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Bicycle Garage Indy Receives Two Major Honors:

Nominated as Retailer of the Year for 2014 and Named One of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2014

Indianapolis Mayor and Indianapolis Cultural Trail also Nominated for National Awards

September 3, 2014 – Bicycle Garage Indy was recently honored to be one of five bicycle retailers nominated for 2014 Retailer of the Year from Interbike, the bicycle industry’s national trade show for the U.S. and Canada. Also nominated for awards at Interbike are Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard for Leadership Award and Indianapolis Cultural Trail for PlacesforBikes Award.

“Given there are about 4,500 bicycle retailers in the US, we’re honored to be held in such high esteem by our industry and are thrilled to see three Interbike award nominations for the Indianapolis area – that may be a first!” states Randall Clark, CEO of Bicycle Garage Indy.

2014 Retailer of the Year Award recognizes the specialty retailer that’s having a noteworthy year in terms of sales, store remodel or expansion, and increased local market presence. This shop sets an industry standard for overall retail experience. All nominees and winners to be determined by open industry online ballot and vetted by BRAIN editorial staff.  Final awards will be given at the Interbike Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in Las Vegas.

In addition, Bicycle Garage Indy has recently been honored by the National Bicycle Dealers Association as one of America’s Best Bike Shops in 2014. There are approximately 4,000 bike shops in the United States, and less than 300 were chosen to be named “America’s Best.”

For America’s Best Bike Shops, the shops were asked to fill out a detailed application describing what sets them apart from the average store. Mystery shoppers then evaluated the business in more detail by visiting the store, reviewing their website, and contacting the shop by phone to assess the performance from a consumer’s perspective.

The America’s Best Bike Shops program is designed to help consumers find great stores in their areas that will provide the expertise and professionalism they need to get the most benefit from cycling. The recipients of the America’s Best Bike Shops title not only offer great shopping experiences, but are also rated on their support for their communities, as well as support for bicycle advocacy both locally and nationally.

“We’re very happy to receive the America’s Best Bike Shops designation for the 2nd year in a row from the National Bicycle Dealers Association. We always are looking to provide excellent customer service. Receiving outside validation for our commitment to serving our customers is very gratifying,” states Scott Helvie, COO of Bicycle Garage Indy/BGI Fitness.

For more information about America’s Best Bike Shops, contact: Karen Townsend, National Bicycle Dealers Association, karen@nbda.com or the NBDA office, info@nbda.com

For more information about the all interbike awards and nominees: http://www.interbike.com/static/pdf/Award_Categories_and_Nominees_Detailed_31Jul_FINAL6.pdf

Bicycle Garage Indy promotes and supports healthy lifestyle changes in the Central Indiana community by providing a retail experience that “wows” its customers and delivering the following value-added services, 1) educating customers about how to use its products for a healthier lifestyle; 2) building excitement for the use of its products and provide the motivation for a healthier lifestyle, and 3) expanding the opportunities for a healthy lifestyle by increasing the venues for safe and fun cycling. BGI Fitness offers unparalleled customer service, broad equipment and accessory selection and excels in providing the right equipment that will help our customers achieve their exercise goals. For more information visit www.bgindy.com (Bicycle Garage Indy) and www.bgifitness.com (BGI Fitness) or call 317-842-4140 (Bicycle Garage Indy North), 317-885-7194 (Bicycle Garage Indy Greenwood), or 317-612-3099 (Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown)