How millennials have put a spoke in the wheels of Britain’s bicycle shops.

Discussion in 'News and Current Affairs' started by NorthernDave, 12 Jan 2019.

  1. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Last edited: 12 Jan 2019
  2. lane

    lane Über Member

    Retail sector in general that is struggling not just bike shops. Companies that want to operate locally need to find a service or product people want to buy. Some have done so successfully. Try competing head on with wiggle or amazon there will be only one outcome.
  3. lane

    lane Über Member

    I was recently re reading a book published in the 1990s which references all the bike shops that had closed so maybe not a totally new phenomenon either.
  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Everything is the fault of millenials. They dont vote, dont shop, dont do whatever. Let's blame them!
  5. Phil Fouracre

    Phil Fouracre Senior Member

    Gotta blame someone!! Wish I did know what the answer was, but, I hate to say it, every lbs I’ve ever used was absolutely bloody useless.
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  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    It isn't just cycling. Model and hobby shops, toy shops, record stores and book shops have all reduced their numbers dramatically. It isn't good and it isn't bad, but since time began technology has changed the way we live and do business. We notice it more now because the speed of progress is so much faster that it used to be.
  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

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    Millennials are hardly youngsters these days. Wonder what the next generation after them think? Millennials are suffering from a long gap where kids did not cycle as a normal day to day activity. Too many grew up thinking car journeys for short distances should be the norm.
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  8. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Young people like to be "Cool". Cycling is not cool because middle aged people have taken it up in droves.
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  9. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

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    Cool is a middle aged word, not a word they use. Millennials are no longer young, they are a kind of "inbetweeners' generation.
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  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    The oldest of them are only 19. The last thing I wanted to be when I was eighteen was like my old man.
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  11. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

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    Depends on your definition. My understanding is that millenials are people who became adult around the Millenium.
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  12. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    The millennials generation started in 1980, they’re the renamed Generation Y no?

    In their 20s to mid 30s now
  13. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    That’s bollock5

    The millennials shopped in places and outlets they were presented with.

    Ben Hayward (whom I bought 3 bikes through) came to being when the world toddled along to a shop. The founder was Victorian by era. Wiggle et al was founded by blokes who went to school in the 1960/70’s.

    It was the generation of the average cyclechat user that set up the undercutting online retailer that killed the Victorian bike shop.

    It’s just evolution, but don’t blame the millennials.
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  14. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    I'm a "baby boomer" and I support the local bike shops. Bought a pair of brake blocks from our LBS 12 years ago.
  15. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    I've extracted the important bit from the article.....

    Many bike shops are now focusing on servicing bikes and building them from parts bought online – Brixton Cycles charges £130 to construct a full bike – rather than relying on sales. “We’ve just reduced our shopfloor size to increase the workshop – it’s nearly twice the size now,”

    I would never buy a bike from a LBS, I buy them from Sports supermarkets like Decathlon. I would only buy components if I couldn't get them online. That's the reality of retailing for a lot of customers and LBS have to accept that and adapt. LBS have to sell things that can't be bought online
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