After a year filled with surprises and new challenges to our industry, I want to challenge each of us all to embrace new avenues and solutions in the new year.

In our ongoing national childhood obesity crisis, kids are the fish, parents are the barrel and we in the bike industry are Elmer Fudd holding the jammed gun, staring into the business end and trying to figure out what the heck is happening.

I'd like to reintroduce you to the PBMA with this long-winded rant and rave.

Tariffs are a great way to teach geography, as well as a smattering of international economics.

Former industry member Trey Richardson looks at the Interbike cancellation and more.

Like anyone who has invested a good portion of their livelihood in this industry, my heart sank to the news of Interbike being canceled.

Tagged Interbike

Anyone can say what they want about Interbike. But I don't believe John Burke, Mike Sinyard and the others who sit at the top in this industry would be here if it weren't for Interbike.

Tagged Interbike

Wow, and we thought the ASE and Performance bankruptcy was a big deal. I thank BRAIN for allowing me a space to reflect on A Day That Will Live in Infamy. The Day Our Trade Show Died.

Tagged Interbike

Interbike died Wednesday at the age of 36. It was a death with little grace. It was painful. Quick. The numbers left few choices. Business is business. Nonetheless, it's personal for those who lost their jobs and for those who, for years, met at Interbike. Long lasting friendships were made there. I know. Let's remember that, and let's think about that for a moment.

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The former IBD owner says international trade agreements that label products' intended destination could solve gray market issues.

A counterpoint to Don DiCostanzo's recent guest editorial.

Linus' sales manager says independent retailers offering multiple brands are the future of bike retail.

The founder of Pedego says the future of bicycle retail is in single-branded stores.

From the June 1992 issue.

The long-standing BRAIN print column makes its online debut today.

"After almost 50 years in the bike industry, my father, Bill Duehring, has decided to part ways with Felt Bicycles and take some time for himself to focus on family and health," writes Megan Duehring.

Santa Fe retailer Charles Verral says, "We should all be grateful for dealer agreements, preseason commitments, manufacturers' set prices, and other evolving systems like click-to-brick. "

"My challenge to you, the store owner or manager, is to begin paying your best mechanic one-third of your store's hourly labor rate," says James Stanfill.

As a U.S. manufacturer, there are unique major challenges that we face and because of this, we support the administration's additional tariffs on Chinese bicycle racks and components.

Tagged Tariffs

I founded Specialized on the belief that cycling changes lives. I’m living proof of that fact.

Fishman (center) is president and co-founder of Pure Cycles.

Michael Fishman provides a glimpse into how a small-business owner is dealing with the recent increase in tariffs on Chinese-made goods being imported into the U.S., including the e-bike tariff that took effect Thursday.

Tagged Tariffs / Electric bike

We should consider charging a consulting fee that is relevant and fair but should also be disclosed up front.

Tagged Retailer education

Anyone who operates a business within the bike industry knows how challenging things are today. My suggestion is to approach these challenges by viewing your business as a wheel.


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