Toby Hill

Toby Hill

A writer and editor with more than 20 years of publishing experience, Toby is one of the newest members of the BRAIN editorial team. His resume includes several years on the news and business copy desk at Southern California's Orange County Register before moving on to edit several entertainment and business trade publications, including Showbiz Daily and The Hollywood Reporter. As a longtime, though still woefully unskilled mountain biker, he is a frequent patron of the emergency rooms and urgent care facilities near BRAIN’s home base of Laguna Hills. And while his medical payments have helped adorn the schooners and yachts of several prominent orthopedic surgeons in the community, Toby has never been invited for so much as a harbor cruise. He lives in the mountain bike mecca of Fullerton—home of the famed and deadly Fullerton Loop—with his wife, daughter and two dogs.

All articles by Toby Hill

December 12, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Trek Store of Boulder has been acquired by Elevation Cycles owner Nick Howe, former global road brand manager for Trek.

Posted in Retail News
December 7, 2012

FORT MYERS, FL (BRAIN) — New Fort Myers retailer The Bike Bistro is just as much a social space as it is a bike shop.

Posted in Retail News
December 6, 2012
Biker's Choice

MOUNT JULIET, TN (BRAIN) — The Biker’s Choice owner David Hardin saw the opening of his second store not only as a chance to enter a new community, but also as an opportunity to shake up his 23-year-old business a bit.

Posted in Retail News
December 6, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — The return of seasonable fall weather had a chilling effect on IBD sales in October, as overall merchandise sales declined by 4 percent in units and 7 percent in dollars to $170 million, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association Cycling Topline data from Leisure Trends Group

Posted in Studies/Reports
But dealers remain on track for record year, according to Leisure Trends and BPSA
November 30, 2012
Jay Graves

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — After nearly 40 years in bicycle retail, Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves has retired and handed over the reins of his Portland chain to Mike Olson, owner of Trek Bicycle Superstore of San Diego, California. 

Posted in Retail News
November 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Denver’s Turin Bicycles returns to its roots in more ways than one as it readies a new retail location in Chicago that will sell its own brand of bicycles as well as products and accessories from Asia and Europe that currently do not have U.S. distribution.

Posted in Retail News
November 29, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — More than 40 percent of independent bicycle dealers report stronger Black Friday sales this year than in 2011, according to research firm Leisure Trends Group.

Posted in Studies/Reports
November 28, 2012

EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN) — Wisconsin’s Wheel & Sprocket, the BRAIN Gold Star Retailer owned by Chris Kegel, is opening its first location in Illinois, taking over the space being vacated by Evanston’s Ten 27 Cycles, formerly Turin Bicycles. 

Posted in Retail News
November 28, 2012
Photos by Kyer Wiltshire

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.

Posted in Retail News
November 26, 2012

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

Posted in Retail News

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