Why bike shops are crazy

Trying to buy a bike, or to get one worked on can be a very trying experience right now. The entire world is running out of bikes under $2000. The bike industry lost a month or two of production due to the COVID19. Then as the virus hit the U.S., bike demand tripled. So every shop, every manufacturer is totally sold out. We have a couple hundred bikes on back order, and these will trickle in over the next few months. Parts are in a great shortage, $20-30 replacement tires are gone. Tubes are very scarce. Shimano is totally out of rear derailleurs for 6,7,8 and 9 speeds. Here is a New York Times article about the situation: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/nyregion/bike-shortage-coronavirus.html
Someday we will catch up, but it is like filling an Olympic sized swimming pool with a garden hose. So please be patient with us.