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We are starting into the Spring of 2021, what is that going to look like for those looking to buy a bike and/or have a bike serviced or refurbished? If you thought 2020 threw the bike industry into turmoil, just wait until 2021.With manufacturing, shipping, raw materials, delivery, and staffing all getting upended by the pandemic, we’re only now starting to see the true repercussions. From massive shortages to seemingly unbearable delays, get ready for a very weird year.


Ultimately the shortage of bikes we're currently seeing is due to a surge in demand. This increased demand can be traced to two main groups: Firstly, existing cyclists upgrading their equipment. Secondly, newcomers to our market.


This leads to the first problem for 2021. Virtually all of the reserve stock that wholesalers usually hold so that retailers can order on demand, has been sold. Warehouses that might normally hold 10,000 bikes, sit with barely a few hundred. One company reported 107 bikes in stock compared to a usual holding of 18,000 bikes. Other smaller warehouses were completely empty with the next two or three shipments already fully pre-sold.


Shimano has been talked about the most, being by far the largest component manufacturer in the world and multiple bike brands have told me that they're having to place orders for Shimano components up to 400 days in advance. That's over 13 months!

Electric bikes sound space-age yet they're simple in concept. These modern marvels are akin to your favourite two-wheeler . . .

Electric bikes sound space-age yet they're simple in concept. These modern marvels are akin to your favourite two-wheeler and are equipped with battery-powered electric motors that help propel you, all or part of the time. E-bikes as they're often called, are popular because they're quiet, non-polluting, and can make cycling a lot more fun for a lot more people. During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling — whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport. While there is no change to the ‘stay at home’ message today, when the country does get back to work we need those people to stay on their bikes and be joined by many more.

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For example, they're ideal if you'd appreciate a little boost when climbing hills, fighting headwinds and riding for transportation or distance. Commuters find that the motor provides enough extra oomph to eliminate sweating.

Cycling during the Pandemic

So can I still ride my bike? Short answer YES !
As long as you are not infected with COVID-19, symptomatic, or otherwise self-isolating. It’s an increasingly urgent question for those who still have to travel into work, or to collect supplies or visit vulnerable people – how can you get around without contracting – or spreading – the corona virus? One answer could be cycling.

As cycling becomes a more integrated part of our life the genre of bike that best suits this new rider explosion has changed as well. Gone are the days that you would tough out a commute on a mountain bike that you have modified to ride on the street. Today there are much better choices that turn that commute into an enjoyable riding experience.

One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children have clinical obesity, meaning six million Canadians living with obesity may require immediate support in managing and controlling their weight. As a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer, the condition impacts those who have obesity, their families, employers, neighbours, health practitioners and governments.

The impact of weight bias and stigma against people with obesity is comparable to that of racial discrimination, and it’s just as common. Obesity stigma translates into significant inequities in employment, health, health care and education, often due to widespread negative stereotypes that persons with obesity are lazy, unmotivated or lacking in self‐discipline.

As we grow older how and when we cycle changes. Cycling has changed so much over the years and the wonderful thing about cycling is that – unlike any other sport – it means different things to different people, even different things to the same person at different points in their life. Cycling has gone back to being a simple way to explore, a way to keep healthy, and a way to enjoy the outdoors. Many boomers haven't been on a bike since grade school - You never really forget how to ride a bike but there is a whole lot more about cycling to consider as a boomer then as a kid.

Some foolproof advice on reducing the odds of theft -- or at least increasing your chances of getting your stolen bike back.

 

Like a fine wine, riding is meant to be savored!

If you're reading this article, you're a cyclist, or else you're visiting a cyclist and you found this in the bathroom. Either way, you've probably noticed a leitmotif by now. No, a leitmotif is not a new German carbon-fiber wheel set—it's a theme. And that theme is "going fast."

Yes, we cyclists do like to go fast, don't we? That's why as you flip through the pages of your favorite bike magazine you'll see reviews, articles and ads promising to make you go faster. So if you aren't a cyclist, it may strike you as odd that cycling seems to be less about riding than it is about getting the ride over with as soon as possible. (It also might strike you as odd that your host keeps a product called DZ Nuts in the medicine cabinet—and yes, that stuff goes exactly where you think it does.)

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