Has high-profile IBD bitten the dust?

The three-store Wheelie Serious group of London - including Covent Garden Cycles - appears to have ceased trading. Two suppliers managed to repossess stock before Christmas. Owner Debbie Demeritte, a former ACT board member, cannot be contacted because none of the Wheelie Serious phone numbers work anymore and she is not answering emails

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Beckham tot gets yellow bike painted red

Three year old Brooklyn Beckham - offspring of David and Victoria Beckham - was bought a Chrimbo bike from a Manchester IBD. Daddy Beckham eschewed the multiples and plumped for an IBD, Middleton Cycles of Greater Manchester. However the £80 JCB 12 inch bike - famous for its JCB yellow - had to be painted red to match Man U's footy strip

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Cyclo-cross can kick-start interest in cycling, believes IBD organiser of national championships

Ipswich IBD Elmy Cycles is organising the 2002 National Cyclo Cross Championships, due to be staged 12-1th January. With good sponsorship, a sold-out Novotel and a city centre location, Steve Grimwood of Elmy Cycles believes the success of this event will demonstrate the potential of cyclo cross as a general interest spectator sport, and one that cyclists of all disciplines can be inspired by

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