We talked with Josh Hon from Tern Bikes about evolving and inventing new products, and what it takes to bring these products to market in 2018. We talk about innovating bike shops, electric bikes, and sticking to your ethos while developing your brand.

This episode includes a little bit of everything. We even talk about supporting local bike shops from the consumer and brand standpoint, not shaming customers, and buying bikes online.

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We are back talking with Jay Townley to discuss his work for decades running analysis of the US bike shops cost of doing business report from the NBDA. We share opinions on how shops could potentially make a better margin and run a more profitable bike shop while briefly talking about the outliers who are doing it differently.

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The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is a fairly new nonprofit helping create better standards for service in the bicycle industry and defining what it means to be a professional bike industry mechanic. Join us as we talk with James Stanfill, President of the PBMA, to learn about the association and how they are building a better bike industry.

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30 Days of Biking is an 8-year-old challenge based out of Minnesota to ride your bike every day during the month of April. I spoke with Patrick Stephenson from 30 Days of Biking about how you can use it to get back in the habit of biking AND tips on leveraging it to help your current and potential customers bike more in April.

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We talk with Eric Bjorling, Brand Manager of Trek Bicycles, about the MOST important topic we can tackle, cycling safety.

Learn about Trek’s safety research, new products, and the bicycle to vehicle technology they are currently working on.

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QBP recently announced a community grant program to help support their bike dealers. This was a very fitting episode to record after the Vista Outdoors episode as it is very much focused on brands, dealers, and a distributor focused on paying it forward and putting their money back into getting more people on bikes. The deadline is March 12th so make sure to listen to this episode to hear learn the details and visit https://qbp.com/community-grant to apply.

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Digging in with Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog who blew the lid off Vista Outdoors, owner of many large cycling companies, Bell, Giro, Blackburn, Copilot, etc., sponsoring the NRA and NRATV. As Aaron dug in he realized that Vista Outdoors also has PAC that gives money to the main Utah politicians trying to privatize public land in Utah. This is the fight that REI is very vocal in fighting, and yet they carry a lot of product from Vista Outdoors brands.
Wherever you sit on this issue, we would love to hear from you!

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This may be our favorite episode yet! In this episode, we are digging in with Jay Townley to discuss the key highlights from the 2017 National Bicycle Dealer Association Speciality Retailer report.

A few of the topics discussed: What are the top brands being carried? How is technology being used? What is the average salary of bike shop employees? What are the common fears bike shops have?

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The United States lost the bicycle commuter benefits in the recent tax reform. We discuss the repercussions of losing these tax credits with Amelia Neptune and Ken McLeod from the League of American Bicyclists, and what bike shops and brands should be doing to build better bicycle-friendly communities and businesses.

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