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Bike market at ‘tipping point’

Although chain stores such as Costco, REI and Wal-Mart sell more bicycles than independent retailers, small locally owned stores have a larger market share when measured by sales dollars. Continue Reading Bike market at ‘tipping point’

For several years, Colorado Springs resident Tim Chase had been looking at Manitou Springs, largely a tourism business market, as a potential spot for an enterprise. He just didn’t know what type of business might fit in among the rows and rows of boutiques and restaurants. He has owned several businesses, worked as a business consultant and… Continue Reading Retail roundup: Entrepreneur finds rare Manitou market niche in bike shop

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Thanks to the Olympic Training Center and the presence of cycling’s national governing body, USA Cycling, the Springs has long hosted elite cyclists. But just as NASCAR drivers don’t buy their race cars from local auto dealers, elite riders rarely patronize local bike shops. “They’re actually more of a pain than anything else,” said Kay… Continue Reading Cycle shops not just for the elite

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Bucking the transportation trend

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As we’re reminded daily, times are tough in the automobile industry.

Sales are down, dealerships are closing, both Chrysler and General Motors are passing through government-mediated bankruptcies, and even mighty Toyota has suffered its first yearly loss.

But maybe auto dealers are just selling the wrong kind of vehicle. Continue Reading Bucking the transportation trend

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