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DALLAS (BRAIN) — Playtri, an endurance sports retailer, coaching service and event producer, is opening triathlon store franchise opportunities this year. The company plans to focus on selling franchises in Texas and surrounding states at first.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) —The National Bicycle Dealers Association has launched what is said is the most comprehensive research study of bike shops in the industry.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Brandee Lepak was recently voted chair of the National Bicycle Dealers Association Board.

Lepak, owner of Global Bikes in Gilbert, Arizona, takes over the role from Chris Kegel, who resigned following his recent cancer diagnosis. Lepak joined the board in 2013.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Liv Vancouver, the women’s brand’s first store in Canada, is set to open this Thursday, with a grand opening celebration planned for Feb. 17.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BRAIN) — Conte's Bicycle Group LLC has promoted Mike Cox to store manager of the company's Falls Church location. 

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Executives share thoughts in new BRAIN issue.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — After a year in which the industry struggled with surplus inventory and a rapidly changing distribution system, many supplier executives said they were cautiously optimistic about their prospects in 2017.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Attention retailers: Friday is the last day to take Bicycle Retailer's survey on electric bikes. Please tell us what you think of their potential, and how much (if at all) they factor into your business.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRAIN's State of Retail panelists are selected to present a cross-section of retailers around the country. They generously volunteer their time to talk to us about a retail topic as we prepare each issue, 18 times a year. We choose new panelists each year. 

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Omnichannel-related stories lead the list.

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International's surprise decision to buy the retailer Performance Bicycle was the most-read story on BicycleRetailer.com in 2016.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jenson USA and Free Agent BMX Bicycles handed out 60 bikes to elementary students during the annual East Hills Holiday Bicycle Giveaway on Christmas Eve. 

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Two partners — including one bike industry veteran — have bought Velofix franchise rights to the entire state of Minnesota in what the mobile bike repair franchiser said was its largest U.S. deal to date.

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ATLANTA (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness is working with dealers around the world to install KICKR Experience Stations at 150 locations. The Experience Stations include a KICKR trainer and display integrated with the Zwift online cycling app so consumers can test out the system. 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile bicycle repair franchiser Velofix said it is ending 2016 with 300 percent revenue growth over last year. The company added 44 new shops in the year, bringing its total to 89 franchise territories covered.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Attention retailers: Bicycle Retailer wants to know what you think about electric bikes and how much they factor into your business. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Think they're the bright shining future of the bike industry — or its death knell?

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New location in Minneapolis is owned by Craig and Ann Paulson.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes' 92nd store has opened on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

The store is owned by Craig and Ann Paulson and is now offering Pedego bikes rentals and sales with a full menu of tours debuting soon. They plan a grand opening celebration for March.

The Summit’s top-rated 2016 speaker, Sam Dantzler, returns with talk on hiring practices

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the IBD Summit have released the full agenda for its 2017 event, which will be held Jan. 17-19 in Tempe, Arizona.

The summit is presented by Interbike, PeopleForBikes, the NBDA, and the BPSA.

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Woehl in the library of American Cyclery's original store.



SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — When American Cyclery Too's lease expired earlier this year, owner Bradley Woehl decided not to renew.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — After testing its Trade-Up program with 30 dealers in the Boulder-Denver area, The Pro's Closet is now accepting dealers nationwide into its program.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The new issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, arriving in a subscribers' mailboxes this week, features coverage of our most recent Dealer Tour, which visited retailers and other industry members in North and South Carolina.

Patterson at Cycology Bicycles.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle School, a new consumer and professional mechanics school in East Tennessee, is up and running, having completed its first two-day class early this week.

The school was opened by Tim Patterson, the longtime manager of Maryville's Cycology Bicycles.

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