UK bike sales drop to lowest levels in two decades, says industry report

But gravel bikes are a rare standout performer, according to the figures

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Bike sales in the UK have fallen to their lowest level in 20 years, according to a new report published by the Bicycle Association. The 2022 figures, which exclude ebikes, show a drop in bike sales to 1.88 million cycles – 27% below pre-covid levels in 2019, and 22% down on 2021.

The report describes gravel bikes as a "rare, standout performer", with sales up 8% on 2021 and a huge 59% on 2019. With gravel and adventure riding only just taking off in the UK at the beginning of the pandemic, the optimism in this side of the market is perhaps to be expected.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.