How to beat the parts shortage: Keep your bike on the road and not waiting on a delivery

A bike light mounted in a 3d-printed yellow sleeve
(Image credit: Will Jones)

Through a universal lens perhaps being unable to find a 13-speed compatible chain in stock anywhere isn’t the greatest hardship anyone has faced in the last few years. However, throughout the pandemic, a sizeable section of the population, both new and existing riders, turned to cycling as a way to stay fit, get around, and reap the benefits for their mental health.

This rapid uptake in the sport, combined with factory closures and material and labour shortages has created global bike and component shortages, with ‘Out Of Stock’ messages afflicting complete bikes, parts, accessories and apparel.

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.