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The mental health benefits of cycling

A survey by Cycleplan, which aimed to understand the health benefits people experienced after taking up cycling, discovered that three-quarters of respondents noticed an improvement in their mental health… Everyone has their own reason for starting cycling. Whether it’s to improve fitness, build muscle or lose weight, many people start …

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The NCN: A national asset

The National Cycle Network could not only provide a potential boost to the cycle industry but also to communities up and down the UK, writes Laura Laker. Leisure and tourist users of the 16,575 miles of the National Cycle Network (NCN) generate £2.5 billion to local economies each year, with …

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Namedsport: Penetrating the UK market

Namedsport managing director David Hannah speaks to Rebecca Morley about the origins of the sports nutrition company and what it hopes to achieve in the UK market. Named, pronounced Na-med, is an Italian company with a 20-year history of selling health food supplements to the pharmacy chain in Italy. In …

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Analysing the bike-sharing economy

Commercialisation and public bike sharing remain prominent trends in the bicycle parking racks market. The rapid pace of urbanisation hasn’t been without its own share of challenges. Increasing air pollution and chaotic road traffic, especially in urban centres, continues to be a challenge for Governments all around the world. Addressing …

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What’s next for UK cycleways?

Government plans for a ‘world-class’ national cycleway stretching the length of the HS2 railway line, which remained hidden for more than two years, were finally revealed in October. The Government-commissioned report detailed a cycleway of unprecedented ambition throughout England, linking communities up on a more than 1,000-mile route, in an …

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125 years of Magura

Magura celebrated its 125th anniversary last year, a significant milestone in any company no matter how big or small. From the gear rack for steering columns, still a symbol in the company’s logo today, to the manufacture of electronics and high-tech synthetic materials developed in-house, a lot has happened since …

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How the tides are Terning towards sustainable cycling

“It is important to us that society, in general, benefits from our bikes” – that is the message from Mark Bickerton, founding member of Tern Bicycles. Tern, established in 2011, is a brand that has its focus set firmly on the sustainable side of cycling. With an array of stylish, …

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Finding your manufacturing partners

It’s been a few months (see BikeBiz August) since we wrote about just one way of getting the back of a beer mat bike idea to within a hair’s breadth from a tangible product. To continue our journey, we need to find manufacturing partners to produce the product. You should …

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Ribble Cycles: From the ground up

Ribble is a premium British bike brand that has a new vision and business proposition under CEO Andy Smallwood. It is exiting the parts, accessories and clothing (PAC) part of the business to focus on bikes that are designed and built in the UK. In doing this, it is returning …

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Diversification is not a dirty word

The modern retailer has a huge number of sales and promotional tools at its disposal. In addition to the accepted ‘must haves’, such as great premises, an attractive website, interesting stock, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and engaging social media, there is so much more that can be done to grab …

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