Monday, June 1, 2015

CycleMart.com Domain is For Sale


Back in the early days of the Internet (circa 1997), I purchased the CycleMart.com domain name with plans to launch a motorcycle-related web store, selling parts, accessories, apparel, collectibles, and more, to motorcycling enthusiasts.

If you think back to that time, the "domain grab" of the late 90s was in full swing, fueled in great part by the sale of the Business.com TLD the previous year. That domain sold for a staggering $7.5 million.

Of course cybersquatters and speculators alike went into "acquisition mode," and you had to get really creative to get a decent—and short—domain name. By "short" I mean under ten characters.

Frankly, I was a bit surprised when I checked the availability of CycleMart.com and discovered that it was up for grabs, so I quickly secured it. In hindsight I wish I had been as smart as I like to think I am, and purchased other generic domains. Alas, that was not to be.

Once I had the domain in my name, I did absolutely nothing with it. I was busy running my other ecommerce venture as well as a printed buy, sell, trade magazine catering to motorcyclists, and those two ventures alone kept me occupied full time. And so,CycleMart.com just sat there.

Fast forward about ten years and I was getting pretty serious about bicycling. I rode thousands of miles every year, including many "century" rides, and did my share of road racing. And when I was not on my bike, I was on the stationary trainer. Yes, I was pretty hard core.

Of course at some point I started entertaining ideas of launching CycleMart.com again, but this time the audience would be bicycle riders and enthusiasts. Like with motorcycling, the industry is huge and I thought about offering all sorts of bike-related parts, equipment, accessories, collectibles, and even food and supplements.

But again, life got in the way and another great idea was shelved.

In the interim, eighteen years have gone by, so I think the time has come to allow someone else to put CycleMart.com to good use.

While researching domain name sales and ads, it is obvious that some TLDs—like good wines—get better with age. One of the benefits is that having an "aged" domain name provides a level of credibility that it's hard to beat.

Of course there are no guarantees that my domain name will sell, and if that's the case, so be it. Actually, if that happens, I may have to finally launch a webstore selling bike-related stuff. An idea that's been almost two decades in the making.

CycleMart.com is available through Flippa.com.

Please click here to visit the auction.