NPD Group: Women’s-specific cycling product sales continue to grow

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While women’s specific bike, accessory and apparel sales are trending upward, there is still a big opportunity to grow. That’s according to data presented during a webinar hosted by the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Wednesday

New BRAIN issue looks at Vancouver retailing, shop-sales data, and the search for Fred Clements’ replacement


Club Ride expands fat bike focus in 2015-16 winter clothing line

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Club Ride Apparel is expanding its 2015-2016 Fall-Winter line to further embrace fat biking, the company said. It will be the third season that Club Ride has offered items designed and marketed for fat biking.  The new line has increased from 31 products in 14/15 Fall-Winter to 45 products in 15/16 Fall-Winter, mainly due to adding more women’s apparel.  The company said this has resulted in a 40 percent increase in dealer orders for female product over the previous year

UK’s biggest mountain bike demo day returns to Cannock Chase

UK’s biggest mountain bike demo day returns to Cannock Chase

UK retail giant Leisure Lakes Bikes is once again set host the UK’s biggest mountain bike demo day. The event will take place at the trails of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, over the weekend of 20 and 21 March. 

Participants should be spoilt for choice when it comes to machines to demo, with more than 170 bikes available from the likes of Specialized, Whyte, Santa Cruz, Orange, Trek, Yeti, Intense and more.

Several clothing and equipment manufacturers will also have stands at the show, so visitors can expect to see the latest kit from Fox Clothing, Hope, Giro and Science In Sport, among others.  

The event will be free to attend and will start at 10am on both days. The last demo bikes will go out at 3:15pm. To get involved, all you need to do is register at the Leisure Lakes Bikes website.


You can read more at BikeRadar.com

PeopleForBikes selects researcher for rider participation study

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Executives for PeopleForBikes have selected a researcher to survey U.S. rider participation including breakdowns of rides and rider types.

Interbike plans pre-show media reception

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) —  Journalists attending the Interbike International Expo this fall will get  a chance to preview some of the latest products at a reception planned for Tuesday, Sept.

Correction: NPD Group to begin reporting integrated data

Editor’s note : A bicycleretailer.com story posted June 18 incorrectly stated that The NPD Group’s Sports and Leisure business would begin reporting expanded cycling sales data outside the specialty retail channel, including big-box and online retailers, starting in September. While such reporting is on NPD’s radar, the timing for that has not been set

NPD sets launch for revamped bike sales data

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The NPD Group’s Sports and Leisure Trends business in September will begin reporting broader cycling sales data that, in addition to independent bike dealers, will also include big-box retailers, sporting goods chains, department stores, wholesale clubs and e-commerce operations.

Club Ride sales up 47% in first quarter

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Club Ride Apparel sale were up 47 percent in the first quarter, to $856,000, compared to sales of $583,000 in the same quarter last year.    The privately held bike clothing brand voluntarily releases financial information each quarter. The company said its gross margins and net margins also showed steady improvement; gross margin in the first quarter this year was 38.1 percent, up from 36.7 percent last year.  Club Ride introduced its 2014/2015 Fall-Winter collection to dealers in January, with deliveries expected in August

Wheel & Sprocket and Strategic Solutions offer retail analytics tool

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wisconsin retailer Wheel & Sprocket and Pennsylvania-based Strategic Solutions – S2 are releasing a new analytics tool for single- or multi-store bike retailers. The Wheel Toolkit links to point of sale systems (currently Ascend and Litespeed/MerchantOS) and provides owners and managers with real-time data