Cycling Industry Guide


Here you will find sources of information such as market research (statistics, trends, developments), key companies, trade magazines, newsletters, and Internet sources.

This guide will be useful to anyone starting a business within the cycling industry and also for those wanting to further their knowledge within this area.

Start-Up Information

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accessible via electronic databases
The Cobra database contains practical fact-sheets on all aspects of starting, running and managing a small business – including information on writing business plans, marketing, company structures etc.

It also covers the practical aspects of how to start and run particular types of businesses – outlining necessary skills, regulations, licences and legislation etc. and highlights other sources of information and advice available.

Business Opportunity Profiles (BOP) 

Bike Shop BOP196 
Outdoor Activity Centre BOP174 
Outdoor Equipment Retailer BOP543 
Sports Shop BOP317 
Country Sports Retailer BOP569 
Courier Service BOP017 

Mini Business Opportunity Profiles (MBP)

Bike and Watersports Equipment Hire  MBP373 
Outdoor and Extreme Sports Instructor  MBP422 
Pedicab Service  MBP195 

Market Research & Statistics 

If you are planning on starting a business you will need to be aware of the latest trends, developments and opportunities within your industry which can all be found from market research.

Market research also covers market size and forecasts, consumer demographics and attitudes, the key players and products and will often include SWOT and PEST analysis showing areas of strength, weakness, opportunities etc. 

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  • Bicycle and Bicycle Part Market in United Kingdom to 2022 (Global Research & DataServices)
  • Global Electric Bikes Market, 2018-2025 (Allied Market Research)
  • Global E-bike Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024) (Mordor Global Reports)

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  • Europe; Technology Innovation Award - Electric Bikes and Charging - Sep 2019
  • European Bike Sharing Market, Forecast to 2025 - Nov 2016
  • Cycling for a Greener Tomorrow - Public bike sharing experiences rapid growth as a part of sustainable mobility drive around the globe - Dec 2016

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  • Global Trends in Sports Retailing - Jul 2019 This hot topic report offers comprehensive insight into trends in sports retailing across the globe. It covers key trends in sports retailing and various strategies followed by retailers. It also lists the leading sports retailers, their sales, store count and sales per store.
  • The UK sports market 2017 – 2022 A comprehensive overview of sports retailing in the UK, including bicycles.

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  • Sporting and Outdoor Equipment Retailers in the UK Covers a broad range of sports sectors in the UK, including cycling among other popular general fitness sports.

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  • Bicycles - UK - Mar 2017
  • Bicycle Accessories - UK - Jun 2015
  • Cycling - UK - Mar 2019
  • Special Interest Holidays - UK - Apr 2019
  • Sports & Outdoor Fashion - UK - Dec 2018
  • Sports Participation - UK - Oct 2019

Please note that many articles about the digital communications industry (from business journals and newspapers) are available from our electronic sources: Factiva, Business Source Complete (EBSCO), eMarketer and EMIS. 

Also, contact details and individual reports of companies in the digital communications industry are available from our electronic sources: Fame, Orbis, Market IQ. 

Business News & Journals

In order to find the latest news on your topic it is always worth searching Factiva, Business Source Complete and EMIS.

You will find articles from specialist business and academic journals, as well as newspapers and magazines. You may also find market research reports and case studies. As well as profiles of leading industry figures.

You will also find articles covering recent developments, and predicting future trends in your industry.

Trade Magazines and Newsletters

Useful for gaining inside knowledge, recent trends, industry news, company profiles, reviews of new products and services. Some contain annual reviews and company contact lists. Some may need to be ordered via Explore the British Library (please ask for help).

BicycleBusiness (Intent Media) [General Reference Collection ZK.9.b.16945]
Monthly, contains news and articles on new products and developments within the bicycle industry. 

Bicycling (H.M. Leete & Co) [(P) VK 36 - E(4)]
The world's leading cycling magazine connecting with millions of active, affluent professionals for whom cycling is the centrepiece of a vibrant, experiential lifestyle. 

Cycle (James Pembroke Publishing, on behalf of CTC) [General Reference Collection REG2095]
Reaching nearly 70,000 members Cycling UK's Cycle magazine has the highest circulation of any cycling publication in the United Kingdom. 

Cyclist (Dennis Publishing) [General Reference Collection ZK.9.b.32254] Dedicated solely to road cycling, it is the very first magazine of its kind; performance advice from top experts and in-depth articles with breath-taking imagery from the sport’s best photographers.

Cyclist OffRoad (Dennis Publishing) [General Reference Collection ZK.9.b.36876] Why stop where the tarmac ends? Cyclist Off-Road is our brand new magazine for gravel and adventure riding. Just like Cyclist it’s a premium magazine.  

Cycling Weekly
(IPC Media) [General Reference Collection REG2096] News, race reportage, fitness advice, product reviews and inspirational features.  

Mountain Biking UK
(Immediate Media) [General Reference Collection ZK.9.b.3807] Celebrates everything that is great about mountain biking, enabling people of all abilities and ages to have a better time on their bike; latest news, coolest kit, plus exclusive info on the newest and best bikes.

Singletrack (Gofar Enterprises) [General Reference Collection ZK.9.b.20178] UK-based mountain biking magazine aimed at more mature mountain bikers.  


Contain lists of companies and industry contacts.

BikeBiz directory: the essential guide to retailers, suppliers and services within the cycle trade (NewBay Media, 2019) [(B) DIR 381.45629227202541 BUS]
Directory of retailers, suppliers and services within the cycle trade in the UK. Includes distribution and wholesale; e-commerce and EPOs; event organisers, hosting, holiday and hire; manufacturers; marketing, PR and consultancy; media and publishing; organisations, charities and associations; retailers, workshops and mail order; services and training; events.

Internet Sources

Websites containing free sources of industry statistics, information and contacts.

Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)

Operates a licensing scheme in the UK ensuring that activity providers follow good safety management practices. 

Association of Cycle Traders (ACT)

A trade body representing independent cycle retailers in the UK. It produces industry updates and provides business support services for its members, who are listed on the Cycling Experts website.   

Bicycle Association

The national body representing the bicycle industry in the UK; membership is open to bicycle manufacturers; manufacturers of bicycle accessories and components; distributors and wholesalers.

British Activity Providers Association (BAPA)

A trade association for private sector providers of activity holidays and courses in the UK. 

British Cycling

The national governing body for cycle racing in Great Britain, formerly known as the British Cycling Federation; represens Britain at the world body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).   

British Independent Retailers Association (bira)

Representing independent businesses. We’re proud to represent thousands of members across the UK, from single retail outlets to small chains, to large department stores and agricultural dealerships.

Cycling UK

We are the national cycling charity. Our mission is to enable millions more people to cycle. Formerly known as the CTC, Cycling UK has championed cycling for more than 140 years. As well as supporting our members, we also play a prominent campaigning role, fighting to defend cyclists’ rights for safer roads, better infrastructure and legal protection. 

Department of Transport: Walking and cycling statistics

Presents results relating to walking and cycling prevalence at local authority level in the UK. 

Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)

Encourages outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision.   

Sporting Goods Industry Association (SGIA)

Represents manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of sporting goods in the UK. Brings together the power of the sports brands across many elements of sport.  

The Cycle Show

An annual show for the cycling trade and cycling enthusiasts, featuring seminars, performances etc. 

The London Bike Show

An annual trade and consumer show for the cycling industry, providing opportunities to view and test the latest bikes and technology and to network with suppliers and cyclists.   

Road Cycling UK

Expert road cycling reviews along with the latest road bike news, features and advice. Find rides & events, training articles and participate in our forums. 

Please note that every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however some recently acquired items may since have been added to the collection. Please ask for help at the enquiry desk or check the online catalogue Explore the British Library for more details.

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