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Local outdoors store seeing increased bike sales, but supply shortage

Story By WJFW Staff
Local News Published 05/19/2020 7:03PM
Minocqua - Andy Teichmiller is busy, which is unusual for May.

"Bike sales have been huge, not just here but throughout the industry," said Teichmiller.

The owner of the Chequamegon Adventure Company in Minocqua has been doing a lot of overdue tune-ups as well.

"A lot of people are digging out their old bikes that they haven't used in years," said Teichmiller. "And for a lot of them, they come in and they're really excited to get back into things they haven't done in a few years or a decade."

He says this is indirectly due to COVID-19.


People want to stay safe and get out of the house. Evidence shows coronavirus transmission is lower outdoors, plus it's easier to social distance while paddling or biking.

But the coronavirus has also hurt the industry as well. The infection has disrupted the global supply chain for bikes, leading to a national bike shortage. Teichmiller said the inventory in his storefront is all he has.

"There's now a bike shortage," said Teichmiller. "All the warehouses are empty. And pretty much what bike shops have is what's available in the country for the foreseeable many, many weeks."

Cullen Smith of Harshaw recently bought a new bike.He's working from home right now, and has been enjoying riding nearby trails.

"It helps. It definitely helps," said Smith. "It gets pretty monotonous sitting inside staring at a screen all day. So it helps break up the day and clear my mind."

Teichmiller encourages people to make the best of a tough situation, and explore the Northwoods.

"We're very fortunate, we're very lucky to live here," said Teichmiller. "It's an amazing place. So I encourage everyone to go out and play outside."
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