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Posted September 16, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Bike shops are an integral part of the cycling infrastructure.

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Posted July 29, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

A new financial study confirms a sad truth about bicycle retailing: most bike shops do not make a profit on the sale of new bicycles.

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Posted July 17, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

The average bike shop today is bigger than in the past, both in dollar volume and physical size, according to a new retail study from the NBDA conducted early this year.

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Posted July 9, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

A look at retailers' legal obligations regarding recalled products.

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Posted July 2, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Last week's recall of 125,000 bicycles for defective forks was bad news for everyone. But many shop owners are expressing dismay at what they say is inadequate reimbursement being offered by the manufacturers for this huge and important effort.

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Posted June 20, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

In his new book, Donny Perry offers an energetic and creative take on the world of bike shops, their continuing efforts to survive, and their prospects for the future.

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Posted June 13, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

New York City bike shops were in the news last week when Bloomberg (bloomberg.com) wrote that the city's one-year-old bike sharing program (City Bike) was hurting sales at local bike shops.

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Posted June 3, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

While adult cycling seems to be relatively stable, cycling continues to lose young participants at an alarming rate.

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Posted May 15, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

New research confirms that many consumers actively seek out and favor retailers that do not collect sales tax, and that discriminatory sales tax laws that allow some Internet retailers to avoid collecting tax are harming many brick-and-mortar businesses who collect the tax (in sales tax states).

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Posted May 9, 2014
Even speedy types like Hugh Walton come back all smiles!

What's life like with an e-bike in the stable?

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Posted May 2, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Entitlement can be a disastrous thing for retailers facing increasing competition and struggling to compete.

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Posted April 22, 2014
A blog by Ray Keener

If I Owned a Bike Shop, what three retail lines would I be drilling into my staff’s heads at this point?

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Posted April 21, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Women sometimes say they are not comfortable in bike shops, but Bridget Brennan thinks this can change.

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Posted April 1, 2014
A blog by Jay Townley

As we finish the first quarter of 2014 the U.S. bicycle business is preparing for its April gathering of industry leaders at the Bicycle Leadership Conference and the IBD Summit. We have noticed that the U.S.

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Posted March 31, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

Dealer reaction was swift to Giant's announcement last week of a new program to lower retail prices on 30 bike models starting March 31.

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Posted March 26, 2014
A blog by Ray Keener

Car Appeasers take the lane when they have to. Car Haters take it much more often, as a matter of principle. Which are you?

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Posted March 14, 2014
A blog by BPSA executive director Ray Keener

Selling used bikes as a way to serve lower-priced demand isn't the best option for every shop.

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Posted March 3, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

It’s hard to recruit the talented people you need to offer great customer service when offering relatively low wages.

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Posted February 17, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Webrooming is when a customer starts their shopping on-line to gather information, but uses that information to visit a local brick-and-mortar store to buy.

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Posted February 3, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

There is some apparent movement on the problem of brick-and-mortar businesses being required to collect sales tax while internet retailers often do not.

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