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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:57 pm 
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i've been contemplating the idea of a spanner-only shop near to the major office complexes in town, with the objective of turning people's bikes around while they are in work...


this would work in the right area. a small stock of consumables & smaller items... tubes, tyres, grips, saddles, brake pads, pumps, helmets etc and more expensive kit bought in to order such as brake sets, shifters & mechs.

the only potential downside with a shop like this would be that you would have to be open for 7.30 / 8 ish in the morning and potentially not finish until 6.30 / 7.00 in the evening depending on the travel times of the local workforce.

there must be a big demand for those who commute to be able to drop their bike off close to work, get those new tyres fitted or wheels re-trued then pick it up on their lunch hour / when they finish. the expansion to include new & second hand sales, rentals & custom build options could make it viable with an online side to the sales as well.


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The problem with being mobile some of the distributors, ExtraUK, Fishers, Madision, RJ Chickens, Moorelarge won't want to talk to you. Some will though.

The thing with setting up a business it will take two years or so before it pays you anything or so I have heard. Mine is just covering costs. I make my income doing supply teacher as I am a qualified teacher.


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A spanner only shop in near to where people commute is a good model I think. Well worth exploring if you can get the unit rent low enough. You will still blow a few grand on stock though and you always need a bit more than tyres, tube and a few consumables as most bikes I see that are used for commuting are pretty worn out.


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cce wrote:
i've been contemplating the idea of a spanner-only shop near to the major office complexes in town, with the objective of turning people's bikes around while they are in work...


Evans are doing a similar thing right next to Brum train station, with a parking facility


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Evans are doing a similar thing right next to Brum train station, with a parking facility


Is that a new Store? Or the Temple Street one?...With the likes of Evans & their buying power, a one man band just couldn't compete on financial outlay or have the Contacts or discounts on offer within the Industry to compete with the chains...

Although I read the Industry Polls on Bike Biz & Mechanics claimed a high percentage of the shop's annual turnover...

I know of a shop in Brum who folded & they were right in the City...don't have an answer, but from what I've seen on the net the best independent companies are Marketing the Hell out of the business & turning it into a community hub ('scuse the pun) not just a shop fronted business...Like 'Look Mum No Hands'... etc


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it's directly opp. one of the exits from New Street station, down the road form the other Evans

EDIT, my bad - it's opp. main station in LEEDS :oops: :lol:

I visit Leeds and Birmingham quite often and got them mixed up, fool


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:lol: :lol:
Quick Tip...It's all in the accent which Town you're in...I don't go into Brum, so hadn't seen the shop even if it was there...


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