For some time now the whole sector has been hit by a new global phenomenon: spare parts for cycles of all kinds -both traditional and electric- are in short supply because of the pandemic. This situation is causing difficulties for both dealers and repairers alike so that their customers are having to wait patiently. Wherever they are assembled, bikes, which everyone wants to get their hands on nowadays, are heavily dependent on Asian production. Availability of models and delivery lead-times are beset by major manufacturing problems: raw material shortages, disrupted supply chains and bottlenecks make the exponential growth in demand hard to satisfy. Since the lockdown, cycling has become more popular than ever before. The ecological stance adopted by some and the health or sporting aspirations of others, combined with the efforts made by many municipal authorities to promote cycling in line with the pious wishes of their elected representatives, have surely laid a particularly favourable foundation for the wide use of two-wheelers, so long as they are propelled by pedals.