Local bike shops report record sales

Corridori Cycle Sport shop

The traditional local bike shop is alive and kicking this winter, bucking the trend of declining high street sales amidst the onslaught of online competition and economic austerity.

Many bike shops have recorded equal or better sales over the festive period compared to previous years, despite reports this week highlighting tough trading conditions for many high street retailers in the run up to Christmas and in the post-Christmas sales. Figures from accountancy firm BDO showed a 2.2 per cent drop in general high street retail in December 2013 compared to 2012.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.