Increasingly accepted by the industry, independent mobile operators form group

By Stephen Frothingham

The IMBP group has more than 70 members and may form a trade association or co-op.

PLAISTOW, N.H. (BRAIN) — It’s been less than three years since David Ricker launched his mobile bike repair business in Southern New Hampshire, Pedalin’ Fools. But in that time, Ricker has seen the bike industry become increasingly accepting of mobile businesses.

“I understand that in previous history, mobile service providers were hobbyists, but we are all legitimate business people,” said Ricker, referring to the members of the Independent Mobile Bicycle Professionals, which is currently a closed Facebook group but whose members are planning to organize as a trade association soon. The Facebook group has 72 members, who are admitted after showing they are more than hobbyists, with business licenses and insurance.

Before going mobile, Ricker worked at and managed several stores in New England over the course of a nearly 20 year career in the bike industry. But when he launched Pedalin’ Fools, he found he was in a no man’s land of sorts.

“I was looking at places like The Bike Coop and the NBDA, and none of these entities would even consider talking to a mobile service provider,” Ricker told …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News