GI bike shop sales booming during pandemic

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - While some businesses have struggled during the Coronavirus pandemic, local bicycle shops are experiencing the exact opposite. Wayne Cyclery in Grand Island has been selling bikes since the eighties and out of all the years they've been open, the owner has never seen anything like this.

John Wayne, Owner of Wayne Cyclery said, "We've never run out of bikes before, we're running out of bikes now."

Since February the bike shop has seen an increase in sales. Normally they have more than 600 bikes on hand. Now they have half that and their basement which usually holds extra bikes, Is empty.

Before the pandemic, one person per family would buy a bike, now the entire family is walking out with one.

"People have been warned that they wouldn't be able to do anything. Schools were closing, kids were out of school, so families were coming in and getting new bikes or getting old bikes repaired," said Wayne. "Families could do family events, which is a real plus in my opinion because people are enjoying riding and doing things as a family."

People from Omaha, Lincoln, Neb. and even Oklahoma are buying from Wayne Cyclery. There not just getting it shipped to them either, they actually travel to Grand Island to pick it up.

In addition to an increase in sales, they are a month behind on repairs and work long hours to catch up. They even had to close a couple days a week during normal business hours to work solely on repairs.

Wayne said, "We are so backlogged on repairs that Tuesdays and Thursdays we're here but we're repairing bikes and we're letting people pick-up and drop off their repair bikes. No sales Tuesdays and Thursdays."

Comfort bikes are a hot commodity right now. The shop has limited supply of these but they do have other models to choose from. Wayne Cyclery won't get a re-stock until July or even past that. The date of shipment is unknown.

If you want to buy a bike from them, Wayne Cyclery requires everyone to wear a mask and maintain distance.