While online retailers continue to grow share of the cycling market and big chains go from strength to strength, many cyclists know of a local, independent bike shop that provides a service or experience you can’t find elsewhere – and BikeBiz wants your help in finding them.
Each year, the trade journal throws open nominations to find the best independent bike dealers in the UK, and publishes a list of the top 20 – here’s the 2014 version.
And it’s not just a case of back-slapping, either – we know that when we publish stories of local bike shops closing, their passing is mourned in the comments by former customers, so recognising those that get it right hopefully helps them keep thriving.
Celebrating the best examples of bike retailing, we're seeking independent bike shops that offer service above and beyond the call of duty, whether that's supporting local cyclists or clubs, pioneering a new market in the cycle world, reaching out to non-cyclists or the local community or just providing an excellent shopping experience for consumers after bicycles and accessories.
We've already been independently consulting with distributors and brands to get their take on the topic, but we're also throwing the net open to anyone who has, or knows of, a great independent bike shop that they think should be included. Email us here with your suggestions.
It adds that the Top 20 list will feature in the April edition of the print magazine, and will be posted online the same month.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.