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TallDude

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Where did all the bikes go?
« on: June 27, 2020, 12:59:41 PM »
Last Fall I broke my bike frame pulled my derailleur into my back wheel. That bike was 18 years old and had had the forks broken twice by me. So I thought this year I'd get myself a new or newer mountain bike. Not an e-MTB, just standard human power. A hard tail .. 29r. WELL... good luck with that!

ALMOST ALL THE BIKES IN THE US ARE SOLD OUT! I'm not kidding. I need an XL frame. None! Not Amazon, Dick's, or any bike stores. I found a full suspension carbon XL for $9,000. I'll let someone else have that one. Next shipments due Sept or January. Probably won't make it for X-mas. I have two friends who own bike shops. They are doing trade-ins, because that's the only thing they can get. Their racks are empty. Just bike repairs from here on out. Christmas is going to suck for them if they don't get something in stock.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/nyregion/bike-shortage-coronavirus.html

This was part of my futile search yesterday..

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Re: Where did all the bikes go?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2020, 02:27:24 PM »
My current beach bike is going on 16 months since I paid $20 for it at Goodwill. A few miles on the beach daily with my dog. I figured it was time to get a replacement lined up a few months ago. Goodwill had a Schwinn MTB  they wanted $50 for that I should have jumped on but didn’t. I went back a week later and they had a single speed unknown brand for $100.  I was in 2 Walmart’s and a Target last week and the closest thing to an adult bike was a 24” MTB. I did manage to score a pump.

There’s no mystery around here where they went. The roads are full of bikes, all day, everyday.

Funny but in the beginning of the lockdown when people were releasing their inner Marie Kondo’s, there were plenty bikes at Goodwill and by the roadside for the taking.

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Re: Where did all the bikes go?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2020, 02:49:00 PM »
It's funny how CL is jam packed with 'Top of the line' used MTB's for more than retail? Some are old and beat mechanically (10 yrs old) yet they are asking $3k. For 26" rims. I'll wait till next year and get a brand new Trek 29'r hard tail for $1,000.
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Re: Where did all the bikes go?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 06:06:21 PM »
Synchronicity is interesting. Moved South. Sand is very hard here. Let's get a fatty. Closeout. Took forever. Boom!
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Re: Where did all the bikes go?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 08:05:53 PM »
On another note, I've never seen so many crappy SUPs in Hood River. It used to be every other car had a SIC 14' Bullet--the black and white one was as common as belly buttons. Now it's fat inflatables and things they bought at some big box store. WTF??
Foote 10'4X34", SIC 17.5 V1 hollow and an EPS one in Hood River. Foote 9'0" x 31", L41 8'8", 18' Speedboard, etc. etc.

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Re: Where did all the bikes go?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 05:25:32 AM »
SUPs too are a seller’s market.

Costco has no SUPs, never had the 9’6 Wavestorm, no inflatables, not even inflatable kayaks. Plenty 8’ Wavestorms and body boards. I see lots of foamies in the water, usually sold without the tip to wax the bejesus out of ‘em.

I ran across a couple w inflatables atop their SUV outside a closed sporting goods store looking to buy a paddle.  Spoke with anothrrr newb on an inflatable in the waves yesterday.  He bought his on Amazon, came w a paddle but of course he had it backwards.  He tended to porkulence so I told him how I went down a pants size after my first 30 days of daily paddling.


 


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