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Store employees armed themselves with wrenches and seatposts to fend off surf-competition looters
In a bystander's video, an Easyrider employee fights to keep a bike.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (BRAIN) — Neighbors and store employees helped fend off rioters looking to loot the Easyrider bike shop after the U.S. Open of Surfing ended here Sunday night.

PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN) – Online retailer has become the presenting sponsor of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Lifestyle Expo.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN) — MerchantOS, a popular retail POS software brand among bike shops, has been acquired by LightSpeed, a Montreal-based software company.

MerchantOS said its product line and team will continue with a new name: LightSpeed Cloud.

NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN) — Less than one month after its flagship store opened in Detroit, bicycle and watch manufacturer Shinola unveiled a second store in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood on July 18. 

AGOURA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — With a full-service coffee shop, ample seating and a cozy den, JRA Bikes and Brew is more than just a retail store. Owners Vince and Tamera Gest opened JRA in May with the intention of creating a community hangout.

ANN ARBOR, MI (BRAIN) —Long-time retailer Wheels in Motion is wrapping up the final stages of a major expansion project that will more than quadruple its current 2,500 square-foot retail store, and make it Ann Arbor’s largest bike shop.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Following the closure of its downtown store last year, Williamson Bicycle Works has suspended operations indefinitely at its remaining location at 3729 East Washington Avenue in Madison. 

GAINESVILLE, FL (BRAIN) — Paul Corey, founder of The Bike Route in Gainesville, Florida passed away this week. He was 67. 

Tagged People
The Square register app and card scanner on an iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Square, best known for its credit card reader for iPhones and iPads, has launched an online marketplace, allowing local businesses to list their inventory online and accept orders through Square Market.

RALEIGH, NC (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle will celebrate the opening of two new stores in Oregon and Florida on Wednesday.

FULLERTON, CA (BRAIN) — To address what it sees as a knowledge gap among consumers about carbon fiber technology, Southern California retailer East West Bikes on Friday will host industry pioneers from Cervélo, Parlee and Enve Composites for a full day of activities and evening forum titled “Night of Carb

TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN) — has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, citing a downturn in business stemming from problems with a new software system, competition from online retailers and the closure of a second retail store in Tempe, Arizona, in court documents the Arizona online and brick-and-mortar retailer filed last week.

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — James Moore, owner of Moore’s Bike Shop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the new president of the board of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — REI plans to open new stores in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio, in September next year.

SPOKANE, WA (BRAIN) — The Bike Hub opened its second location in downtown Spokane, Washington last week. Owner Chris Andreasen teamed up with Giant’s retail merchandising team to design the 2,600 square foot Giant Partner Store.

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Outdoor equipment retailer REI recently announced changes to its return policies, which previously allowed customers to return any item for any amount of time, no questions asked.

Bad Monkey Badge (photo courtesy

VANCOUVER, WA (BRAIN) — With bike theft on the rise in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, metro areas, Vancouver police are faced with a dilemma: what to do with bikes that are recovered. Ideally, bikes are reunited with their rightful owners and everyone lives happily ever after.

DURANGO, CO (BRAIN) — Durango Mountain Resort recently held a grand opening for Purgatory Cycle Works, a full-service retail, service and rental shop on the resort grounds. The shop, which is owned and managed by Durango Mountain Resort, has three employees, including a full-time mechanic.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — After months of testing at independent bike dealers, MerchantOS has released a new point-of-sale add-on in partnership with analytics provider Swarm to give retailers a more detailed picture of what’s happening in their stores.

NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN) — Cyclists in Brooklyn who get stuck with a flat tire after regular bike shop hours may not have to hail a cab or phone a friend, thanks to two new Express Biker self-service bike part vending machines.


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