Opinion/Analysis

Too many bikes is nothing new. In fact we’ve been oversupplying ourselves for a decade.

Steve Maxwell, co-editor of The Outer Line, takes a look at the cycling media landscape, reviewing the myriad challenges of recent years, and suggesting five key factors for future success.

Former members of the professional mechanics' group provided an update.

Tagged Retailer education / Advocacy/Non-profits
Happy guy in bike shop - stock Getty image

The IBD isn't dead, but it definitely ain't what it used to be. Suppliers, too. In fact, the entire specialty retail channel is adapting to a new way of doing business.

While the industry strives to diversify its audience and product offerings to become more inclusive, Marley Blonsky and her organization All Bodies on Bikes are taking the lead to welcome and include riders of all sizes.

Clint Sandusky.

E-bike rider education — and how retailers can foster it — was highlighted at the California Association of Bicycling Organizations' CABDA West Expo booth.

Tagged Electric bike

Things are tough for retailers, tough for suppliers, and as usual, sales reps are getting caught in the middle.

In 2020, the CPSC conducted a recall of the Cannondale Canvas NEO, which comes in Class 1 and Class 3 versions.

(BRAIN) — Do Class 3 e-bikes fall into a black hole of product categories, neither bicycles nor motorcycles, able to charge about the landscape unplugged and unregulated, with no government safety oversight?

Tagged Electric bike

Insurance expert Scott Chapin advises retailers that their risks are much greater than 15 years ago, due to e-bikes.

Tagged Electric bike

In Part 2 on how to educate and supply e-bikes and services to public safety agencies, here are the questions to ask your public safety customers.

Tagged Electric bike
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For at least one social media news cycle last summer, e-bike fans took to their keyboards in disgust when TheAtlantic.com published “The E-bike Is a Monstrosity” by Ian Bogost.

Tagged Electric bike

An in-depth look at how to educate and supply e-bikes and services to public safety agencies, including law enforcement.

Tagged Electric bike

Here's what to expect during the long, dark winter ahead.

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.

Tagged Lawsuits/legal / Electric bike
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

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