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TOP IBDs


High Street Wonders


You nominated, we listened and then put together a list of some of the best independent bike dealers in the business today. Read on for this year’s top 20 IBDs, compiled by BikeBiz…


FIRSTLY, AS is tradition, a caveat. Lists are contentious affairs, sure to provoke reaction from those pleased to be included in them, and anger from those that aren’t. Sometimes they only provoke indifference. In the end a list is usually formed by opinion, based on the facts available, but opinion all the same. But fear not, we’ve put some research into this. How so? Well firstly we asked you lot for your


opinion. And opinions are what we received. Retailers told us why their shop deserved a spot on a positive list like this one, and customers got involved too by nominating shops that they’d bought from, or who had been supported in their local cycle event. Some retailers, believe it or not, actually nominated rival retailers, which is perhaps an indication of why the cycle industry can seem like a tight-knit family sometimes.


Other indicators of greatness were gleaned from Mystery Shopper and, more importantly,


BIKEBIZ.COM


from distributors in the trade who deal with hundreds of independent retailers on a day-to- day basis. We also chatted to a journalist or two from the industry, who naturally have come across some excellent retailers over the year. Naturally they’re all going to remain nameless, but thanks to all those who participated as we couldn’t have done it without you. So, if we missed you off the list, we’re sorry,


but what we’re hoping this list is, above all else, is a celebration of independent bicycle dealers, praising some of the sector’s high fliers. If we provoke a bit of discussion along the way then so much the better. Thanks again to Cyclescheme, the largest and best known cycle to work provider in the UK, for getting behind this celebration of IBDs too. But enough preamble…who made the list this year? Turn the page to find out, in no particular order…


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This list is, above all else, a celebration of independent bicycle dealers, praising some of the sector’s high fliers.


>>> BIKEBIZ APRIL 21





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