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ROCKY RIVER, OH (BRAIN) — Some 1,183 students biked to school on Monday in Northeast Ohio. That set a daily record in the 6-year-old Bike to School Challenge. Monday's numbers were a third higher than on the first day of the weeklong challenge last year.

ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN) — By the end of summer, Erik’s Bike Shop should have opened its 20th location in a onetime autoworkers’ union hall across from the defunct Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plan right on the Mississippi River in St.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN) — High-end road and tri retailer Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center will have a grand reopening this Saturday, May 4, under its new ownership.

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — After 42 years serving Austin-area cyclists, retailer Freewheeling Bicycles will close its doors at the end of May.

GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Cannondale’s planned mid-summer move of its headquarters from Bethel, Connecticut, a few miles down Route 7 to Norwalk has local dealers cautiously optimistic.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Top 100 retailer Roll: has opened a fourth location, its first outside of Ohio.

CRANFORD, NJ (BRAIN) — Hilltop Bicycles of Summit, New Jersey, opened a second, larger location in nearby Cranford on Saturday, April 20. A grand-opening celebration is planned for the first weekend in May.

Suppliers offer discounts as inventory builds and 2014 models approach

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Snow in the Northeast and the Rockies—even in Phoenix—along with rain and flooding in the Midwest have created late-winter challenges for bike retailers and their suppliers.

BAIE-D’URFÉ, Québec (BRAIN) — Marking its 25th anniversary, the newly remodeled Giant by Teal Sport store near Montréal celebrated its grand reopening on Saturday, April 20, in conjunction with Giant Bicycle Canada.

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN) — Retailers in the Boston area were able to re-open Saturday, after authorities lifted a "shelter in place" order that was in effect during a manhunt for a suspect in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing.

CALABASAS, CA (BRAIN) — Moots is opening its first U.S. boutique store as part of a cycling-themed business establishment in Los Angeles County that mixes retail, a café and a full-service restaurant.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Thanks to 2012’s unseasonably warm winter, IBD sales suffered from unfavorable year-ago comparisons this February but showed strength when viewed against the more realistic 2011 period, according to data from research firm Leisure Trends Group.

NOVATO, CA (BRAIN) — Northern Marin County gets a new purveyor of bikes—and beer, too, if all goes according to plan—as Bicycle Brüstop prepares to open April 27 as a Giant partner store.

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — Cycleast, a new custom shop in the Texas capital, is also entering the distribution business, bringing in handmade carbon fiber and steel road and track bikes from the Czech Republic’s Festka Bicycles as the brand’s U.S. importer.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN) — Sport Chalet on Thursday announced the launch of “order today, deliver today” service.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Portland city-bike specialist Joe Bike, which relocated to a larger space in January, has now opened a separate cycling clothing store, JoeBike Apparel, in its former location on Stumptown’s fashionable Hawthorne Boulevard.

NORTH OLMSTED, OH (BRAIN) — Cleveland-area retailer Eddy’s Bike Shop has expanded its North Olmsted location, doubling in size to more than 10,000 square feet. It’s the second expansion for the store, which grew to 5,000 square feet from 3,000 four years earlier.

PETERBOROUGH, NH (BRAIN) — Outdoor retailer Eastern Mountain Sports will host a grand opening of its new store in Nashua, New Hampshire, from April 12-14. Located at 281 Daniel Webster Highway, the 22,204-square-foot space is more than twice the size of the company’s previous location across the street.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (BRAIN) — Google Shopping Express, which launched Thursday, is a local delivery service the company hopes will make it possible for shoppers to get the items they order online a few hours later, and at a low cost.  

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CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—After a year away from the Chicagoland area, Turin Bicycles is back in the Windy City with a new store that will emphasize its own branded bikes, clothing and accessories.

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