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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Multisport website Slowtwitch.com has released its list of the top 50 multisport retailers in the U.S., the Slowtwitch 50.

Tagged Awards / BRAIN Top 100
Pat Sorenson, president of Penn Cycles, with Gary Sjoquist

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN) — Retailer Penn Cycling is offering free bike repair and maintenance classes to all participants in the Minnesota High School Cycling League.

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — Triathlon specialty retailer Austin Tri-Cyclist is expanding to a second location in the Texas capital, home to several major tri events.

Jax

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN) — Southern California chain Jax Bicycle Center is relocating its Mission Viejo store about five miles away to a new location in Laguna Niguel that will be more conducive to staging rides and demos directly out of the shop. 

Photo courtesy BelgianWerkx

MEQUON, WI (BRAIN) — With a focus on bike fit and high-end road — and inspired by a legendary “Cannibal” of the pro peloton — retailer and bicycle studio BelgianWerkx opened for business Monday outside of Milwaukee.

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News has officially handed off its long running Top 100 and Gold Star retailer recognition program to the National Bicycle Dealers Association. This year the NBDA will manage the annual list under the title, "America’s Best Bike Shops."

Tagged Awards / BRAIN News / BRAIN Top 100 / Interbike

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Indoor bike park The Lumberyard MTB will host its inaugural Sugar Showdown Women’s Weekend, a riding instruction event and competition for female  riders of all skill levels, from Jan. 25-27.

PALOS VERDES, CA (BRAIN) — Steve Bowen, owner of Palos Verdes Bicycle Center, died Sunday of natural causes while riding in Malibu with a friend, according to the store.

Tagged People

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (BRAIN) — A quickly growing startup retail chain in Florida is headed into 2013 with plans for rapid expansion outside its home state.

Handsome Cycles’ She Devil mixte

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—In partnership with Minneapolis shop One on One Bicycle Studio, Handsome Cycles is opening its first branded retail location. The shop, set to open in March, will also serve as Handsome’s headquarters.

RIVERSIDE, CA (BRAIN) — After more than four decades in business, California Cyclery & Supply Riverside Schwinn in Southern California’s Inland Empire is closing as the shop’s rented building changes ownership to become a McDonald’s.

Happy kids with new bikes. Photo courtesy Jenson USA

RIVERSIDE, CA (BRAIN) — Retailer Jenson USA has teamed up with Diamondback to donate 20 BMX bicycles to school children this holiday season. The giveaway, coordinated by the East Hills Business Council of Riverside, marks the third straight year of participation for Jenson USA.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

CHEYENNE, WY (BRAIN) — Outdoor gear close-out retailer Sierra Trading Post has been sold to The TJX Companies Inc. for $200 million, the companies announced Friday.

Tagged Web/Internet / Mergers & Acquisitions

LANCASTER, NY (BRAIN) — Tom’s Pro Bike Shop recently reopened as a Specialized Elite Shop in an expanded space four times the size of its previous store. 

CHULA VISTA, CA — Bicycle Warehouse, a seven-store chain in San Diego County, is replacing one of its locations with a new one that was merchandised in cooperation with Giant USA.

Pacific Coast Cycles

OCEANSIDE, CA (BRAIN) — Southern California’s Pacific Coast Cycles has been awarded the 2012 Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award by Adventure Cycling Association.

FORT COLLINS, CO (BRAIN) — Swobo has opened a seasonal store in Old Town Fort Collins located in the Opiate Gallery at 237 Linden Street. 

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Online bike retailer Universal Cycles has donated $15,000 to the Northwest Trail Alliance for trail building in the Portland area. 

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Trek Store of Boulder has been acquired by Elevation Cycles owner Nick Howe, former global road brand manager for Trek.

FORT MYERS, FL (BRAIN) — New Fort Myers retailer The Bike Bistro is just as much a social space as it is a bike shop.

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