This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
OFF TRACK Send your pictures to • beards of the month unveiled • tour to run from scotland to english riviera Beards of the month

WE WON’T lie, we’ve been planning this for some time. Having mentioned months ago about designing a feature to take advantage of a naturally beard-rich industry like the bicycle trade, we tentatively mentioned a ‘beard of the month’ competition on Twitter. Fears of a lack of interest proved misplaced, and the bike trade has done us proud by responding to our request for pictures of hirstute bike industry folk. Ever quick to move with the times, it was

Colin (right), Stephen Cromwell (left) and Bill Pollard (above), all sporting fine beards

an American who got in first. Colin (right, with glasses), from the service department of Washington DC-set Spokes, sent us this pic of his mighty beard, no doubt providing some needed warmth in the East Coast winter. Blighty also came up trumps with these

efforts from Bill Pollard (aka @TheBasketeer, top) stylishly holding his bike aloft like a modern day Samson, while distributors also got in on the action, with Fisher Outdoor Leisure’s own Stephen Cromwell (left) sending us his beard pic, while also getting some surrepticious branding in too, via a Troy Lee tee. Bravo sir. Once you’re done gazing at the majesty of these beardy efforts, why not send in a pic of your own effort? If we get enough entries (and this is a fairly mighty if) then maybe we could have a ‘best industry beard of the year’ title? Over to you…

Sponsored by the brands of Moore Large 01332 274252

“The UK retail sector is experiencing a transformation as far- reaching as the move from silent film to sound. “Retailers need to

respond to the changes in technology and customer behaviour. We are living through the biggest transformation the retail sector has ever seen. The good news is that there is potential to turn this challenge into an opportunity. “Product pricing is also very

important. The web means there is

complete transparency and customers can easily find the best offer. We are creating extra value through the design and direct sourcing of our own or exclusive brands. “Retailing has always been about understanding the customer so we need to adapt fast to the way they are now shopping. Retailing is not going to return to how

it used to be, this is a new reality.” Halfords Group CEO David Wild, speaking at a Javelin Conference on ‘The Future of Retail’, at the start of March.

“People across the UK are struggling with petrol prices – and most have no choice about how to get around with major bus service cuts and eye-watering train fare rises.

“But cutting fuel duty is a quick fix that won’t give us choice, keep us moving in the long run or help the quarter of Brits who can’t afford to run a car. “The Chancellor should stick with the

rise, but spend the cash on improving public transport, especially in rural areas, and on making walking and

cycling safer in our cities. Oil is running out and is only going to get more expensive – we need to make sure we build a transport system that keeps us moving when it’s all gone.” Sustrans’ chief

executive Malcolm Shepherd urging the Chancellor to stick with a rise in

fuel duty, but to spend the extra cash on sustainable transport, March 7th.

In the event, Osborne did implement the tax rise for fuel on March 21st

For more on these stories, head to BIKEBIZ.COM BIKEBIZ APRIL 77



Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80