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Posted December 3, 2012
Specialized checks in with Engadget author

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN) — Engadget writer Joshua Fruhlinger went to two Southern California bike shops on Black Friday, shopping for a Specialized or Yeti. After being disappointed by his experience, he wound up buying a Santa Cruz from online retailer Speedgoat.com.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 3, 2012
Author tells BRAIN that retailers need to 'meet me halfway'

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — AOL-owned Engadget.com is one of the most-read technology sites on the Internet. People paid attention last week when its former editorial director penned a column recounting his dismal shopping experience at two bike shops on Black Friday — and his ultimate decision to buy a bike online.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Web/Internet
Posted November 30, 2012
Jay Graves

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — After nearly 40 years in bicycle retail, Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves has retired and handed over the reins of his Portland chain to Mike Olson, owner of Trek Bicycle Superstore of San Diego, California. 

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Posted November 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Denver’s Turin Bicycles returns to its roots in more ways than one as it readies a new retail location in Chicago that will sell its own brand of bicycles as well as products and accessories from Asia and Europe that currently do not have U.S. distribution.

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Posted November 28, 2012

EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN) — Wisconsin’s Wheel & Sprocket, the BRAIN Gold Star Retailer owned by Chris Kegel, is opening its first location in Illinois, taking over the space being vacated by Evanston’s Ten 27 Cycles, formerly Turin Bicycles. 

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Posted November 28, 2012
Photos by Kyer Wiltshire

MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — High-end road and mountain shop Studio Velo gets a larger and more functional space to serve its well-heeled customer base after leaving its old digs for a new location in its hometown of Mill Valley, California.

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Posted November 26, 2012

With mixed emotions and expectations, retailers jumped into the Thanksgiving shopping weekend with Black Friday sales promotions that saw equally uneven results.

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Posted November 20, 2012

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (BRAIN) — “Custom” and “local” are the guiding forces at One of a Kind Cycle, a new boutique shop opening this week in Traverse City.

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Posted November 20, 2012

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN) — The Community Spoke, a bicycle co-op that provides free access to tools, parts and maintenance assistance, has closed indefinitely following a burglary in which thousands of dollars in bikes, tools and other shop supplies were lost. 

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Posted November 20, 2012

WALNUT, CA (BRAIN) — Cycling website BikeRoar is offering U.S. dealers free listings to market their businesses, with an eye toward rolling out premium services that would display retailers’ in-stock inventory and pricing as well as detailed shop information such as videos and store tours.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Web/Internet
Posted November 16, 2012

SPOKANE, WA (BRAIN) — Trek and Moots dealer Two Wheel Transit has completed its move from downtown Spokane to a new location in the Washington city’s South Perry Street District. The new shop opened Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Posted November 12, 2012

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association invites its members to a webinar Wednesday by business consultant Tom Shay. The webinar, titled Strategies to Win in a Challenging Economy, is from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific standard time.

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Posted November 8, 2012

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Scotts Valley Cycle Sport has reopened in a new location and as a Specialized Elite Shop. Its new location is twice the size of its previous store.

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Posted November 5, 2012

GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Signature Cycles has rescheduled a grand opening party for its new Greenwich Studio location because of another storm bearing down on the New York City area.

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Posted November 5, 2012

EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN) — Retailer Ten 27 Cycles, formerly Turin Bicycles, is closing after more than 40 years in Evanston, Illinois. 

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Posted November 1, 2012

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — LTP Sports Group Inc., the new distribution arm of Norco Bicycles, has taken over ownership of Norco dealer John Henry Bikes, a fixture on Vancouver’s North Shore for 20 years, following the retirements of owners John Henry and Willie Cromack.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted November 1, 2012
Closer to shore, some shops damaged
Photo of mechanic Hal by Alex Leader, Bicycle Habitat

MANHATTAN, NY (BRAIN) — Who needs electricity to run a bike shop?

A handful of Manhattan bike shops re-opened Wednesday following post-tropical storm Sandy, as the city was flooded with bike commuters.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Hurricane Sandy
Posted October 30, 2012

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — The Unlikely Cyclist is not only Lisa Kanno’s new women’s-specific shop, it is Kanno herself.

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Posted October 29, 2012

BELMONT, MA (BRAIN) — Hurricane Sandy has shut down most bike shops and suppliers from North Carolina to Southern New England, as high winds and heavy rain precede the storm's landfall, expected later Monday.

Most shops from Washington, D.C. to Boston are closed, with a few exceptions.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Hurricane Sandy
Posted October 29, 2012

ENCINITAS, CA (BRAIN) — San Diego County retailer Ride Cyclery has acquired Pink Peloton, a store that focuses on the women's market. The two stores will co-habitate a new location opening later this week.

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