Ex-Raleigh MD puts the case for Taiwan

Mark Todd, the former MD of Raleigh, has written a strange piece for Strange in that it's very, very trade oriented and probably not terribly relevant to consumers. It contains some useful background info on why Raleigh jettisoned its UK bike building prowess. But, Todd also warns of the dangers of an over-reliance on the Far East...

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Motorbike portal site shines

Bicycle web portals should check out, launched yesterday. It's a brilliant mix of content, commerce and community. Despite the title it's aimed not at cyclists but at the new breed of motorbike and scooter owners.

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X-lite go fully dealer direct

As of this week X-lite will be handling all IBD accounts themselves. Raleigh P&A still have stock of the shiny bits and Muc Off but once this is depleted IBDs will need to deal directly with X-lite which is beefing up the B2B side of its website and seeking to appoint independent sales agents

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Mud Docker sets up tour biz

Krien Dawson, part of the sales team at Mud Dock in Bristol, is leaving to set up his own MTB tours and demo company. With a bike trade background (he worked for B-line of Oxford before Mud Dock), hes big into offering his services to IBDs

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Sharpen your etail skills

The second Eretailing 2000 conference will be held in October in London. This is the event where BikeBiz collared the CEO of Its bloody expensive £900 a head but well worth it if you want to network with the worlds best etailers

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