A celebration of independent bike shops, Future, factories torched, stickle bricks and more

Top stories of the month, May 2014

Been too busy to keep an eye on what’s going on in the trade? Help is at hand with a list of the most popular stories on the site this month…

2014’s Top 20 independent bicycle dealers

First was our celebration of the independent bike shop sector, supported by Cyclescheme. It was a labour of love putting it together and we had plenty of responses – take a look at the comments thread below the story.

Future sells bike titles to Immediate Media Co

It only happened yesterday, but understandably this seismic (and shocking) news – Future selling BikeRadar, CyclingNews, MBUK, Cycling Plus, et al, to Immediate Media – got plenty of attention in the trade. We’ll have more on the story, but it does seem as if TriRadar and Triathlon Plus haven’t made the move to Immediate.

Protestors in Vietnam torch Taiwanese-owned cycle factory

Anti-China rioting in Vietnam saw a number of cycle parts factories looted and burned down.

Kool Stop introduces new disc pad cooling concept

Like it or loath it, this intriguing Aero-Kool brake pad, featuring heat dissipating bristles that bear an uncanny resemblance to stickle bricks and hair brushes, is hard to miss.

Halfords snaps up senior execs from Evans Cycles and Chain Reaction

The retailer has pulled off a recruitment coup by bringing in Peter Kimberley (former head of retail for Evans) as divisional director, together with Jim Berkeley (former Chain Reaction Cycles head of trading online and retail) as head of trading for cycling parts, accessories and clothing.

Islabikes eyes expansion

The quality children’s bike brand is riding a high and is expanding – read all about it on the link above.

What else has been catching the eye of our trade readers? The story about Schwalbe being inundated by tube vending machine requests after we featured the story of JE James Cycles getting one installed featured highly.

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