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IBD Focus: Reflecting on five years in the business

Can you tell us a little about how Mamachari began?Mamachari started out in 2013 importing and selling second-hand Japanese city bikes and child seats. Now we have two stores and do all kinds of (mainly British) bikes and accessories as well as servicing and repairs. What makes Mamachari a successful …

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The rise of the bikepackers

Bike racing is not an easy sport. This much cannot be disputed. The Tour de France maintains its reputation as the toughest sporting event in the world, covering 21 days of sprinting, climbing and breaking away over 3,500 kilometres (2,200 miles) every summer. Even the man credited with the Tour’s …

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Catching up with Moore Large

How has 2018 been – what were the highs and lows? Were there any surprises in the year for you? 2018 has seen a significant increase in additional retailers purchasing from us, with more than 75 new retailers making a significant investment, in terms of shop space, for Tern and …

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What did Cycling UK achieve in 2018?

Cycling UK’s mission is to enable millions more people to cycle, in order to create a ‘happier, healthier and cleaner world’. That mission has still been going strong in 2018 with campaigns, rides, events and promotions happening all across the country. Nearly 11,000 people responded to the Government’s road safety …

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Distributor round-up

Bob ElliotPaul Elliot, director How has 2018, in general, fared for Bob Elliot?After a challenging start to 2018, business recovered well to see us have a strong year. Service and workshop areas have shown growth as we have continued to support the IBDs. What brands have you gained/lost, and what …

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COREbike 2019 to have “biggest-ever” footprint

How are preparations going ahead of COREbike 2019? Plans are shaping up nicely. The rooms are all sold, which is an excellent start, and I’m pleased to say that the next COREbike will have its biggest-ever footprint and number of companies taking part. What will be different this year, and …

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How can an IBD implement visual merchandising?

Although some high-street stores are going through difficulties, many are adapting to changing consumer habits and succeeding, and there’s absolutely no reason why your bike brand can’t do the same. Visual merchandising has been a major selling process for many years. Perhaps now more than ever, however, executing a successful …

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What does the future hold for cycling?

The end of the year is often a time for reflection, and a musing on what’s to come. This year – as we hurtle towards 2019 – is even more poignant for me, having just turned 50 right about the time of this writing. My plan is to do a …

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Could e-bikes save the cycle industry?

It’s been a year since our last e-bikes edition, and the market for electric assist cycles is stronger than ever in the UK, driven by a consumer demand for comfortable, easy and fun alternatives to the car, as well as leisure riders looking for a boost, or a bigger range …

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Being a veteran of the cycling industry

When it was first announced that I would be working with Simplon in 2017, I was described as an “industry veteran”. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it, but then someone pointed out that it was simply a way of saying that you have a great deal of experience, …

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