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Belize Bicycle Canada in Montreal Suffers Fire But Still in Business

by John Symon
August 13, 2013 (Montreal, QC) — Belize Bicycle of Montreal is bouncing back from a fire on July 11 at their 2968 Lapierre location. Belize is an “…importer, manufacturer and distributor of adult tricycles, tandem tricycles, electric bicycles, power assist tricycles, gas scooters, trail bikes, folding bikes, trikes, tandem bicycles and push and kick scooters both folding and non-folding.”

“The fire started about 4 a.m. on July 11,” explains owner Mendy Radbord. “And later that same day a big order came in for electric scooters. We really had to scramble.”

Radbord thanks his landlord and understanding dealers for helping him through this situation. “We normally have about 50 items in our catalogue, but are currently down to only about 25% of these in stock,” he told Pedal. “We expect to be 50% re-stocked by mid September.” Radbord underlines that same day shipments are offered on all items in stock.

“The section of our inventory that took the biggest hit was ‘Special needs vehicles.’ Unfortunately, we might not be restocked in those items until October. On the bright side, we do have a lot of spare parts right now, including parts not usually available. Earlier this week we were able to ship a pair of hand cranks for a hand-powered recumbent trike. We also have a lot of axles, baskets, and rear frames in stock that we’ve recuperated from fire-damaged models.”

“Since the fire, we’ve been operating a few doors over at 2950 Lapierre Street in the Montreal borough of LaSalle at the same telephone number and internet address. We had insurance and hope to see the fire-damaged building rebuilt before year’s end.”

The conversation with Radbord took an unexpected turn when he brought up a novel market segment. The emerging sport of “Dogscootering” is where dogs pull scooters on which the dog owners stand. “Yes, it’s a summer version of dog sledding or ski-joring. There’s a very active club in Ottawa and they have competitions.” Apparently, special scooters with larger wheel diameters (i.e. 20″) are best for this sport. More information can be found on dogscootering here or from Belize Bicycle.

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