I've been riding road and off-road since 1989. I have a Trek 5200 OCLV road bike, Trek 8000 Mtn Bike, and a 2005 Cannondale Road Tandem ... and enjoy them all! I ride in our local wheelman club and on my own with friends about 175 miles a week in the heart of the season.
I am one of those born entrepreneurs ... if you know what I mean. I am a IT Manager by day and I own my own Web Design / Development business on the side and stay pretty busy during the winter months (too much time cycling during the regular riding season to be working on the side! ;0) )
I am interested in possibly becoming a reseller of bicycle equipment and accessories ... such as pumps, computers, seats, etc. I know these kinds of shops are a dime-a-dozen to most. However, as much as I love cycling ... I wouldn't mind starting a small ebay business and at least break even at first, if not make a very small profit. If it goes, well, I can then build my own site, etc.
My big question is ...
How do I become a reseller of bike equipment and accessories?
In other words, what is the appropriate process for contacting the manufacturers and requesting to be a dealer?
Does anyone on the forum have any experience with this?
I thought I'd throw out the inquiry here in case anyone has any insight. Hopefully, if you do have the insight ... you won't mind sharing the info ... given how large this industry is ... it won't negatively impact your business to share a little info.
Thanks for any assistance.