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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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Posted February 18, 2015
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

Internet competition, unfair supplier terms, high health care costs, and growing marketing expenses are the top challenges for independent businesses in several industries, according to a new survey released this month.

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Posted February 4, 2015
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

By many measures, Shimano is one of the bicycle industry's great companies, consistently bringing product innovation and excellence to a willing marketplace. But from the perspective of many independent bicycle dealers in the U.S., Shimano has become a huge problem, choking the life out of them by supporting distribution that leads to rampant Internet discounting from Europe.

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Posted December 17, 2014
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

While independent bike dealers face many challenges today, there are also clear opportunities for those who pursue them.

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Posted November 14, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

The bicycle business may be awakening to the potential for bicycle events and tourism, as many in the industry push to not only sell more cool bike stuff, but to support more riding.

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Posted October 28, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

One of the most important metrics for bike shop success is store traffic. Living and breathing visitors are a necessary part of the retail business model for brick-and-mortar stores. Without them, retailers would be left trying to sell bikes to air, and that is very hard to do. Getting people into the store is becoming a greater challenge, though. New research shows that consumer traffic at bike shops is declining across the board. While this is distressing news at first glance, there are also clear opportunities to reverse the trend.

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