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PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—While Portland is a commuter market, it also has a thriving mountain bike, tri and road scene. New shops offering only service are also finding success in this crowded retail market, as are Internet-based businesses that are expanding into brick and mortar.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Whether it’s dealing in used bikes, specializing in parts and accessories, or serving up beer and coffee and hosting cycling-related events, retailers visited on the first day of the BRAIN Portland Dealer Tour ranged as much in target market and client base as in size and longevity.

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PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — With 50 percent chance of rain and expected afternoon showers, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors will likely get a little wet today as they embark on a three-day tour of bike shops in Portland, Oregon. 

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Custom fit studio Signatures Cycles has moved its Greenwich location to gain increased foot traffic in and out of the affluent town’s transportation hub.

EL DORADO HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Just ahead of its three-year anniversary, Folsom Bike has expanded to a second location with the opening of Town Center Bike & Tri.

Spike Toler

RICHMOND, VA (BRAIN) — Retailer Ann “Spike” Toler, a mainstay of the Richmond cycling scene who unexpectedly passed away last week at age 50, will be remembered during a tribute mountain bike ride Wednesday originating at her shop, Coqui Cyclery.

Tagged People

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN) — Vermont-based Ibex Outdoor Clothing is opening its second company store, this one in Seattle, Washington, next month.

An Interbike newbie reports on his first show, where he variously felt out of place and like a movie star.
The QBP booth at Interbike

By Joe Nocella

Tagged Interbike
Squishing geckos during BRAIN's 2012 Manhattan Dealer Tour

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News staff will visit retailers in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle next year as part of the magazine’s popular Dealer Tour, now entering its fifth year.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

 DENVER, CO (BRAIN) — Panda Bicycles has opened a new boutique shop in Denver dedicated to the bamboo bike brand that could be the first step in establishing a network of concept stores.

From the October 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
Ortlieb 550 travelset

It was after completing a 2,300-mile bicycle tour from Oregon to Texas in 1980 that Wayne Borroughs began dreaming of opening up a bike shop to help perpetuate his love of bicycle travel. Borroughs worked at a shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, for seven years before opening up his own store, which he ran for another seven. But neither experience truly scratched his itch for touring bikes.

Tagged From the Magazine
Fresh Bikes' new location in Fairfax, Virginia. Courtesy photo.

FAIRFAX, VA (BRAIN)—D.C.-area retailer Freshbikes has opened a new store in Fairfax, Virginia, its first location outside the Washington Beltway.

Freshbikes operates two other stores, in Arlington, Virginia, and Bethesda, Maryland. The new Fairfax location gets the retailer into a more suburban market.

CLEARWATER, FL (BRAIN) — Gary Keener brings 30 years of industry experience to his new full-service store, The Path Bicycle & Ride Shop, set to open Monday in Clearwater, Florida.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — A year after overhauling its retail strategy, boutique road bike seller Glory Cycles of Greenville, South Carolina, is opening a second location across the country in Seattle, Washington.

The new Medina store.

MEDINA, OH (BRAIN)—Century Cycles marks its 20th anniversary Thursday with the opening of a new flagship store a few doors away from the retailer’s original location in Medina, Ohio.

Dan and Christine Thornton from Top 100 Dealer Free-Flite Bicycles at the Top 100 Awards in Las Vegas last week.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News will include detailed profiles on its Top 100 and Gold Star retailers in a special section in its November edition.

Tagged BRAIN Top 100

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Bicycle Sports Shop of Austin, Texas, was honored at Interbike last week with The North Face Never Stop Exploring Award, which recognizes specialty dealers for strengthening their communities by encouraging outdoor exploration.

Tagged Awards / Interbike
Record-setting year likely, according to BPSA/Leisure Trends data.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — August sales at independent bicycle dealers were up 6 percent over the same month last year, marking the biggest August in at least four years, according to preliminary data from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association Topline RetailTRAK from Leisure Trends Group.

Tagged Interbike

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News has selected the Top 100 and Gold Star retailers for 2012 and has invited this elite group to a special reception in their honor t

Tagged Awards / BRAIN Top 100

SAN ANTONIO, TX (BRAIN) – Hank Estrada, owner of the Charles A. James Bicycle Shop, has moved his 92-year-old shop to a larger space in San Antonio, Texas. 

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