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Posted April 16, 2021
Phil Blomquist (left) and Chad VanSolkema.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Specialized is guaranteeing financing and providing legal support to help a Utah retailer sell his store to its longtime manager.

Posted April 15, 2021

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Outside has acquired Cairn, a Bend, Ore.-based business that sells curated outdoor goods to consumers on a subscription basis.

Posted April 15, 2021
The former America's Best Bike Shops program becomes the Bicycle Retailer Excellence Awards as barriers to participation are reduced.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has overhauled its retailer award program, formerly called America's Best Bike Shops. The new program is called the Bicycle Retailer Excellence Awards. It continues the ABBS program's use of the application program as a learning tool for retailers.

Posted April 15, 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products announced Thursday it has been certified as a B Corporation, a designation for companies balancing high social and environmental standards with profit.

Posted April 14, 2021
Burns Hall on the NWACC campus.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation has made a $1 million-plus grant to a community college here, allowing the school to launch an accredited two-semester Bicycle Assembly and Repair Technician program, with classes planned for the fall 2021 semester.

Posted April 14, 2021

MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — There are lists of America's best bike shops and of the "top 100" bike shops. But, BRAIN being a dollars-and-cents kind of business magazine, we set out to identify America's largest: The Big BRAIN Ten.

Posted April 14, 2021
Bike Rental Manager founder and CEO Doug Stoddart.

HOVE, England (BRAIN) — Software company Bike Rental Manager surpassed its crowdfunding target of £250,000 ($344,000) to launch an app that allows consumers to find and book rental bikes online.

Posted April 13, 2021

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — After 26 years in the industry, Drew Guldalian has figured out what he does best. So while many suppliers zig toward the direct-to-consumer route, Guldalian and Engin Cycles zags toward retail outlets to sell his components.

Posted April 13, 2021

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing, a 22-year-old company known for building e-commerce websites for bike shops, has acquired Retail Toolkit, a startup that offers retailers management analytics and marketing tools.

Posted April 12, 2021

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (BRAIN) — R&A Cycles acquired Zealot Cycleworks and closed Zealot's San Ramon, California, storefront on April 7.

Posted April 12, 2021

The industry is in an unprecedented scramble for more product. But be careful what you wish for.

Posted April 12, 2021
Brent Noisette.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our April magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: How does your shop engage with advocacy on a local or national level, and what types of advocacy do you think are most effective?

Posted April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. continued to import bikes at a rapid pace in February, although the monthly import totals have been declining since a peak last September.

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