Business

Partnerships, acquisitions and investment news throughout the cycling industry

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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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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Make the roads safe to cycle, say walkers

Heres a press release from the CTC where their long stated aim of keeping bikes on roads and nowhere near paths is given flesh. Whilst a number of organisations are allowed their say such as the Pedestrians Association Sustrans is noticeable by its absence

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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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The essential IFMA primer

If youre going to IFMA as an exhibitor or visitor this September heres the BikeBiz information pack you wont want to be without

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