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E-bike sales up 46 percent year to date.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — U.S. wholesalers sold 7 percent fewer bikes through the first 10 months of 2018 compared with the same period last year. But the dollar value of those bikes was up nearly 6 percent, reflecting a higher average cost per bike.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an 8.1 percent decline in cyclist deaths due to motor vehicle-related incidents last year, compared with the prior year. 

Latest Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account figures show bike-related economic economic output totals about $3.4 billion annually.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The outdoor industry grew faster than the overall economy in 2016 and accounts for 2.2 percent of the GDP, according to updated stats from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

E-bikes and disc road bikes also driving sales, contributing to 3% growth in IBD revenue.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retail sales of 29-inch mountain bikes grew $36 million in the 12 months ending in June, taking dollar share from 27.5-inch bikes, according to The NPD Group. Twenty-niners now account for 41 percent of dollars sold in mountain bikes at IBDs.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association has launched an online survey. The nonprofit says findings will help guide its advocacy work. IMBA worked with the SRAM Cycling Fund and Ohio University researchers on the national survey, which is open until Sept. 20.

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Recent bike category trends continue: BMX and e-bikes are growing, along with full-suspension mountain bikes and gravel bikes.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike shipments to dealers were off 5.6 percent through July, or 77,329 bikes fewer than the same period last year. But there was good news: dollar business was up $43.4 million to $667.5 million year to date.

Online sales up 11 percent year-over-year. One of the only categories to show a decline was sporting goods stores, which were down 5.7 percent.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — July retail sales were up 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted from June and increased 4.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — There are more than a few surprises contained in VeloNews' recent Audience Study, which surveyed over 5,200 of the media brand's readers and online followers in what the magazine's publisher is calling "by far the most detailed media audience survey done in the bike industry in at least 25 years."

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Product Suppliers Association members shipped fewer bikes to dealers through the first half of the year, compared to last year. But even so, they tallied more dollar business.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Product Suppliers Association members shipped 218,741 bikes to retailers in April, up from 217,980 for the same month in 2017, a nominal 0.3 percent increase. But dollars were way up, about 14 percent month on month, accounting for $114.7 million.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (BRAIN) — Participation in team sports by children age 7-17 showed a 5.8 percent decline last year according to the latest data released by the National Sporting Goods Association.

2018 Wholesale Bike Sell-in by Category

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The U.S. bike industry saw a slight uptick in wholesale sell-in in the first quarter, driven by increases in sales of e-bikes, gravel bikes, and BMX. The dollar value of the bikes sold in to retailers in the first quarter was $229 million, up 2.4 percent from the same period last year.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Market research company The NPD Group is holding a complimentary one-hour webinar next week to go over cycling trends the company identified in 2017.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (BRAIN) — Early figures from the 2018 edition of the National Sporting Goods Association's Sports Participation in the U.S. report shows participation in the study's "Wheel Sports" category, which includes cycling, remains flat, up just 0.1 percent over the prior year.

Shop services up 4 percent in same year.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retail sales at independent bike shops reached $3 billion last year, down 1 percent from $3.1 billion in 2016, according to the latest point-of-sale data from The NPD Group's U.S. Retail Tracking Service.

BPSA releases year-end wholesale sale data.
Gravel bikes gave the industry a boost in 2017.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — A new report shows the value of bikes shipped last year was down just 1 percent from 2016 due to higher average price; the number of bikes shipped was the lowest in a decade.

High-end business sees a big monthly jump at wholesale.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The bike market jumped 7 percent in November as supplier shipments rose by $5.1 million compared with the same month in 2016.

Gravel/adventure bikes see increase, as do BMX and e-bikes. But the Men's performance road bike category was down steeply.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Shipments from Bicycle Product Suppliers Association members to dealers over the first nine months of the year were down 5 percent from the same period last year, an 86,448-unit shortfall. Sales by dollars fell 3 percent.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A new study being released by the National Retail Federation finds that despite the growth of e-commerce, only about a fifth of U.S. consumers are primarily online shoppers; more than three-quarters of Americans continue to shop at brick-and-mortar stores as much as or more than they did a year ago.

NEW YORK CITY (BRAIN) — If bike shoppers seemed particularly hard strapped for money this year, it could be because consumer debt hit a new high, higher than the lead up to 2008’s Great Recession. 

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