July 15, 2016

Issue Highlights: 
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The July 15, 2016 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News features our coverage of a recent tour of of Montreal retailers. During our bike-powered visit to 11 shops around the historic city, we discovered many mature retailers who served a passionate clientele. Cycling - on the road, in particular - is deeply embedded in the Montreal culture, and retailers have responded in a professional, measured way. The July 15 issue also includes a feature in Vermont’s Kingdom Trails, a large network of mountain bike trails built largely on private land. The trails, in Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom, have brought millions of dollars into the nearby communities. BRAIN managing editor Toby Hill, who recently attended the NEMBAfest event there, reports. The issue also contains a look at recent layoffs in the bike industry, including an interview with a man who was laid off earlier this year. Calling himself “Eddy” to avoid conflict with his former employer, the newly unemployed bike professional talks about the struggle to not see the cost-cutting job cuts as a personal. The issue also contains a look at efforts to rationalize e-bike regulations in New York and efforts to update “Made in USA” label regulations so that the frame’s place of origin isn’t the only factor.