Why did the outdoor economy suffer in 2020 when more of us were outside?

Nov 11, 2021
Lockdowns, public lands closures, supply chain disruptions and travel restrictions took a toll. But many outdoor retailers still had a great year.
More Americans got out and about biking, fishing and hiking amid COVID-19 in 2020. Above, a bike shop owner repairs a tire in Brooklyn.
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As mountain biking booms, so does demand for trail builders

Oct 7, 2021
High-quality trails take expertise and meticulous work. Professionally built trails can cost up to $70,000 a mile.
Adam Harju uses a 3-ton excavator to move huge rocks into place on a new mountain bike trail near Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on Aug. 9.
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Bike prices still riding high due to supply chain backups

Apr 13, 2021
Bikes and parts could cost 15% to 25% more — if there's even inventory to sell, that is.
Some cyclists are resorting to fixing up their old bikes, but shipping backups and COVID restrictions at ports mean shop owners can't get parts either.
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2019 was a good year for the outdoor economy. What about 2020?

Nov 13, 2020
Businesses that sell outdoor gear, from bikes to kayaks, have been doing well in the pandemic, but other parts of the outdoor recreation economy have struggled.
Kayakers paddle their way along Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, in May. The outdoor economy made up just over 2% of GDP in 2019.
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The dangers of summer fun

Aug 8, 2012
Some of America's favorite summertime activities may be fun, but they come with a lot of risks.

To guzzle or not to guzzle?

Jun 8, 2012
Cars are as American as apple pie, but with the rising price of oil, more Americans are opting for other oil-free means of transportation.