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OAKVILLE, Ontario (BRAIN) Tuesday May 1 2012 8:56 AM MT—Continuing a growth streak, Canadian retailer Gears recently held a grand opening for its third location.

DIEPPE, NB (BRAIN) Wednesday April 18 2012 2:44 PM MT— — Mike’s Bike Shop is expanding in the Dieppe Business and Technology Park on a 2.56 acres lot that is being acquired from the City of Dieppe.

Editor's note: The following article appears in the April 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News

By Ray Keener

SANTA CRUZ CA (BRAIN) Friday April 13 2012 2:23 PM MT—Epicenter Cycling in Aptos, California, has expanded to a second location in Santa Cruz. A grand opening is planned for May 5.

FT. COLLINS, CO (BRAIN) Thursday April 12 2012 3:20 PM MT—Big Shot Bikes, a three-year-old company that allows consumers to build and order custom fixie bikes online, is now opening dealers.

OSHKOSH, WI (BRAIN) Tuesday April 10 2012 4:10 PM MT—If the groundhog sees his shadow in February, there are six more weeks of winter. If he can see his reflection in retailer Chris Kegel's head in April, does it forecast a strong season for bike sales?

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PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) Monday April 9 2012 6:14 AM MT—It’s been a whirlwind three months for Sky Boyer.

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) Wednesday April 4 2012 6:56 AM MT—The National Bicycle Dealers Association is hosting a free webinar Thursday, "Master the Art of the Up-Sell."

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POTTSVILLE, PA (BRAIN) Tuesday April 3 2012 7:00 AM MT—John Brock is a long way from the Hollywood film and TV sets he used to work on as a set designer and technical adviser, not to mention the crowded Southern California lifestyle.

BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) Friday March 30 2012 2:42 PM MT— Online donations are being sought to help cover living expenses for 718 Cyclery mechanic Krys Blakemore, who was hit by a car while riding her bike March 15.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (BRAIN) Wednesday March 28 2012 2:39 PM MT—Within days of opening Central District Cyclery early this month, owner Nate Phelps had an enviable problem: Business was a little too good.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Monday March 26 2012 2:34 PM MT—Daffodils are blooming in Minneapolis, cherry blossoms in D.C. In Chicago, "We're having May temperatures in March!" said Uptown Bikes' Peter Anderson.

LOS ALTOS, CA (BRAIN) Monday March 19 2012 4:52 PM MT—Vendor-Link Cycling is working on a consumer site that will allow online shoppers to find specific products that are currently in stock at their local specialty bike shops.

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WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek is expanding its Retail Design Lab in its hometown, experimenting with new packaging, merchandising and environmental design. The store is completely powered by wind.

WOODLAND HILLS, CA (BRAIN) Mar 14, 14:28 MT—With Southern California drivers once again hemorrhaging money at the gas pump, Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery is rolling out a promotion whereby customers can trade in their cars for credit toward a new bicycle purchase.

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) Mar 13, 14:43 MT—Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop is in the thick of Austin's annual South by Southwest music, interactive and film festivals, which run from March 9-18.

SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—Northern California chain Mike’s Bikes is set to open its 10th store in April, offering an especially cozy atmosphere for shoppers: The shop’s customer waiting area will include a fireplace left over from the building’s previous incarnation as a restaurant.

RAPID CITY, SD (BRAIN)—Marking its 40th anniversary, South Dakota retailer Two Wheeler Dealer moved its Rapid City store to a new, 4,900-square-foot location and reopened as a Specialized elite-level store.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—REI is set to enter two new markets, with plans to open a store in San Antonio, Texas, this fall and its first Florida location, in Jacksonville in spring 2013.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) Mar 6 2012 1:26 PM MT—They say what’s bad for snow sports retailers is good for bike retailers.

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