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E-bike industry reacts to government’s e-vehicle grant scheme

Following the recent news that the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles is to offer grants for the purchase electric cars, vans, and motorbikes, but will not offer similar grants to would-be purchasers of electric cycles and cargobikes, BikeBiz reached out to a group of e-bike specialists to gain their opinions …

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An interview with Sean Reynolds of The Bike Place

In anticipation of the seventh annual Bike Place retail show, Kieran Howells talks to organiser Sean Reynolds about the history of the event, the biggest new names to appear and why you need to be there this year. What inspired you to set up the Bike Place show? The Bike …

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TrademarkVision creates visual search-engine to spot design knock-offs

Last week, Victor Major of Belgium-based Velocite Cycles claimed that Pinarello had infringed one of his design patents (a claim Pinarello denied). Whichever company is right in that particular dispute it’s common knowledge that knock-offs plague the cycle industry – Pinarello is copied so frequently by Chinese counterfeiters that the …

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Functional feminine fashion: an interview with Cyclechic’s Caz Nicklin

Caz Nicklin is definitely not wearing Lycra. She meets me for lunch after a sample sale at the Cyclechic offices; it occurs to me over our meal that she’s a sort of stealth cyclist. In fact, I wouldn’t classify Nicklin as a cyclist at all. Not the armoured-from-head-to- toe sort, …

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Brick Lane Bikes: London’s fixed-gear pioneers

Ten years ago, fixed-gear bike fanatics Feya Buchwald and Jan Milewski foresaw a change in London’s cycling scene. Having witnessed the first signs of fixie culture on the streets of Shoreditch, Bethnal Green and Dalston, the couple decided the time was right to invest in the local area and open …

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China’s Alibaba e-Bay-a-like is back on US “notorious markets” list

The US Office of the Trade Representative has added Taobao, the e-Bay-a-like small seller platform owned and operated by China’s ecommerce giant Alibaba, back on to a list of platforms suspected of selling counterfeit goods. Alibaba itself was on the list in 2012.  The "notorious markets" list is a bad actor listing …

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Results of the BikeBiz Annual Survey announced (pt.2)

The second instalment of our BikeBiz Annual Survey has now been released. Part one, which is viewable here, gives an in-depth insight into the trade’s opinions on finance deals and distribution partnerships. In part two, discover what our dealers think about increased competition, profit margins and e-bikes, amongst other key …

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Cheap? Could it be fake? BikeBiz special on counterfeit bikes & parts

What is real and what is not real? What is a bargain and what is not a bargain? When is a Pinarello a Chinerello? These concepts, and much more, are explored in this BikeBiz special, a series of twenty long-form articles about the shady world of counterfeit bicycles, fake parts, and knock-off clothing. …

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Maxxis: gaining traction in the UK – an interview

I explore the past and future of Maxxis Tyres, and its manufacturing, customer relations and marketing strategies in an interview with managing director Derek McMartin, marketing manager Amy Cahill, and cycle brand manager Stephen Robinson. Derek, what kind of education and experience led you to be in your position? What …

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In the saddle with Alex Trimnell, CEO of Muc-Off

How many bikes do you own? Well, the last count was 19. I can’t really sell any of my bikes, as they all have a story to tell and I’ve had amazing experiences on all of them. My favourite bike is my Santa Cruz Bronson, but I’ve just built a …

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