Coronavirus

Posted July 10, 2020
A House subcommittee hears testimony from business owners about ways to improve supply chain resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — As the lone representative of not only the cycling industry but the entire outdoor industry, David Billstrom admitted to feeling some pressure addressing Congress on July 2.

Posted July 7, 2020
SBA program supported at least 1,500 jobs at retail, supplier and nonprofit organizations.
A showroom at a Bicycle Sports Shop location in Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Bike shops, suppliers and nonprofits across the industry — along with thousands of employees — have benefitted from the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans for organizations that maintain payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Paycheck Protection Program was extended another month to small businesses needing financial assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted June 12, 2020

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods restored salaries and ended furloughs for employees after stores closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted June 5, 2020
NAHBS considering four cities for its next show, to be held in September 2021. Outerbike still plans fall events.

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Organizers of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show announced Friday that they were canceling the show, which had been scheduled for Dallas in August.

Posted June 2, 2020
CEO predicts health and fitness will be more important after the pandemic.
Dick's first quarter net sales decreased 30.6%.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Temporary store closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic led to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ net sales dropping 30.6% in the first quarter year-over-year for the quarter ending May 2.

Posted May 29, 2020
'My staff's health and my customer's safety isn't worth someone's money.'
Customers wait outside University Bicycles in Boulder this week.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BRAIN) — With careful consideration of staff and customer health, many bike retailers are wrestling with the safe way to reopen to foot traffic after shelter-in-place orders lift in the wake of COVID-19.

Posted May 21, 2020

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Human Powered Solutions LLC is launching a three-part consumer survey that will examine attitudes and intentions regarding bikes through the next year.

Posted May 21, 2020
The company's Batch bike line is ideally positioned for the current boom in family bike sales.
Bruno Maier

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (BRAIN) — Bruno Maier has held a wide range of positions in the industry, including stints at Huffy, Pacific, CSG, PeopleForBikes, Rocky Mounts. Now he's at United Wheels, the owner of Huffy, Niner, Batch, Vaast, Royce Union and other brands.

Posted May 15, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Organizers of The Big Gear Show, a new outdoor and bike trade show planned for July, have decided to cancel the inaugural event and reschedule for Aug. 2-3, 2021.

Posted May 14, 2020

Merchandising experts share tips on operating an IBD during a pandemic.

Posted May 13, 2020
Owner has fun with group upset that Vitesse Cycle Shop is considered an essential business.

NORMAL, Ill. (BRAIN) — Bike retailer Chris Koos figured the best way to diffuse the protest of his shop was offering an exclusive sale.

Posted May 12, 2020

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hardstreet, a motorcycle accessory company, is offering a variety of shatterproof counter shields for bike retailers looking to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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