In mid-March, shortly after California issued a stay-at-home order, local bike shops experienced a dramatic increase in sales and repair services. By the end of April, many of them had sold out of entry-level consumer bikes.

That demand has not wavered and now bike stores across the country are now facing a severe bicycle shortage as disruptions to global supply chains caused by the coronavirus outbreak have manufacturers struggling to meet consumer needs.

Finish Line owner Alan Bradley, who opened his store in August 1984, has never experienced anything like it, as customers have come from as far as San Jose and Las Vegas to purchase bikes.

“It started the second or third week of March,” he said. April crescendoed. "May was off the hook.”

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