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RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif. (BRAIN) —, one of the largest e-commerce sites in the bike world, has shut down. Founder and owner Donovan Ivan told BRAIN on Friday that he has been planning the closure for almost a year after deciding he'd rather pursue other business ventures.

FLOWER MOUND, Texas (BRAIN) — Longtime Texas retailer Chad Plumlee has opened his third store, called Giant Lakeside. The new location will serve the market around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the communities of Flower Mound, Grapevine, and Coppell.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Jeffrey Patrick Archer, the owner of First Flight Bicycles in Statesville, North Carolina, died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car. Archer, 52, was walking across a street in Mooresville when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Retailers and executives discuss the Marketplace Fairness Act with Congress.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The PeopleForBikes Coalition and the National Bicycle Dealers Association were joined by independent bicycle retailer representatives last week on the second PeopleForBikes Executive Fly-In in partnership with the NBDA.

Tagged Omnichannel / Advocacy/Non-profits

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — A new pop-up retail store near Seattle's Pike Place Market features three brands: Green Guru, Alchemy Goods and Endurance Conspiracy.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mann University will offer two 1/2-day retailer education sessions at this year's Interbike expo. The sessions will be on Tuesday, September 20 and Friday, September 23.

Tagged Interbike
Dennis Estrin

REDMOND, Wash. (BRAIN) —  Dennis Estrin, who founded Redmond Cycle in 1968 with his wife Marie, passed away on June 17 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailers looking for ideas about how to tackle that nagging remodel project, spruce up their apparel departments or ramp their store branding efforts can tune in to Bicycle Retailer's Minute Makeover video series starting Friday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Performance Bicycle has announced a new location in Greenville, South Carolina. The new store in the Gallery Shopping Center location is now open and is running grand opening specials from July 13-17. The promotions include discounts and daily giveaways.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2016-2017 State of Retail panel.

Retailers selected for the panel will weigh in on business-related topics affecting the industry. Responses are printed in each issue of the magazine.

Tagged BRAIN News

LARKSPUR, Calif. (BRAIN) — The New Wheel, a small but influential San Francisco e-bike retailer, is opening a second location in Marin County.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — E-bike maker Pedego is opening its fifth Colorado store on June 28, in Denver. 

Tagged Electric bike
Online voting for winners has now begun.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the first round of IB Award nominees for product, retailer and triathlon categories, including the bicycle retailer nominees, which were vetted by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors.

WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Protective gear brand Leatt has opened its first concept store, which it shares with the ski boot specialty store Surefoot.

The store is packed with Leatt DBX gear for mountain biking, including neck braces, helmets, gloves, body protection and hydration. 

ARNOLD, Md (BRAIN) — Brick-and-mortar retailer Bike Doctor has operated a franchise business for 24 years. Now the Maryland retailer is looking to take the franchise model to the road with mobile bike repair, called Bike Doctor Mobile.

Tagged Mobile service

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Settlement talks have apparently stalled between the Moab retailer Poison Spider Bicycles and the California-based offroad vehicle supplier Poison Spyder Customs.

New issue also examines Canyon's impending arrival in the U.S., and Shimano's pricing changes.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The June 15 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, landing in mailboxes and email inboxes this week, features our annual e-bike report, a 12-page package devoted to the fast growing market for electric bikes.

Tagged BRAIN News / Electric bike

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — During National Bike Month in May, Performance Bicycle and its customers raised $17,522 for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy via a combination of customer donations and matching funds from the retailer.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The Mann Group, a retail sales and management training firm, is repackaging its GEAR sales training for the bike industry.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Velofix says it has passed the 50-franchise benchmark for its mobile repair business. With the recent sale of multiple franchises in Southern Florida, the company has now sold 55 locations and said it is on track to hit 100 by year's end.

Tagged Mobile service


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