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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BRAIN) — Chris Kegel, owner of the Milwaukee retail chain Wheel & Sprocket and a longtime advocate for cycling, died Tuesday after a months-long struggle with bile-duct cancer.

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BRAIN photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle has acquired Revolution Cycles, with locations in and around Washington, D.C. Nearby Trek dealers are mostly positive about the move.

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The Chicago dealer show will move to a 100,000-square-foot space in Schaumburg, Illinois, next year.

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (BRAIN) — At the end of opening day on Wednesday, event staff had printed over 1,100 attendance badges and the show expects they will top 2,000 attendees by the end of the show.

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The application period for the fifth annual program is open until March 31.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has launched its fifth annual America's Best Bike Shops program, and this year the association has made it easier to apply for the designation but in some ways also made it harder to earn it.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — The newly formed Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is working with United Bicycle Institute to develop a standardized mechanic certification. Once completed, the certification process would allow instruction and testing by organizations including UBI and others.

BicycleBlueBook.com's Trade-In Geo Locator.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BRAIN) — BicycleBlueBook.com has been a popular website for years for bike owners curious about their ride's value — it now attracts about three quarters of a million monthly visitors.

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — It was billed as the Best Ideas Contest. Five dealers offered attendees at the annual IBD Summit their best ideas to improve their operations and profitability. And the winner as selected by the audience in a secret ballot was . . .

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Fred Clements at the IBD Summit on Wednesday

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is in the midst of a significant restructuring. The association’s board of directors has eliminated the vice president position held by Fred Clements and plans to set up a new office in the Boulder, Colorado, area.

Tagged People / IBD Summit

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — When industry veteran Tim Staton purchased his first cargo bike, a Larry vs. Harry Bullitt, a few years ago, he had no idea his career path was about to change.

Dan Mann talks culture.

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Howdy. How are ya? Wadayaknow?

Your store’s greeting — the words and the feeling behind the words — is a key factor in establishing and reinforcing your operation’s culture, a theme of this week’s sixth annual IBD Summit here.

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SAN ANTONIO (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes announced Tuesday that Crossroad Bikes in San Antonio is the first brick-and-mortar retailer in the mobile bike shop franchiser’s new Retail Partner Program.

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DALLAS (BRAIN) — Playtri, an endurance sports retailer, coaching service and event producer, is opening triathlon store franchise opportunities this year. The company plans to focus on selling franchises in Texas and surrounding states at first.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) —The National Bicycle Dealers Association has launched what is said is the most comprehensive research study of bike shops in the industry.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Brandee Lepak was recently voted chair of the National Bicycle Dealers Association Board.

Lepak, owner of Global Bikes in Gilbert, Arizona, takes over the role from Chris Kegel, who resigned following his recent cancer diagnosis. Lepak joined the board in 2013.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Liv Vancouver, the women’s brand’s first store in Canada, is set to open this Thursday, with a grand opening celebration planned for Feb. 17.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BRAIN) — Conte's Bicycle Group LLC has promoted Mike Cox to store manager of the company's Falls Church location. 

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Executives share thoughts in new BRAIN issue.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — After a year in which the industry struggled with surplus inventory and a rapidly changing distribution system, many supplier executives said they were cautiously optimistic about their prospects in 2017.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Attention retailers: Friday is the last day to take Bicycle Retailer's survey on electric bikes. Please tell us what you think of their potential, and how much (if at all) they factor into your business.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRAIN's State of Retail panelists are selected to present a cross-section of retailers around the country. They generously volunteer their time to talk to us about a retail topic as we prepare each issue, 18 times a year. We choose new panelists each year. 

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Omnichannel-related stories lead the list.

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International's surprise decision to buy the retailer Performance Bicycle was the most-read story on BicycleRetailer.com in 2016.

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