On yer bike: cycling industry out-pedaled by demand

first_imgCycling is booming across the globe as people seek to avoid crowded buses and trains on their commute in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic — or get back into shape after long months of lockdown.But with bicycle sales exploding in many countries, the craze has left manufacturers and retailers out-pedaled by demand.In Paris, where mayor Anne Hidalgo has been working hard to put cycling on the map, vastly increasing the number of bike lanes in recent years, would-be buyers often have to wait weeks for a brand new ride. “For three or four weeks now, I’ve had a dozen or so clients waiting. And I’ve had to return money to a few because I simply have no idea when I’ll have bikes for them,” independent Paris retailer Federico Mosca told AFP.One customer, 31-year-old Nicolas, said he had visited eight different shops before getting lucky.Even then, he was forced to bust his budget and buy a more expensive model because the cheaper bike he wanted was sold out.”I was looking for a specific bike and had given myself a month to buy one, but it’s not available anywhere,” he said. Broken chainBut in addition to runaway demand from the end consumer, lockdowns have made it difficult for European and US manufacturers to obtain parts.The Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) estimates that 45 to 50 percent of parts for all bikes sold in Europe are imported from Asia.Moreno Fioravanti, secretary general of the European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA), said the industry has “lost three months of production of components, and our stockpiles were used up in only two months”.Pancho Pimentel, marketing chief for Summit Bicycles, which has five stores in California, said “there are shortages everywhere, from bike brands to parts”.Cycling “works off of a global supply chain that has been interrupted due to COVID-19 and its consequences are being seen in every category”, he said.According to CONEBI, 7.3 million bikes and e-bikes were imported into Europe last year, principally from Taiwan and Cambodia.The world’s leading manufacturer, Taiwan-based Giant, saw its European sales increase by 140 percent year-on-year in June, driven in particular by sales of e-bikes.Its order-book is full until the first half of next year and it is similarly optimistic for the second half.However, CONEBI’s director general, Manuel Marsilio, said the bike shortage was not as bad as some people might suggest.”There was some shortage because of two months of lockdown, due to the fact that EU production stopped,” he said.”But our bike industry is working very hard to fill the gap. It is a very positive thing that we have so many small and medium-sized makers all over Europe, who are very flexible.”Most EU producers will continue to work also in July and August, so there won’t be a halt in the summer,” he said. Leading retail chain Decathlon said it also has waiting lists, but can refurbish second-hand bikes for impatient customers.French bicycle sales doubled in May and June compared to the same months last year, according to the sporting and cycling federation.Sales are booming in most countries around the world.Decathlon calculated that in Europe overall, sales “have increased two- and even threefold”.In China, demand has increased fivefold since lockdowns were eased.And in the US, sales of bikes have exploded, with online purchases alone skyrocketing in May by 5,000 percent over the figure for the same month last year. Overall US sales, both online and in-store, jumped by 81 percent year-on-year to $1.1 billion (950 million euros) in May, according to People for Bikes, a coalition of manufacturers and retailers.  Topics :last_img read more

Enduring Suffering

first_imgThere was a certain town called Gee, surrounded by other smaller towns such as the Tee Town, Dweh Town and others. Tee Town and the other towns were smaller towns and Gee Town was a very big town.Citizens of Tee Town and the other towns lived happily, until Gee Town learned that Tee and Dweh Towns were rich in cash crops, such as rubber, palm trees, coconuts, among others.Citizens of Gee Town began to act wicked to the people of Tee Town, Dweh Town and other smaller towns. Whenever Tee Town and Dweh Town citizens were harvesting their crops, Gee Town people would forcibly go and take whatever they wanted. This was Gee Town people’s usual habit.  One day, Swen, a boy of 15 years and from Dweh Town got tired with the way Gee Town people were treating his people, so he decided to express his feelings to King Nyan of Gee Town.At a meeting the boy told bravely him, “Oh king, you have treated my people so bad that we don’t have our freedoms anymore but you must know that as a king, other people in this region have the right to live like everyone else.“You should not think that Oh King, only your people should have peace and prosperity and we ask for better treatment as human beings.”Thereafter, the unhappy king ordered and his men killed the poor boy. The boy’s death was felt by all the people who knew how brave he was to confront the wicked king of Gee. The Gee people continued their wickedness and tormented their neighbors.Though the people of the other towns cried out for deliverance from the burden that the people of Gee had imposed on them, deliverance did not come, many of the suffering believed that in due time, God, the maker of all things would set things right and therefore they endured their suffering under the wicked king of Gee.Editor’s Note: Marcy T. Forpoh is a high school student. He loves to read and write.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more