Shop name: Entity BMX shop Location: Poole UK Years in business: 7 years woop Best year yet: All the best, work in BMX Worst year yet: 2020 due to Covid
2020 has been, well, different. When did Covid-19 turn up and start influencing your business? Matt Nicklen: Lockdown started March in the U.K, it’s been a hell of a rollercoaster!
Did you take any action from the start or were you thinking this would be over in a few weeks? Matt Nicklen: We’re always ready for war! To start with I removed all the items I was drop shipping online as I thought everyone was gunna stop working and just uploaded the stock I was carrying in store.... turned out the industry didn’t stop so had to completely rebuild the site.
American BMX Company (ABC) is busy developing a ling of modern BMX components that will features the legendary Cook Bros. racing name. ABC recently acquired the rights to the brand name. The company announced earlier this year that it bought Race Inc. Quality BMX Products and acquired the rights to Bottema Forks, two more legendary BMX brands. Cook Bros. Racing, founded by brothers Gary and Craig in 1972, was an early player in the high-end world of BMX racing, making chromoly frames and forks and a range of CNC-machined components. Among the company’s innovations is the Uni stem, a predecessor to the threadless stems found on most bikes today. The brothers also produced mountain bike frames and components through the 1980s and into the 1990s. They sold Cook Bros. Racing in 1984.
“We are very excited about acquiring the rights to the Cook Bros. Racing brand. We already have a full line of Neo Retro and retro-mod components in development. We’ll offer handlebars, stems, seatclamps and other parts suitable for the retro crowd or even BMX racers looking for something unique for their modern race bikes,” said Marc Côté, the owner of Montreal-based ABC.
Among the products in development are Neo Retro products such as handlebars and stems in 22.2 and 31.8 diameters, seatclamps, headsets and cranks. ABC also plans to sell brake sets and hubs co-
American BMX Company (ABC) signed a long-term licensing agreement with Jeff Bottema, adding the iconic BMX fork brand Jeff Bottema Forks to its portfolio. ABC recently announced it bought Race Inc. Quality BMX Products, another legendary old school BMX brand. Bottema is a BMX racing legend whose career spanned the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. In 1979, he launched Jeff Bottema Forks with a heavy-duty fork design that featured thicker tubing and legs that extended about one inch below the dropouts. The look was unique, and the forks immediately found a place in the booming BMX market. Unfortunately, a series of relationships with shady business partners doomed the fork along with Bottema’s dream of having his own company.
When someone says influencer, today many think of social media and the individuals that promote products, lifestyles, and health and fitness. However there are other influencers, the ones that helped your growth, ones that have helped you become the person that you are today. Your friends, neighbors, even your family have a major impact on your life.
It's never good to hear a BMX company has to close their business. A company is started for the love of BMX and getting to be creative and make products that you and your riders think are the best possible products out there. On top of that getting to travel with friends to spots all over the place and film videos and create content is one of the bigger reasons to keep the brand going. At Mutiny they've now come to the point that the plug had to be pulled and all that's left are memories of the past 22 years. Find their official statement in the image.
Luckily they've got enough good videos to look at of stylish timeless riding. We would advise you to look up a few today.
Another BMX job is available. That makes it two warehouse jobs that need filling in one week. This one comes in from Blackout Distro in the USA. If that's closer to home for you I would definitely look into the possibility. BMX jobs don't come around every day.
SOURCE BMX PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION / LOGISTICS. We are looking for a warehouse team member at our new location in Neuss, Germany.
-Full time - 40 hours per week. -Hours 8:30am - 17:00. -You will work as part of a small warehouse team responsible for the process of getting goods in and despatching them to our customers. -Basic BMX knowledge is beneficial but not required -On site training will be provided. -Job opening. October 1st, 2020.
JOB DESCRIPTION –Warehouse Team Member Job Title: Warehouse Team Member. Hours: Full Time 40 Hours (Monday to Friday). 8.30 to 17.00 with a 30 minute lunch break. Location:Our European Warehouse in 41470 Neuss, Germany Pay: Dependent on Age and Experience. Overall Objective: To work as part of our small warehouse team to assist in the process of getting goods in and despatching them to customers. Role Overview: You will be an important part of a small successful team focusing on being the best and most famous BMX retailer in Europe. This is a role that would suit someone who has a strong work ethic and enjoys working as part of a team; sometimes under pressure.
American BMX Company (ABC), is excited to announce the acquisition of Race Inc. Quality BMX Products, from Chris Hancock. ABC will relaunch the brand with an eye on pushing the limits of BMX innovation and design. ABC, based in Montreal, is owned by Marc Côté, a businessman and entrepreneur with a background in robotic engineering, film and television VFX. Like many BMX company owners dating back to the sport’s beginning, Côté is the parent of kids who race BMX. He also raced in the 1980s, coincidentally, on a Race Inc. RA-7, which he still has.
“Life takes us all on a ride. But life’s many obligations can pull us away from our roots. My roots are in BMX. As a father, I had the pleasure of watching my boys riding, jumping and racing BMX bikes. Watching them ride, my own past came back to me,” Côté said.
“Being around BMX again reignited my passion and, more important, reminded me that my 10 years in BMX gave me more than fun. BMX fostered in me things I have carried into every aspect of my life—my