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IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is working with Fixture Lab to study break-ins at bike shops nationally.

Tagged Smash and Grab
Karen Malogorski

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our May magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What are your best practices and challenges with electronics sales? Are they growing or shrinking in your store?

Tagged From the Magazine
The new location, on April 22.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Erik's Bike Board Ski is rebranding Rasmussen Bicycle Shop — better known as Rassy's — as an Erik's store and re-opening it in a new building next Friday.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — REI Co-op expands its Brompton Bicycle lineup at select stores today with the addition of an electric model.

Tagged Electric bike

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Santa Cruz Experience Center with a "fly-through" drone video of the store and nearby trails.

Mobile phone carrier senior director of operations David Dentry takes over.

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (BRAIN) — When Ron Kiefel began looking for a buyer for Wheat Ridge Cyclery, he made it known he wouldn't sell to a bike brand, according to General Manager Steve Heal. Kiefel wanted to maintain the family dynamic that's been the hallmark of his successful business.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
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.

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.

Tagged Retailer education / Awards / The Big Gear Show

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.

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.

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

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
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?

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / From the Magazine

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Amelia Kegel, the co-owner of Milwaukee's Wheel & Sprocket retail chain, and Ellen Kast, the co-founder of the American Classic component brand, will be panelists on the NBDA's Women in the Industry event on Monday, April 12.

Tagged DEI and Sustainability

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (BRAIN) — The owners of Summit City Bicycles & Fitness have announced the sale of their business to Trek Bicycle.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Tomias Hinchcliff opened the store in 1974 when he was 18.
Tomias Hinchcliff.

EASTON, Pa. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle has acquired Genesis Bicycles, a single-store operator in the Lehigh Valley.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Max Davis (left) and Gil Lavi at a pop-up event last year.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Rubber N' Road, a retailer that held two series of weekend pop-up events in the city last year, will hold its first 2021 events this month.

Like last year's events, the pop-ups are being hosted on Sundays only at Volvo Cars Manhattan, which is the car brand's flagship US studio.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Paycheck Protection Program has been extended another 60 days until May 31 for small-businesses owners to apply for financial assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tagged Coronavirus

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Holden Nimmer was receiving a shipment of Giant bikes Monday afternoon when he heard the gunshots.

The Bennett's crew circa 1980. (ID's below)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Tom Riccio walked into Bennett’s Bike Shop in 1993 to buy his five-year-old son’s first bike. He left with four bicycles and a connection to a community that would keep going for the next 27 years. “We decided in the store to become a family of bike riders,” he said.

Howard Chung.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our March magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What are your hiring challenges, and how do you manage them? Are you re-evaluating hiring practices to attain more diversity?

Tagged From the Magazine

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