Would you like to own and run Lumicycle Ltd?
I guess it’s odd because a) it says to customers that there’s a possibility that the company may not exist in he future and b) it looks a bit desperate that nobody in the company or his bike industry contacts are interested.
Or at least that’s what it communicated to me.
Not deliberately trying to be negative, but that that’s how I felt when I read the email.Posted 4 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
Just got this bizarre email from Lumicycle.
Would you like to own and run Lumicycle Ltd?
It’s been great fun running Lumicycle for the last 16 years but the time has come for me to lay down the soldering iron. My concern now is to find a capable and enthusiastic new owner for the company. Someone who will care for our many thousands of loyal customers, in the way that they have come to expect, and continue our track record of making good profits by making great bike lights. If you’d like to know what would be involved in taking over the UK’s best loved Bike Light Brand, please drop me a line. No tyre kickers please!
Managing Director Lumicycle Ltd
A very odd thing to send out to your mailing list.
It must be very difficult to run an LED light manufacturing business in the wake of Dealextreme, Ebay, etc.
I wish them good luck though – the old Halogen Lumis I owned were a really good piece of kit that I enjoyed owning. I’ve never been in the £300 light bracket though.Posted 4 years ago
With the rise of the perfectly decent and very cheap Chinese suppliers, the only spaces left will be very niche companies such as Lupine. I don’t think there’s enough space left in the middle for an ‘average’ bike light company, like Lumicycle, to exist. They were cutting edge in their day, with the Halogen kit, but they’re just one of many now.Posted 4 years agorapiddescentSubscriber
all niche bike companies have a rise and fall unless there is adequate diversification or investment in finding the “new thing”. My bike parts company lasted 13 years before I got fed up carting stuff to the post office every day!
whomever takes this on also takes on future warranty claims but also the brand; they’d have to have a pretty good idea about where to go next and how to develop the theme and extract a 3 – 5 year lead from the chinese LED suppliers.Posted 4 years ago40mpgSubscriber
I think the market they represent consists of people wanting reliability and customer service.
I started with the Lumicycle halogens, upgraded these myself to LED’s at the start of the LED phase, then went through a number of cheap, less easy-to-use and less relaible chinese lights.
I’m now back with Lumicycle because I have absolutely no doubt they will get me home from the middle of nowhere in the worst conditions. I’m happy to pay for that security. Also their customer service is second to none. When my original battery pack started playing up (after 3 years weekly use summer & winter) they serviced and repaired it – for free!
In fact I like them so much I could buy the co… oh!Posted 4 years ago
Seems they found a buyer:
Great news Lumicycle just got better!
After having a lot of interest in the company we are pleased to announce that we have just completed the formal transfer of Lumicycle to a larger company that have some really exciting plans for it.
The management team have a wealth of expertise in areas that we could only previously dream of. They share our vision to continue to strive for the very best products, customer service, and reliability that you can find anywhere, but have also brought a lot to the table in terms of infrastructure, creativity, marketing and technical experience.
We have already planned some upgrades to our product range in 2013 that could see our lights being the most powerful and durable production lights in the world for cyclists. With heavy investment planned for future research and development we really do have a “bright future”.
Design and production will still be based in the UK, and will continue to use only the finest materials and manufacturing techniques possible, to ensure we continue to provide the very best high end products made to an exacting standard.
All warranties will continue to be honoured in the same service orientated fashion that they always have been, as our customers always come first!.
I will continue working with the new owners, with a heavy focus on the research and development side of things, as I have always found that the most enjoyable part of the business for me after 16 years.
Looking forward to the brightest possible future for Lumicycle, please “Like” us on Facebook and take part in our competition on there to win a brand new set of lights.
Here’s to a “bright future”.
Steve YoungPosted 4 years ago
“for the long ride home”
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