Bike Finder Flow


COVID-19 forced Bicycle Sport Shop to completely restructure its business from a high-touch customer experience to a safely distanced engagement in the digital space. The Bike Finder Quiz was one piece of the digital solution to alleviate staff and customer pain points in the new sales process.

Role: Research, interviews, marketing, and form design.

The problem

The inside of all five of Bicycle Sport Shop’s retail locations closed in response to the pandemic’s arrival and the company switched to a curbside service model. Homebound and bored, people were coming to and contacting the shop in droves looking for new bikes, and employees couldn’t keep up with the influx in demand. The antiquated phone systems buckled under the call load. Leads were getting dropped and the staff was exhausted.

I set up an initial help form system to funnel customer needs for information about bikes, gear, repairs, and other FAQs to our newly assembled online support team. New bike inquiries, however, always lead to substantial back-and-forth emailing with customers. We needed to speed up this part of the process for the support team.

The solution

The team wanted a way to pre-screen people and guide them to the bike of their dreams before they physically came to the shop. Since people love online quizzes that reveal aspects of themselves (like what kind of bread they are), I developed the Bike Finder Quiz.

Interviewing the leader of the online sales team, I discovered missing information from the original help form system that would speed up moving customers from initial inquiry to sale. Then, I interviewed the three top salespeople about their sales process, how they analyze customers, and common customer desires and concerns. 

The flow was reviewed by salespeople then the quiz was built using Jotform. Here is an example of how a customer who is an advanced rider looking for a full-suspension mountain bike, the “Gnarly” user persona, would experience the quiz:

Before public release, I tested the quiz with users over the phone and through video calls to make adjustments before it was publicly launched. After launch, I monitored early usage to identify additional alterations based on quiz responses.

The Results

The quiz initially led to quicker bike recommendations and sales with a 43% conversion rate, and the team was excited to spend less time on a large segment of customers.

However, after a few months online, we noticed customers increasingly filling out the form for fun, leading to false leads. We temporarily pulled it from the site and prepared to integrate the quiz’s structure with our online inventory so customers would land on a page of customized products based on their results. We sold the company to Trek before finishing the next iteration of the quiz.