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Tockman (right) with a friend and her new Public Bike.

NEW ORLEANS (BRAIN) — When Marin Tockman moved from New York to New Orleans in 2010, one of the first things she noticed about the city's bike scene was a lack of shops that made serving women a priority.

NEW YORK CITY (BRAIN) — Rapha's Cycle Club New York store is hosting an exhibition of Greg LeMond memoribilia, which opened with a VIP party attended by Greg LeMond last Thursday.

Despite continuing winter storms, the event was packed, Rapha's Chris DiStefano said. 

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods has reported that fourth quarter 2013 consolidated same-store sales exceeded the company's predictions. As a result, Dick's has increased its fourth quarter and full year 2013 expectations.

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BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 3
Fritz's Skate Bike & Surf opened in 1989 to sell and rent Rollerblades.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — On the final day of the BRAIN Dealer Tour, our group rode through downtown Miami — past skyscrapers, the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena and across the yacht-strewn Venetian Causeway — on our way to South Beach. The area has seen commercial rent prices skyrocket.

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BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 2
The sign is a landmark, but Mack's doesn't sell Schwinns.

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla (BRAIN) — From the sunny parking lot of Mack Cycle & Fitness, Mary Jane Mark points across Sunset Drive, the street where more than a half century ago her father built a store that is now a local landmark.

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MIAMI (BRAIN) – Rolling from The Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove on a balmy 75-degree morning, the BRAIN Dealer Tour immediately got a taste of what cycling in Miami is like.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hydrapak has brought aboard eight sales agencies as the maker of hydration packs and bottles prepares for an expansion into specialty outdoor and running retail.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Despite lackluster holiday sales due to unseasonably mild winter weather in the Western U.S., Sport Chalet’s fiscal third quarter was its most profitable quarter since 2007, the sporting goods chain reported Monday.

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RockNRoad partner Jeff Renteria at the retailer’s Laguna Niguel store

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Intense Cycles has installed its first store-in-store display at Southern California’s RockNRoad Cyclery, featuring custom flooring, handmade display platforms, window graphics and in-store signage.

Renovation in progress at District Bicycles' new building

STILLWATER, Okla. (BRAIN) — When District Bicycles completes its move in late February, the retailer will gain 1,300 additional square feet of space and a more inviting storefront.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BRAIN) — After five years of doing business on Albuquerque’s east side, The Kickstand bike shop will close its doors on Feb. 8.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN)­­ — Shinola's made- in-­Detroit bicycles, watches, leather goods and journals will be featured inside The Station SF's pop­up retail area through the end of March.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Phoenix-area retailer Rick Marquis held a grand opening celebration this past weekend for his new Giant Scottsdale store.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The issue also includes news about Specialized's Rider Experience program, the death of toolmaker Paul Morningstar and more.

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Vanessa Buccello (front) and Annie Byrne

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — It was the tagline for the women’s cycling Meetup group she was starting just over a year ago that inspired Vanessa Buccella to open a bike shop. 

BRAINTREE, Mass. (BRAIN) — Massachusetts retail chain Landry’s Bicycles is expanding its business to five stores with a new location opening in Braintree this spring.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI has been named to Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for the 17th consecutive year.

Helvie and Clark

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Bicycle Garage Indy/BGI Fitness is transitioning ownership from company founder and president Randy Clark to Scott Helvie, the retailer announced. 

Helvie, 37, worked five years at BGI and also worked in manufacturing, sales and distribution for nine years. 

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BRAIN) — SR Suntour North America is inviting retailers to a suspension and drivetrain clinic at Ray's Indoor Bike Parks in Milwaukee, Wis., and Cleveland, Ohio, in February. 

Pedego Irvine opened in mid-December.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes recently celebrated the opening of its 30th store in the company’s hometown in Orange County, California. Pedego Irvine is owned and operated by longtime Irvine resident and cyclist Bob Bibee.

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