There was a time in my life when all I wanted was to be on the radio. I made that happen at a pretty young age. By my sophomore year of college I had an actual job at an actual radio station. It was small town AM radio, but I was doing it (and getting paid which made me a bit of unicorn among my peers).
I ultimately decided to not pursue radio as a career, but sometime in the mid 90’s I discovered podcasting. It was the very early stages of the medium, but I saw potential. I sat on the sidelines for years thinking that podcasting was something I would like to do. Well, I’ve made the commitment and I’m going to give it a go.
The program will be discussions with people that I find interesting. There will, for obvious reasons, be a strong bicycle component but it will not be the sole focus.
Even though this is a brand new endeavor I hope it sparks constructive conversation, and suggestions. Links will be posted in the space as the episodes are finished.
I can’t help but contemplate the ever changing face of retail. It’s how I’ve made my living for most of my adult life. That said, I have a question for those of you out there that ride bikes (bicycles).
Do you shop at locally owned bike shops?
If so, are you “loyal” to one, or do you shop several? (assuming you have more than one to choose from.)
Is there anything you would change about the store/stores? This would include products or experiences.
You can leave your answers in the comments. I thank you for taking the time to help me with this.
It’s no great revelation that the internet has caused disruption in the world of retail. The bike business (my business) wasn’t the first, and it will not be the last.
People have, in their pockets, more information than has ever been available. The issue, as I see it, is that this information is often times being mistaken for knowledge.
In the U.S. we are losing an average of 1 bicycle shop every two days.
When the dust settles, I wonder what my business is going to look like.
*Further reading if you’re interested.