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Brooks in a Friends On Bikes Instagram post.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — The bike community across the country is mourning the death of SJ Brooks, who died in a cougar attack while mountain biking near Seattle last Saturday. Brooks worked at shops in Seattle and Boston and for Seven Cycles. Brooks was a co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Friends on Bikes organization and a former board member of Bikes Not Bombs.

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Move allows retailer to purchase its own building and expand fit studio.

EDGEWATER, Md. (BRAIN) — Parvilla Cycles held a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 19, following the retailer’s move to a larger location it purchased in Edgewater, Maryland. The 7-year-old store moved only a short distance but was able to double its space and expand its fitting studio.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BRAIN) — In 25 BRAIN Dealer Tours, it's rare we've toured four such different stores on the same day with such diverse approaches and personalities as we did on Wednesday as we pedaled around the Overland Park and Lenexa area, south of Kansas City, Kansas.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

SHERBORN, Mass. (BRAIN) — Steve the Bike Guy Velo Studio hosted more than 15 women on Sunday, May 20, for the inaugural STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic at Unity Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

Tagged Events
The bar at VeloGarage and Tap Room.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BRAIN) — BRAIN's first Dealer Tour of the Kansas City area got underway Tuesday as we pedaled to four shops, all south of the city itself, in Kansas and Missouri. In the evening, we drove up to the Velo Garage and Tap House in North Kansas City.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Multisport retailer Endurance House Orange County has closed, and the store’s assets will be sold at auction starting Wednesday morning, May 23.

The EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale team led a public ride from Garmin on Monday.

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) – BRAIN editors toured Garmin's U.S. headquarters, factory and warehouse in northeastern Kansas on Monday and got to mingle with members of the Garmin-sponsored EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale team on the heels of last week's Tour of California.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Joe Nocella, owner of 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn, is inviting fellow retailers to participate in the second edition of Bike Shop Day, which is aimed at connecting independent bike dealers and their communities.

MINNETONKA, Minn. (BRAIN) — Erik's, the bike and ski retail chain in the Upper Midwest, is now offering Taxa Outdoor Campers at some of its locations. 

Taxa Outdoors offers lightweight recreational campers and trailers for off-the-grid adventures.

SALEM, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Oregon Department of Revenue has collected $34,065 from bike retailers for the state's $15 bike tax, which went into effect Jan. 1.

DENVER (BRAIN) — JackRabbit, which operates 60 athletic specialty stores and several e-commerce sites, has acquired Clever Training, a multisport e-commerce retailer. JackRabbit's parent is the private investment firm CriticalPoint Capital. 

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Cat Bartash, the buyer at Ace Wheelworks in Boston, will be among the speakers at the fifth annual Aligned Conference in October.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is now offering bike shops — including mobile and service-only operations — the opportunity to be designated as PBMA Certified Shops.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Barnett Bicycle Institute will launch a new multi-day course on e-bikes next month.

Tagged Electric bike

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Asheville Bicycle Company, which was an offshoot of Ski Country Sports, has reopened after a remodel and is now Giant Partner Store, which means the retailer stocks at least 80 percent of the floor space with Giant and Liv products.

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Last week we made a few changes to the BRAIN website that folks have asked us about. Now that we've had a week or so to work with the changes, we’d like to explain what we did.

Tagged BRAIN News
Erik's expects to add its first location in Iowa.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Erik's Bike Shop, which has more than two dozen locations across the Upper Midwest, expects to have its first location in Iowa soon, with an agreement to buy Rasmussen Bicycle Shop in West Des Moines. The transaction is expected to be finalized on May 9.

Part of the Park Ave Bike Shop showroom.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BRAIN) — The owners of Tom's Pro Bike Service, which has two locations in the Buffalo area, have acquired Park Ave Bike Shop, which has two locations in the Rochester area, about an hour away. 

Irene and Terry at the BRAIN show booth.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Their friendly faces have welcomed readers at Bicycle Retailer's booth at Interbike for many years. Terry and Irene Moyes, who served in various roles at the publication, including circulation and sales, are retiring from the magazine, where they've worked since its launch in 1992.

Tagged Media/Publishing / BRAIN News / Interbike
Kalamazoo riders before Tuesday's post-verdict ride.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (BRAIN) — Bike riders do things a bit differently now in this city of 75,000, where a driver plowed his truck into a group road ride nearly two years ago, killing five cyclists and injuring four others.

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