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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.

TORONTO (BRAIN) — Vanhawks, a Canadian company that makes a bike with integrated safety and navigational features, is entering the U.S. IBD market. The company has recently hired a vice president of sales, Jon Kameen. The brand's first U.S.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The new issue of Bicycle Retailer, arriving in mailboxes this week, features a package of articles about the industry's trade shows, as well as a directory of the NBDA's list of America's Best Bike Shops.

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — Pedego has opened its 89th location, called Pedego 30A, located a half-mile from Florida's scenic Highway 30A, near Point Washington State Forest in Northwest Florida. The store will hold a grand opening Nov. 10.

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Tour group also drops in at sponsor Hawley-Lambert for an update on the distributor’s recent operational changes.
Finish Line’s Derek Goltz (left) and Hawley-Lambert’s Pat McGinnis

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BRAIN) — The final day of Bicycle Retailer's Carolinas Dealer Tour moved on to Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, visiting two retailers and distributor Hawley-Lambert.

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (BRAIN) — On its final day in Charlotte, Bicycle Retailer’s Carolinas Dealer Tour covered a wide range of shops and a sizable geographical area as it traveled from Uptown Charlotte to the city’s southern reaches.

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The Dealer Tour crew makes its way to The Bike Gallery in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (BRAIN) — The opening day of Bicycle Retailer's Carolinas Dealer Tour was short on mileage but long on diversity of retailers as our dozen-strong contingent of editors and sponsors pedaled 11 miles of streets and bike paths in Charlotte, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

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AUSTIN, Tex. (BRAIN) — Just two months after opening his first store outside the Austin city limits in Bee Cave, Texas, retailer Hill Abell has opened a fifth location near the University of Texas campus.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Banker Supply, which opened its first urban cycling lifestyle store in 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open a new location in Los Angeles next week. The retailer has plans to open its third location, in Chicago, later this year, and two more locations next year.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BRAIN) — Erik's Bike Shop purchased the two Kansas City, Kansas-area locations of retail chain BikeSource. The acquisitions raise Erik's store count to 26 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and, soon, Kansas.

Wabi bikes are manufactured in Taiwan and assembled in Tulsa.

TULSA, Okla. (BRAIN) — When friends Matt Gragg and Curtis Kline decided to buy a business earlier this year, they looked at options in several industries, including a brand that makes packs for wildland firefighters and a company that manufactures fire trucks.

Updated with funeral mass details.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (BRAIN) — Retailer George Garner, Sr., who owned and operated several stores in California and the Chicagoland area, passed away Sunday, October 2. He was 93. Garner had a huge influence on the way retailers around the country operated their bike shops in the 20th century.

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SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Timbuk2 is opening its first stores in New York, opening first in Manhattan on Oct. 15 followed by a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, store opening in November.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (BRAIN) — Former SRAM technical ambassador Andy Jones has opened a RockShox mountain bike suspension service center, Squish Dynamics, in Western Oregon.

A screenshot from the forthcoming iOS app.

WESTERLY, R.I. (BRAIN) — In classic tech startup fashion, Velotooler lends itself nicely to an elevator pitch (or more accurately, an Interbike booth pitch): It's Uber for bike mechanics.

MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — In recognition of his contributions to his native state, the governor of Wisconsin is proclaiming Sunday, Sept. 25, as Chris Kegel Day throughout the state. 

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ProdecoTech CEO Robert Provost explains its mobile e-bike franchise program.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Robert Provost, the CEO of Florida electric bike maker ProdecoTech, says he can lower a retailer's overhead — to less than 9 feet.

Attendees honor retailer Chris Kegel with a toast.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Interbike's traditional opening Industry Breakfast took an emotional turn Wednesday as hundreds of attendees stood to honor retailer Chris Kegel, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

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