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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. 

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July 18, 2013

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Following the closure of its downtown store last year, Williamson Bicycle Works has suspended operations indefinitely at its remaining location at 3729 East Washington Avenue in Madison. 

Posted in Retail News
June 27, 2013

GAINESVILLE, FL (BRAIN) — Paul Corey, founder of The Bike Route in Gainesville, Florida passed away this week. He was 67. 

Posted in Retail News
June 21, 2013

TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN) — has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, citing a downturn in business stemming from problems with a new software system, competition from online retailers and the closure of a second retail store in Tempe, Arizona, in court documents the Arizona online and brick-and-mortar retailer filed last week.

Posted in Retail News
June 18, 2013
GT Force Carbon Pro

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN) — GT Bicycles recently unveiled its new line of full-suspension mountain bikes, which includes three new models for 2014.

Posted in Product/Tech
June 11, 2013

SPOKANE, WA (BRAIN) — The Bike Hub opened its second location in downtown Spokane, Washington last week. Owner Chris Andreasen teamed up with Giant’s retail merchandising team to design the 2,600 square foot Giant Partner Store.

Posted in Retail News
June 6, 2013
Bad Monkey Badge (photo courtesy

VANCOUVER, WA (BRAIN) — With bike theft on the rise in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, metro areas, Vancouver police are faced with a dilemma: what to do with bikes that are recovered. Ideally, bikes are reunited with their rightful owners and everyone lives happily ever after.

Posted in Retail News
June 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN) — Cyclists in Brooklyn who get stuck with a flat tire after regular bike shop hours may not have to hail a cab or phone a friend, thanks to two new Express Biker self-service bike part vending machines.

Posted in Retail News
May 28, 2013
Juliana Furtado

SANTA CRUZ, CA (BRAIN) — Women’s mountain brand Juliana Bicycles launched Tuesday, expanding the Juliana label from Santa Cruz Bicycles’ flagship women’s-specific bike—named after former racer Juliana Furtado—to a separate nine-model line.

Posted in North America
May 22, 2013

BIG BEAR LAKE, CA (BRAIN) – When Snow Summit Resort opens for the summer season this Saturday, Southern California mountain bikers are in for a treat.

Posted in North America
May 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (BRAIN) — Widespread tornado warnings issued throughout the Plains states over the weekend became reality Sunday across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

Posted in Retail News