UK cycle tech falls by a third, with bikes sales also struggling, says industry report

The cycle industry continues to face challenges, with tech in freefall and even ebikes lagging behind the rest of Europe

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The UK cycle industry has hit another new low, according to a Bicycle Association report published on Monday. 

The mid-year report shows a total market fall of 8 per cent compared to last year, with both mechanical and electric bikes affected. Sales of the latter especially impacted and lagging well behind the rest of Europe, despite potential for growth remaining.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.