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  1. Fred Clements: Will bike shops serve the changing market?

    in 2013, up 2.5 percent from 2011. That's the good news. The bad news is that most bike owners visited ...

    Posted October 28, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  2. Fred Clements: Sloth and torpor are cycling's big challenge

    in cycling, at least not recently. In 2013, cycling participation dropped by 9 percent from the previous year, ...

    Posted October 10, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  3. Fred Clements: Bike tourism helps the bike trade

    Blumenthal of PeopleForBikes described an 85 percent growth in bicycle use in some cities, with protected ...

    Posted November 14, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  4. Fred Clements: Support sales tax fairness now

    competitors are not. Combined state and local sales tax rates range from 6-10 percent in most states and can ...

    Posted September 24, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  5. Fred Clements: Is trashing Amazon the next big thing?

    rate is 8.15 percent, so by claiming to be exempt, Amazon gets a price subsidy of more than eight cents ...

    Posted October 3, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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