The outbreak of COVID-19 has already sent shockwaves through our industry, with many events cancelled or postponed.
As we weather the storm, BikeBiz will keep you updated with all the latest updates from the trade.
Bike shops can remain open in the UK after prime minister Boris Johnson announced on 23rd March that all “non-essential” shops must now shut due to the spread of COVID-19.
Despite this, Local Bike Shop Day 2020 has been postponed following a retailer vote. The decision was not taken lightly, the ACT said, with the final judgement given to the bike shops that had signed up to take part.
Various distributors are now offering direct home delivery, including Chicken CycleKit, Exposure Lights and Ultimate, Hotlines, Moore Large, Upgrade, Velobrands and ZyroFisher. Marin Mountain Bikes is also introducing a ‘fully PDI’d’ drop-ship service for use throughout the ongoing crisis, and HKT has also added a new drop-shipping service to its B2B.
Further updates on distributors’ operations during COVID-19 can be viewed below.
The BA has set up an industry info ‘hub’, a resource to share official guidance and support information on COVID-19, as well as extending its free legal and HR support to whole UK cycle industry and arguing for bicycle repair shop continuity and for HMRC supplier easements.
Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the community sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. It will also consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to its partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner.
Below is a list of the latest events that have been cancelled or postponed:
The London Bike Show – rescheduled to 3rd-5th July
Bentonville Bike Fest – rescheduled to 7th-9th August
North American Handmade Bicycle Show – rescheduled to 21st-23rd August
Ebike Summit – rescheduled to 8th September
Sea Otter Europe – rescheduled to 25th-27th September
Sea Otter Classic – rescheduled to 1st-4th October
Bespoked – rescheduled to 16th-18th October
London e-Bike Festival – postponed, date to be announced
Taipei Cycle Show – cancelled
Mountain Mayhem – cancelled
Vélo Birmingham and Midlands 2020 – cancelled
OutDoor by ISPO – cancelled
The following companies have issued updates on their operations during the outbreak: