Quality agrees to buy Barnett Bicycle Institute from dealer association

By Steve Frothingham

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products has agreed to acquire Barnett Bicycle Institute from the National Bicycle Dealers Association for an undisclosed amount. John Barnett founded BBI in 1986; it was acquired by the NBDA in 2016.

QBP said it planned to update the BBI facility in Colorado Springs and has offered positions to the operation’s four employees, including general manager Jeff Donaldson.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring BBI and its professional staff into the QBP family,” said Rich Tauer, the president of QBP. “Education is central to what QBP offers our retailer and supplier partners. The purchase of BBI will complement and expand our comprehensive education platform in ways that will benefit our company and the bicycle industry.”

QBP already offers its U of Q online training program, its Frostbike retailer education event, a Service Summit and additional programs. For several years it has offered a women’s mechanic scholarship program, which sends scholarship winners to a weeklong class at Oregon’s United Bicycle Institute.

“We’re confident that by growing BBI and leveraging all of our education opportunities—as well as working alongside important industry partners like the United Bicycle Institute—we will elevate the value that specialty …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News