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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jenson USA and Free Agent BMX Bicycles handed out 60 bikes to elementary students during the annual East Hills Holiday Bicycle Giveaway on Christmas Eve. 

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Two partners — including one bike industry veteran — have bought Velofix franchise rights to the entire state of Minnesota in what the mobile bike repair franchiser said was its largest U.S. deal to date.

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ATLANTA (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness is working with dealers around the world to install KICKR Experience Stations at 150 locations. The Experience Stations include a KICKR trainer and display integrated with the Zwift online cycling app so consumers can test out the system. 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile bicycle repair franchiser Velofix said it is ending 2016 with 300 percent revenue growth over last year. The company added 44 new shops in the year, bringing its total to 89 franchise territories covered.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Attention retailers: Bicycle Retailer wants to know what you think about electric bikes and how much they factor into your business. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Think they're the bright shining future of the bike industry — or its death knell?

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New location in Minneapolis is owned by Craig and Ann Paulson.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes' 92nd store has opened on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

The store is owned by Craig and Ann Paulson and is now offering Pedego bikes rentals and sales with a full menu of tours debuting soon. They plan a grand opening celebration for March.

The Summit’s top-rated 2016 speaker, Sam Dantzler, returns with talk on hiring practices

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the IBD Summit have released the full agenda for its 2017 event, which will be held Jan. 17-19 in Tempe, Arizona.

The summit is presented by Interbike, PeopleForBikes, the NBDA, and the BPSA.

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Woehl in the library of American Cyclery's original store.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — When American Cyclery Too's lease expired earlier this year, owner Bradley Woehl decided not to renew.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — After testing its Trade-Up program with 30 dealers in the Boulder-Denver area, The Pro's Closet is now accepting dealers nationwide into its program.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The new issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, arriving in a subscribers' mailboxes this week, features coverage of our most recent Dealer Tour, which visited retailers and other industry members in North and South Carolina.

Patterson at Cycology Bicycles.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle School, a new consumer and professional mechanics school in East Tennessee, is up and running, having completed its first two-day class early this week.

The school was opened by Tim Patterson, the longtime manager of Maryville's Cycology Bicycles.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Spinlister — a peer-to-peer system that matches bike owners with people who want to rent bikes — is launching a program to help bike shops rent out bikes.

DENVER (BRAIN) – Seattle-based Action sports retailer evo has opened its new store in Denver.

FREMONT, Calif. (BRAIN) — CentriPEDAL, a store that Cali James Rardin opened in 2012 that had outgrown its original 2,400 square foot location, has re-opened as a 5,000 square foot Giant Partner Store next door to its original location.

BALTIMORE, Md. (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer Alex Obriecht has announced that Race Pace Bicycles will expand with two new stores set to open in early 2017.

EASTON, Pa. (BRAIN) — Genesis Bicycles plans to close on Black Friday, Nov. 25, just as it did last year. This year the store's staff has decided to donate their pay for that day to The Children's Home of Easton. 

A rider in the elliptical changing room.

LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Assos of Switzerland has chosen London's posh Regent Street shopping district as the site of its first international concept store. The brand also operates a store near its headquarters in Lugano. 

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — In its second year, so far 475 organizations, including government agencies, non-profits and businesses, have pledged to participate in REI's #OptOutside promotion, which encourages businesses to shut down on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and take part in outdoor activities that day. 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — David Pruitt, a longtime Performance Bicycle employee who helped negotiate the retail chain's sale to Advanced Sports International, has stepped down as CEO effective this week. Pat Cunnane, ASI's CEO, has been named Performance's interim president.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — This week 11 women technicians will attend Trek's first ever Women's Expert Technician Course, offered at the company's Trek Certified Service facility here.


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