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Latest Bicycle Industry Insurance & Risk Prevention Information

2015 Interbike Drawing Pre-Registration
Pre-register for Marsh & McLennan Agency's 2015 Interbike Giveaway - a $500 credit to QBP.
What Makes a Destination Trail System?
Copper Harbor is one of the best destination trail systems in the country for singletrack bicycling.Aug. 5, 2015--What is it that separates a few great local trails from a “destination trail system?” I was thinking about this while riding singletrack on the Makwa Trail near my home of Hayward, Wis.
Reducing Sponsorship Risk For Bike Shops
July 23, 2015--Many bike shops sponsor various kinds of events and some even sponsor athletes. While sponsorships can be effective for a bike retailer to promote and market itself, it can also present risks to the shop and the shop owner.
Unique Perspective Uncovers Trends in Bike Retailing Industry
There are many trends bike shop owners should watch including the growth of touring operations. (Image used under Creative Commons from Mike Juvrud - https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikejuvrud.)April 1, 2015--Many of these trends recently became more clear to me, so I wrote an email commenting on six of my observations. Interestingly, it struck a chord with at least a few, including Fred Clements, executive director of NBDA.
Protecting Your Bike Shop and Yourself When Hosting Events
Reducing liability to yourself and your retail bike shop is important when hosting shop events to protect yourself, your business and your employees.Feb. 13, 2015--Bike shop events can be a great marketing and branding opportunity for your business. But there are risks associated with this kind of activity, and you should take measures to limit your liability.
Retail Bicycle Industry Observations
Jan. 8, 2015--To get 2015 started, I thought I’d summarize some of the trends I’ve been seeing over the past year while working with retail bike shop owners across the country. Most of these revolve around differentiating and branding.
The Importance of Getting Out There
A picture of Scott Chapin's foot following his 2014 accident that brought him a renewed love of bicycling.July 31, 2014--Many of you don't know a lot about me, other than I like bicycling and that, professionally, I support the bicycle industry with tailored insurance programs. Well, here's a very personal post, so if you want to know me more, read on.
Differences Between the European e-Bike Marketplace and the Emerging US Market
May 13, 2014--I recently attended the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey, Calif. One of the more interesting seminars was titled “E-bikes: From Europe to America.” Here's an overview of what I learned.
IMBA Liability Insurance Program No Longer Available Through Marsh & McLennan Agency
Feb. 14, 2014--Marsh & McLennan Agency is no longer accepting applications for insurance coverage to member clubs, chapters and coaches under the IMBA liability insurance program.
Studying the Economic Impacts of Active Silent Sports Enthusiasts
Learn about the economic impact of bicycling and other silent sports in a recently-released study by the University of Wisconsin.January 20, 2014--A study I worked on with the University of Wisconsin called "The Economic Impacts of Active Silent Sports Enthusiasts: A Case Study from Northern Wisconsin" is now published.