Are Bike Shops Going Extinct?

Every day the internet becomes more important in our lives. It is our research device, our shopping center and our advice column. We depend on it to show us what is new, relevant and available. We see what we like, and we can have it dropped at our front door in every color of the rainbow. We can even shop in our underwear, and no one is any wiser.

Have you thought about what is not online? The things that are sacrificed every time you click the mouse; we are talking about the IBD—the independent bicycle dealer—the one retail entity that we never considered being endangered. But in reality, the IBD has just appeared on the endangered species list.

Here are a few things that you will have to give up if local bike shops do indeed go extinct.

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