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Pet Travel Accessories & Cycling Essentials for your Summer Trip

With a growing inclination towards cycling as a holiday activity and vacationers carrying their pets with them, the spring and summer months see a substantial rise in the demand for travel and touring applications and cycling and pet travel accessories.

An increasing number of the British population now choose to spend their holidays on road trips; in fact, statistics reveal that around 60% of Britons chose ‘staycation’ holidays in the past year. Cycling as a holiday activity is growing year on year, alongside the desire for travellers to take their pets away with them on their summer vacation. With this in mind, cycling and pet travel accessories provide an excellent opportunity to make the most of the travel accessory market this spring/summer. RAC, Mont Blanc, and Sport Direct provide essential travel and leisure accessories to ensure you’re well equipped for your trip.

Pet Travel

With highway codes necessitating proper animal restraint measures to counter distractions and injuries, the market for these products is huge. FPS presents an exclusive availability on RAC pet travel products to the Leisure and Automotive sectors. 49 products are split between two tiers, namely Standard and Advanced; the Advanced is synonymous with premium quality construction, long-lasting and easy-to-fit products.

Pet Carriers & Restraints

Available from both tiers, the carriers are available in plastic, fabric and fold-flat metal crates. The Advanced range includes an additional padded mattress and bandana. The restraints are designed from strong and lightweight materials and can double up as a walking harness too. All products come in a choice of sizes depending on the end-users’ requirement.

Vehicle Protection

Popular products such as seat covers, blankets and boot & bumper protectors are available from both tiers and offer protection to both the pets as well as the vehicles’ interior.

Growing Market

  • £450m: annual average spend by Britons on pet travel
  • 6%: estimated annual growth rate of the UK pet travel industry in 2016

Travel Accessories

An established name in the travel and leisure sector, Mont Blanc offers a full and comprehensive range comprising cycle carriers, dog guards, roof boxes, roof bars and general accessories. The brand offers over 450 product references in stock at FPS, backed by a 3 year warranty and spares service, to cover most needs.

Dog Guards

The dog guard range provides universal fitting options for various vehicle sizes. An easy-to-use twist locking mechanism on the Tube and Mesh dog guards enables easy and secure fitment, without the need of assistance or tools.

Roof Bars

The basis of all roof-carrying systems, support a wide range of large, bulky loads and are the perfect partner for both roof mount cycle carriers and roof boxes. Mont Blanc has a solution for most cars, from the ever popular and straightforward steel Supra bars to the top of the range ReadyFit locking aluminium bars, part of the Easy Go™ ready-assembled family.

Supra Roof Bars

Supra has sold over 4 million units worldwide; the top 15 part numbers offer coverage of 16m+ vehicles in the UK car parc. This ensures a good stock profile for factors and resellers whilst also allowing for in-store demonstrations and interaction with target customers, convincing them to make a purchase.

Benefits:

  • Fully assembled unit for quick installation
  • Durable steel manufacture
  • Compatible with most brands of travel and touring accessories
  • Abrasion-free, protection-coating on all parts

Roof Boxes

The Cargo range is made from UV-resistant ABS plastic and has a standard safe-locking system that prevents removal of the key unless the box is locked correctly.

All boxes come with internal securing straps and all relevant fixings to secure the box onto roof bars, merging functionality with aesthetics.

The roof bars and cycle carriers are continuously updated to ensure fits, wherever possible on newly released vehicles. Please see the F:Drive for vehicle specific application guides for both cars and commercial vehicles.

Cycle Carriers

A wide choice of rear, roof and towball mounted cycle carriers is available. The Super Rider+, Rear Trail and Rear Trek rear-mounted carriers all come with specific set-up and easy fitment settings for every vehicle. A range of universal roof-mounted carriers is also available and many models are supplied with locks to secure the carrier to both the roof bars and the cycles.

Cycle Accessories

Cycling and healthier lifestyle choices have become more commonplace and cycle accessories offer a profitable market sector. Sport Direct™ offers a range of 300+ quality cycle accessories, comprising helmets, gloves, pumps, tyres and tubes, wheels, brakes and USB lights. The portfolio also includes the Aero Sport® range that offers a premium choice to users and AWE® – a range that enjoys some of the top brand positions in Europe. All these products conform to the highest EU quality standards.

Helmets

The extensive range caters for children all the way up to professional road-racers and conforms to EN 1078. All AWE® helmets are additionally backed by a 5 year manufacturer’s crash replacement warranty.

Gloves

With 13 different styles to choose from, the range caters for BMX, road cycles and mountain bikes. Available in both junior and adult sizes ranging from small to extra-large, the gloves are designed to absorb shocks and bumps, improve grip and wick away sweat. Options are available with gel padding, adjustable straps, reflective piping and perforated palms, all designed to enhance the biking experience.

Furthermore, Sport Direct™ offers a range of various pumps, brake components and quick charging daytime running lights.

Summary

FPS offers all of these and more, creating a one-stop-shop opportunity for resellers to benefit from. Check out the Great Outdoors catalogue for the full range of travel and leisure products for your holiday needs. Besides the obvious advantage of an excellent stockholding, FPS’ same/next-day delivery ensures fully stocked shelves, enhancing the scope of making a sale.