The sale of bicycles has seen a strong upswing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which closed both fitness centers and national borders.
In addition, fewer available seats on the bus and light rail contribute to many more bicycling to the office. This has resulted in record sales of bicycles in Norway, writes Dagens Næringsliv.
The big chain XXL states that it expects sales growth of between 25 and 30 percent in the second quarter compared to last year.
The smaller stores have also seen sales growth after the Coronavirus crisis hit Norway. Bull Ski and Kayak increased bicycle sales by 250 percent in the period from April 1 to now, compared to the same period last year.
The Norwegian Sports Industry Association confirms the sharp increase in bicycle sales and believes it is related to the special spring.
– “We noticed early on when people were urged not to use trams, buses and subways, that several people dusted off their bicycles. Long queues were reported at the bike workshops,” says Trond Evald Hansen, head of DN.
The trade association has no figures for bicycle sales so far this year, but it is likely that sales of electric bicycles will increase by 50 percent from last year.
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