viernes, marzo 24, 2023

Business Ups & Downs: Look Mum No Arms & Machines for Freedom shut, Parlee bankrupt, MIPS declines, Eurobike surges, SRAM grows


Beginning off this Friday nonetheless fairly initially of the 12 months, it’s onerous to miss a little bit of a rollercoaster the Biking Business is on in the meanwhile. We’re nonetheless seeing loads of new product bulletins and plans to launch a brand new wave of latest street, gravel & mountain bikes. However on the similar time we see struggles for manufacturers massive and small. But, it’s not all doom & gloom, for instance, each Eurobike & SRAM are increasing.

Loopy instances.

Biking Business Ups & Downs

I’ll maintain this transient, because it’s actually only a smattering of stories bites which have swept throughout my desk within the final ten days or so. However in a time of worldwide financial uncertainty, I can’t actually ignore the ups & downs of my very own business, even when I’m usually reporting extra on technical gear than the businesses behind all of it. It’s in any case, the success of those corporations that retains me gainfully employed.

Look Mum No Arms shutters London cafe & workshop

Look Mum No Hands cafe bar bike workshop closes
c. Look Mum No Arms

The one which curiously gave the impression to be the tipping level for me was the shuttering of the Look Mum No Arms cafe in London. I feel actually I used to be there solely as soon as. Nevertheless it had been an establishment for greater than 12 years. And had been one of many earliest, and longest-running profitable examples of a mixed-function biking group store – a restaurant, a bar, and a motorcycle workshop wrapped up in a single. Like many others within the service business, the pandemic had been onerous on Look Mum No Arms, and so they needed to lock up for good. Right here’s hoping these behind the scenes will bounce again quickly. You’ll be able to maintain a watch out for them nonetheless by way of social media… fingers crossed.

Machines for Freedom calls it quits

Earlier in the beginning of the month, Specialised put an finish to their inclusive girls’s attire firm Machines for Freedom. Based by Jenn Kriske to assist break down limitations to entry that proceed to maintain many potential cyclists from getting on the bike, Machines for Freedom was all about making riders of all shapes & measurement comfy in efficiency biking gear. There are few corporations which can be so open about making a secure house for riders exterior of the comparatively slim fit-cyclist-assumption from entering into using bikes. Machines for Freedom was a kind of. And whereas it’s unlucky that they apparently weren’t worthwhile sufficient to proceed, they did construct a welcoming group. That hopefully will reside on, and we’ll attempt to maintain a watch out on social media for them, too.

Parlee recordsdata for chapter

We hope this isn’t by any means the top of Parlee. However reported on by business information web site Bicycle Retailer, Parlee Cycles submitting for Chapter 11 chapter safety is fairly troubling information from the premium customized carbon framebuilder that’s been round for greater than twenty years. Owing about twice as a lot as they’ve in belongings in the meanwhile, the bike maker will want a severe restructuring to make their enterprise sustainable once more.

Parlee believes that chapter safety ought to permit them to ship to present & future prospects, whereas they shore up environment friendly operation and settle their money owed. In response to Parlee COO Jamie Bradley, “There have been a confluence of things, from COVID-19, from provide chain challenges, to inflation pressures on the complete enterprise. And, so my view is, this isn’t one thing distinctive simply to our business. However I feel the biking business goes by means of loads of ache proper now. I might encourage everybody to remain constructive, to assist one another by means of what’s a difficult time.”

Fingers crossed for Parlee. We’ve been masking them for the reason that early days of Bikerumor, and hope to see many extra of their sparking bikes sooner or later.

MIPS claims a 50% decline in helmet demand on the finish of 2022

unit 1 faro mips add on

One other troubling tidbit from Bicycle Retailer this week was a narrative on decreased MIPS Safety gross sales final 12 months that highlighted a 50% This autumn 2022 decline in helmet gross sales on the finish of final 12 months. MIPS’s total annual gross sales didn’t sink almost to date, however their CEO Max Strandwitz cited, a “drastic slowdown within the bike sector within the second half of the 12 months” that had a “substantial damaging influence” on the model’s total gross sales. And helmets are a fairly core a part of biking, proper? If cyclists aren’t shopping for new MIPS helmets to journey safely, will they maintain shopping for new bikes and different gear that’s much less vital?

Mercury Wheels shutting down, too


One other little bit of unhappy business information, this one compounded not simply by the pandemic but in addition by the intense well being points. Mercury Wheels is shutting down, efficient subsequent week. So that is the final likelihood to get ahold of their wheels for street, gravel & cross bikes, as some significantly discounted costs. It’s actually a bummer for us to listen to this, and we want Chris all the very best.

Eurobike continues to broaden in Frankfurt

Eurobike 2022 Frankfurt mockup

On a extra upbeat be aware, the most important bike business tradeshow (and the final one standing), Eurobike introduced this week that they count on a full home this summer time after they return to a second 12 months at their new location in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. Citing 400 extra new exhibitors on prime of a profitable line-up final 12 months, the 2023 version of their present will broaden its show space this summer time to fulfill elevated demand for sales space house.

Explaining their development, Eurobike says, “The worldwide curiosity reveals that the bike and light-weight electromobility business is again on the street to normality and wishes a number one world commerce honest.” The e-mobility reference isn’t misplaced on us, as we do see extra development not solely in efficiency e-bikes, but in addition as ebike different transportation, a welcome pattern.

We’ll be there once more, and sit up for extra new tech to dig by means of and share.

SRAM expands in Taiwan

One final little bit of silver lining from Bicycle Retailer this week is information that SRAM is ramping as much as open one other, entirely-new 100,000m2 manufacturing facility in Taiwan subsequent 12 months. Slated to be nearly 1/3 bigger than their different 4 services in Taiwan – which we toured again in 2015 – this new Taichung manufacturing unit is supposed to spice up manufacturing effectivity to assist meet rising demand for biking elements, and prone to construct extra capability for SRAM‘s rising portfolio.


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