A Word from the Board of Directors: July

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Greetings, bike shop owners!

We hope that this summer is going well for you. It’s been a weird year in so many ways—weather being just example of that. We’ve been hard at work streamlining our operations, strengthening our industry partnerships, and preparing for Interbike in Reno!

First, a quick update on the America’s Best Bike Shops program. There were close to 200 applicants this year. The review and assessment process, which includes the grading of the online applications and Secret Shopper visits, is underway. We’re glad to continue to celebrate the best and brightest in the biz.

In education news, Barnett Bicycle Institute has launched its first e-bike training session. It is a three-and-a-half day course that covers a wide range of topics including classification, workshop setup and safety, electronics fundamentals, systems overviews, and hands-on practice for Bosch and STEPS systems.It’s designed to remove as many barriers to success as possible, so that shops can start to capture what’s proving to be a growing revenue stream. The next course is scheduled for November.

BPSA’s board also voted to commit $10,000 towards the creation of a video-based e-bike training program in conjunction with NBDA and BBI, entitled Setting Up Your Shop for E-Bike Success. “Retailers need great tools to help them embrace e-bikes without hesitation,” said NBDA Chair Brandee Lepak, owner of Global Bikes. “We understand there is a learning curve with e-bike technology and we are committed to helping retailers become as seamlessly proficient as they are with all the products they sell.”

Finally, Interbike. There’s so much new for 2018, it’s looking like a real refresh for the industry tradeshow—with its relocation to Reno being the most obvious. “I’m pretty relieved to leave Las Vegas,” said NBDA board member Kelli Kavanaugh, owner of Wheelhouse Detroit. “Being stuck inside a behemoth casino and convention center for several days was not exactly inspiring. My staff and I are looking forward to spending some time outdoors, even if it’s just commuting by bike between the hotel and the show floor. We’re excited to experience what Reno has to offer!” 

Check out the website to register and find hotel options with a wide range of price points and amenities. All are offering shuttle service, if you’re not up for that daily bike commute. We’re all looking forward to gaining knowledge and getting inspired for the future of our changing industry!

Onward,
The NBDA Board of Directors
July 2018