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MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — High-end road and mountain shop Studio Velo gets a larger and more functional space to serve its well-heeled customer base after leaving its old digs for a new location in its hometown of Mill Valley, California.

With mixed emotions and expectations, retailers jumped into the Thanksgiving shopping weekend with Black Friday sales promotions that saw equally uneven results.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (BRAIN) — “Custom” and “local” are the guiding forces at One of a Kind Cycle, a new boutique shop opening this week in Traverse City.

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN) — The Community Spoke, a bicycle co-op that provides free access to tools, parts and maintenance assistance, has closed indefinitely following a burglary in which thousands of dollars in bikes, tools and other shop supplies were lost. 

WALNUT, CA (BRAIN) — Cycling website BikeRoar is offering U.S. dealers free listings to market their businesses, with an eye toward rolling out premium services that would display retailers’ in-stock inventory and pricing as well as detailed shop information such as videos and store tours.

Tagged Web/Internet

SPOKANE, WA (BRAIN) — Trek and Moots dealer Two Wheel Transit has completed its move from downtown Spokane to a new location in the Washington city’s South Perry Street District. The new shop opened Tuesday, Nov. 13.

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association invites its members to a webinar Wednesday by business consultant Tom Shay. The webinar, titled Strategies to Win in a Challenging Economy, is from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific standard time.

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Scotts Valley Cycle Sport has reopened in a new location and as a Specialized Elite Shop. Its new location is twice the size of its previous store.

GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Signature Cycles has rescheduled a grand opening party for its new Greenwich Studio location because of another storm bearing down on the New York City area.

EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN) — Retailer Ten 27 Cycles, formerly Turin Bicycles, is closing after more than 40 years in Evanston, Illinois. 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — LTP Sports Group Inc., the new distribution arm of Norco Bicycles, has taken over ownership of Norco dealer John Henry Bikes, a fixture on Vancouver’s North Shore for 20 years, following the retirements of owners John Henry and Willie Cromack.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news
Closer to shore, some shops damaged
Photo of mechanic Hal by Alex Leader, Bicycle Habitat

MANHATTAN, NY (BRAIN) — Who needs electricity to run a bike shop?

A handful of Manhattan bike shops re-opened Wednesday following post-tropical storm Sandy, as the city was flooded with bike commuters.

Tagged Hurricane Sandy

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — The Unlikely Cyclist is not only Lisa Kanno’s new women’s-specific shop, it is Kanno herself.

BELMONT, MA (BRAIN) — Hurricane Sandy has shut down most bike shops and suppliers from North Carolina to Southern New England, as high winds and heavy rain precede the storm's landfall, expected later Monday.

Most shops from Washington, D.C. to Boston are closed, with a few exceptions.

Tagged Hurricane Sandy

ENCINITAS, CA (BRAIN) — San Diego County retailer Ride Cyclery has acquired Pink Peloton, a store that focuses on the women's market. The two stores will co-habitate a new location opening later this week.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — Dealer Tour riders set out on the third and final day of visits in Portland under foggy conditions and temps in the low 40s. But within hours, the clouds cleared bringing temps up to the mid 50s, but no rain.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

OLYMPIA, WA (BRAIN) — The bike retail business lost two members recently. Each was killed in a vehicle accident while bicycling.

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.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

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


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