Big increases in business this year led some shop owners to think that they were largely insulated from a slowing economy. But the economy has continued to spiral downward, taking bicycle sales and much else with it. The question now is whether all the bicyclists who appeared last summer will be back next summer.
I think that the editor who wrote the headline meant that sales are waning, not waiting. The A-Team at the Times editorial desk must already be out celebrating the New Year.