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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

GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Custom fit studio Signatures Cycles has moved its Greenwich location to gain increased foot traffic in and out of the affluent town’s transportation hub.

EL DORADO HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Just ahead of its three-year anniversary, Folsom Bike has expanded to a second location with the opening of Town Center Bike & Tri.

Spike Toler

RICHMOND, VA (BRAIN) — Retailer Ann “Spike” Toler, a mainstay of the Richmond cycling scene who unexpectedly passed away last week at age 50, will be remembered during a tribute mountain bike ride Wednesday originating at her shop, Coqui Cyclery.

Tagged People

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN) — Vermont-based Ibex Outdoor Clothing is opening its second company store, this one in Seattle, Washington, next month.

An Interbike newbie reports on his first show, where he variously felt out of place and like a movie star.
The QBP booth at Interbike

By Joe Nocella

Tagged Interbike
Squishing geckos during BRAIN's 2012 Manhattan Dealer Tour

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News staff will visit retailers in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle next year as part of the magazine’s popular Dealer Tour, now entering its fifth year.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour

 DENVER, CO (BRAIN) — Panda Bicycles has opened a new boutique shop in Denver dedicated to the bamboo bike brand that could be the first step in establishing a network of concept stores.

From the October 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
Ortlieb 550 travelset

It was after completing a 2,300-mile bicycle tour from Oregon to Texas in 1980 that Wayne Borroughs began dreaming of opening up a bike shop to help perpetuate his love of bicycle travel. Borroughs worked at a shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, for seven years before opening up his own store, which he ran for another seven. But neither experience truly scratched his itch for touring bikes.

Tagged From the Magazine


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