While independent bike dealers face many challenges today, there are also clear opportunities for those who pursue them.
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) – Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is launching a project designed to illustrate the power of retail design and merchandising through the makeover of a bike shop. Similar to popular home renovation and restaurant remodel TV shows, the Retail Remodel Project will document a hands-on redesign of a bicycle retailer.
SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Former retailer and longtime framebuilder Bill Davidson has announced his partnership with Maxwell Kullaway of 333fab to open Davidson-Kullaway Custom Bicycles early next spring.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Discounts ran deeper and sales started earlier than ever this year, but the holiday shopping season appears to be off to a slow start.
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — From Austin, Texas, to Taichung, Taiwan, the newest issue of Bicycle Retailer takes a look at the cycling industry from several perspectives.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — One of BikeStreet’s former stores recently reopened with a new name: FreeHub Bicycles.
NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Signature Cycles' owner Paul Levine recently collaborated with the Movado Group, the parent company of luxury watch brand Movado, to host a fundraising event to benefit World Bicycle Relief.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle will kick off its Black Friday sales this Wednesday, and then will close all its stores — as well as its distribution center and contact center — for Thanksgiving. The stores will re-open as usual on Friday at 9 a.m.
VICTOR, Idaho (BRAIN) –Jannine and Scott Fitzgerald, owners of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Idaho’s Teton Valley, have launched a children’s book focused on cycling.
LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Detroit-based watch, leather goods and bicycle company Shinola opened its newest retail store in Los Angeles last week. The 1,100-square-foot shop is in the heart of the city's Silver Lake neighborhood, and is Shinola's seventh brick-and-mortar retail outlet.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jenson USA employees will support World Bicycle Relief's Buffalo Bike program by buying one Buffalo Bike for the organization for each new bike Jenson sells on Cyber Monday, Dec. 1. The pledge will match the first 50 bikes sold that day.
PACIFIC BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Discovery, a San Diego-area retailer with two locations, is running a promotion with Phat Cycles, a fat-tire beach cruiser brand.
PHOENIX, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Randy and Sally Pittaluga have opened their fifth bike shop in the Phoenix area, Bike Masters Ahwatukee, a Giant Partner Store. The Pittalugas, co-owners of the Bike Masters and Bikes Direct store brands, worked with the Giant Retail Services team in the design of their newest location.
MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Chrome Industries has opened a new brand retail store in Minneapolis, raising the number of Chrome HUB locations to seven.
IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — This winter Shimano American is offering intensive, hands-on two-day training sesssion for shop technical staff at the company's office here.
ORLANDO, Fla. (BRAIN)—A recent purchase of four bike shops in a one-month period has brought the store count at David’s World Cycle to 12. The greater Orlando-area retailer also has its sights on a fifth acquisition, with a deal set to close in November.
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — When Katie Lupo went shopping for a bike after relocating to D.C. from Madison, Wisconsin, for an internship, she was shocked to discover there were no used bike shops in the city. After finishing graduate school, Lupo decided to move to D.C. permanently and open her own. Lupo started Gearin’ Up Bicycles in late 2012 as a nonprofit community used bike shop, modeling it after a similar program in Madison called Dream Bikes.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (BRAIN) — When Two Wheel Tango unexpectedly closed in early October, many customers who had purchased bikes from one of its three stores wondered where they would take them for service.
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (BRAIN) — After learning that the strip mall where Race Pace Ellicott City was housed for 30 years would be torn down, owner Alex Obriecht began looking for a new building to rent. Buying property wasn’t something he had initially considered, but commercial rentals were expensive and difficult to find. So in December 2012, Obriecht purchased a 7,000-square-foot warehouse that had previously been used to store excavating equipment. He hired an architect and the building was gutted and remodeled inside and out. An additional 4,800 square feet of space was also added to the building. The process took more than 21 months — nearly a year longer than Obriecht had anticipated.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is accepting submissions for its Supplier Scorecard program, which allows independent bicycle dealers to rate their suppliers.