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The retail business show for bicycle shop owners and managers from Shimano's S-TEC.

The retail business show for bicycle shop owners and managers from Shimano's S-TEC.
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Irivine, CA


The retail business show for bicycle shop owners and managers from Shimano's S-TEC.






Ep. 1802: 2017 E-bike Summit Panel 2

Do electric mountain bikes belong on trails used by hikers, equestrian riders, and regular mountain bikers? Or do they only belong on trails designated for motorized vehicles? This contentious question was the focus of a panel discussions held at the 2017 E-bike Summit, and the answers were a lot more nuanced than you might expect. Panel members are Dave Wiens, the Executive Director of International Mountain Bike Association, Photographer and trail projects expert Leslie Kehmeier of The...

Duration: 00:53:49

Ep. 1801: 2017 E-bike Summit Panel 1

The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes conduct an annual E-bike Summit for stakeholders in the ever-expanding electric bicycle phenomenon in North America. Shimano hosted the 2017 event in their Irvine, California headquarters, and this is the first of two panel discussions held during that session. Follow People for Bikes Follow Bicycle Product Suppliers...

Duration: 01:08:24

Ep 1709: Catching Up with Project Bike Tech

Project Bike Tech is a high school vocational program like auto shop, but for bicycle mechanics. Mercedes Ross, their National Director, recently stopped by Shimano North America Bicycle HQ to share the latest news about Project Bike Tech. Follow Project Bike Tech:

Duration: 00:11:14

Ep 1708: Road Tubeless Explained

Road tubeless tires ride better and reduce flats compared to traditional road bicycle tires. But their higher air pressures make them different from mountain bike tubeless systems, and there's some safety fundamentals you must know. Jim Malta of Stan's No Tubes drills down into tubeless rim and tire technologies so you can reap the benefits of road tubeless tires with confidence. Follow Stan's No Tubes on Facebook

Duration: 00:24:21

Ep 1707: Retailer Boot Camp

In a 20 group, retailers from noncompeting markets meet to help each other improve. Business metrics like inventory performance, sales by category, payroll, marketing spending, and rent are shared and analyzed. Peers help overcome your weak areas, and you'll help them in your strong suits. Build trust, friendships, and learn from allies who've been in your shoes. Follow on Facebook: National Bicycle Dealers Association The Mann Group...

Duration: 00:27:22

Ep 1703: Rent Your Bikes

Renting downhill bikes is a big summer business for the bike park at Alaska's Alyeska Resort. We talk to shop manager Steve Bartholomew to learn the do's and don'ts of the rental business. Even if you don't have a bike park in your backyard, you can still rent the bikes in your inventory. Spinlister Pro is an app that simplifies the process for bike shops and renters alike. We speak to Spinlister's Marketing Director, Curren Bates.

Duration: 00:33:49

Ep 1702: Loyalty Rocks with Sam Dantzler

If you want to sell things at full margin, stop thinking you're in the business of selling widgets. Be in the business of knowing your customers and providing amazing, personal connections, and they will buy from you every time. Industry consultant Sam Dantzler of Garage Composites explains the concept of want-based sales as a transfer of enthusiasm. Follow Garage Composites Twitter: Facebook: Web:...

Duration: 00:39:43

Ep 1610: Project BikeTech

Project Bike Tech is a high school vocational training program. It's like auto shop, for bikes. Learn how local bike shops coordinate with Project Bike Tech to bring this program to their communities.

Duration: 00:31:16

Ep 1608: Suspension Specialist Dirt Labs

Our series featuring specialist service providers continues with Boulder-based suspension service experts Dirt Labs.

Duration: 00:50:08

Ep 1604: Women's Boutique The Unlikely Cyclist

Our profiles on specialist bike shops continues with The Unlikely Cyclist, a women's boutique in Costa Mesa, CA

Duration: 00:51:45

Ep 1503: Employee Training and Profitability

Does paying for training increase shop profitability?

Duration: 00:35:05