Demand for outdoor gear rises in Colorado as new restrictions lift – CBS Denver
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The demand for outdoor gear continues to increase even as life begins to see fewer restrictions, but the production of popular items? He hasn’t really caught up.
“I could sell a bike every day if we had an inventory, if not more than one a day. But yes people are looking for bikes they call, they go to different stores and unfortunately there just aren’t that many available right now, ”said Bob Hufnagel, longtime manager at Rebel sports in Frisco.
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Hufnagel is still preparing for a busy summer. Rebel Sports will continue to rent mountain bikes, track bikes and road bikes for the summer. Rebel Sports is also doing repairs, and the list of bikes that need a little TLC this year? It seems endless. Great for business when Hufnagel can get the parts.
“Parts supply is going to be a big issue this summer with the repair work. I know 12 speed chains are pretty much sold out until fall, unless someone buys them online. Some people are going to buy them, double the price and resell them online, so that’s really going to be your only option right now, ”he said.
The store tried to prepare by ordering parts months in advance.
“Just to try to stem any shortages we might be facing,” he said.
It is practically impossible to find new bikes. Normally the store would sell their fleet of winter rental bikes, but they’ve decided to keep the bikes this year.
“We have to wait until we have assurances from our suppliers that we can get more bikes.”
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The same goes for others in the industry. Fly shops say rods are scarce as well as fly tying materials.
In terms of outdoor technical clothing, demand is also on the rise.
“There has been a backlash from many brands to cancel a lot of products in production, which has forced factories to lay off a lot of employees. So there was a vacuum in the supply chain. You have factories without employees, you have factories that don’t make fabric, so that’s created this backlog, ”said Jon Frederick, US director of Rab and Lowe Alpine.
Fredrick said some companies have decided to switch to a more versatile “soft tech” style that suited the work of the home lifestyle. Others, like Rab, continuous production of the products it has always offered.
“And so what we’re seeing now is this massive demand from retailers saying, ‘Look, our tech space is overwhelmed by consumer demand, but the products from our suppliers, our brand, don’t meet that. asks because so many brands still do this kind of what’s called a soft technique, ”Frederick said.
As the backlog of technical clothing and durable goods slowly begins to recover, meeting demand will be a challenge for retailers in the high country this summer. Especially when it comes to the most popular items, like bicycles.
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“Unfortunately, your best option now is to look to pre-order a bike for next season. So order a bike for fall when the 2022 bikes start to be available, ”Hufnagel said.