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Support Your Local Bike Shop

By spokesman | November 26, 2008

In the current economic crisis, many small business are suffering.  Most local bike shops are small businesses.  In fact bike shops are one of the few small businesses that have not been crushed by big box retailers and national chains.   Many other small businesses have been decimated by those competitors.  Think of all of the hardware stores that have gone out of business because of Home Depot and Lowes or the stationery stores that have disappeared because of Office Depot and Staples.  Although bike shops have been hurt by larger chains and internet sales, they are one of the small businesses that has managed to hang on.

However the current credit crises is hurting many bikes shops.  Due to the seasonality of bike sales, credit is very important to their business.  Inventory is expensive and often the bikes are in the shop for many months before they are sold.  Bike shops also need to place their orders way in advance, so that the manufacturers can fill the orders.

What can you do to help?  Support your local shop.  In many parts of the country, it is winter and you will be riding much less, if at all.  Bring you bike in for a tune up or long overdue maintenance.  Splurge on some upgrades or replace some worn parts - saddle, tires, brake pads, chain etc.  Buy some winter gear and keep riding longer.  Buy a trainer or rollers and bike indoors if you don’t like the cold.  Either way, you will be in better shape at the start of next season.  Support your shop, so that it is there next spring.  I can’t tell you how much I miss my local hardware store, each time I am forced to go to Home Depot, because there the local hardware store is out of business.  Don’t let our local bike shops meet the same fate.

I’d like to thank the other blogs that have linked to this post or have written on this topic to spread the word about supporting local bike shops.  These blogs include
Biking Bis, Austin Bike Blog, Cyclicious, Vitesse Press, The Cycling Dude and Bike Commute Tips Blog

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5 Responses to “Support Your Local Bike Shop”

  1. People Power Granny Says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I can already see small businesses closing their doors for good since this recession set in. What small businesses do you think are most threatened during economic times like this? I try to get folks to support their local small businesses in my post tonight at And vote for your favorite small business in my poll!

  2. Is the credit crunch hurting the local bike shop? - Cult of the Bicycle Says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    […] in the Spring when they are not there, so support them this winter as you do your holiday shopping. Read more at his blog. Chris-the-big-bike-company-guy has his thoughts on the credit crunch and the bike biz as well: […]

  3. Bicycle Blog Roundup, 12/8/08 | Austin Bike Blog Says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    […] Support Your Local Bike Shop, Bicycle Spokesman In the current economic crisis, many small business are suffering.  Most local bike shops are small businesses.  In fact bike shops are one of the few small businesses that have not been crushed by big box retailers and national chains. […]

  4. Bob Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Most of the Christmas gifts I gave this season were bike-related and purchased from the LBS!

  5. Robbie Tafoya Says:
    April 1st, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    My wife and I are the owners of Chain Driven Bike Shop in Las Cruces, NM. We have seen a big change in the market over the last year and the cost of doing business is more expensive than it has ever been before. We see customers trying to fix-up the old bikes that have been in storage which helps the repair part of the business and also is money maker for the shop. The customers are finding it to be just as expensive to rebuild their old bike compared to the cost of a new bike.


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