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New program is designed to help dealers become more profitable through affordable, one-on-one business analysis and coaching.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has developed a new program that's aimed at coaching shop owners on becoming more profitable. It is led by David DeKeyser, a retail consultant who formerly owned and operated the successful Bike Hub bicycle shop in DePere, Wisconsin.

CHICO, Calif. (BRAIN) — AMain.com, Inc, which bought the e-commerce business of Performance and Nashbar last year from a bankruptcy auction, has now acquired the domain and trademarks of Danscomp.com, said to be the world's largest BMX retailer.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Ed Zink, the owner of pioneering mountain bike store Mountain Bike Specialists and a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 71.

ARCADIA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Over the years Bicycle Retailer & Industry News has conducted Dealer Tours in most major markets in the U.S. and Canada, riding bikes from store to store and learning about the market and local cycling community. This week we are on our first retailer tour via e-bikes, visiting shops in the Los Angeles area.

Tagged Electric bike

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycles will join the Global Climate Strike this Friday by closing its website and global headquarters to support youth activists involved in ending the age of fossil fuels.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — In today's world of instant communications, Brett Lang knows the value of prompt customer interaction.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — With new integrations with retail POS systems, partnerships with major used bike sellers, and a new promoted social media posting option, BikeIndex.org is hoping to further reduce the scourge of bike thievery.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Blue Book has added a new feature that sends leads to participating retailers, generated from online shoppers who use the retailer's website to check their old bike's trade-in value and consider potential new bike purchase.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — In the 100th episode of the Channel Mastery podcast, host Kristin Carpenter talks with Kimo Seymour, who oversees events and media for Life Time, the parent of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the Dirty Kanza gravel race.

BOULDER, Colo (BRAIN) — Last month's sales rep survey got a strong response from retailers and generated a lot of new information and discussion around an important industry topic. So we're doing it again.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Last month, in preparation for a package of magazine articles, BRAIN surveyed retailers about sales reps: inside and outside, what are they good for, what are their strengths and how are their roles changing.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — E-bikes and the accessories that support them are a fast-growing segment in today's market. Bicycle Retailer & Industry News will help explain the burgeoning e-bike market and how to profit from it as part of a three-day E-Bike Retail Tour in Southern California.

Tagged Electric bike / BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) - The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is conducting a survey to understand trends affecting service department staff, training and functionality.

BRAIN featured the store in its April 1, 2017, issue

Shoumatoff, the founder of a Utah retailer with an unusual business model, sold the store to USA Cycling's CEO, Rob DeMartini, earlier this year.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods reported store sales increased 3.2% in the second quarter over the same period last year and raised full-year guidance.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
BikeSource had three bikes stolen on July 30 in an early morning burglary.

LITTLETON, Colo. (BRAIN) — BikeSource's location here was damaged in the early morning hours of July 30 during a smash-and-grab incident. Three thieves used a stolen van to back into the entrance, and grab three bikes collectively valued at $13,000. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — BRAIN's retail editor, Ray Keener, is researching an article for our September issue about the role of sales reps in the industry. To get a more comprehensive picture, we're doing a 12-question survey that should take about five minutes to complete.

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Forget, for the moment, the environmental impact of manufacturing and the eventual disposal of products after their usable life ends. Instead consider that bikes and accessories leave factories and warehouses in boxes that seem larger than necessary, filled with mounds of plastic, foam, and zip ties made with materials increasingly known to be toxic.

718 Cyclery owner Joe Nocella has a new sign in his window.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — With cycling deaths becoming a sign of the times in New York City this year, 718 Cyclery owner Joe Nocella began shedding more light on them Friday.

That's when he posted his custom-made "days without a cycling death" sign in his Brooklyn-based shop window.

The added 25% tariffs imposed on many Chinese-made goods in May are about to impact retailers and their suppliers. These unpredictable market conditions seem likely to continue, and it’s safe to say that whatever happens, prices won’t go down. What can we do about it?

Tagged Tariffs

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