Dean Yobbi

Dean's love of bikes bloomed after receiving a Schwinn Pea Picker Krate for Christmas 1972. After escaping serious injury despite that model having a Hurst-inspired stick shift mounted on the top tube, he moved on to BMX bikes and racing. Discovering girls in his late teens, he abandoned his bike somewhere in the front yard, probably upside down by the rake.

It wasn’t until middle age and excessive weight began to creep when Dean returned to cycling, specifically off-road riding in South Florida. As the weight came off, his love of cycling took off and soon one bike became three, one-hour rides became four and leisurely solo rides became 26-person races through the woods until somebody puked.

Dean is a 30-year veteran of the Florida newspaper wars, most recently at the Miami Herald as an editor for 16 years, where he was privileged to rub elbows with some of the country’s finest writers and fellow editors. Dean began his career as a staff writer for The Palm Beach Post, covering sports.

He still enjoys racing, particularly 12-hour solo events on a singlespeed, and participating in gran fondos on his road bike.

All articles by Dean Yobbi

April 14, 2020
The Paycheck Protection Program originally authorized $349 billion in forgivable loans.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Small Business Administration said Tuesday that as of noon Eastern time it had approved $253 billion in forgivable loans during the program's first 12 days.

Posted in Industry News
April 13, 2020

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Sound financial advice is at a premium these days for bicycle retailers trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, and Andrew St. Clair has some to give.

Posted in Retail News
April 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Federal Reserve infused the Paycheck Protection Program and others with $2.3 trillion in loans Thursday to further support small businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted in Industry News
April 8, 2020
Following 60 days of feedback from the public and groups, the policy could become federal regulation.
The Interior department's proposal to allow e-bikes is under review.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — The U.S. Department of Interior's policy proposal last year to regulate e-bikes as traditional bikes on non-motorized lands is now under standard review with a public comment period.

Posted in Industry News
April 7, 2020
Patience and persistence needed when applying for SBA's PPP loan, official says.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Steve White urges patience and persistence during the rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program that authorizes billions of dollars in forgivable small-business loans for retailers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted in Retail News
April 6, 2020
Would you trade a tube for hand sanitizer?
Mac McCabe is adjusting to difficult times with a sense of humor.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Mac McCabe won't complain.

"I have a really good time doing what I do," said the owner of Mac's Harpeth Bikes for the past 11 years. "I'm not going to bitch and gripe about how shitty our margins are or any of that nonsense."

Posted in Retail News
April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A program authorizing billions of dollars in forgivable small-business loans hit major snags on Friday, after final Treasury Department guidance went out late Thursday combined with application issues to hinder the process.

Posted in Retail News
April 3, 2020
Fox Racing and Smith Optics are also donating goggles.
100% is donating protective eyewear to first-responders and medical personnel.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Performance eye protection has been a focus of 100% with its lines of sunglasses and goggles.

Until two weeks ago.

Now the focus is clearly necessary eye protection.

Posted in Industry News
April 3, 2020

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — E-bikes and e-scooters officially became legal Thursday night when the state Assembly approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill that was introduced in his executive budget in January.

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April 2, 2020
Epic Cycles owner Allan Hightower, right, with mechanic Alonso Gutierrez.

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BRAIN) — One North Carolina retailer expressed his thoughts in a letter to his suppliers about how COVID-19 has affected his business, and shared a glimpse with BRAIN about how his 1,600 square-foot downtown location is weathering an economic and humanitarian crisis.

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