Local bike shops and other local businesses can make a big difference in supporting a vibrant community. We know there are other ways to get the gear and parts you need. This is not a problem that is unique to the bicycle industry and it isn’t going to change. It’s possible to support local businesses and it can help keep money in northern Michigan.
What is a small business?
What is small? What is small? Although small businesses or local businesses may be defined in different ways by different people, there is one box that can be used to identify these companies. It varies by industry. A small retail business is one that generates less than £5 million annually. These businesses typically employ fewer than 150 people, while the national average has only 10 full-time employees.
Your community is a better place to shop, so more of your money stays there. One study found that 48% of all purchases stay in the community, as opposed to 14% for corporate-owned shops.
There are many ways to support your local bike shop, no matter where you live.
We support all local bike shops, even those that aren’t owned by us. Bike and Spanner bike shop Edinburgh, just like many small businesses, is competing with other local shops (literally). We don’t like online retailers who can buy parts and bikes at a lower cost and then sell them at that price. Sometimes, even below the Minimum Advertised price (MAP), which we have agreed to adhere to in our agreements with distributors.
There are many ways you can support your local bike shop and other locally-owned businesses. These are just a few.
1. Give us a chance. Do you need something? Send it to us It is possible that we have it in stock, or can get it there as quickly as Bezos. We strive to provide excellent communication and work with you to source anything you need, even when there are supply chain issues in the cycling industry.
2. Let us wrench. Let a professional bike technician handle your repairs. Your local bike shop is equipped to handle repairs, from a complete tune-up to wheel build to suspension service. We can also check compatibility and make recommendations that will improve your ride, and save you money over the long-term.
3. Snacks. You might consider buying nutrition products you use frequently from a local shop. These items, such as Fizz and gels, are great for bike shops. They also give you an excuse to stop by and say hi!
4. Gift cards are a great way to get started. Gift cards are a great way to attract someone to cycling and get them connected with local shops.
5. Share and Like. Social media can be an extremely powerful tool. Make sure you Like, Share, and Follow their posts. Tag local bike shops whenever you visit them or use their bikes. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram as well as Twitter.
6. Subscribe to their newsletter. Newsletters are a great way for you to learn about shop rides, upcoming events and local advocacy issues. We also have one.
Local matters. Let’s all make an effort.
We are your bicycle shop. But, more importantly, we want every cyclist to support small businesses and non-profits that serve the cycling community. Contact us to get expert advice and great products for all your cycling needs. We look forward to seeing you on two wheels.
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