In terms of pandemic-related shortages, that is. This is actually about a good problem to have. Bike shop owners are worried about their inventory levels, and bike manufacturers are struggling to keep up. "It's been a long time since the bicycle has been this important to the American people," said Garfield Cooper, owner of ZenCog in Jacksonville, Fla. Shop owners have a few ideas as to why. Some customers enjoy biking in less traffic, they say, or they want to gain strength after being indoors so long. More bike trails are being allocated in cities as a result. Social distancing is much easier with individual transportation, and bikes can be a good alternative to public transportation.