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Industry-wide bike shortage leaves dealers struggling to keep up with demand

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- If you’re in the market for a bike, you'll probably want to roll over to get one now.

The pandemic has not only increased demand for over a year but has also slowed production. Major disruptions in the supply chain have led to an industry wide shortage.

Jerry Markee of Markee's Cycling Center in Kennewick has only been able to keep up with demand because he ordered bikes several months ago.

He says he just got in a bunch of pallets in that he ordered 6 months ago.

"I would just encourage consumers if they're wanting a bike for this season, or even for the fall, you need to go get a backorder in, but be patient. Realize that as dealers, we’re relying on companies giving us information, for when bikes are going to be shipped. And that ball moves because bike companies are relying on manufacturers to make parts."

Jerry says people have come out of state to buy from him since there's such low inventory across the region.

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He adds the used bike market is running pretty dry too. He also cautions, he’s seeing a lot of price gauging in the used bike market.

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