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NAPA, Calif. (BRAIN) — When Brad Dropping, owner of Napa Valley Bicycle Tours, learned that a section of Napa Valley’s first separated bike path would open this summer, he began looking for a space for another location.

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer's first Dealer Tour of 2016 begins Tuesday morning in Montréal as editors set out on bikes to visit a dozen bike shops in this francophone city.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Nominations are now being accepted for two of the six retail categories for the IB Awards to be presented at the third annual Interbike Awards Gala.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The new June 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News features articles about the growth in bike share programs nationally, and the recent spate of bankruptcies among sporting goods retail chains.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Seattle-based action sports and outdoor retailer Evo has acquired two Denver businesses owned by Matt Hupperts: the Edgeworks ski shop and The Bicycle Doctor bike shop.

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SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Donny Perry, the retail educator at Specialized Bicycles, author and speaker, is working with Myagi to offer 11 "Leading Out Retail" training videos and quizzes.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The latest BRAIN print issue looks at first-quarter inventory levels, the national growth in cycling infrastructure, and Electra’s move into an expanded softgoods and helmets line, among other stories.

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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Halifax retailer Barry Misener, a fixture in the Nova Scotia cycling community for more than 20 years, has teamed up with Giant Canada to open Giant Halifax. The 2,500 square-foot store, which opened in April, is located in downtown Halifax, close to the cities' two universities.

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (BRAIN) — Retailer Kelli Kavanaugh will open her second shop in the Detroit metro area in mid-June. Wheelhouse Detroit's new store is located in Hamtramck, which lies about six miles north of Detroit.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) —The National Bicycle Dealers Association says it has reached out to the newly formed Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association to offer its support.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer is looking for retailer feedback for an editorial package slated for our June 15 issue. We're taking a deep look at the bike retail compensation landscape, how it's changing and how a proposed higher federal hourly wage might affect small businesses.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Clark Butcher, owner of Victory Bicycle Studio in Memphis, has teamed up with local nonprofit Carpenter Art Garden founder Erin Harris to open the Carpenter Street Workshop, a community bike shop.

LIVERMORE, Calif. (BRAIN) — New retailers Chris Beratlis and Chris Bourguet recently celebrated the opening of My Buddy's Bike Shop in Livermore.

Guettler (left) and DiStefano.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — River City Bicycles has hired industry veteran Chris DiStefano to handle marketing and public affairs. DiStefano has more than 20 years of experience in the bike industry, most recently as communications director for Rapha North America.

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The new Pro Peloton showroom.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — It's been a busy spring for the owners of Boulder Cycle Sport and Pro Peloton. They have re-branded one of their BCS locations as Boulder Cycle Sport Outlet, where it will offer discounted products.

MOAB, Utah (BRAIN) — Poison Spider Bicycles, a longtime Moab retailer with a national following, is suing Tap Manufacturing, which markets various clothes and collectibles under the Poison Spyder Customs brand.

Bike Fitting Solutions offers to train retailers on bike fit at their stores or in Santa Cruz.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Sean Madsen, who has performed thousands of bike fits on world-class athletes using the most cutting-edge equipment available, has formed a new company with the aim of teaching bike shop employees how to do fits on everyday riders, using whatever equipment is available.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle is offering a $20 discount and a free bike inspection to customers with Sport Chalet loyalty cards.

Vestis says it has a buyer for EMS and Bob's, but has little hope for Sport Chalet.

MERIDEN, Conn. (BRAIN) — Vestis Retail Group, the owner of Sport Chalet, Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores, filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Monday, saying it has liabilities of more than $100 million.

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