Despite the geopolitical tensions between America and China, and Taiwan and China, the U.S. bicycle business is finding it difficult to extract itself from China.

New patents are often in the news. But for a few special patents, their expirations lead to big changes in the industry.

Slack sales collide with ever-growing inventory to spell a long, hard winter for retailers and suppliers alike. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Jim Moss

Attorney Jim Moss explains an aspect of the recent State Farm vs. Rad Power Bikes lawsuit.

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The biggest takeaway from the past three roller-coaster years may be that there’s not much to be taken away

It’s that time of year again. Dealers and suppliers are trying to put together orders for the 2023 season, and discovering there’s nothing to base their sales estimates on. Here’s a sample conversation I’ve heard about from a number of different retail business owners:

We all know 2020–2021 were good years for retailers. The shocking part is just how good.

The bike industry is changing fast. But so is the rate of change itself.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Yogi didn't say all the things he said.

Here's the future: It will be next year before discounting and terms will bring brand inventories down to reasonable and balanced levels.

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Buckle up, bicycle industry. We're in for a(nother) wild ride.

The 2020-2021 boost in ridership is undeniably real. But what happens next is anybody's guess.

As brands get into the D2C and retailer ownership businesses, they control more and more of the end-user’s dollars and fundamentally alter the specialty retail landscape.

Retail veteran Pete van Nuys says the industry needs to respond to e-bikes that fall outside the three-class system.

Tagged Electric bike

Not only are D2C e-bikes eating into what were once IBD price points, they have the long-term possibility of disrupting the entire specialty retail channel

Tagged Electric bike
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While the number of dealers for the top four brands remain stable, a closer look behind the numbers invites some interesting conjectures about the brands' strategy.

Heather Mason

The president of the National Bicycle Dealers Association has tips on keeping the bike boom alive.

Retailer James Moore says as gas prices quickly increase to unprecedented levels, the industry needs to prepare to serve people needing inexpensive transportation.

Dirk Sorenson

Retailers and manufacturers must set their sights on four critical initiatives that will lead the industry to another banner year in 2022.

Specialized has changed the rules for selling bikes through the specialty retail channel. But can consumer-direct make up for its loss of dealer-based revenue?

Experts disagree all the time. It’s when they start agreeing that you need to watch out.

We’ve just closed our second year of record COVID-driven bike sales, and the question everyone is asking is whether the boom will stay in place for 2022 or dial itself back to 2019 levels.

The only thing we know for sure is that nobody knows for sure.


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