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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Sometime about nine months or a year after the start of the pandemic in the U.S., a new generation of bike shops will be born, their conception inspired by the 2020 bike boom.

The summer of pre-love.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BRAIN) — This could be shaping up as the summer of pre-love — that is, sales of “pre-loved” bicycles, as retailer James Moore likes to call them.

Citing crowd-control concerns, the Austin location cancels police contract.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop Austin will no longer will sell bicycles to the Austin Police Department because of concerns over officers using them to control Black Lives Matter protesters.

As retail sales increased by double or triple digits, bike imports were up just 3% through June.
Monthly bike imports.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike imports are up significantly in recent months, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures released Wednesday. But importers are still struggling to make up for reduced shipments earlier in the year combined with unprecedented demand from retailers and consumers.

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Revolution Bicycles' homepage.

ARCATA, Calif. (BRAIN) — At least 15 bike shops in California have received emails and letters from a law firm threatening suits over their websites' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a California statute.

Stradalli T-700 full carbon gravel bike with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed.

POMPANO, Fla. (BRAIN) — Stradalli Cycle, primarily a consumer-direct brand, is for sale.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While year-over-year IBD bicycle sales through May have grown by 30% and other categories also have seen increases, apparel sales declined by 10%, according to the NPD Group. Industry suppliers and retailers revealed a multitude of factors in this decline, while some have found creative ways to buck the trend.

Brad Hill at the 100th anniversary party.

NASHUA, N.H. (BRAIN) — Industry sources tell BRAIN that Brad Hill, owner of the three-store New Hampshire chain Goodale's, is about to sell the business to Trek Bicycles. Hill told BRAIN Thursday that he would have no comment.

No charges filed as the investigation continues into the former Colorado Cyclist employee's death in police custody.
Chad Burnett died in police custody on May 24.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The death of a former Colorado Cyclist product line manager after an altercation with police was ruled a homicide by the El Paso County Coroner's Office, but no charges have been filed as the investigation continues.

Kate Sage

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our July magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: “How has COVID-19 changed your supplier relationships? How has the communication been?”

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Chad Burnett

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Colorado Springs Police Department released body camera footage of its confrontation with a former Colorado Cyclist product line manager who died while in custody on May 24.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Friends of Charles "Chuck" Allen, including staff at Felt Bicycles, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support Allen and his family, who lost their home, all their possessions and their dogs in a fire last month. 

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

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our June magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: How has COVID-19 changed your supplier relationships? How has the communication been?

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TACOMA, Wash. (BRAIN) — While retailers scramble, wait and hope for the replenishment of popular-priced bikes, accessory supplies in similar low-tech, low-priced categories aren’t much better.

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

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Owner Erik Saunders alters retail strategy and enjoys e-commerce surge.
Erik Saunders has rolled with the changes in the past 18 months.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Erik Saunders structured his small domestic manufacturing business as practical as possible to get established.

It's paying off now in challenging economic times.

SRAM was among the bike brands showing support for Black Lives Matter online.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Some bicycle shops nationwide suffered theft and damage over the weekend in the wake of the George Floyd protests that flared into riots in some cities.

'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.

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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI Co-op formed a retail partnership with home design company West Elm to sell outdoor lifestyle products, including portable furniture and softgoods.

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