Not surprisingly, the six shops we called around Australia this month were all busy in the midst of what is traditionally the busiest time of year for bike shops.
With Christmas not far away, we thought we’d indulge in a little seasonal cheer with our follow up question this month and asked, ‘What would you like Santa to put into your bike shop's Christmas stocking?’
Apollo Bicycle Co recently announced that it has become the exclusive Australian distributor for ITM the Italian company best known for its handlebars, stems and seat posts. Apollo will be importing an extensive range of ITM products which now extends to wheels, forks, bar tape, bottle cages and some spare parts.
On 2nd December 2XU and Lazard Australia Private Equity announced a partnership that links them directly with LVMH. According to Wikipedia, this is the world’s largest luxury goods company with approximately 83,000 staff, US$28 billion in annual sales and 2,400 company owned stores worldwide.
Kidsons Cycles has notched up 37 years, four owners and a brand new store, in a 91 year old building.
Country bike shops can often pick up multiple brands more easily than their city cousins where zone protection is a larger factor. For example the main bike brands for Kidsons Cycles in Wagga, NSW are Specialized, Cannondale, Cervelo and Merida.
You may have seen some articles we’ve run over recent months about Michael Blyth, a young Victorian mountain biker who works part time at The Angry Butcher bike shop in Sunbury, Victoria. Michael was paralysed in a mountain biking accident and has undergone months of rehab.
It’s almost as though the wheel has turned full circle. For almost 100 years from about 1880, when bikes first became mainstream, through to perhaps the late 1970’s, most bike shops were in small, traditional shopfront locations, often in the inner city and older suburbs.