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Motorcycles 'The new toilet paper:' Bikes fly off shelves, overwhelming shops

02:21  03 june  2020
02:21  03 june  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The bulk buying of toilet paper is completely unnecessary, unlike hand soap, which makes sense because that’s how we will prevent the So, do you need to stock up on toilet paper or try and spend an arm and a leg since toilet paper is flying off the shelves ? Are face shields the new face masks?

Toilet paper isn't the only thing flying off the shelves , local gun shops are having a hard time keep their products stocked too.

Eric Attayi, owner of the Urban Bicycle Gallery in Houston, Texas, has watched the pandemic transform his shop in a way most businesses can only dream of.

a man standing next to a bicycle: RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 20, 2020: Melissa Romero, age 34, center, brings her bike in for check at Rich City Rides. Business is picking up at Rich City Rides, on MacDonald Ave., in Richmond. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) © Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 20, 2020: Melissa Romero, age 34, center, brings her bike in for check at Rich City Rides. Business is picking up at Rich City Rides, on MacDonald Ave., in Richmond. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

Bicycles are selling before he has time to assemble them for display. Attayi said he'd matched his 2019 sales by the start of May. He's had to hire new employees to meet demand, and hasn't taken a day off since February. Attayi said he'd given raises and started buying lunch for his stressed staff.

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Christian Cooper had been bird watching in Central Park before the white woman approached with her dog off -leash. Sentences we never thought we'd read in 2020: Bikes are the new toilet paper . Shop owners say bicycles are flying off the shelves and they can barely meet the demand.

As unemployment reaches record levels and small businesses scramble to survive, bike shops have been an exception.

They're thriving whether they're in car-dominated cities like Houston and Los Angeles or more traditional biking areas like Portland, Oregon, New York and Washington DC. Keeping enough bikes in stock, and finishing repairs in a timely manner, has become a challenge. Customers are being turned way, in some cases.

A recent survey from the National Bicycle Dealers Association found that 83% of shops are concerned about their inventory levels. Bike manufacturers are struggling to keep up.

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"We're usually a pretty slow, chill shop," Attayi said. "Now the phone doesn't stop ringing. My guys get overwhelmed and I totally get it."

New customers are looking for ways to be active and outdoors. Bike shop owners say that the closing of gyms and yoga studios during the pandemic has contributed. Others say customers are looking for a commuting alternative to public transportation. Social spacing is easiest on individual modes of transportation, like cars and bikes. In March 2020, US cycling sales increased 39% when compared with March 2019, according to the NPD Group, which tracks retail sales.

"Bikes are like the new toilet paper," Attayi said. "If it's available, buy it."

Garfield Cooper, owner of ZenCog Bicycle Company in Jacksonville, Florida, has extra mechanics working to try to keep up with a repair backlog. Repairs that are usually done in 24 hours now require up to a month. Cooper, like Attayi, said he hadn't had a day off since February.

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After an earlier run on masks, hand sanitiser and toilet paper , the latest item proving almost impossible to find in Hong In supermarkets across the city, the cooking staple has been flying off the shelves , with residents “Our flour is from Australia. It’s not like other shops , whose flour comes from China.

The toilet paper problem is not unique to Australia - a similar situation besieged places In Australia, the frenzy began on the weekend after new cases of Covid-19 emerged and the first local death was "What you've got to remember is that when 50 packs of toilet paper rolls disappear off shelves , you

While his sales usually decline in the summer months with increased heat and humidity, Cooper said he hasn't seen a lag in business yet.

"It's been a long time since the bicycle has been this important to the American people," Cooper said. "It's so cool they're this interested in bike riding."

He's struggling to keep things like bike seats and helmets in stock. Cooper said he's regularly calling other shops to find parts he needs for repairs.

Robert Keating, who owns the Triathlon Lab outside Los Angeles, said he's never seen anything like the current bicycle boom in the 37 years he's worked in bike shops. He's shifted his shop from a focus on high-end bicycles to affordable bikes people are likely to ride in their neighborhood. Beach cruisers have been especially popular, he said.

"Some people are saying 'it's such a joy to be back on my bike. I can't believe I ditched it for so long,' " Keating said. "Some people say 'I can't believe how hard it is to ride. I'm going to build my strength back up.' "

Bike shop owners are also wondering how long the current boom will last. Some said customers were more interested in biking because with less car traffic, roads felt safer. Their interest may wane as traffic returns. But some cities have begun to reallocate street space to bike lanes, which could lead to more biking in the long term. Roughly 400 miles of protected bike lanes have been built in the US in the last decade, according to the advocacy group People for Bikes.

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I think people got toilet paper and certain weird supplies panicking but also thinking they will be at home not going anywhere. China is the biggest producer of toilet paper in the world, that caused the people to panic and buy toilet paper . It started with Australia who imports from China and spilled over

Some shops could not refill the shelves fast enough. Several pictures shared on social media showed empty supermarket aisles, giving the impression of a An employee works next to empty shelves which stock toilet roll at a supermarket in Taipei on February 27. Taiwan's premier called for calm on

Phil Koopman, owner of BicycleSpace in Washington DC, compared the current bicycle boom to 1999, when many people bought computers to prepare for Y2K.

"Then those companies didn't sell a lot of computers for a few years because everyone already had one," Koopman said. "That's the big question. Is this a one-time thing or is it something sustainable?"

a group of people walking in front of a store: Customers wait outside to enter a bike shop in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) © RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images Customers wait outside to enter a bike shop in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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