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Posted April 25, 2014

MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — After just over a year in business, Coast In Bikes is the first IBD in Milwaukee to add a café space to its retail store.

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Posted April 24, 2014

FOLSOM, Calif. (BRAIN) — A Trek demo trailer containing 36 high-end bikes was stolen from behind a California shop last week and was later found missing the bikes and on fire alongside a high miles away.

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Posted April 15, 2014

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The April 15 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, arriving in mailboxes this week, features an in-depth examination of retail bike pricing, inspired by the reduced pricing promotion announced by Giant USA last month.

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Posted April 10, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wisconsin retailer Wheel & Sprocket and Pennsylvania-based Strategic Solutions - S2 are releasing a new analytics tool for single- or multi-store bike retailers.

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Posted April 7, 2014
La Bicicletta's Assos ProShop display.

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Swiss clothing brand Assos has opened its first two North American shop-in-shop ProShops, with La Bicicletta in Toronto and Fresh Bikes in Arlington, Va. The brand has 17 ProShops around the world, with eight more planned to open this year.

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Posted April 2, 2014
Inventory, hot categories and more to be covered Thursday.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Market research group Leisure Trends will produce a free webinar on Thursday on retail trends in the IBD channel.

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Posted March 27, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Northern California retailer Mike's Bikes has selected Ascent CRM, formerly a division of Leisure Trends, as its relationship marketing partner, driving the 11-store chain's direct-to-consumer marketing efforts.

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Posted March 24, 2014

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Founded by two friends who share a background in both the bike and food industries, newly opened Ancien Cycles caters to lifestyle cyclists and enthusiasts alike.

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Posted March 24, 2014
Customers mingle at the grand opening party at Cadence Cyclery's new store.

HIGHLAND VILLAGE, Texas (BRAIN) — Dallas-Fort Worth area retailer Cadence Cyclery recently celebrated the opening of its second store, located 32 miles from its original location in McKinney, Texas. The new 4,000 square-foot shop opened as a Giant Partner Store in late November.

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Posted March 20, 2014

FORT MADISON, Iowa (BRAIN) — When Slipstream Cycling owner Mike Winnike began serving smoothies to customers in his shop, he had no idea how far the food side of his business would ultimately take him.

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Posted March 18, 2014

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Specialty outdoor retailer and member co-op REI has reported record annual sales of $2 billion for 2013. According to its year-end earnings statement, the company's sales were up 5.9 percent from $1.9 billion in 2012.

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Posted March 18, 2014

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) – Online retailer Backcountry.com is launching its first pro mountain bike team. The four-person squad will race in cross-country and stage races across North America this year. The team also expects to compete at the Mongolian Bike Challenge.

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Posted March 18, 2014
A blog by Fred Clements, the executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Is there a better way for brands to receive meaningful feedback? There is now.

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Posted March 17, 2014

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (BRAIN) — Retailer Don Van Cleave, better known to many as "Bicycle Don," died Sunday at age 56 of bladder cancer.

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Posted March 14, 2014
Fred Boykin (center) was recognized for his commitment to bicycle advocacy.

ATLANTA (BRAIN) — When retailer Fred Boykin attended the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's annual Blinkie awards ceremony last month, he did not expect to receive an award—let alone have one named for him.

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Posted March 14, 2014

SHERIDAN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Denver-area triathlon retailer KompetitiveEdge has new ownership.

Former store manager Ryan Stedeford is taking full ownership of the store as of April 1 from previous owner Rob Runyon. 

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Posted March 14, 2014
Storm Cycles' co-owners Juan Patterson (left) and Todd Henneman (right).

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — With a combination of nearly 500 miles of single track and an extensive network of rural paved and gravel roads, the snow sports mecca of Park City, Utah, has also become a popular cycling destination.

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Posted March 12, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Champion System is setting up a custom cycling and triathlon clothing ordering system through Performance Bicycle's website.

Champion System will facilitate the design, ordering and delivery process through PerformanceBike.com.

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Posted March 10, 2014

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wish you could see what brands have the best shipping terms, order accuracy or margins? Or want to inform your current supplier about where they can improve?

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Posted March 7, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While total merchandise sales at IBDs were off 1 percent in January compared to the same month a year ago, complete bike sales bucked the downward trend, according to the latest figures from Leisure Trends RetailTrak.

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