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WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — DreamBikes — a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on, paid job training to teens in underserved communities at its used bike shops — has expanded with four new locations.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Giant Little Rock recently celebrated its grand opening, and the Giant and Liv dealer has designs on becoming a hub for Central Arkansas' booming cycling community and network of renowned trails.

Marla Streb

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — After working on the project for more than two years, renowned mountain bike champion Marla Streb has opened HandleBar Cafe and Bike Shop with her husband, Mark Fitzgerald.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Do you rent bikes? Is there a high demand for rentals in your market?

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Motostrano, an e-bike retailer with two stores in the greater Bay Area, has launched a pilot mobile e-bike repair and service program. The service allows e-bike owners to have their e-bike serviced at their home or office.

Tagged Electric bike

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A handful of retailers joined NBDA and PeopleForBikes executives to visit a dozen congressional office here last week. The group talked to policy makers about the impact of the bike industry and about the NBDA's priorities.

Spinlister expands its bike-shop program with agreement with nation's largest bike rental provider.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Spinlister, which began as an online peer-to-peer bike rental platform (something like Airbnb for bikes) has signed a long-term agreement with Blazing Saddles, which may be the country's largest bike rental operation.

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Yakima has announced its 2017 schedule for its RackDawg retail technical program. The program, which the company has run since the 1990s, is designed to bring retail sales staff up to date on Yakima products. 

LONDON (BRAIN) — Rapha is planning a traveling series of weekend rides and events in 20 cities this year, starting in May in Boulder, Colorado.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle is making increased use of IBM's Watson Customer Engagement services, which allows the retail chain to use consumer data, including browsing history on the Performance website, to tailor its sales and marketing approaches, online and offline.

A still from the festival's trailer (video below).

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Do you have some compelling video footage from your store showing how brick-and-mortar bike shops can be the center of their local community bike culture? Portland's Filmed by Bike film festival wants to hear from you.

SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI revenues were up 5.5 percent last year, to $2.56 billion. The co-op returned a record $193.7 million in member dividends and credit card rebates and gave back nearly 70 percent of its profits to outdoor community projects and organizations.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike-n-Hike, a Trek dealer in this Front Range city, will close its doors after 44 years in business. Current owners Rick and Jill Emerson bought the shop in 2007 from its second owner, Dave Swenson.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike Shop SEO has a new e-commerce reporting service that the company said reduces time building sales and marketing reports, and attributes sales to proper marketing channels.

Archer was honored at this weekend's NAHBS.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The driver who struck and killed First Flight Bicycles' owner Jeff Archer last July has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle and was sentenced on Friday to 3 1/2 to 5 years in prison. 

Tagged North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The March 15 issue question is: Are you seeing shop consolidation in your market?

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Ben Chandler has recently celebrated the grand reopening of his Ben's Bike store on South Houghton Road here. Chandler first opened his business in 2011 and decided late last year to partner with Giant's Retail Services Team to redesign and enhance the store's look and feel.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (BRAIN) — The National Sporting Goods Association has joined several retail trade groups in opposing a proposed federal Border Adjustment Tax.

This issue's question: What do you do to improve operations and profitability in your store?

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — State of Retail is one of the most consistently read departments in Bicycle Retailer's print magazine. In each issue 10 retailers weigh in on topics that affect their business, the industry and their communities. BRAIN is now publishing a version of the column online, allowing readers to respond in our comments section.

Tagged State of Retail / BRAIN News / From the Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Retailer Summit Bicycles, with five brick-and-mortar stores in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, has signed on to Beeline Bikes’ Retail Partner Program to launch a fleet of seven mobile bike shops serving customers from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, California.

Tagged Omnichannel / Mobile service

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