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Posted August 15, 2016

There’s no hidden agenda here. Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, the bill’s author and original cosponsor respectively, would like to see Moab protected for mountain bikers and more human-powered Moab-type destinations emerge. The bill doesn’t provide for motorized travel, semi-motorized travel by devices like e-bikes, grazing, mining, or sale of federal land. Nor does it amend the Wilderness Act substantively.

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Posted August 15, 2016

Without public lands, there is no mountain biking, and Sen. Mike Lee is no friend of public lands. He supports the state takeover of public lands and votes consistently NOT to fund the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Lee’s support of the STC bill is part of his larger agenda to undermine the environmental community, undermine the public land agencies, and give states control of federal lands.

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Posted August 12, 2016

We all know the song, right? But what does that have to do with your business?

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Posted August 5, 2016

A key to growing your profitability is to perfect the art of the add-on sale.

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Posted July 29, 2016

The apparel department can be a profit center - it just needs the right mix of product, merchandising and placement to do its job.

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Posted July 22, 2016

Branding ... we all hear this term frequently and think we know what it means, but how EXACTLY does it apply to you and your bike shop ... and why is it important?

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Posted June 20, 2016
Soft market and mergers contribute to industry layoffs, but companies continue to invest in e-commerce.

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — A recent spate of layoffs across the U.S. bike industry point to a challenging market and an industry reinventing itself.

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Posted May 25, 2016
A guest opinion article by Steve Maxwell and Felix Magowan.

Across the merger and acquisition landscape, more than half of all deals destroy rather than build value.

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Posted April 20, 2016
A guest opinion article by Steve Maxwell and Felix Magowan.

Across the bike industry, there are hundreds of smaller and family-owned retail businesses watching the acquistion headlines, trying to figure out what the trends mean.

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Posted April 11, 2016

Our industry is in freefall with what's now a freewheeling schedule of product-porn and profit-challenged early spring sales while snow still blankets the ground in some regions of the country.

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Posted April 4, 2016

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — It's been quite a clash pitting the industry's most powerful company, Shimano, against what is arguably the best competitive cycling magazine and website in the U.S. market, VeloNews.

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Posted March 30, 2016
A Guest Opinion by Steve Maxwell and Felix Magowan

The second in a series of guest opinions by Steve Maxwell and Felix Magowan.

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Posted February 25, 2016
A guest opinion article by Steve Maxwell and Felix Magowan.

The recent merger news prompts the inevitable question: Is this an indicator of a new trend in the bike business? What’s next?

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Posted January 13, 2016

Editor's note: Steven W. Hansen an attorney who defends product manufacturers, distributors and retailers in product liability lawsuits and provides consultation on all matters related to the manufacture and distribution of consumer products.

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Posted January 7, 2016

In Part Three, we'll talk about what we might do about to deal with the stigmatization of bicycles, and the industry-wide loss of revenue.

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Posted November 12, 2015

This time, we're going to look at how the ghosts of dead cyclists directly — or not so directly — haunt the bike business.

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Posted November 4, 2015

There is nothing the media likes better than a dead cyclist. Unless it’s a dead cyclist who was not wearing a helmet.

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Posted June 10, 2015
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

Internet retailing continues to grow as technology sweeps the globe. Or, maybe not so much.

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Posted March 27, 2015
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

Mobile bike repair, e-bike dealers, and private label bikes are industry trends worth watching.

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Posted February 25, 2015

A blog by Ray Keener.

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