In Cycling iQ’s latest piece for CyclingTips, we explore how the UK’s imminent departure from the EU might impact cycling and explain how it’s not just a concern for cyclists in Europe.
This week: Indonesia’s tight deadline for new Asian Games velodrome; Oil prices impact Astana Pro Cycling Team; Netherlands the EU’s largest bicycle exporter in 2015; Giant planning to go direct in India?; Trek Bicycle’s NZ subsidiary now official.
A month after Beijing-based ‘smart’ road bike brand SpeedX concluded its phenomenally successful launch on Kickstarter, Cycling iQ chatted with SpeedX CEO and co-founder Li Gang on behalf of CyclingTips to find out what happens next.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal continued to spruik the establishment of a ‘cycle valley’ in the district of Ludhiana after a joint meeting of the national bicycle associations of India and China at the 2016 China Cycle exhibition held over the weekend.
The bicycle industry spends a lot of time focusing on how to sell more bikes, yet strangely overlooks the untapped value of the market it already has. Cycling iQ examines the potential benefits of a certified pre-owned program.
This week: SCOTT Sports opens first Technology Centre in Bangalore, considers local assembly; India’s bicycle manufacturers concerned with imports of Chinese-made bicycles; Shimano announces disappointing FY2016 Q1 results; 2016 China Cycle show underway Friday; Australian 3D-printed bike manufacturer Bastion Cycles launches online bike design tool.
Shimano’s dominant role in the bicycle industry has interesting parallels with Amaury Sports’ influence in professional cycling which highlights a left-field opportunity that might be worth exploring.
Consumers of cycling products have been taken for quite a ride during the last two decades. Bicycle brands, their distributors and retailers, demonstrated a remarkable endurance and capacity to sustain a profitable, trust-based supply chain model that ultimately could not resist a swell in capitalistic desire urged forward by the confluence of global trade re-structuring … Continue reading
The emergence of e-commerce in the bicycle market was an affront to almost every aspect of an industry business model that had for years thrived on handshakes, muffin-toting sales representatives and the seductive embrace of high margins. Though online stores had essentially evolved in full public view, a majority of the bicycle industry’s distributors and … Continue reading
Year 2001. Taiwanese OEM production hummed along, retail prices were buoyant, and cycling was enjoying an upswing in popularity across the Asia-Pacific region. However, as the new millennium’s first decade matured, so too did a trio of inter-related trends that would upset the bicycle industry’s delicate ecosystem and threaten to explode into a full-blown zero-sum … Continue reading