I was in the same position 4 years ago . I started a shop in Prince Albert with almost no stock offering to repair bicycles . Bought parts from other shops with sometimes a small discount sometimes not . Few suppliers were prepared to supply me even on a prepaid basis . Some of the bigger suppliers either ignored my approaches or demanded ridiculous first orders . If I was not retired from my earlier profession and having a small pension I would have been dead before I started . Got a lot of help from a shop in Oudtshoorn . Rush Sports and Silverback were extremely helpful. The big ones Omnico, Cool Heat, Cape Cycles Systems, Ryder, Paragon require huge 1st orders . I fail to understand their logic . I am a cash buyer . I am the only shop in this small town . Surely if they help me to help people to continue riding the whole industry benefits ?