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On your bike: Shops are running out of bicycles as lockdown sends sales surging

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Chain reaction: Justin Walsh, owner of Cyclezone, can’t meet the demands of customers. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Chain reaction: Justin Walsh, owner of Cyclezone, can’t meet the demands of customers. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Chain reaction: Justin Walsh, owner of Cyclezone, can’t meet the demands of customers. Photo: Gerry Mooney

An 80pc-plus surge in bicycle sales sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has left bike shops struggling to secure supplies.

Outlets have been desperately trying to secure supplies from China, UK, US, the Netherlands and France as some stores have run out of new bikes, such has been the explosion in interest.

Supply chains were hit by the fact many major bike factories in China, the US and Europe temporarily closed because of pandemic restrictions in their countries.