In 1973, a 19-year-old Jack Kane opened up his bicycle job on Lejeune Boulevard throughout what he known as America’s “bicycle growth” of the early ’70s.
Practically 5 a long time later, Kane skilled one other bicycle craze, this time introduced on by the pandemic.
“This bicycle growth (throughout COVID) was worldwide,” Kane mentioned, who owns The Bicycle Store, now situated on N. Marine Boulevard in Jacksonville. “All people was driving bikes as a result of they could not go to the gymnasium, they had been caught at dwelling and needed to get out.”
Lack of stock has turn out to be a difficulty for The Bicycle Store. With Small Enterprise Saturday and the vacation procuring season anticipated to carry extra gross sales, the already brief provide of merchandise could possibly be exacerbated by December.
Kane, 67, is now seeing a 3 to 5 yr backlog on bikes and bike components as the availability chain continues to be affected by the pandemic.
“They completely depleted the stock,” Kane mentioned. “Factories can’t sustain with gross sales.”
Small Enterprise Saturday is Nov. 27, a time for customers to assist native and get a head begin on vacation procuring. From Kane’s perspective, having the assist of native customers isn’t just essential for the enterprise – it’s much more essential for the buyer.
“In the event that they don’t assist the native bicycle store, who’s going to repair their bicycle?” Kane mentioned. “If you need somebody to repair your Harley Davidson, you higher assist the Harley Davidson man, so he’s going to be right here to repair it.”