French Cyclist purchasing habits

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St Pourcinois 2013


Purchasing via Internet

The French, in general, are very adept to purchasing via the internet where they are looking for a wider product range to that found in the shops, plus value-for-money.

Cyclists are no exception, the specialist magazine Le Cycle ( recently (July 2013) undertook a survey of its readers asking the question, "Have you bought or are you thinking of buying (cycling) materials on the internet ?", the result was an astounding 83% in favour of the web.

A few figures

You might be led to think that with such a strong heritage in cycling, the French market is saturated, but that would be wrong, it is though remarkably constant :

The French Bicycle Observatory registered 2.9 Mn bicycles sold in 2012 and total sales (including components and accessories that accounted for 466 Mn €) amounting to 1.28 Bn €, an identical figure to 2010.

In 2011, total sales amounted to 1.35 Bn €.

In the 1st half of 2013, sales of mobility bikes continued their strong progression, with e-bike sales improving by 17% cf. same period 2012 and folding bikes by 25%.