Editor’s note: A version of this article appeared in the April 1 edition of BRAIN.
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — It’s a frequent, obvious, and frustrating question from anyone trying to get a handle on our industry: “Just how many bike shops are there in the U.S.? And how fast is that number shrinking?”
Our answer to the first depends on how you define “bike shop.” But no matter your definition, the number is almost certainly larger than those that many industry pundits have been tossing around in recent years.
And our answer to the second question is … no one’s really sure how fast the number is shrinking — there’s even some evidence the number is going the other way.
And our third response, to a question that wasn’t posed, is: “You really ought to talk to Christopher Georger.”
Georger is an industry veteran (in fact, a third-generation industry veteran) who has made it his mission to put together the most definitive and useful list of U.S. retailers. Based in upstate New York, he has worked quietly for decades on projects for most of the major bike brands in the country.
Now, for the first time, he’s making a list more widely available for sale …read more