Where to buy a bike: how to find a new bike when stocks are so low

It doesn't look like bike shops will be fully stocked with bikes until 2023 - but you still can find one from a variety of places

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You need - or, perhaps more appropriately, want - a  new bike. But, like almost everyone is finding, getting one is proving very difficult.

Supply chain issues that are currently severely affecting most industries in the UK are also hampering, to a lesser extent, industries across the world, exacerbated by Covid-19, the Suez Canal being blocked for around a week, vacancies being unfilled, a shortage of shipping containers and in the UK  partly due to Brexit paperwork that is keeping items held up at ports and adding cost onto products.

De Rosa Merak Ultegra road bike:£4899.99£3919.99 at Chain Reaction

De Rosa Merak Ultegra road bike: £4899.99 £3919.99 at Chain Reaction

Save £980. The Merak has been at the heart of De Rosa's line up for many years. It's a high-end, race-orientated machine, which in this iteration, features a matte black carbon frame, Shimano's Ultegra 8020 hydro groupset and Fulcrum Racing 400 wheels. De Rosa's fine Italian pedigree usually comes with a significant price tag but here you can save close to £1000 from the original price.

Specialized Allez Sport Endurance 2021 road bike£999.00£799.00 at Hargrove Cycles

Specialized Allez Sport Endurance 2021 road bike: £999.00 £799.00 at Hargrove Cycles

Save £200. Entry-level road bikes aren't all created equal. Specialized have managed to offer the Allez at an attractive price point while still delivering a bike that looks, and rides, like something more high-end. The Sport Endurance model comes with rim brakes, a carbon fork to help kill some of that road buzz and a reliable Shimano Sora gruppo. The Allez range is attractively priced without a discount but when you save £200 it becomes a genuine bargain for anyone looking for a quality entry-level road machine.

Van Rysel EDR Carbon Disc 105 women's road bike:£2,299.99£2,249.99 at Decathlon

Van Rysel EDR Carbon Disc 105 women's road bike: £2,299.99 £2,249.99 at Decathlon

Save £50. Van Rysel's EDR model is an endurance road bike that's designed to deliver plenty of comfort during long rides on mixed road surfaces. It features a full carbon frameset alongside then tried-and-test Shimano 105 hydro groupset. Van Rysel bikes have performed well in our tests and this provides a good opportunity to save a few pounds on the retail price. 

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.