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  1. Fred Clements: Bike shop metrics are on the rise

    This tracks well with previously-released data that bicycle sales were off by 12 percent, and adult ...

    Posted July 17, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  2. Fred Clements: Are bikes the black hole of IBD profitability?

    as a percent of gross sales) were 42.2% in 2011. In 2013, that number fell dramatically to 38.7%, mostly ...

    Posted July 29, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  3. Fred Clements: Consumers seek out tax-free retailers

    by 9.5 percent following introduction of mandatory sales tax across all states in the value of products ...

    Posted May 15, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  4. Fred Clements: Note to children: Ride to Live

    a 9 percent drop from 2012, continuing a trend of flat or declining cycling participation in recent years. ...

    Posted June 3, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  5. Fred Clements: Change is coming to a bike shop near you

    it will be exponential." He suggests a 35 percent loss in storefronts in 15 years, and then adds "I believe the change ...

    Posted June 20, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  6. Fred Clements: Grow your business - market to women!

    Factor. Why focus on women? Brennan noted that women drive 70-80 percent of consumer spending as both ...

    Posted April 21, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  7. Fred Clements: Webrooming, a trend that may help brick-and-mortar stores

    percent over 2011. But in 2013, a Harris Pollreported that while nearly half (46 percent) of shoppers say ...

    Posted February 17, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  8. Fred Clements: Are bike retail salaries too low?

    industry lore proclaims that if a mechanic can be about 70 percent efficient (70 percent of their time ...

    Posted March 3, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  9. Fred Clements: Giant lowers prices, dealers react

    From Houston, "I think it will take a 25-30 percent increase in units to make up for the lost ...

    Posted March 31, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  10. Fred Clements: A good bike shop report card

    Some highlights: Website : 86 percent reported that the store's website was helpful ...

    Posted October 7, 2013 in Opinion/Analysis