General Interviews

It’s a bit like a pub with no beer. Walk into Abbotsford Cycles and you don’t see the usual rows of bicycles for sale. In fact, apart from a few specialist high end touring bikes, they don’t sell bikes at all.

UK based global mail order giant Wiggle has recently set up an Australian headquarters in Sydney. Their space is high in the north east corner of an office tower in upmarket Bondi Junction, with sweeping views of the city and Sydney Harbour.

One of the cycling world’s more traditional companies, founded in 1953, looks set for a shake up as the next generation of family ownership becomes more heavily involved.

Pat Cunnane has grown his bicycle business from $8 million to $107 million per year since 2001. He’s the President and part owner of Advanced Sports International, whose brands include Fuji, Breezer, SE, Kestral and Oval and whose Australian distributor is Oceania Bicycles.

Electra is far from the first bicycle company that Trek has bought over the years. LeMond, Klein, Gary Fisher, Rolf, and Bontrager also come to mind in what is possibly not an exhaustive list.

Avanti recently captured global media attention, thanks to a public relations coup. John Struthers, founder of Avanti, explained how events unfolded.

From now on, you won’t be able to buy a 2015 Avanti bicycle. Model years are being phased out over a range of brands that Sheppard Cycles directly owns including Avanti and Malvern Star.

Michael Howes is custodian of one of the worlds’ oldest bicycle brands, Malvern Star. As he explained, he’s very mindful of Malvern Star’s 111 year history and drawing upon this for inspiration for new models.

Chris Newman won’t be spending many nights at home for the rest of 2014. He’s planning to spend his time with AvantiPlus dealer across the country.

Bike industry veteran Drew Johnson has just become the Australian agent for a clothing brand that’s new to this market called ‘Cuore’ (pronounced ‘kwar-ay’) .

As we wrote about in Shop Talk in our May edition of Bicycling Trade, Sydney City Motorcycles has created a new division called Sydney City Cycles and recently launched their first bicycle store.

Ryan Bilszta has decided to go down the low price, high volume strategy of bicycle retailing. He’s importing container loads of bikes from Asia, made to his own Samson branding and specifications and selling them 12 hours a day, seven days a week through a ‘no frills’ store about three kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD.

Until about the 1980’s it was not uncommon for bike shops to not only sell bikes that were branded with their shop name, but to make at least some of those bikes in house.

Accomplished Australian cyclist and adventurer Kate Leeming want to answer this question. If she succeeds, she will be the first person, male or female, in the world to do so.

If this headline and article look familiar to you, that’s because we ran an abbreviated version in our Dec/Jan/Feb print edition of Bicycling Trade.