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For most of us, receiving our first bike and learning how to ride it around the neighborhood was a rite of passage. Now this happy tradition may be at risk.

Bro Deal culture is an integral part of bike culture and just as integral to the bike industry itself. In theory, it’s one of the things that keeps our culture and our industry alive. But in practice it’s also one of the things that holds it back.

James Stanfill is the president of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association and the founder of A Better Bike Biz.

There is a saying that I like to remind people about from time to time; it goes exactly like this: "Your lack of planning is not my emergency."

As a new generation of competitors enters the once-profitable high-end carbon bike market, everybody’s going to get squeezed … although probably not the way you’re thinking.

Kristin Carpenter

Like many of you, I was astonished by the race-winning performance turned in by Mathieu van der Poel in the Amstel Gold men's pro road race this year. Let's take three lessons from van der Poel's win and apply them to our specialty brands and shops.

New estimates show more than double the number of bike shops in the U.S. as previously thought. Here are the numbers behind those estimates, plus dealer share and what it all means for brands, retailers and, maybe, the future of the bicycle industry.

While much of the bike world was getting amped about Sea Otter product launches, industry leaders got together to talk big picture at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic / Bicycle Leadership Conference

It would be a superb exercise in mathematical calculation to divine how much money the industry will spend this year on trade shows, consumer expos, dealer events and other similarly aligned gatherings of bros and gals.

Editor's note: At a session Thursday monring at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey, California, leaders of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes explained their plan to merge the organizations. Andre Shoumatoff, the former owner of a bike retail business in Utah, read the following letter at the session.

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — It's a frequent, obvious, and frustrating question from anyone trying to get a handle on our industry: "Just how many bike shops are there in the U.S.? And how fast is that number shrinking?"

There’s indication - and we don’t blame you if you are skeptical - that the number is increasing.

If competition among IBD, EBD and consumer-direct channels for e-bike dominance isn’t enough, there are two more looming market forces to consider. These have the potential to not just disrupt e-bike markets, but to turn the entire Bike 3.0 business model on its head.

In terms of e-bike units sold, the e-bike-only EBD channel is as big as the IBD. And they’re both growing.

Tagged Electric bike

I talk to a lot of brands, managers, CEOs and otherwise generally important people. What I hear and see, almost daily, is that everyone is focused on the loss of retailers — “bicycle shops,” as it were. Rarely do I hear talk about the rise of mobile bicycle shops. And yes, these are bicycle shops.

Much Bigger Pond = Much Smaller Frog: The IBD's slice of the e-bike pie is a whole lot smaller than we think it is. It's time we stopped kidding ourselves about that fact ... and start getting a whole lot smarter about what we're going to do about it.

Tagged Electric bike

Your supply chains have been forever breached, and redefining retail ownership is the key to tomorrow's IBD success.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the diversity problem in the bike service industry, and what needs to happen to change it.

I often ask people, “Which group is stronger — retailers or bike brands?” Right now, we’re in one of the relatively few periods of agreement.

Ages ago, we sold bicycles and those bicycles had sustainable margins. Today, margins on most new retail goods are shrinking and while we’ve figured out that we can’t give stuff away, we still give away a free tuneup with some bike sales.

Stick the word “nasty” in a sentence and it’s guaranteed to spark curiosity among our faithful readers.

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