Business

Partnerships, acquisitions and investment news throughout the cycling industry

Channel flannel

Hopefully, every complaint sent in to Channel 4 regarding its scatty scheduling of this years Tour de France is registering. But the replies from the viewer enquiries office arent encouraging, every complainant is getting the same pat reply. But, to get your own back heres a standard hard-hitting letter you can copy and email to Channel 4 yourself

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Are you in Paris next weekend?

If so, youre there for the final day of Le Tour. But have you signed up for the mass cycle ride taking part in the morning on the same centre-of-Paris route as the Pros?

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Bloat is bad

Over-engineered websites with all the latest bells and whistles impress clients but die the death when consumers log on and find it takes more than just a few seconds to grab the information they were after. This is accepted logic: witness the disappearance of boo.com and the success of simply designed sites such as amazon.com. And you dont have to reinvent the wheel to create a compelling and good looking website...

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EGS patents bought by Shimano

The patents for Synchro Shift gears which operate the front and rech mechs with one twist-grip were bought by Shimano at yesterdays auction for $232 000.

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Saddle sores are history

"My bum hurts!" is probably the number one complaint of new cyclists, especially those who choose to get back into cycling by doing a 50 mile charity ride with no prior preparation!

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CTC claims industry support for Vision 2000

This is a consultation process which will create a mission statement and a set of goals for the CTC. When BikeBiz ran the story on the Vision 2000 plans for a cyclists consumer rights body, the ACT were straight on the phone to the CTC.

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Log on to the Olympics…

...and get the news on how the roadies and the MTBers are doing (because TV wont give these sports much airtime). PLUS: dates and venues for the Olympic cycling events.

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Buying a Bike: the essentials

Bikes are vehicles, not toys. You shouldn't be rushed into buying one. There are a lot of pre-purchase decisions to make before you find the bike that's just right for you.

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Going Dutch (UPDATED)

Arc Marketing (UK) Limited has taken on the UK agency for Bobike child seats from the Netherlands. These are widely used in this cycle-friendly country and come in front and rear versions

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It pays to register

For a tenner a pop you can register any daft phrase as a potential future URL (ie website address) and get visitors redirected to your main site. Heres a funny little trick pulled by Brant Richards...

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