"The idea that values and business can combine to give us outstanding yearly results and a great work environment filled with wonderful people is almost too good to be true. I love the fact we have created a company that makes a positive difference in the world. And we are happy to share what we know with anyone."

Steve Flagg, Founder and President of QBP

Our Business

Serving more than 5,000 independent bike dealers, QBP is widely regarded as the best wholesale distributor to the cycling industry. We believe that's because our focus on serving customers serves their own businesses so well. By staying focused, we fulfill our purpose of transforming the world through business. Can business really save the world? We think so—when it's done right. That's why we share profits with employees, and give back to the community, and lead the way as an environmentally progressive company.

It also doesn't hurt that we're in one of the most people and planet-friendly industries in the world—the bike business.

Established in 1981, QBP is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota

Watch how your parts get inside the box.

Bikes Make Life Better

We believe bicycles make people's lives better by improving their health, saving them money, and helping them do their part to create a more sustainable environment.

Bike Business Builds Communities and Economies

As a company, we harness the power of our business to spur economic development in communities large and small; promote social change that supports bike riding as a way of life; and ultimately improve the health and economic vitality of our nation.

Every Butt on a Bike

By getting every butt on a bike, we can create meaningful benefits for individuals, businesses, communities and nations that can truly change the world.

Businesses Building a Better World

Of course, we don't have a monopoly on doing business right. We partner with other like-minded companies that share our values and are committed to making a positive difference in their communities. We provide living proof that a business can be profitable while making the world a better place.

Weaving a Better Bike Basket—And Way of Life—in Ghana

At QBP we believe the power of business can make a positive difference in the world. So does Kate Herzog, a native of Ghana who runs House of Talents, a St. Paul-based business that imports hand-made baskets and other artisan-crafted products from her homeland. When Kate approached QBP with a proposal to create traditionally woven baskets for bicycles, President Steve Flagg eagerly accepted the small vendor's proposal.

"We saw this as more than an ordinary business opportunity," said Flagg. "It was a chance to align with a company that is making a genuine difference in the lives of people in communities throughout Ghana."

Intensely proud of their efforts, the weavers call their baskets Asungtaba, which means "helping each other succeed" in Frafra, the language of northeastern Ghana. The colorful, durable baskets were an instant hit with bike dealers and their customers. Product quickly sold out.

Demand for the baskets is so high that Kate hired more than 200 Ghanaian women, and plans to enlist more in the near future. In a nation plagued by poverty and unemployment, the new source of income has made a profound impact on hundreds of families.

"Our partnership with QBP has made a tremendous impact for our business and the community," said Herzog. "When I asked the community about the impact, the answer was "we have no words to describe how you have changed our lives."
House of Talents Website

QBP Events

Frostbike and SaddleDrive Snow Basin Demo Day

Always innovating ways to create value for our community of dealers and vendors, QBP hosts two major industry events each year. By combining education, expo and meaningful experiences, we provide our partners the opportunity to learn, make personal connections, and expand their business potential.

Frostbike: Education & Expo

Sharpen business and technical skills and kickoff the coming sales season at our open house
Frostbike Website

SaddleDrive: Ride & Write

Ride our latest bikes and plan purchases for the next model year
SaddleDrive Website

QBP Awards

Gold LEED Certification and Minnesota Governors Award

2011

Star Tribune Names QBP as One of the Twin Cities’ Top Workplaces

QBP Named to Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work

2010

Entrepreneur of the Year Presented by the University of Minnesota

QBP Named to Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work

2009

2009 Bicycle Friendly Business Award—Platinum Level Presented by the League of American Bicyclists

2008

Bicycle Friendly Business Award—Gold Level

Minnesota Governor’s Award for Environment

Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year Presented to Steve Flagg, president of QBP

2007

QBP Receives Carbon Buster Award from Senator Klobuchar

More Awards

Press

Senator Franken Visits QBP and QBP Rolls Out Foundry Cycles

2013

QBP Co-Sponsors 2014 Global Fat Bike Summit

QBP Creates Territory Upper Midwest Sales Team

QBP Adds Western Regional Sales Manager

QBP Will Carry Subrosa Bikes and Parts

QBP Expands Multisport Lineup

QBMX Adds New Brands to Assortment

Clif Bar Name QBP Vendor of the Year

QBP Boosts Inventory at Eastern and Western Warehouses

Fat Bike Summit Wins New Allies for Recreational Access

Fat Bike Summit Attendance Strains Local Hotels

Admission for Fat Bike Summit Set at $99 Dollars

2012

Salsa Cycles will Sponsor 2013 Fat Bike Summit and Festival

Fat Bike Winter Summit Slated for January

QBP Takes Action Against Illegal Underselling

Sjoquist Elected to Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

QBP Expands National Sales Force

Outside Magazine Names QBP Top Work Place

QBP Doubles Solar Power Capacity

Q-West DC Earns LEED Gold

QBP Named to Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces

Q-Outdoor and Jetboil Partner

L.H. Thomson Receives QBP 2012 Vendor of the Year Award

Scott Fitzgerald Receives 2012 Clay Mankin Award

QBP Mechanic Institute Teaches the Fine Art of Wrenching

Fat Bike Summit Explores Winter Cycling on Public Lands

High Demand Closes Frostbike 2012 Registration

2011

QBP Helps Launch Venture North Bike, Walk & Coffee

QBP Debuts New QBP.com

QBP Exclusive Source for Mt. Borah

QBP Adds More Zipp Inventory for 2012

QBP STC Wins X-Fusion Service

QBP Now Distributes Spot GPS Units

45North Offers Unparalleled Cold Weather Performance

QBP Named Top Work Place by Outside Magazine

Senator Franken Visits QBP

QBP Adds 15MM to Pre-Season Inventory Levels

Frostbike 2011 Fills in Record Time

QBP Opens New Distribution Center in Ogden

QBP Will Launch Two New Events

QBP Launches Whisky Parts Company

QBP to Unveil Major Brand Initiatives at SaddleDrive

QBP Shock Treatment Center Expands Services

QBP Rolls Out Foundry Cycles

QBP Makes Star Tribune’s Top 100 Work Places

QBP Expands Midwestern Sales Force

QBP Hires New Brand Manager for Ridley

More Press

High School Bike League

Bike Leagues Build Business

Starting a high school mountain bike league in your community is a proven way to boost business for your shop. National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) leagues create cycling families. And the bike shops that sponsor them reap most of the sales.

According to a 2011 study by the NICA, 67% of male high school racers inspire their dads to ride, and 37% of female racers get their moms into riding.

Resources for Starting a Bike League

1. Find the Right League
There’s a NICA League to suit every level of sponsorship and involvement. Visit NICA’s Start a League page to find the best match for your business.

2. Partner with an Advocate
Don’t do it alone! Check out the U.S. Regional Advocate map on NICA’s site to find other boosters in your state. Working together, you can submit a bid for creating a new league.

3. Get Free Advice from QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, QBP advocacy director, played a major role in creating the Minnesota High School Mountain Bike League. He is available to provide guidance and answer questions about all aspects of creating a bike league. Contact him for details about: High School Bike League

  • Overall process and timelines
  • Self-funding and insurance
  • Encouragement and inspiration
Leagues are the Future of Mountain Biking

"At Erik's, we think the NICA leagues are an awesome investment in the future of mountain biking. Not only is it a great sport for these high school students—we see entire families getting into the sport due to their kids' involvement. It's a great combination!
Erik Saltvold, Owner and Founder, Erik’s Bikes and Boards

A.C.E.

We give six percent of our annual after-tax profits to a range of national and local bicycle related charities. Through our Advocacy, Community Service and Environment (ACE) program, we empower employees to do volunteer work; develop and participate in environmental initiatives; and advocate for expanding the presence of bicycles on the streets and within American culture.

It's about involving employees, community members and businesses to use bike advocacy as a tool to get more people riding more often, promote social justice and build a more sustainable, bike-friendly planet.

Habitat For Humanity

Our vision is to inspire others to make their communities more livable, healthier, bike-friendly places, and work toward the creation of a globally sustainable civilization.

To learn more about the ACE program contact Seth Nesselhuf, ACE director at snesselh@qbp.com or call 952.941.9778 ext. 1125.

Advocacy

"We believe in this transformative power of the bicycle—that communities can get healthier; that kids can get healthier; that schools and businesses can use cycling as an economic driver so that the community itself gets fiscally or financially healthier."

Gary Sjoquist, QBP Advocacy Director

See how QBP helped bring new life to the iron range.

QBP Advocacy: Working to Get Every Butt on a Bike

Creating new places to ride is one of the most important things we do. After all, our products are used and enjoyed on bike lanes, bike paths, and mountain bike trails. We lobby for federal funds in Washington, D.C. and work with state departments of transportation as well as create and strengthen local advocacy groups to work on grassroot efforts:
Bicycle Infrastructure Tour

  • Regional/Statewide Advocacy Organizations — QBP believes in supporting the emergence of regional or statewide advocacy organizations that promote advocacy in cooperation with local government
  • Trail Cycling — whether for mountain biking or multiuse paths, recreational cycling on trails has proven to drive sales
  • Educational, Community Building Cycling Efforts — QBP believes in supporting local grass roots efforts that engage cyclists and support signature projects that have a high ratio of cost to impact. By promoting cycling, we are fighting poverty, overcoming transportation and employment issues, and promoting a healthy lifestyle in underserved communities
  • Transportation Policy — QBP believes in helping fund and guide efforts to ensure that bicycles are an essential part of balanced transportation policy
QBP and the Advocacy team support many bicycle advocacy organizations including the following:

QBP Advocacy contact:
Gary Sjoquist gsjoquis@qbp.com
952.941.9391 ext. 1288

Community

"Community service is about sharing with each other an intended purpose to do good. When we do good for others, we feel good about who we are. . . . That's a part of us we all need just to be productive and happy within our day and within our lives."

Pam Hile, QBP Community Service Coordinator

The QBP Community Service Program helps employees volunteer time, make QBP-matched donations, and collects goods for charitable organizations. Collectively, our staff gives thousands of hours and dollars for the betterment of our community—locally and around the world. QBP actively works to engage our co-workers by matching each volunteer hour with a financial contribution to the organization or by providing 16 hours of paid volunteer time per year.

Food Drive

QBPers support many community service organizations including:

Check out our video about the Ogden Bike Collective.

Ogden Bike Collective

Creating Smiles with Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Each holiday season, the employees of QBP help collect and refurbish thousands of bikes by volunteering their time working with Twin Cities-based Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Employees help repair, clean and organize some of the 5000 bikes that are then given away to local youth. They provide valuable skills and in turn take advantage of QBP's paid volunteer program to help Free Bikes 4 Kidz realize their vision of getting kids on bikes. Along with volunteer help, QBP also provides many of the parts needed to give these bikes new life.

QBP Community Service Contact:
Pam Hile
phile@qbp.com
952.941.9391 ext. 1200

Environment

"We're not just doing this for the planet or the polar bears. Environmental sustainability is for the overall well-being of humankind. It's for our own health and happiness and for future generations."

Shae Strauss, QBP ACE Committee



Partnering for Lasting Change

Q-West

Sustainable business practices are deeply connected with the health of our planet. We constantly work to reduce waste, lower energy consumption, and find more efficient ways to get and distribute goods. As a wholesale distributor, we develop green supply chain initiatives—upstream and downstream. We reach out to other businesses and organizations, helping them incorporate sustainable practices. Working together, we can achieve lasting change that benefits our world for generations to come.

Supply Side Sustainability

Because we strive to use only sustainable products and materials, we examine everything that comes into QBP—from cleaning supplies to pens and paper.

We Care About Earth

We cover a lot of ground to reduce our environmental impact. Our facilities feature solar panels, comprehensive recycling, buildings made with repurposed materials and even on-site vermiculture composting. Both our Utah and Minnesota facilities feature solar arrays (40 kilowatt in Utah and 80 kilowatt in Minnesota), and they're both Gold LEED certified. We even help our dealers develop environmentally sustainable practices.

Shrinking Our Footprint With LEED

Leed Logo

QBP operates two environmentally sustainable distribution centers in Bloomington, MN and Ogden, UT. Built according to the LEED* standards established by the U.S. Green Council, the buildings are designed to save energy and resources, and minimally impact the environment. Our new distribution center being built in East Hempfield Township, PA, is also being built to LEED standards.

*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Sustainable Landscape

Saving Energy and Reducing Waste

Combining advanced technology with sustainable construction practices, the facilities sip energy with high-efficiency lighting and appliances; and reduce rivers of wastewater to a trickle with innovative plumbing. A solar panel array crowns each building, creating clean, sustainable electricity. In Utah, the use of geothermal energy completely offsets the need for any natural gas. Our Pennsylvania site (to be opened in late 2014) will be our first distribution center with all LED lights in the warehouse and parking lot.

Softening Our Footprints

Treading lightly on the surrounding terrain, the structures rise up instead of out. That leaves more trees to drink up carbon and exhale fresh air. Any soil disturbed during construction was used to create new green space or utilized in the foundation.

Building Our Bottom Line

Not only are these buildings environmentally friendly, they're kind to the bottom line, too. Square foot for square foot, the energy-frugal facilities generate bigger long-term return on investment than conventionally built structures. Almost all of our sustainable features have an ROI of less than 10 years.

Cleaning the Rain in Minnesota

Our graded parking lot channels storm runoff into porous pavers and rain gardens where water is cleansed, and chemical pollutants broken into harmless elements. Much of the grounds are planted with drought-resistant native prairie grasses that don't need watering or maintenance. Plus, green plantings in the parking lot minimize heat island effect.

Solar Tubes
  • 95% of rainwater stays on our property—keeps surface waste out of local streams
  • Replenishes local ground water
  • We get money back from the city for storm-water runoff

Tour the Green Side of QBP in Minnesota and Utah

Learn more about the environmental features of our business by taking an eco-tour of QBP's LEED Gold Certified distribution center and office complex in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Eco-tours take place the first Wednesday of every month and are free and open to the public. To schedule a tour for your group, please contact green@qbp.com or call 952.941.9778.

Take a closer look at LEED technology

Commuting

"Our employees prove every day that there are more ways to get to work than by driving in a car alone. Last year QBP employees collectively biked over 350,000 miles. They biked, carpooled, motorcycled and walked a combined 750,000 miles."

Alice Erickson, QBP Commuter Advocate

Working Out to Work: The QBP Bike Commuting Program

The benefits of commuting by bike are far greater than saving money on gas and taking in some pleasant scenery. People who regularly bike to work enjoy better health, experience less stress, and are happier and more productive—at work and beyond. They are also doing their part to create a more sustainable environment. And what better way to experience the pure joy and freedom of cycling than gliding past traffic jams on your way to work?

That's why QBP does much more than encourage employees to bike to work. We actively support cycling as a way of life by providing:

Top 100 Commuters
  • Indoor and outdoor parking for hundreds of bikes
  • Lockers, showers and a towel service
  • Commuter credits for purchasing bike parts, accessories and apparel
  • Pro deals on bike products from select vendors
  • Maps and route information for novice commuters
  • Free breakfast on Bike to Work Days
  • Free lunch for bike commuters on Mondays

By rewarding employees who bike to work or use other earth-friendly modes of transport, we're taking a small—but bold—step toward an environmentally sustainable future.

Commuting Pays Off for Company, Community and Employees

We pay employees to ride their bikes to work. It's more than a feel-good initiative. The QBP Bike Commuting Program produces tangible benefits our company and the entire community by improving health and morale, lowering health care costs (between 2009 and 2011 we've lowered our health care costs 4.4%), reducing need for parking spaces, and producing less pollution and roadway congestion. But we do much more than simply encourage employees to bike to work. We actively support cycling as a way of life by providing:

Commuting
  • Indoor and outdoor parking for hundreds of bikes
  • Lockers, showers and a towel service
  • Commuter credits for purchasing bike parts, accessories and apparel
  • Pro deals on bike products from select vendors
  • Maps and route information for novice commuters
  • Free breakfast on Bike to Work Days

QBP awards credits to employees who travel to work via human power—biking, walking, running, skating, skiing, etc—or use alternative transportation options like buses, car pools or motorcycles. The more trips they log, the more credits they get. Our commuters cash in their credits for products like bikes, parts, accessories and apparel.

Launch Your Own Commuter Program

Bike commuters enjoy better health, an increased sense of community and pride about the work place that supports them. With a little planning and effort, you can create a thriving commuter program in your organization. We focus on bicycle commuting for obvious reasons, but you can take our program and apply it to any mode you wish. The key is supporting and recognizing the achievements of your commuters. Gift cards, prizes and cash incentives are popular options that could work for you.

We're happy to share our knowledge and experience. Hopefully, it will help you create a leaner, greener future for your organization.

Learn More about our commuting program

Help Your Commuters Rack Miles, Credits and Glory with Greenlightride.com

Greenlight Ride

Our free Greenlightride.com bike-commuting app makes it easy for anyone to track mileage, build credits, and participate on competitive teams similar to QBP's Commuter Bike League.

For more information about incorporating commuting incentives at your workplace, contact Alice Erickson, Commuter Advocacy Coordinator at QBP: aerickso@qbp.com.






















"Our consumer brands make wildly unique products that no one else makes. That's because we've got the vision to see a new category's potential, and the resources to make it a reality. We did that with fatbikes and now there are more people riding them than ever before. That's creating whole new revenue streams for dealers. It's core to our mission—find the opportunities that grow our industry."

Rich Tauer, managing director of Q Bike Brands

QBP Brands

QBP distributes the very best brands that the bicycle industry has to offer. Our longstanding philosophy is that if we wouldn't ride it, we won't carry it. With over 400 leading brands and 36,000 SKU's, we provide independent bicycle dealers everything needed to serve their customers and grow their business. Our brands include:

All-City

Badass Urban Bikes
We express our love of the city by producing modern, bad-ass, functional and classic bikes and parts that empower riders to create their own ideal machines and lifestyles.
allcitycycles.com

Civia

We believe bikes make a positive difference in people's lives. We're devoted to creating smart bicycle designs for everyday living. We design bikes, parts and accessories to make riding more stylish, convenient and fun.
civiacycles.com

Cogburn Outdoors

Cogburn Outdoors makes gear for people who hunt, fish and forage in remote places. Cogburn allows hunters to access more land while taking their gear farther, faster, and quieter with virtually no impact on habitat.
cogburnoutdoors.com

Foundry

It's a Tool – Not a Trophy
We make hard working, modern performance bikes—purpose built—bikes people ride hard. We believe in having the right tool for the job; modern precision tools that enhance the experience and provide uncompromising performance.
foundrycycles.com

Salsa

Adventure by Bike
We are dedicated to keeping the spirit of adventure alive in bicycling. We make bikes to help you get there.
salsacycles.com

Surly

Bikes. Parts. Chaos.
We make interesting and unusual steel bikes. We make durable and reliable parts. We offer well-designed products at a fair price. And we take to heart that Surly isn't just a name, it's a state of mind. Just because we both ride bikes doesn't mean we're friends.
surlybikes.com

45North

Unparalleled Cold Weather Performance
45nrth.com

Dimension

Fun Accessories | Solid Components
dimensionbikeproducts.com

iSSi

A vibrant collection of pedals with proven technology, reliability & serviceability.
rideissi.com

Mechanical Threads

We are artists and designers who love to ride
mechanicalthreads.com

MSW

Bicycle Accessories
mswbike.com

Problem Solvers

Practical Solutions to Make Bikes Work
problemsolversbike.com

Quality Wheels

Better Built Wheels
qbp.com/qualitywheels

Whisky Parts Co.

Performance Parts — No Bullshit
whiskyparts.co

Exclusive Brands

lazersport.com

flybikesbmx.com

stolenbmx.com

Our Industry Leading Brand Partners

3M
3rd Eye
3T
A-Class
Aardvark
ABI
ABUS
Accelerade
ACS
Adventure Medical Kits
AheadSet
Alex
Alienation
Alite Designs
All-City
Allen
American Classic
AND Forks
Andiamo
Animal Bikes
Answer BMX
Answer Products
Aqua Sphere
Aquamira
AquaSeal
Arai
Assos
Atomlab
Avid
Axiom
Axle Release
Aztec
Backpacker's Pantry
Bahco
Baladeo
Bar Mitts
Bellwether
Bertucci Field Watches
BEV Intl Corp
Beyond Coastal
Bicycle Research
Big Agnes
Bike Fit Systems
Bike Ribbon
Bike-Aid
Bike-Eye
Bike-O-Vision
Bikes Belong
Bikeverywhere
BionX
Birzman
Black Diamond
BOB
Bodyglide
Boeshield
Bondhus
Bonk Breaker
Bont
Boreas
BOX Components
Brannock Device Co.
Brave Soldier
Breezer
Brooks
Brunton
BSD
Buff
Buh-Bump
Burley
Bushnell
Buzzy's
Caffelatex
California Springs
Camelbak
Camillus Knives
Campagnolo
Cane Creek
Capo
Carmichael Training Systems
CatEye
CeramicSpeed
Chadwick
Challenge
Chris King
Chromag
Chums
Cinelli
Civia Cycles
Clean Bottle
Clement
Clif Bar
Club Roost
Competition Cycles Services
Compex
Continental
Contour Sport
Craft
Crank Brothers
Crazy Creek
CRUD
CST
CueClip
Cycle Dog
Cycle Stuff
CycleAware
CycleOps
Cyclo
Cycloc
CygoLite
Cytosport
Dajo Knives
Dare 2B
Deco
Deda Elementi
Dedicated Athlete
DeFeet
Delta
Deluxe BMX
Demolition
Dermatone
Dero
Deuter
Dia-Compe
DiaTech
Dicta
Dimension
DMR
DT Swiss
Dual Eyewear
Dualco
DZ Nuts
e*thirteen by The Hive
Eagles Nest Outfitters
EBC
EK USA
elete
Elevn Technologies
Elite SRL
Enduro
Endurox
Energizer
ENVE Composites
Epic
epicRIDES
Ergon
Esbit
ESI
Eveready
EVS Sports
Excess Components
Exustar
Failure Bikes
Falcon
Fast Wax
FBM
FiberFix
Finish Line
First Endurance
Fizik
Flybikes
Foggle
Formula
Formula Hubs
Forze
Foundry Cycles
Fox Racing
Freedom
Freeload
FuelBelt
Fulcrum
Full Speed Ahead
Fyxation
G Sport
Gamut
Garmin
Gates Carbon Drive
Gatorade Endurance
Gear Aid
Gear Up
Geax
Genuine Innovations
Glacier Glove
GoGirl
Gore
Grab On
Grabber
Graber
Granger's
Gravity
Greenfield
GSI Outdoors
GU
H Plus Son
Halo
Hammer Nutrition
Handspun
Hayes
Headsweats
HED
High Gear
Highland
Hirzl
Honey Stinger
Hope
House of Talents
Hozan
HubBub
Hudz
Human Gear
Hurricane Components
Hutchinson
Hydrapak
Hyper Components
IBEX
Ice Trekker
IceToolz
IMBA
Incredibell
Industry Nine
Innova Disc Golf
Innova Tires
Intense
ISM
Issimo Designs
IT Clip
Jagwire
Jandd
Jelly Belly
JoyTrax
JP Weigle's
Jtek
K-Edge
Kalloy
Katadyn
Kazam
KBC
KENDA
KIND
Kinesys
Kinetic
Klean Kanteen
KMC
Knog
Kool Kovers
Kool-Stop
Kreitler
Kryptonite
KT Tape
Kuat
Lazer
Leg Lube
Lezyne
Light and Motion
Light My Fire
Lizard Skins
Loctite
Look
Louis Garneau
Mad Alchemy
Magellan
Manitou
Marson
Marzocchi
Mavic
Maxit
Maxxis
McNett
Meiser
Metric Hardware
Miche
Michelin
Microshift
Minoura
Mirrycle
MKS
Montague
Moots
Mophie
Mountainsmith
Mr. Tuffy
MRP
MSR
MTI
MutantBikes
N Gear
Nalgene
Nantucket Bike Basket
Nathan
Native
NEMO
New Balance
Nite Ize
NiteRider
Nitto
Nokian Suomi
Nokon
NOW
nuun
NuVinci
O-Stand
O2 Rainwear
Oberto
ODI
Odyssey
Ohio Travel Bag
On Guard
Optic Nerve
Optimus
OSMO
Oury
Outdoor Research
Pace Sportswear
Paceline Products
Pacenti
Panaracer
Park
Parlee
Paul Component Engineering
PDW
Pearl Izumi
Pedalite
Pedco
Pedro's
Penguin Brands
Phil Wood
Pinhead
PitStop By SRAM
Planet Bike
Pletscher
Po Campo
POC
Point 1 Racing
Polar
Polar Bottles
Power Grips
Powerbar
PowerTap
Primal Wear
Primo
Princeton Tec
Pro-tec
ProBar
Problem Solvers
Profile Design
Profile Racing
ProGold
Prologo
Promax
Props
Q-Tubes
QBP
Quality BikeBuilder
Quik Stik
RaceFace
Rec-Rac
Reelight
Reflect Sports
Rema
Renthal
Ride Out
Ride2
Ridley
Ritchey
Rock-N-Roll
RockShox
Rocky Mounts
Rohloff
Rola
Rossignol
Rotor
RPM
RST
S and S
Salomon
Salsa
Salsa Cycles
SaltStick
Saris
Schwalbe
Scotty
Seal Line
Seal Skinz
Selle AnAtomica
Selle Italia
Selle Royal
Selle San Marco
Sherpani
Shimano
Shock Treatment Center
Sidi
Sigma
Silca
Simple Green
Singletrack Solutions
SixSixOne
Skinz
Skratch Labs
SKS
Slime
SLS3
Smartwool
SNAFU
Snap
SockGuy
Sole
Source
Spank
Spectro Oil
Speed
Speedfil
Speedsleev
Spenco
Spinskins
Sportlegs
Sportourer
SportRack
Spot Brand
Sprintech
Squeal Out
SR Suntour
SRAM
SST
Stan's No Tubes
Stanley
Stein
Stolen Bikes
Stolen Parts
Stop Flats 2
Straitline
Strider Sports
Sturmey-Archer
Subrosa
Sugino
Sun Ringle
Sunline
SunRace
Superfeet
Supernova
Surly
Surly Bikes
Sutherlands
Suunto
SWEAT GUTR
Swix
Syntace
T Mat Pro
Tacx
Tamer
Tange-Seiki
Tangent Products
Tec Labs
Tektro
Terry
TH Industries
The Hive
The Shadow Conspiracy
Thomson
Thule
Timbuk2
Time
Timex
Tioga
Titec
Topeak
Torhans
Tranz-X
Tree Bicycle Co.
Tressostar
Triflow
Trigger Point Therapy
TriSlide
TriSwim
TRP
TruVativ
Tubasti
Tufo
Twin Six
TwoFish
TYR
Uline
Unior
Vargo
Various Manufacturers
Vee Rubber
Velo
Velo Orange
Velo Press
Velocity
Velox
Vermarc
Versa
Vicious Cycles
Vincero Design
Vision
Vittoria
Volume
VP Components
Wald
Walking Bird
Walz
Waterbox
Wellgo
Wheels Manufacturing
Wheelsmith
Where to Bike
Whisky Parts Co.
Whispbar
White Bros
White Lightning
Wigwam
Williams
Willworx
Win Detergent
Winwood
Wippermann
Witz
World Bicycle Relief
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"QBP is just a really warm company. I don't think I've worked anywhere where everyone actually loves their job—and everyone here loves their job.

Melanie Horrocks - Q-West

QBP employees take pride in their work and bring passion to their play

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All candidates are subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and a drug screen. Some applicants may be subject to a credit check as well.

Working for QBP: Benefits and Perks

Whether you work for QBP in the mountains of Utah, the prairies of Minnesota, or the wooded hills of Pennsylvania, we offer a generous mix of comprehensive benefits and great perks.

The Freedom of Working for an Open Organization

QBP is an open organization with no walled-in offices. Our senior leadership, managers and their teams work side-by-side in modern "hexacles" that encourage communication and collaboration. Our LEED Gold-certified distribution centers—one in Minnesota, one in Utah—are spacious, quiet, filled with light, and have minimal impact on the environment.

This sense of openness pervades everything we do. We're open to:

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Developing your career with tuition reimbursement, coaching, mentoring and unique forums like the Leadership Institute, and Merrifield Distribution training.

Helping you achieve your physical, emotional and financial best with regular wellness events and activities, from yoga and Spartacus to investment and money management seminars. And, of course, we'll help make cycling a central part of your life by providing generous discounts on bikes, parts, apparel and more. Sign up for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and round out your healthy day with a fresh dose of seasonal, chemical-free produce.

Letting you unleash your community spirit. Through volunteer initiatives like ACE (Advocacy, Community Service, and Environment), many employees get a chance to lead and grow and make a positive difference to the bike industry, their hometowns, and local (and not so local) ecosystems.

Freeing you to express your individuality through casual clothing choices, and workspaces decorated to reflect your passions and creativity.

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Sharing the wealth. All employees are eligible to earn profit-sharing bonuses three times a year. Additional high-performance bonuses are awarded based on company performance and year-end evaluations.

Finally, we're open to continually expanding and evolving the benefits we provide our employees. It makes sense for your career, your happiness and productivity, and the long-term sustainability of our business. Small wonder that the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Outside Magazine regularly rank QBP among the best places to work.

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Benefits

Traditional & Non-Traditional Benefits

We've got competitive medical, dental and insurance benefits, along with generous PTO and holidays. Plus, we provide a host of "playful" benefits like social hours, celebrations and an off-site company retreat. Torn between earning a living and spending more time with your canine? Bring your dog to work! Our Dog of the Day Program lets you schedule your pooch for regular office visits.

NOTE: QBP offers different benefits packages at each of its three locations.
Not all benefits listed here are universally available.

    Traditional Benefits

  • Medical
  • Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Dental
  • 401(K)
  • New Parent Leave
  • Funeral Leave and Memorials
  • Flexible Spending and Health Saving Accounts
  • Supplemental AD&D and Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Referral Bonus
  • College Savings Program
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    Q employees a valuable package of accounts, services and special benefits

    Non-Traditional Benefits

  • Bring Your Dog to Work
  • Company Retreat and Celebrations
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Employee Artist Hallway
  • Social Hours
  • Tournaments
  • Employee Gifts
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Bike Benefits – Ride for Your Life!

Riding a bike is good for your health, good for the environment, and good for the bike industry, too! That's why QBP encourages everyone to ride. From discounts on bikes to merchandise credits for commuting to work, it's easy to make biking an integral part of your life.

  • Commuter Credits
    Earn points you can cash in on merchandise when you bike, run, walk, car-pool or use alternative transportation to commute.
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  • Bike & Helmet Purchase Benefit
  • Locker Rooms, Showers & Towel Service
    QBP provides free lockers, changing areas, showers and towel service for bike commuters.
  • Bike to Work Day
    Once a month, we reward bike commuters with a free breakfast or lunch, prizes, and double commuter credits.
  • Discounts on Products
    Employees get generous discounts on QBP brand products.
  • Social Bike Rides
    Join one of our company-supported or employee-initiated bike rides.
  • Bike Leave
    Long-term, high-performing employees can take a one-month, paid leave of absence to pursue interests that promote biking.
  • Pro Deals
    Get special discounts on products from select bike and outdoor industry partners
  • Bike Repair Shop
    Keep your ride road or trail-worthy in our fully stocked bicycle repair room.
  • Demo Bike Fleet
    Try the latest bikes from All-City, Civia, Foundry, Salsa and Surly.
  • Indoor Bike Parking
    Don't leave your ride out in the cold. Keep it safe and dry at our large indoor parking area.
  • Commuter Bike League (CBL)
    Turn your daily commute into an epic competition. Teams of employees vie to rack up the miles and claim the annual CBL Championship.
  • Greenlightride.com
    Log your bike-commuting mileage and track your CBL team stats with this free online tool.
  • Alternative Transportation Parking
    Employees using alternative transportation received dedicated parking spaces (carpooling, vanpooling, motorcycles)
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Lifestyle Benefits

It's a fact: stress impedes productivity, drags on your health, and makes you a crashing bore at parties. QBP's wellness events help you incorporate healthy physical, emotional, financial and creative activities into your life.

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Work the knots out of your back with a free table massage. Get your mind and body into the tone zone with an onsite yoga class. Or take your personal fitness to new heights with a Spartacus high-intensity circuit training class.

Need a short break from the routine? Take a walk over to the Free Table, a dumpster-diver's delight where employees give and get recycled stuff, from toasters to tambourines. And, of course, lots and lots of old bike parts.

Share your personal interests by joining one of our many email groups. It's a great way to build community with people who share your passion for art, apples, cars, fishing, home brewing, music, motorcycles, bikes of all stripes, and lots of other hobbies.

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Special Perks, Privileges and Rewards

Flexible schedules, work-from-home options, and opportunities to get paid for charitable volunteer work, are just a few of the perks we offer at QBP. An employee-centered company, we reward a job well done with official recognition, fun events and a little extra cash.

Work Schedule & Location Flexibility

Qualified employees can work offsite and adjust their schedules to better manage workload and achieve their business goals. We'll get you set up by helping with computer, tablet and cell phone purchases.

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Computer and Tablet Reimbursement

Qualified employees are reimbursed up to 40% on a computer, and up to 50% on a tablet.

Cell Phone Plan

QBP buys mobile devices and cell-phone plans for qualified employees who travel or work offsite.

Get Paid to Volunteer

Building strong community is one of our core values, that's why we support your volunteer work with hourly pay and matching dollars donated to your favorite charitable cause. We also help employees help each other by allowing them to donate PTO to a co-worker in need.

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Volunteer Match

QBP donates $10 for every hour employees volunteer at non-profit organizations. Up to $400 per employee annually.

Paid Volunteer Time

QBP pays employees for up to 12 hours of annual volunteer work at non-profit organizations.

Paid Time Off Donations

Employees can donate PTO hours to help co-workers during an emergency

Good News for Good Work

We believe good work should be recognized and celebrated. Every month, staff in our distribution centers elects an Employee of the Month. Plus, through our Reward and Recognition program, we give cash prizes or special events are given to individuals and groups for work well done.

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Career Development at QBP

Take this Job and Grow It!

At QBP, we invest in your long-term development with courses, coaching, training, seminars, tuition reimbursement, and special on-site educational opportunities.

Individual Growth and Development

Hone your business skills with courses in giving and hearing feedback, negotiation, project management, presentation skills and more.QBP Spokes Cafe Bloomington, MN

Coaching

Learn the arts of conflict resolution, communication and other skills needed to achieve long-term, top-talent performance.

Mentorship Program

Your personal mentor helps identify your passions and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to transform them into career

Continuing Education

QBP helps you achieve your career goals with outside training and education.

Tuition Reimbursement

QBP pays some—occasionally all—costs for courses, seminars, workshops or conferences directly related to your job.

QBP Library

Improve your business acumen by borrowing the hottest volumes from the reading lists of our resident business gurus and company leaders.

English Language Learner Courses

Non-native speakers of English can improve fluency and comprehension in these free regularly scheduled courses.

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Leadership Institute

This intensive three-day course breaks you beyond your limits, and helps develop your business and interpersonal skills.

High Performance Distribution

This semester-long course immerses you in the art of distribution as practiced at QBP. From inventory planning to customer service and our bike brands, you'll learn the common language of our business. Ultimately, you'll see how your contributions impact the greater good of the organization.

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Work Environment

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We believe a building is a lot more than a big box crammed with desks, chairs and racks of products. Our physical environment directly impacts the quality of our work, our wellness and our relationships with everyone around us. That's why we've invested in constructing two LEED Gold Certified distribution centers and office complexes in Minnesota and Utah.

From rooftop solar panels generating clean energy to composting and recycling programs that reduce our waste, QBP covers a lot of ground to shrink our environmental footprint.

Our interiors are bright and filled with light and color. Open workstations create a sense of community, making communication natural and easy. Feeling hungry? Head over to Spokes Café. Our onsite cafeteria offers healthy, high-quality affordable food and beverages. Plus, strategically located coffee stations ensure that you're never too far from a hot cup of java, tea or cocoa. If it's a sunny day, enjoy our outdoor patio and picnic area on the edge of beautiful Hyland Lake Preserve.

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NOTE: QBP offers different benefits packages at each of its three locations.
Not all benefits listed here are universally available.

"There is a lot of cultural synergy between Freewheel and QBP. Almost everyone you talk to at QBP is a cyclist. Like us, they're passionate about cycling and committed to the lifestyle. They're not just in this to make a buck. They know we're in this together and work hard to build our mutual success."

Kevin Ishaug, Owner, Freewheel Bike, Minneapolis, MN

Partners

QBP is dedicated to helping independent bike dealers and other specialty bike businesses thrive with a toolbox of programs and services that save money, boost profits and enhance relationships with their own customers. Carrying more than 35,000 SKUs from more than 450 vendors, QBP is your first choice for the best products from today's top brands. Always exploring new opportunities to keep your business and our industry growing, QBP is:
  • Developing a family of bike brands that excite current cyclists and bring more new riders into the shops and out on the roads and trails
  • Supporting national and local advocacy efforts to build more trails, paths, lanes and safe places to ride
"QBP is always reaching out to see how they can help us out as a shop. They want to see us succeed. They want to see everyone succeed."

Bruce Marshall, owner of A Road Bike 4 U Irvine, California

Who We Serve

  • Independent Bicycle Dealers
  • Frame Builders (manufacturers)
  • Repair-only Shops
  • Bicycle Rental Businesses
  • Online Retailers with physical retail locations
  • Triathlon Shops

Through Q-Outdoor—a division of QBP—we serve snow sports shops and outdoor retailers.

We believe partnering with other companies is about much more than buying and selling stuff. It's about sharing a common vision and values. That's why we work with best-in-class vendors who are committed to achieving outstanding results. We team with partners who share our passion for making the world a better place through the power of bikes and business. Not only does this serve independent retailers and their customers, it serves the communities of which they are a part.

Domestic Accounts

Download and Upload Domestic Account Application

Because it is our mission to serve you—the independent bike or outdoor retailer—we go the extra mile to safeguard the integrity of your business. That's why we carefully scrutinize new accounts.

To establish your new account, we ask that you provide us:

Note: if you are still in the planning stages for your store, or if you have any questions we would love to help. We have insurance resources, ideas about what you'll need to get started, and loads of information to make life easier as you begin your new business venture!

Please call the Account Service Team: 800.346.0004.

Domestic Account Agents

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To establish a Wholesale Dealer Account in the United States, contact the appropriate agent below:

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Pete Erenberg
Phone: 800.346.0004 ext. 1170
E-mail: perenber@qbp.com

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Jeff Schmidt
Phone: 800.346.0004 ext. 1727
E-mail: jschmidt@qbp.com

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Chuck Sween
Ph: 800.346.0004 ext. 1513
E-mail: bcsween@qbp.com

Department Manager
Lisa Anderson
Phone: 800.346.0004 ext. 1327
E-mail: landerso@qbp.com

International Accounts

Download and Upload International Account Application

Because it is our mission to serve you—the independent bicycle retailer— we go the extra mile to ensure the integrity of your business. That's why we carefully examine each new account's application.

But, before you complete a full application, we should let you know that although the QBP catalog is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive of its sort in the world, QBP is restricted by some of our suppliers from selling all of our items to all parts of the world.

View a list of our most popular, but internationally-restricted brands.

To establish your new account, we ask that you provide us:

  • A completed and signed QBP New Dealer Application
  • Pictures of your commercial/retail location including: storefront with signage, retail bicycle sales floor, and a shop/service area or warehouse for manufacturing
  • A current phone bill or utility bill with your company name
  • Any additional documents you wish to provide showing the registration of the business
  • QBP Online Sales, Auction Site & Image Use Policy

We ask that all account candidates conduct themselves professionally and courteously during the application process.

Note: if you are still in the planning stages for your store, or if you have any questions, please call the International Team: 952.941.9391 x2025

General International inquiries:
E-mail: internationalsales@qbp.com

International Account Agents

Elise Buchen (se habla español): Latin America & Caribbean
Phone: +1.952.941.9391 ext. 1199
E-mail: ebuchen@qbp.com

Aaron James: Canada
Phone: +1.952.941.9391 ext. 1575
Email: ajames@qbp.com

Dana Carson: Europe, Middle East, & Africa
Phone: +1.952.941.9391 ext. 1618
E-mail: dcarson@qbp.com

Brad Crosby: Global OEM Sales
Phone: +1.952.941.9391 ext. 1292
E-mail: bcrosby@qbp.com

Andrew Patton: Asia-Pacific
Phone: +1.952.941.9391 ext. 1619
E-mail: apatton@qbp.com

New Dealer Resources

QBP is dedicated to helping independent bike dealers and other specialty bike businesses succeed. Below we have compiled a list of useful links to consider when opening a new store.

Planning Phase

Want to Start a Bike Shop?

Business Planning Questions to Think About

How To Write a Business Plan

QBP Online Sales, Auction Site & Image Use Policy

Insurance for the Bicycle Industry

Marsh & McLennan Agency

Financial Information

Consumer Financing Through GE Capital

GE Capital Learning Center

Website Resources

SmartEtailing

Point of Sale Integration

Below are the Point of Sale providers who have added the QBP tools to their system

AIMsi TRI-Technical Systems Inc

ARS

Ascend

Digital Retail Solutions

EDGE Technologies Inc.

InFusion – POSitive Results

Quickbooks

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