for too much money and that some people will overpay for some of those bikes.

My impression is they have bikes, but there's nowhere near the amount of selections available. If you're looking for something specific, "on order" or "sold out" is still pretty standard.
I also predict that a higher percentage of DF bikes bought now will be the ones sold. The reason, DF bikes cause pain to new riders. OTOH those that bought recumbent will be less likely to sell off their recumbent or trike, because of virtually no pain.
rydabent is offline  
Old 05-27-22, 10:37 AM
  #38  
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8185 Post(s)
Liked 9,086 Times in 5,052 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent
I also predict that a higher percentage of DF bikes bought now will be the ones sold. The reason, DF bikes cause pain to new riders. OTOH those that bought recumbent will be less likely to sell off their recumbent or trike, because of virtually no pain.

This is another "sun will rise tomorrow" prediction.

Recumbent bikes are a tiny fraction of the bikes sold in the US. They are a lot harder to obtain than a DF bike. Someone who is buying a bent has probably put a lot of time and effort into finding an appropriate bike to buy, whereas anyone can basically find a new or used DF just about anywhere, so a greater proportion of DF sales will be impulse purchases and/or purchases that are just not well-researched. I don't need your cockamamie "cause pain" over-generalization to make that prediction, just the fact that people who buy bents need a fair amount of commitment to the project just to purchase it in the first place, while buying a DF is mostly just a matter of plunking down enough money.

Was there a COVID bent boom, btw? I'm skeptical.
livedarklions is offline  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 05-28-22, 03:29 AM
  #39  
Senior Member
 
sean.hwy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: San Jose
Posts: 983

Bikes: Blur / Ibis Hakka MX / team machince alr2

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 408 Post(s)
Liked 262 Times in 190 Posts
The bikes I was looking at both went up in price from just a few months ago. GRX Ibis mx and GRX stigmata. Stigmata have to wait months. Ibis I bought a 55 when 53 might have been touch better for me.


Used gravel bike prices have not come down in the bay area. I don't shop enough mnt or road bikes to know a good deal.
sean.hwy is offline  
Old 05-28-22, 08:30 AM
  #40  
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 9,818

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3238 Post(s)
Liked 1,013 Times in 608 Posts
Originally Posted by livedarklions
This is another "sun will rise tomorrow" prediction.

Recumbent bikes are a tiny fraction of the bikes sold in the US. They are a lot harder to obtain than a DF bike. Someone who is buying a bent has probably put a lot of time and effort into finding an appropriate bike to buy, whereas anyone can basically find a new or used DF just about anywhere, so a greater proportion of DF sales will be impulse purchases and/or purchases that are just not well-researched. I don't need your cockamamie "cause pain" over-generalization to make that prediction, just the fact that people who buy bents need a fair amount of commitment to the project just to purchase it in the first place, while buying a DF is mostly just a matter of plunking down enough money.

BTW in my city Lincoln. there are at least two bike shops selling bents and trikes. And Craigs List almost always has one or two for sale.

Was there a COVID bent boom, btw? I'm skeptical.
What I posted, is pretty much an on going thing. Middle aged or older people decide to exercise. They see people just rolling by on a bike, and make a snap decision that is for them. They go to a bike shop, and likely as not will end up with some form of mountain bike. They ride it, and right off they end up with a sore rear end, and find there is more effort than they expected riding up hills. After a couple dozen rides the $500 bike get hung up in the garage for four or five years, and is sold off at a garage sale for $50.

On the other hand if the person bought a recumbent or a trike, they experience no butt pain, but maybe just some tired legs. Second since most of them are not the racer type, they find the view from a bent or tike is fantastic. Yes they also find that hills are hard work, but with the comfort and view, they are willing to go ahead and get more fit. The end result Im sure is that bent and trike buyers keep their machines at a higher rate than new older DF buyers.
rydabent is offline  
Old 05-28-22, 09:05 AM
  #41  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 701
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 347 Post(s)
Liked 418 Times in 250 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent
What I posted, is pretty much an on going thing. Middle aged or older people decide to exercise. They see people just rolling by on a bike, and make a snap decision that is for them. They go to a bike shop, and likely as not will end up with some form of mountain bike. They ride it, and right off they end up with a sore rear end, and find there is more effort than they expected riding up hills. After a couple dozen rides the $500 bike get hung up in the garage for four or five years, and is sold off at a garage sale for $50.

On the other hand if the person bought a recumbent or a trike, they experience no butt pain, but maybe just some tired legs. Second since most of them are not the racer type, they find the view from a bent or tike is fantastic. Yes they also find that hills are hard work, but with the comfort and view, they are willing to go ahead and get more fit. The end result Im sure is that bent and trike buyers keep their machines at a higher rate than new older DF buyers.
Nah, they be tradíní that bike for a shiny new e-bike where they can sit upright and beat cheeks Ďround the hood with minimal effort. Nobody be going bent unless itís an e-bent.
billridesbikes is offline  
Likes For billridesbikes:
Old 05-28-22, 09:46 AM
  #42  
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8185 Post(s)
Liked 9,086 Times in 5,052 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent
What I posted, is pretty much an on going thing. Middle aged or older people decide to exercise. They see people just rolling by on a bike, and make a snap decision that is for them. They go to a bike shop, and likely as not will end up with some form of mountain bike. They ride it, and right off they end up with a sore rear end, and find there is more effort than they expected riding up hills. After a couple dozen rides the $500 bike get hung up in the garage for four or five years, and is sold off at a garage sale for $50.

On the other hand if the person bought a recumbent or a trike, they experience no butt pain, but maybe just some tired legs. Second since most of them are not the racer type, they find the view from a bent or tike is fantastic. Yes they also find that hills are hard work, but with the comfort and view, they are willing to go ahead and get more fit. The end result Im sure is that bent and trike buyers keep their machines at a higher rate than new older DF buyers.

Which is why I see so many more older people riding bents than DF bikes. Oh wait, I don't. It's probably 20 to 1 the other way.

Bents are a niche product. I don't need your ridiculous $500 mountain bike scenario to know that there will be fewer people selling an unused bent than df bikes.

You really don't need to make ridiculous claims about how bad df bikes supposedly are to extol the virtues of bents. One look at how much more popular df bikes are makes that line of argument rather stupid.
livedarklions is offline  
Old 05-28-22, 09:47 AM
  #43  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 1,825
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2441 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 313 Posts
Originally Posted by jaxgtr
I am betting the used market will really start to open up as inflation continues to take its toll and some people struggle to make ends meets and unload bikes to get some cash.
The used market is insane right now, but honestly I don't think many people who bought a fancy bike at the start of covid will be hurting enough to make ends meet. Poor people just don't spend multiple thousands of dollars on a single bike, and the bike boom was largely the laptop class buying high end bikes.
LarrySellerz is offline  
Likes For LarrySellerz:
Old 05-28-22, 09:54 AM
  #44  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 1,825
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2441 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 313 Posts
Originally Posted by livedarklions
Was there a COVID bent boom, btw? I'm skeptical.
I don't think so lol, I think its mostly high end road and mountain bikes. Ooh and e-bikes. Cheap commuter bikes were still available throughout the pandemic. recumbents are sweet, wonder if they are less visible to the cagers though
LarrySellerz is offline  
Likes For LarrySellerz:
Old 05-28-22, 11:39 AM
  #45  
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8185 Post(s)
Liked 9,086 Times in 5,052 Posts
Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
The used market is insane right now, but honestly I don't think many people who bought a fancy bike at the start of covid will be hurting enough to make ends meet. Poor people just don't spend multiple thousands of dollars on a single bike, and the bike boom was largely the laptop class buying high end bikes.

Nonsense, cheap bikes sold out very quickly.
livedarklions is offline  
Likes For livedarklions:
Old 05-28-22, 01:07 PM
  #46  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 1,825
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2441 Post(s)
Liked 430 Times in 313 Posts
Originally Posted by livedarklions
Nonsense, cheap bikes sold out very quickly.
I disagree but would listen to an expert/someone who sells bikes if they put their 2 cents in. I bought two new cheap hybrids during the bike shortage, one for me and one for my brother
LarrySellerz is offline  
Old 05-28-22, 01:20 PM
  #47  
Tragically Ignorant
 
livedarklions's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 15,613

Bikes: Serotta Atlanta; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; Giant OCR A1; SOMA Double Cross Disc; 2022 Allez Elite mit der SRAM

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8185 Post(s)
Liked 9,086 Times in 5,052 Posts
Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
I disagree but would listen to an expert/someone who sells bikes if they put their 2 cents in. I bought two new cheap hybrids during the bike shortage, one for me and one for my brother

Pretty much everything sold out at Wal-Mart, Target and Dick's very early on: https://www.wcpo.com/rebound/bicycle...lated-shortage
livedarklions is offline  
Old 05-28-22, 05:09 PM
  #48  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
jaxgtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 6,688

Bikes: Trek Domane SLR 7 AXS, Trek CheckPoint SL7, Trek Emonda ALR 6, Trek FX 5 Sport

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 687 Post(s)
Liked 1,527 Times in 906 Posts
Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
The used market is insane right now, but honestly I don't think many people who bought a fancy bike at the start of covid will be hurting enough to make ends meet. Poor people just don't spend multiple thousands of dollars on a single bike, and the bike boom was largely the laptop class buying high end bikes.

Well, I agree with most of this statement, except I was not directly discussing the poor. There are plenty of people that have jobs and were\are not poor, but maybe decided to opt our of their jobs, that seems to be a trend lately. There are plenty of people that live above their means and the massive inflation we are seeing right could be the impetus that puts them over the edge between surviving to needing to unload stuff.
__________________
Brian | 2023 Trek Domane SLR 7 AXS | 2023 Trek CheckPoint SL 7 AXS | 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 6 | 2022 Trek FX Sport 5
Originally Posted by AEO
you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.


jaxgtr is offline  
Old 05-30-22, 08:00 AM
  #49  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 179

Bikes: 1997 Specialized Hardrock GX, 2008 Specialized Roubaix Triple 105, 1996 Cannondale RT2000 tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by cycleheimer
It has quieted down in my neck of the woods. More cars and trucks on the road, but not many cyclists.
Early on Covid (2020) we were seeing lots of families riding together. Donít see that anymore.
Freerojo is offline  
Old 05-30-22, 10:23 AM
  #50  
Newbie
 
Guttooth71's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2022
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 13

Bikes: Vintage Valgan , Giant Revolt Advanced, Trek 300

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Freerojo
Early on Covid (2020) we were seeing lots of families riding together. Donít see that anymore.
It is unfortunate how "life" returns and family time disappears.
Guttooth71 is offline  
Likes For Guttooth71:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.