Val Vanderpool

Val is BRAIN’s newest staff writer. She comes to the magazine with a varied background including stints as a bike shop manager, bicycle tour guide, and race and event director. She also worked as a freelance writer in the outdoor and travel industries. Most recently, she taught women’s clinics and drove a demo van, working with Giant retailers all over the west. An Idaho native who has lived all over the northwest, Val is excited about her recent relocation to sunny southern California, where she can mountain bike, trail run, and garden year round. She lives in Silverado canyon with her boyfriend Brian and their two dogs. 

All articles by Val Vanderpool

August 16, 2016

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods reported Tuesday that net sales for the second quarter were up 7.9 percent over the same period last year, reaching approximately $2 billion. Same-store sales were up 2.8 percent, much higher than what Dick’s had forecasted.

Posted in Retail News
E-commerce business, up 26 percent, drives same-store growth.
August 11, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (BRAIN) — After nearly three years of planning, a trio of business partners has opened a combination retail shop and café in the East Bay Area — Luckyduck Café and Bike Shop in Oakland.

Posted in Retail News
August 9, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Retailer Stuart Hunter, owner of four Roll: Bicycle Company locations, is making the move to online retail with his new custom bike program. The bike model is called the 1:Bike, and was recently launched on Kickstarter.

Posted in Retail News
July 29, 2016

SQUAMISH, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Kona Bicycles will roll out its online sales program in select U.S. states later this year.

Posted in North America
July 15, 2016
Dennis Estrin

REDMOND, Wash. (BRAIN) —  Dennis Estrin, who founded Redmond Cycle in 1968 with his wife Marie, passed away on June 17 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

Posted in Retail News
June 30, 2016
This year, Over the Hump moved to a new venue just up the hill from its former spot.

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (BRAIN) — For the past three years, Matt Wenger and John Russell, who direct the popular midweek Over the Hump race series in Southern California, have thought about hosting a ‘non-number plate’ event in Orange County. 

Posted in North America
June 24, 2016

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Wake, caffeinate, eat, meet, eat, ride, eat, socialize...repeat in a spectacular setting. It's a little like Groundhog Day, of the best kind.

Posted in Product/Tech
June 23, 2016
White Lightning's new look.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — If it takes three occurrences to call it a trend, it seems safe to say 29ers are making a comeback in 2017 product lines.

Posted in Product/Tech
June 22, 2016

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — The eighth annual Summer PressCamp kicked off Tuesday at Park City's scenic Deer Valley Resort under sunny skies, and for the first time, Outdoor PressCamp is running concurrently at the Deer Valley Lodge next door.

Posted in Product/Tech
June 9, 2016

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (BRAIN) — When the only bike shop in Leominster, Gear Works Cyclery, closed in March, Nate Jones decided it was finally time to open his own store.

Posted in Retail News

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