TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN)—ProBike Tucson has had to overcome its share of obstacles on the way to opening its doors this month. An earlier lease deal fell apart, and it took partners Chris Gould and Karl Schindler the better part of a year to find their final location.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—Ahead of its official launch Friday, Dec. 2, REI staged a soft opening for its first New York City store over Thanksgiving weekend.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Fallbrook Technologies has teamed with Perfect Sport International (PSI) to meet increased demand for bikes equipped with the company’s NuVinci N360 CVP transmission and NuVinci Harmony drivetrain.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—The record number of shoppers who turned out for Black Friday may have been encouraging to retailers overall, but bike shops contacted Monday by Bicycle Retailer reported mixed results for their sales promotions over the long holiday weekend.
ROTORUA, New Zealand (BRAIN)—Enve Composites has picked up Wide Open Distributors as a distribution partner in New Zealand.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Cervélo will debut a new travel division next year through a collaboration with luxury cycling tour operator Butterfield & Robinson.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—A record 226 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million last year, according to a National Retail Federation survey.
WAUKEGAN, IL (BRAIN)—The owners of Midwest Bicycles & Billiards are asking cyclists, collectors and retailers to be on the lookout for a number of vintage BMX bikes and parts stolen in a break-in at the Waukegan, Illinois, shop this month.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taichung Bike Week gets underway this week in the heart of Taiwan’s manufacturing region as product managers gather to hash out final decisions about spec on 2013 bike lines.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—The offices of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News are closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Web news will resume on Monday, Nov. 28.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Norco has expanded its partnership store program to Canada’s east coast with the opening of Cyclepath Yonge and Eglinton in central Toronto.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Foundry Cycles will unveil a nationwide promotional campaign at a launch party Dec. 1. Angry Catfish, a Minneapolis bike shop, will host the event, where Foundry will offer up for demo its Router mountain bike, Auger ‘cross bike and Ratchet road bike.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Philadelphia’s Endurance Sports Expo is expanding to three cities in 2012. In addition to its Feb. 25-26 show in Philly, the expo will move to New Jersey (March 17 and 18) and Washington, D.C. (March 31-April 1).
LARAMIE, WY (BRAIN)—Cycling journalist Charles Pelkey has moved his long-running “Explainer” Column to the Red Kite Prayer blog. His first column appeared on the site on Monday.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Giro has dropped the lawsuit it filed against Specialized in September in which it claimed that the Morgan Hill, California, company engaged in unfair business practices.
The case was dismissed Monday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—British company Early Rider Ltd. has named Portland, Oregon's Cyclone Bicycle Supply as its exclusive U.S. distributor.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—IMBA has appointed three new members to its board of directors, filling spots left vacant by longtime directors Hill Abell, Chris Kegel and Jay Franklin, all of whom stepped down due to term limits.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has created a new visual merchandising and display program for retailers.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Through Dec. 15, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is taking to the streets to help cyclists ride more safely at night.
KENT, United Kingdom (BRAIN)—Cyclemotion’s Mark Bickerton is taking on a new role as brand ambassador and head of international sales for Proviz, a U.K. supplier of high-visibility cycling apparel.