Hi, should preface that this query may be journalism-related. 

But in the wake of those Cranks stores closing, I was wondering if there had been any other LBS locations that have closed recently?

Michael O'Reilly (Sydney Morning Herald)

(2017 update of title to "closed/opened" reflecting expanded topic of thread)

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There was one in Neutral Bay.

Two KOM (King of the Mountains) places closed, was it last year? One in Neutral Bay one in Crows Nest. 

Thats the joint I was thinking of

Their crows nest store did them in. They were a victim of their own growth.

What is more interesting is going to be the bike companies buying the shops... happening and more will happen.

Meaning, a marque like Specialized buying and operating a shop?

Or Giant or Trek... What we are seeing is a version of what happened in the automotive industry 10 years ago.

Didn't Atelier de Vélo get bought/re-possessed by their supplier?
You should speak to Israel at Bike Brain for another angle on this story. His shop originally didn't sell bikes, but was a bike mechanic shop with a few smal consumables for sale (tubes etc.). And now he is the on-the-ground agent for Wiggle, stocking a single item of their stock so people can touch it and smell it before they then order it through Wiggle and pick it up at his store.

It seems like a smart route through the whole LBS vs OBS thing.

Bike Brain are awesome. Only workshop I've come across where they lend you a courtesy bike, wish every shop did this!

Bike Brain have a for lease sign in the window of their shop.

Hopefully he's expanding and not disappearing! Lovely chaps there.


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