The NBDA's America's Best Bike Shops program is designed to identify and reward bicycle stores in North America against the highest performance standards in the industry.
To be considered, a store representative (owner or manager) must apply by filling out a detailed application, as well as agreeing to be mystery shopped by an outside company. Applicants are awarded points based on the application and shopping results, with only the highest performers being selected.
Applicants must be independent bicycle stores with a physical store open to the public that sells bicycles, parts, accessories, and has a service department. 50% of a store's total sales must be related to bicycles, and be from a physical store location.
The on-line application asks shop owners to explain what sets them apart from the competition, how they develop customer loyalty, and what they are doing to make their corner of the globe more bicycle friendly.
This is a real honor for us at Champaign Cycle. It is a juried prize that is awarded on the basis of objective analysis by our peers in the retail bicycle business. It is based on the quality of our service, locations, and products; our business practices; our service to our community; and our support and advancement of cycling.
In this past year we have continued our work in the support of cycling that began in 1969. The efforts of Champaign Cycle and the individuals who work here this year alone include:
CCDC Board of Directors and member of the Kickapoo Rail Trail Committee which secured the purchase of the trail right-of-way.
Member of the Kickapoo Rail Trail fund raising committee.
Producing the Kickapoo Rail Trail Used Bike Sale, May 5, which earned $5,200 for trail cionstruction
Assisting with the River to Rail Tour, Sept.24, which will benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail.
Development and sponsorship of the Kickapoo Rail Trail Jersey.
The Museum Series Bike Tours
Sponsored the Prairie Cycle Club CUAP annual tour.
Sponsored the CCB local bicycle map
Sponsored the League of Illinois Bicyclists annual Illinois Bike Summit
Procured a Trek bicycle for auction to support the Illinois Bike Summit.
Leads the PCC Pedaling for Pleasure weekly ride for the 26th year.
Participating in Trek's program which donates $2 per Bontrager helmet sold to Bicycle Friendly Communities.
Participating in Trek's program which donates $10 per Trek dual suspension bike sold to IMBA.
Sponsored with Trek the Trail Care Week with the Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club which improved the off-road trails at Kickapoo SP.
Trail work co-ordinator for the KMBC who organized 8 work days this year.
Facilitated the donation of $1,100 in race prizes to the KMBC from our suppliers.
Producing the on-trail Salsa Bicycle Demo at Kickapoo on Oct. 13.
Produced the Trek Demo/Customer Appreciation Day.
Sponsoring the Illini 4000 as equipment sponsor.
Director of Team Development for the Illini 4000.
Produced the Cycling 101 seminar for women.
Produced mechanical training classes.
This has been a banner year for Champaign Cycle with the opening of our second location in Urbana, being recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists, and now being recognized as one of America's Best Bike Shops by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
We look forward to what the future will bring and pledge to continue in the practices which have earned us these awards.