In a bumper year for cycle industry news the most-read story of 2017 was "What the hell happened at Vulpine". Despite raising over £1m in crowd-funded investment the fêted cycle clothing brand collapsed in May. BikeBiz broke the original story, but it was the follow-up analysis which attracted the most attention.
Two Halfords stories also made it into the most read stories of the year, but the company probably wishes they didn’t.
Here are the other nine stories in the BikeBiz.com top ten for 2017:
2. Nissan driverless car guilty of close pass overtake of UK cyclist.
3. Peer blames Westminster Bridge cycle lane for terrorist attack.
4. "They’re just bits of plastic" – why cyclists buy fake Oakleys. This is a story from 2016, part of the much-read "Faking It" series.
5. Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley puts big money into bike retail.
6. Boycott Halfords, say consumers over number-plates-for-cyclists call.
7. When is a Pinarello not a Pinarello? When it is a Chinarello. This is also from the 20-article "Faking It" series from 2016.
8. Pollution is caused by cyclists, say mums & face-masked school-kids.
9. Mango Bicycles ceases trading thanks to Brexit, seeks buyer.
10. Halfords floats idea of number plates for cyclists.
Despite these strong news stories the most-read part of the site remains the perennially successful jobs board.
Happy New Year from all at BikeBiz – here’s to a prosperous 2018!