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TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) is reporting that bicycle sales by independent bicycle dealers (IBDs) have surpassed a quarter of a billion dollars at retail value.

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—All NBDA members are invited to attend a free webinar entitled "Making Your Store The Brand" today at 11 a.m. (PST). The presenter will be Jay Townley (pictured). The webinar will be 60-minutes long, and it will include a Q&A session.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Selling Cycling, the industry standard in retail sales training since 1996, has been revitalized with all-new dealer-driven content and partnerships with the NBDA, 3point5, Sparc Retail and Shimano.

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ANN ARBOR, MI (BRAIN)—Triathlon e-commerce retailer www.TheTriShop.com went live this week.

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is opening six new stores across four different states this April. For the first time ever Performance will have a store in Idaho.

The grand openings will all occur on April 8.

The six locations include:

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—As Bicycle Garage Indy North customers may have noticed, Rivers Edge Shopping Center is getting a major facelift with new tenants in place for fall 2011.

NEWPORT, VT (BRAIN)—Louis Garneau products will now be available in the United Kingdom, and will be carried throughout all Evans Cycles stores.

Evans Cycles has a deep history in the industry lasting over 90 years, operating more than 40 stores, according to a press release.

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Jax Bicycles Center, which operates eight stores in Southern California, has appointed Ken Fitzpatrick as their new general manager for their Irvine location.

ST. LOUIS, MO (BRAIN)—The two-store Big Shark Bicycle Company in St. Louis is expanding with two new stores set to open this spring.

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Building on its now proven format, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News will produce 2011 Dealer Tours in three vital cycling markets: San Diego, Philadelphia and Denver.

Tagged BRAIN Dealer Tour / BRAIN News / Events

By Matt Wiebe

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—If preseason orders are any indication of retailers’ expectations for 2011, they’re bracing for conservative consumer spending while keeping a tight grip on margins.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—An analysis of bike rental reservations across the United States has revealed stand out bike shops and rental statistics for comparison.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Shopatron said that sales in its eCommerce exchange grew 59 percent over last year during the five-day Thanksgiving shopping period (November 26-30) that included Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Focus Bicycles USA and Mike’s Bikes have partnered to carry Focus in the largest independent retailer on the West Coast beginning January 1.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (BRAIN)—Black Friday yielded mixed results for bicycle retailers.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gift cards to independent outdoor specialty stores and sporting goods chain stores are in high demand this holiday season, according to a recent survey by Leisure Trends Group of its Most Active Americans Panel (MAAP).

ROCHESTER, MN (BRAIN)—In order to take his 31-year-old business to the next level, Bob Gritman decided he needed to take a leap, transforming his Rochester, Minnesota store into a Specialized Elite Shop. It opened last Friday.

GRANDVILLE, MI (BRAIN)—The owners of a Grandville bicycle shop destroyed by fire plan to rebuild.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—When industry veterans Mark Ontiveros and Mike France decided to open a shop, they let fate have its way with them.

DALLAS, TX (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors will hit the “Big D” today, kicking off a three-day tour of bike shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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