In the bike industry, as in many others, distributors are often thought of as merely the "middle man" between suppliers and retailers. Technically, as a distributor we are in the middle, but we view our role as one that does more than merely moving products from manufacturers to IBDs.
We view our role as one that serves retailers, manufacturers, and ultimately, consumers. We do more than warehouse and ship products. We also add value for brands and IBDs alike by forming strategic partnerships with manufacturers to secure great deals on consumables and premium products. When we can offer great deals to our customers, they in turn can offer their customers more competitive pricing. And the work we do behind the scenes to promote emerging brands and products helps build both consumer awareness as well as market penetration.
That behind-the-scenes work presents the perfect opportunity for us to engage both manufacturers and IBDs in insightful conversations. As we prep for Interbike 2016, we realized we wanted to have these conversations more than just once a year in a crowded, too-brightly-lit convention hall.
Join us for our first episode, a frank and funny conversation between three leading ladies of the industry: Beverly Lucas, CEO of Knight Composites; Jude Gerace, owner of Portland's custom wheel building studio, Sugar Wheel Works; and Katie (bleep) Compton, 12-time National Cyclocross Champion and all-around bicycling badass.
We met up with Bev and Jude at Sugar Wheel Works, with Katie calling in from home to join the conversation. This podcast was recorded and edited by the Sprocket Podcast and produced by Cyclone Bicycle Supply, in August of 2016.
As of April 4, 2016 all Action operations are now part of the Cyclone Bicycle Supply system. If you have been a loyal customer of Action over the years, we’d like to welcome you. If you have not yet transferred your account, or been contacted by your rep (the same guys from Action are still here) to transfer your account, take this opportunity to do so, click here to complete your dealer agreement. We know it’s a pain, but we want to make sure you don’t get lost in the shuffle. We’re glad you’re here.
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We've got a lot going on in the near future. Action Bicycle USA, becomes Cyclone East in a couple weeks ( more on that later), and remember last month when we told you about our plans to move to a bigger, faster, stronger warehouse, after the first of the year? Well, those days are almost upon us. When we first started planning this, it seemed almost too far off to even imagine, but now it's here.
Today we announced the recent acquisition of Carlstadt, NJ based parts & accessories distributor, Action Bicycle USA!
In operation since 1988, Action’s product development success and commitment to service make a perfect complement to our ordering technologies and logistics network. Since opening our doors in 2003, we have grown steadily year on year, expanding our reach from the Pacific Northwest to the West Coast to Nationwide. The addition of Action’s dealer base, and its east coast distribution facility will solidify our coast to coast reach.
Cyclone Bicycle Supply has announced the addition of two new sales reps to its inside sales team.
In addition to the full line of Race Face Components, Cyclone Bicycle Supply is pleased to announce the arrival of Race Face Cycling apparel! Jackets, Hats, Hoodies, Jerseys, Safety Gear, we got ya' covered!