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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Kent Cranford has announced plans to open a third Motion Makers Bicycle Shop later this spring. The store will be located in Cherokee, a small town about one hour west of Asheville that serves as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

CALGARY, Alberta (BRAIN) — Calgary Cycle, which claims to be the oldest bike shop in the city, has opened a new, 12,000-square-foot store for the 2018 season.

Calgary Cycles has been in business 87 years and now has four locations. The newest will celebrate with grand opening events this weekend.

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes has launched its newest mobile bike shop, in California's Capitol city. Beeline Bikes of Sacramento marks the second territory owned by Bzur Haun, who acquired Beeline Bikes NorCal in August 2017.

Tagged Mobile service

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association's Profitability Project, better known as its P2 Program, is moving its monthly reporting to a real-time, web-based system.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Myagi, which hosts video training programs for several industry suppliers and organizations, also has available 10 free bicycle retailer staff training videos.

The videos cover how to sell tires, helmets and other products.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Just Ride LA, a store that started in a garage in 2006, has been remodeled and has reopened as a Giant Partner Store.

Princeton Sports' Columbia location.

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — Princeton Sports, a third-generation ski and bike retailer that dates to 1936, is closing one of its two locations after selling the real estate.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Robin Bylenga opened Pedal Chic in 2010 to cater to female cyclists. In February, Bylenga moved the store into a larger space on the bike path in downtown Greenville, about two and half blocks from Pedal Chic's previous location.

Amended transportation bill is headed to governor's desk.
The cash register at Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene this week.

SALEM, Ore. (BRAIN) — In the name of simplification, Oregon's Legislature this weekend amended the state's $15 bicycle excise tax to include all bikes selling for $200 or more, including e-bikes. The tax originally exempted bikes with wheels smaller than 26 inches and exempted e-bikes that were sold through bike shops.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI, like its Canadian co-op cohort MEC has decided to suspend orders of Vista Outdoor products because of the company's connection to the firearms industry. REI sells Vista's Giro, Bell, CamelBak, Camp Chef and Blackburn brands.

BEDFORD, Pa. (BRAIN) — Fat Jimmy’s Outfitters and Olde Bedford Brewing Company are teaming up to offer bikes, boats and beer to customers in the Bedford County area.

David Howard repurchased the store he sold to Cliff Pinto in 2004.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer David Howard is back in the bike business again following a 12-year hiatus.

ARLINGTON, Va. (BRAIN) — Jim Strang, president of Spokes Etc., hopes to re-open the recently shuttered Arlington location of Freshbikes by end of March. The store will expand the Northern Virginia chain to six locations. Strang said Spokes Etc. will take over the lease. The store is fully built out so move in should be easy.

Skip and Lisa Badolato, owners of Pedego's Fort Myers, Florida, store

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego announced that a new store has opened in Fort Myers, Florida. The store is co-owned and operated by husband and wife Skip and Lisa Badolato, who left their Wall Street jobs after 30 years and moved to open Pedego’s 116th store.

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SEATTLE — Consumer-direct e-bike brand EVELO Electric Bicycles is recruiting brick-and-mortar dealers in select markets for its new Demo Dealer Program.

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Santa Cruz Bicycles has launched a new online education program, The Manual, to help dealers and retail staff sell and service the company’s Santa Cruz and Juliana bike line and Reserve wheel line more effectively.

Company aims to open 25 locations in the next 18 months.

DENVILLE, N.J. (BRAIN) — Voltaire Cycles Inc., the franchising arm of retailer Electric Spokes Company, has opened its first e-mobility franchise in Denville, New Jersey. The 2,700-square-foot showroom features e-bikes and electric scooters and skateboards.

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SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mobile bike shop franchiser Beeline Bikes has expanded into the Detroit market in partnership with retailer American Cycle and Fitness.

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Mechanic association promotes new program at CABDA.
Stanfill and Kallista at CABDA.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) – The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is talking up its new certification program for members at the Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealer Association Show this week, where PBMA president James Stanfill and PBMA board member Jenny Kallista from Appalachian Bicycle Institute are manning a booth.

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a suit filed by Moab retailer Poison Spider Bicycles against a company that sells merchandise under the Poison Spyder Customs brand.

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