“Interbike – The Podcast” will publish every 2 weeks, and each episode will touch upon current events and products in the world of bicycles – including interviews with industry insiders, trendmakers, category experts and more.
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The podcast is hosted by Fred Fishkin, who has been producing a daily syndicated radio report on consumer technology for more than two decades. Having been an award-winning street reporter for WCBS Radio in New York, Fred began covering the tech beat in the early 90s. His reports have been syndicated by CBS Radio, Bloomberg Radio and through his own production company.
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What’s old is new again: Trade-in programs make used bikes a viable business for bike shops
Used bike sales are nothing new. But what’s changing now is that more traditional bike shops who hadn’t gotten involved with used bikes in the past are giving it another look. Trade-in programs like those offered by Bicycle Blue Book and Pro’s Closet are giving bikes shops an opportunity to welcome a customer in that might have walked away in the past.
In the fifth episode of Interbike – The Podcast, we’re talking with Steve Frothingham, online editor of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, who has written extensively about the used bike market recently. Also joining us is Hill Abell, owner of Bicycle Sport Shop with five stores in the Austin, Texas market, and Ira Becker, president of Bicycle Blue Book. Abell says he’s seen an uptick in high-end sales because of the value customers get from trade-ins at his stores. And the margin he’s able to get from those trade-ins is nearly 45 percent. Becker said Bicycle Blue Book works with more than 1,400 bike retailers across the U.S. who use their services to provide immediate market value for the trade-in at the store for use on a new bike sale.
Click vs. Brick: How bike shops are tackling e-commerce
The majority of IBD sales still take place inside the four walls of a brick-and-mortar store, and many retailers don’t believe that will change dramatically over the next few years, according to a survey conducted by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. The February survey provided insights as to how bike shops are evolving to meet the demands of customers who browse and buy online.
In the fourth episode of Interbike – The Podcast, we’re talking with the chief editor of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Lynette Carpiet, about some of the survey findings, which are published in the magazine’s April 1 issue. Also joining us is Ryan Atkinson, president of SmartEtailing, a widely used online platform for bike shops, and retailers Tom Henry of Landry’s Bicycles with seven stores in Massachusetts and Ken Woody Smith of Richardson Bike Mart with three stores in the Dallas market. Both Landry’s and Richardson Bike Mart have invested substantially into their websites and talk about the challenges of e-commerce and what kind of return they’re seeing from their investments.
BMX: A Category On The Rise?
The BMX category has been around for several decades, but is far from its glory days in the 1980’s. BMX has seen its ups and downs over the years, but make no mistake – the category is a gateway for kids to get into bikes today, and to becoming cyclists in other disciplines in the future.
In the third episode of Interbike – The Podcast, we’re talking with Rickey Strawn, Director of Sales for HARO Bicycles about the popularity of BMX today, some data on the category, the evolution of BMX bike technology and why he thinks the category is on the rise. Also joining is Phil Cohen, owner of Chain Reaction Bicycles, a specialty bike retailer in Evans, GA, who shares the reason why he’s excited about BMX along with some tips for other retailers to have success with the category; and Zack Phillips, owner of Kink BMX who will share some thoughts from a niche brand perspective.
Electric bikes: Who’s riding them, who’s selling them, and how good are today’s models?
Electric bikes are speeding into U.S. bike shops and households at a fast clip. The latest industry statistics from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association show shipments of e-bikes to retailers were up 92 percent last year. They made the largest difference to the bottom line for suppliers than any other category, adding $31.6 million in new business.
In the second episode of Interbike – The Podcast, we’re talking with longtime reporter for Bicycle Retailer & Industry News Doug McClellan about some of the latest research on e-bike riders. McClellan provides insights about a new study completed by Portland State University and the University of Tennessee. It’s the biggest survey ever done of North American e-bike riders that asked about why they bought their e-bikes and how they use them. Also joining us is Jim Strang, owner of Spokes Etc., a specialty bike retailer with six stores in Northern Virginia, who has successfully sold e-bikes for the past four years and shares tips on how he’s cornered that market; and Rob Kaplan of Raleigh Electric, who talks about how battery technology and reliability has drastically improved in recent years.
How Indoor Cycling Impacts the Bike Industry
Staying fit and keeping up with training year round can be a challenge, but today there are more options than ever — from boutique spin studios and Peloton bikes for at-home virtual workouts, to apps like Zwift and indoor programs at local bike shops — all of which have made riding indoors more accessible and a lot more fun.
In the first episode of Interbike — The Podcast, we’re talking with Bicycle Retailer & Industry News features editor Val Vanderpool, who explored the indoor market (and got hooked on spin classes in the process) for recent and upcoming stories in the magazine about what’s driving these trends and how they’re impacting the bike industry. Also joining us is Bernie Doering, vice president of global sales and marketing at Stages Cycling, which manufactures spin bikes for several boutique studios in addition to the power meters for which the company is best known. Doering provides insights into how indoor riding technology has changed, how it has impacted sales at bike shops and where trends might be going.
Listen in to get a glimpse into the world of indoor cycling!