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BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 3
Fritz's Skate Bike & Surf opened in 1989 to sell and rent Rollerblades.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — On the final day of the BRAIN Dealer Tour, our group rode through downtown Miami — past skyscrapers, the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena and across the yacht-strewn Venetian Causeway — on our way to South Beach. The area has seen commercial rent prices skyrocket.

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BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 2
The sign is a landmark, but Mack's doesn't sell Schwinns.

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla (BRAIN) — From the sunny parking lot of Mack Cycle & Fitness, Mary Jane Mark points across Sunset Drive, the street where more than a half century ago her father built a store that is now a local landmark.

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MIAMI (BRAIN) – Rolling from The Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove on a balmy 75-degree morning, the BRAIN Dealer Tour immediately got a taste of what cycling in Miami is like.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hydrapak has brought aboard eight sales agencies as the maker of hydration packs and bottles prepares for an expansion into specialty outdoor and running retail.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Despite lackluster holiday sales due to unseasonably mild winter weather in the Western U.S., Sport Chalet’s fiscal third quarter was its most profitable quarter since 2007, the sporting goods chain reported Monday.

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RockNRoad partner Jeff Renteria at the retailer’s Laguna Niguel store

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Intense Cycles has installed its first store-in-store display at Southern California’s RockNRoad Cyclery, featuring custom flooring, handmade display platforms, window graphics and in-store signage.

Renovation in progress at District Bicycles' new building

STILLWATER, Okla. (BRAIN) — When District Bicycles completes its move in late February, the retailer will gain 1,300 additional square feet of space and a more inviting storefront.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BRAIN) — After five years of doing business on Albuquerque’s east side, The Kickstand bike shop will close its doors on Feb. 8.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN)­­ — Shinola's made- in-­Detroit bicycles, watches, leather goods and journals will be featured inside The Station SF's pop­up retail area through the end of March.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Phoenix-area retailer Rick Marquis held a grand opening celebration this past weekend for his new Giant Scottsdale store.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The issue also includes news about Specialized's Rider Experience program, the death of toolmaker Paul Morningstar and more.

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Vanessa Buccello (front) and Annie Byrne

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — It was the tagline for the women’s cycling Meetup group she was starting just over a year ago that inspired Vanessa Buccella to open a bike shop. 

BRAINTREE, Mass. (BRAIN) — Massachusetts retail chain Landry’s Bicycles is expanding its business to five stores with a new location opening in Braintree this spring.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI has been named to Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the 17th consecutive year.

Helvie and Clark

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Bicycle Garage Indy/BGI Fitness is transitioning ownership from company founder and president Randy Clark to Scott Helvie, the retailer announced. 

Helvie, 37, worked five years at BGI and also worked in manufacturing, sales and distribution for nine years. 

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BRAIN) — SR Suntour North America is inviting retailers to a suspension and drivetrain clinic at Ray's Indoor Bike Parks in Milwaukee, Wis., and Cleveland, Ohio, in February. 

Pedego Irvine opened in mid-December.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes recently celebrated the opening of its 30th store in the company’s hometown in Orange County, California. Pedego Irvine is owned and operated by longtime Irvine resident and cyclist Bob Bibee.

ALBANY, Calif. (BRAIN) — San Francisco Bay Area distributor and service center Cycle Monkey has expanded its suspension service business under the new name Suspension Lab, offering retailers quicker processing on overhauls of shocks, forks and dropper seatposts.

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Transit Cycles, slated to open at the end of January, will be the first shop in Tucson to focus solely on transportation cycling. Owner Duncan Benning, a 19-year veteran of the bike industry, has wanted to open a shop since he was in high school.

Non-Trek dealers fear being frozen out of the cruiser brand, while some Waterloo faithful see upside.

ROCKY RIVER, OH (BRAIN) — When Scott Cowan learned about Electra’s ownership change Monday, he was both stunned and concerned. The owner of three family-oriented shops in Ohio also sells Raleigh and Giant, but Electra is one of his main brands.


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