Commuter Bike Shop

1. What is a commuter bike shop?

High gas prices are likely here to stay, meaning the trend for more people biking to work, school, and for errands is likely to continue to increase.  In San Francisco, 40,000 people commute by bike to work every day.  More and more cities and towns are expanding their bike lanes and converting abandoned rails to bike trails.  Commuter bikes are comfortable, have fenders to protect riders from road spray during inclement weather, and have storage space like panniers for work stuff, school stuff, or fun stuff.  Your bike store can focus on these kinds of bikes, helping make it easy for people to learn to eco-commute.

The bicycle industry hit the $6 Billion dollar mark in the U.S. in 2008, including sales of bikes, accessories, and related service.  But this business may not just be about dollars and cents for you.  As Gary Holmes, an eco-entrepreneur who started a bike shop in a small town in Kansas said, “one satisfaction of the business is the knowledge that you’re providing your customers with non-polluting transportation.”

2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?

There are no formal educational or training requirements for this job.

3. How much money is required to start?

$$-$$$   (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

4. What is the income potential?

$$-$$$   (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

5. What is the best location for a commuter bike shop?

Urban (best), semi-urban (very good), suburbs (fair), rural (poor).

6.  The best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):

Do you LOVE to ride your bike?
Does your community have an active bicycle advocacy organization?
Does your community have a good network of bike lanes that will make adoption of bike commuting easier for many people?
Are you comfortable selling bicycles made in China or Vietnam, which are the most affordable, rather than ones made domestically, which have a much steeper price tag?

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Interested in starting one in your community? Where do you begin?  What permits do you need?  Who is your target customer?  How do you find them?  What is the best use of your limited advertising dollars?  What’s the best way to attract a great employee or volunteer?  What does an average day look like?  What strategic tips do veteran eco-entrepreneurs suggest for startups like you?

There’s a lot to think about.  Rest easy.  Our mission is to help you succeed, so drop us a line (Info@GreenBusinessVillage.com).  We’ll get you a business planning document to get you on your way for ONLY $299!  We also guarantee our work, so if you are not satisfied, you get your money back!*

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