One of my favorite parts of the trip this week to Trek World was checking out Madison's extensive bike network on a single-speed.

BRAIN Sales guy Robert Roman and I visited Sports Multiplied in Carlsbad this week where Richard Verney and his team of 11 or so distribute Aussie brand 2XU, and soon Bont, an Australian brand of heat moldable cycling shoes.

I'm working one day a week on the sales floor this summer. I try to sneak in as many bike-fitting episodes as I can. There’s nothing more fascinating than each individual cyclist and how they relate to their bicycle.

I'm working one day a week on the sales floor this summer. Goal #1: To get myself more familiar with the needs and thought processes of today's consumers. Goal #2: To find out what today's bike shop staffers are all about. What motivates them? What social networking are they doing?

I'm working one day a week on the sales floor this summer. Everyone I tell who also works retail wonders why. Everyone who used to work retail and now churns out product or press releases totally gets why.

Chris King's Chris DiStefano was nice enough to share some pictures of this year's Downieville with us.

Norco Bikes showed off its new line of 2010 bikes to its top 50 dealers and members of the media this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Watching Lance Armstrong vie for an eighth Tour de France title got me to thinking about last year’s Interbike, when Lance made his formal announcement that he was returning to pro cycling.

Here is another round of 2010 product seen at Press Camp this week in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Here is some of the 2010 product being showcased at Press Camp in Sun Valley.

I attended the Dirt Series Camp in Sun Valley, Idaho this past weekend and had a great time despite the few brief downpours and thunderstorms and one pretty crazy hailstorm.

Got a call earlier from Stan Kilbas at Wheels of Wellington in Wellington, Florida regarding a scammer that’s apparently targeting bike shops in his area.

Burley CEO Michael Coughlin, along with business development manager Erin Koenig, dropped by last Thursday to discuss new products in development and how Burley is positioning itself in the growing commuter market.

Specialized introduced its new brand of urban bikes, called Globe, in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week.

Pat Sorensen, president of Penn Cycle, interview from Dealer Tour.

Ed Vigil, owner of Bokoo Bikes in Minnetonka, Minnesota shares his keys for success in the bicycle industry with BRAIN.

BRAIN wrapped up its Twin Cities Dealer Tour on Thursday with stops at five unique urban shops: Penn Cycle & Fitness, Flanders Brothers Cycle, Freewheel Bike, The Hub Bike Coop and One on One Bicycle Studio.

The second day of BRAIN's Twin Cities Dealer Tour started with a 16-mile ride from Minneapolis to the suburb of Long Lake, home to Gear West Bike & Triathlon, the preeminent tri shop in the state and for much of the Midwest.

BRAIN editors, along with riders from Giant, Pedro's, Michelin and Ergon—sponsors of the Twin Cities Dealer Tour—and QBP visited four bike shops in the metro area on Tuesday.

Speedplay’s Richard Bryne and wife Sharon talk shop during our recent visit to their San Diego headquarters.


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