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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.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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.

 Bike Masters Ahwatukee has approximately 1,750 square feet of retail space.

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.

David’s World Cycle is now up to 12 stores … and counting.

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.

Gearin’ Up Bicycles operated out of a shipping container its first summer in business.

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.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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.

Race Pace serves the first customers to patronize the Maryland retailer’s new location in Ellicott City.

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.

Our Day 3 route took us on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Austin’s skyline is in constant flux. Even as more skyscrapers erect downtown, towering construction cranes are ubiquitous and signal the ongoing redevelopment and transformation happening in the Lone Star State’s capital.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour
The Dealer Tour group rode through downtown and university neighborhoods on Day 2.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Take away the perpetually sunny skies, year-round mild temps and the ever-present Southern hospitality, and it might be easy to mistake Austin for Portland, Oregon.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour / Events

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Sweetpea Bicycle, a Portland-based custom bike maker focused on women's bikes, is teaming up with Gladys Bikes, a retailer that specializes in serving women cyclists.

Dealer Tour riders along the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Rolling on pink-accented tires provided by sponsor Hutchinson and attired in Sockguy socks bearing slogans like “Save the Ta Tas” and “Cancer Sucks” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BRAIN’s Austin Dealer Tour kicked off Tuesday sampling some of the Texas capital’s growing network of premier cycling infrastructure en route to four shops.

Tagged Mobile bike apps / BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour / Events

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — BRAIN's final Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday in Austin as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops in the Texas capital.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour / Events

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — The Cannondale Sports Store in Carle Place, New York, was recently featured in Hub Magazine, and was awarded a bronze award for retail experience in the 4th Annual Hub Prize competition hosted by the magazine.

ENCINITAS, Calif. (BRAIN) — A Southern California retailer has launched a policy mandating that customers sign a code of conduct on cycling behavior before purchasing shop-branded jerseys or cycling kits.

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