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Consumer-direct brand signing up IBDs to assemble, service and repair bikes.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — YT Industries is looking for shops to assemble, repair and provide regular maintenance for its line of mountain bikes in the U.S.

Tagged Omnichannel

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The German bike brand Bulls Bikes has officially opened up its U.S. consumer direct business. The company announced last month that it was coming into the U.S. market with a consumer-direct program.

Tagged Omnichannel
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

Innovation doesn’t come naturally to human beings, according to Stephen Shapiro, author and keynote presenter at this year’s Bicycle Leadership Conference.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — After getting a response that was about six times expectations, Competitive Cyclist is having to "pause" the store credit program with Strava that it launched earlier this month.

ORANGE, Calif. (BRAIN) – Southern California retailer Mark Smits has announced his partnership with Sho-Air Cyclery and Ridebiker Alliance, marking the first expansion into Orange County for Smits' Incycle Bicycles.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Women’s-specific bike shop Pedal Chic will host a series of events for female riders during the Bikeville Classic Pro Criterium and Team Trial in Greenville, S.C., April 17-19.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) – Construction begins this week at Now Bikes and Fitness in St. Paul, marking the official start of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News' Retail Remodel Project.

Tagged BRAIN News

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Online retailer CompetitiveCyclist.com is encouraging its customers to link their store accounts to their Strava activity tracking accounts, and will award them $1 in store credit for each hour of riding recorded on Strava, up to $40 a month maximum. The credit expires on the last day of the following month.

Rendering of Epic Cycles' new 10,000-square-foot location

CLERMONT, Fla., (BRAIN) — Epic Cycles in Central Florida will move to an expanded 10,000-square-foot location on the waterfront in Clermont this summer that will include a full-service shop, coffee and juice café and training studio.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The latest print edition of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News includes coverage of Interbike's "Manifesto," a document that came out of this winter's IBD Summit in Arizona.

Tagged BRAIN News / From the Magazine

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Midnight Tuesday is the deadline for bike shops to apply to be considered for the 2015 America's Best Bike Shops awards, a program of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Awards

SEATTLE (BRAIN) – Outdoor retailer REI has reported record revenue of $2.2 billion dollars for 2014, up 9.9 percent from 2013. It also reported the highest ever dividend payout, returning $168 million to its 5.5 million active co-op members last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

Independent bike shops are an "essential component of the bicycle infrastructure that makes a community bicycle friendly," according to a March 9 resolution from the League of American Bicyclists.

WACO, Tex. (BRAIN) – Texas Endurance Sports, which operates five Bicycle World and BW Multi-Sport Pro Shop retail locations throughout the state, has completed a merger with Austin multisport retailer Jack Murray, owner of Jack & Adam’s Bicycles.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WINDEMERE, Fla. (BRAIN) — G3 Development Group and The Bike Cooperative will offer Co-op members a webinar Thursday on retail best practices.

Cycling-inspired bar The Wheel opened in Austin last month.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Longtime bike retailer Jack Murray, owner of Jack & Adam’s Bicycles, recently opened his second bar in Austin.

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — World champion mountain biker Marla Streb has announced that she will open HandleBar Cafe and Bike Shop with her husband, Mark Fitzgerald, in Baltimore this summer.

Tagged People

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For an 18th consecutive year. Ranked No. 58, REI is one of five companies listed annually since the recognition began in 1998, and one of three companies headquartered in Washington state.

Tagged Awards

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has opened up applications for its annual list of America’s Best Bike Shops.

Tagged Awards
Atlanta Cycling knows how to make guests feel at home.

ATLANTA (BRAIN) — The second day of BRAIN's Dealer Tour of Atlanta took BRAIN editors, tour sponsors and guests on a hilly 36-mile route as we visited four shops.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

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