“At least three months, but I cannot guarantee or confirm any date.” This was the response of the sales rep in the bicycle store I visited this morning when I asked him for the delivery time of the road race bike I wanted to buy. And I had already gotten the same response in two shops I visited earlier.

Since the coronavirus outbreak in the Netherlands – the country I live in – started, people have actively picked up road cycling as an alternative to team sports, which are not allowed. As a result, almost all bikes in my size and price range are out of stock and have very long and unreliable lead times. “I don’t know how to get through the next months as high demand will probably continue and I will get no new bikes delivered,” the guy told me when I left the shop….

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