How’s Business? – June 2024

Street view of bicycle shop

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by our sponsor Dirt Works Australia, where right now, you can get Sunringle wheelsets for HALF PRICE. We’re getting into winter weather in most of Australia now, which is usually the toughest time for our industry. For this month’s follow up question we asked, “Do you sell cycling…

How’s Business? – May 2024

Wagga Cycle Centre shopfront

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by our sponsor Dirt Works Australia, where right now, you can get Sunringle wheelsets for HALF PRICE. As always, we spoke to a wide range of dealers across Australia and New Zealand, with a mix of city and country locations and a wide range of store types. With…

How’s Business? – April 2024

Bicycle store shopfront

Welcome to How’s Business brought to you by our new sponsor, Dirt Works, where right now if you buy an eeSILK stem you can get a free eeSILK seatpost (conditions apply). In summary, this month’s respondents painted an overall picture of a tough market for bike sales, but repairs still going fairly well, as many…

How’s Business? – March 2024

Street view of Bike shop

Welcome to our monthly chat with bike shop owners across Australia and New Zealand. Firstly we’d like to thank Bikecorp, Australian distributor of Knog, for sponsoring our How’s Business column for the previous six months! This booking has run its course, so if you’re a wholesaler reading this that would like to sponsor our most…

How’s Business? – February 2024

Street view of bicycle store.

Welcome to our monthly conversation with bicycle dealers. As always, we phoned dealers from across Australia and one from New Zealand and simply asked, “How’s business?” For this month’s follow up question we asked, “How were your Christmas sales compared to previous years, particularly for kids’ bikes?” Phil Lockwood from Cycle2 in Launceston, Tasmania said:…

How’s Business – December 2023

Rural shopfront with bicycles parked at the front

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by Knog – Australian designed and lighting up the world. With Christmas approaching, for this month’s follow-up question I asked, “What do you think the Christmas holidays and summer season will be like for you and your store?” In keeping with this holiday theme, I spoke to a…

How’s Business – November 2023

Exterior of bicycle store

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by Knog – Australian designed and lighting up the world. I’ve recently been hearing about multiple stores, spread across three different States and Territories, where senior bicycle mechanics or workshop managers are being offered or already being paid salaries in the vicinity of $90,000. This is higher than…

How’s Business – October 2023

Bike Culture Belconnen store exterior

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by Knog – Australian designed and lighting up the world. Even though it’s one of the first things dealers talk to me about, it has been six months since we last specifically asked our How’s Business participants about the ‘d’ word … discounting. So for this month’s follow-up…

How’s Business – September 2023

Bike store in a small rural town

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by Knog – Australian designed and lighting up the world. Every month after asking “How’s Business?” we also ask a follow-up question. This month we asked: “Do you consider your workshop to be a profit centre in its own right, or a just a cost that you have…

How’s Business – August 2023

Graham Seers Cyclery Shopfront

Welcome to How’s Business, brought to you by Knog – Australian designed and lighting up the world. With stock levels and discounting still a frequent topic of conversation in the bike trade, for this month’s follow up question we asked, “How does your current number of bicycles in stock compare with where you’d like it…