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Innovations Threaten the Neighborhood Bike Shop | NY Times

Sean Sweeney opened the door to the refurbished 1839 barn behind his home in Wayne, Pa., outside of Philadelphia. Inside, one bicycle after another hung from hooks screwed into a beefy ceiling beam: Mr. Sweeney’s triathlon bike, road bike and two mountain bikes dangled alongside four bikes belonging to his wife and one of his three daughters. Mr. Sweeney races often, and the whole family competes in triathlons. The 59-year-old Mr. Sweeney, a strategic adviser for the Tokio Marine insurance companies, always hated hauling the bikes to a local shop to be tuned up and repaired. “I have to carry that big thing right there,” he said, gesturing toward a bicycle rack for his car. “I have to load it;… Read More

velofix Minnesota Signs Largest US Franchise Deal to Date

Beginning in December, Minnesota cyclists and skiers will have a more convenient option for bike sales, repair and service along with ski tuning through velofix Mobile Bike Shop – the only mobile bike and ski service in the state. velofix’s unique, on-location service is is powered by a proprietary route-optimized booking software, enabling a local customer to schedule an appointment at a time and location of their choosing. Each fully equipped Mobile Bike Shop is managed by a professionally-trained technician, and equipped to handle every level of service for bike repair and ski tuning. From complete builds & delivery for bikes ordered online via velofix DIRECT to bike fitting, stationary trainer installation, and even ski waxing, each Minnesota… Read More

velofix Closes 2016 with Record Growth

North America’s largest fleet of Mobile Bike Shops rises to meet growing demand and has its best year ever velofix, North America’s largest fleet of Mobile Bike Shops rose to meet the rapidly increasing demand for the speed and convenience of mobile bike service by closing out 2016 with its strongest year to date. velofix’s best year ever saw 300% year-over-year revenue growth, the launching of the velofix DIRECT complete bike sales program, and the establishment of key distribution partnerships with premium component manufacturers like Shimano, SRAM and FSA. Backed by a brand new website and powered by a proprietary route-optimized booking service, the leading Mobile Bike Shop platform also added 44 more Mobile Shops in 2016, bringing its coverage total to 89 franchise territories, and cementing its… Read More

We’ve Partnered with Endurance Nation

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Endurance Nation (EN)! EN is the world’s largest and fastest online triathlon team. 3x Ironman Global Championship winners. Official Coaching Program of Revolution3 Triathlon and Trisports.com. Endurance Nation seeks to educate athletes on how to execute triathlons. Through their team coaching method, they are able to successfully help thousands of athletes a year execute triathlons like the elite! With their proven FirstTimeFinish™ Guarantee for members that states; train with EN for a minimum of 3 months for your first iron distance race with EN (whether it is your 20th or 1st ever) and if for any reason you do not cross the finish line, Endurance Nation will pay you cash for the registration of your next iron distance… Read More

velofix Eyeing Global Rollout

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile bike repair franchiser velofix has hired Ward Grootjans, a former Canyon Bicycles executive who will focus on velofix’s global growth. Grootjans, who joins velofix as vice president of global business development, will be based in the Netherlands. At Canyon, he mainly focused on international business development and sales. velofix currently has more than 50 franchises operations in North America. Grootjans will focus on global rollout and on building velofix DIRECT, a direct-to-consumer bicycle delivery and assembly program for bicycle brands. “The last five years I was part of revolutionizing the bike industry by building a global bike brand that sells direct-to-consumer,” said Grootjans. “To be a leading brand in the bike industry it’s necessary to be truly customer focused. I learned about velofix… Read More