Business

Partnerships, acquisitions and investment news throughout the cycling industry

Buyers beware, warns car equivalent of the ACT

Car showrooms are running scared. The number of websites selling cars on the cheap is growing by the week. However, in an attempt to warn consumers that a car dealer is still the best place to buy a new car, the Retail Motor Industry Federation has sent out a combatitive press release. So? Well, BikeBiz.co.uk doesn't give a hoot about car dealers per se but the RMI's stance is one that has relevance to any trade threatened by 'pure play' internet retailers. Can the bike trade get the same message across? "Best to buy from independent bike shops...here's why..."

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Raleigh and QXL.com

Theres a two page interview with Jim Rose in our April mag (due out tomorrow). Rose is the CEO of QXL.com, the auction site. In this interview (also available elsewhere on this site) Rose waxes lyrical about securing Raleigh bikes for sale. Today we were told that Raleigh has ceased to supply QXL...

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Daily Mail to plug cheap bike sites

As the article on 9feet.com was being written I had a phone call from Neil Armstrong (no moonwalk jokes please) of the Daily Mail. He wanted me to tell him some websites where consumers can get bargains on bikes.

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Euro trade shows spurn the public

We have regular chats with bike design guru Mike Burrows of Giant. One of his perennial complaints is that the UK doesn't have a big trade/consumer show "like they have in Germany." Hmm, not any more they don't, IFMA is the latest bike show to go trade-only

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Colly who?

COLIPED the Organisation of the European Two-Wheeler Parts Industries will be holding a getting to know us session at the Taipei International Cycle Show 2000.

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E-by gum, it’s an E-biz E-xpo

70 e-business companies exhibiting. 6,500 pre-registered visitors. Hods of fre-e seminars. The E-commerce Expo, NEC, Birmingham, 28 - 30 March 2000 (ie today, tomorrow and Thurs!) is going to be a key event for e-ntrepreneurs e-verywhere. E-nough already!

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AMENDED: Book for new bikers

The 5000-mile National Cycle Network opens in June. The Official Guidebook comes out in May...and IBDs should stock this title, it will get their customers out on their bikes more

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Good Times ahead for cycling

There was a big blurb on biking in Saturdays Weekend section of The Times. Three quarters of a page was devoted to the whats, wheres, and whys of the National Cycle Network

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Basta bounces into BikeBizBible

Its brand new and is the most up-to-date database on the trade. B3 will be launched on this website soon but heres the kind of address change we pick up daily: Basta moves from Lancs to Shrops...

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