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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — For the sixth consecutive year, the NBDA has conducted a program that identifies and honors the most progressive bicycle stores in North America.

Tagged Interbike

KILLINGTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — Beyond merely promoting the Italian bike brand, Bianchi's new U.S. women's ambassador program is designed to get more people into the sport — and into bike shops.

Tagged From the Magazine

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BRAIN) — Jack DeVries, a veteran Bellingham retailer and collector of all things bicycling, died Tuesday, Sept. 11. He was 83.

A onetime bicycle newspaper delivery boy, DeVries began his career in the bike industry working for Times Bicycle Shop in Bellingham in 1950 at age 16. In 1969, he opened his own shop in town, Jack’s Bicycle Center. The shop moved to its current location in 1995.

‘Powered by Beeline’ is offered for a monthly fee to any dealer (no Beeline van required). Think of it as OpenTable for bike shops, the company says.
How scheduling will be displayed on a retailer's website.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — In a play to make it more affordable for bike shops to expand into mobile service and repair and to help them fulfill online purchases, Accell North America is making the software previously used by its Beeline franchisees available to any brick-and-mortar dealer.

Tagged Mobile service / Interbike
Updated with comments from suppliers Serfas, J&B, Defeet and Industry Nine.
City Bicycle Co.’s Southport location was due to open this week. Photo: Matt Jones.

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — Tuesday was supposed to be the grand opening for Matt Jones' second store, which is in this community near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Instead, Jones spent the day boarding up the new location of City Bicycle Co. ahead of Thursday's expected arrival of Hurricane Florence.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products is now working with The Pro's Closet to make its Trade-Up used bike trade-in program available to all its dealers.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Park City Bike Demos, a retailer offering rental and paid-demo bicycles that are available for sale, is selling the business's assets for $120,000. The money will be used to pay the company's debtors.

Eoin Comerford says he was surprised by the industry's vehement response to the online store.

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (BRAIN) — Eoin Comerford, the CEO of Moosejaw, says a controversial new curated website featuring premium outdoor gear, part of Walmart's e-commerce site, has the potential to expand the outdoor industry's reach.

Photo from the grand opening of Decathlon's San Francisco lab store in April.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — The world's largest sporting goods retailer — which does considerable business in cycling — plans to open a 47,000-square-foot store in Emeryville, California, in the spring. The planned location is in a former Toys R Us store and will join Decathlon's "lab store" in San Francisco, which it opened in April.

LONGMONT, Colo (BRAIN) — Deuter USA says it will not participate in Walmart's new premium outdoor online store, curated by Moosejaw.

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Black Diamond Equipment, which sells skiing, climbing and hiking gear through specialty retailers, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Walmart, demanding the company remove its products from a new microsite of "curated" premium products.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods has reported a slight increase in net sales for the second quarter 2018, which ended Aug. 4. Sales for the quarter were up 1 percent over the same period last year, to $2.18 billion.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports Enterprises is consolidating some back end functions at its two e-commerce brands, Nashbar and Performance. The two brands are moving toward operating on the same inventory system and consolidated warehousing.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike said it will add $1,000 to the existing purse for the overall winner of the 2018 Mechanics Challenge presented by Park Tool.

Tagged Interbike
REI's used cycling gear page.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI is all in on its used gear website, which it launched last year as trial, or beta, program. The co-op launched an updated website in March and announced Wednesday that the program is officially out of beta. While the beta site contained some cycling goods, the refreshed site gives cycling its own category page.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News' former longtime publisher Marc Sani is returning to the helm of the magazine.

Tagged Media/Publishing / BRAIN News

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BRAIN) — Village Bike & Fitness, a four-store chain in the greater Grand Rapids area, has announced that 25-year veteran employee Cory Bultman has purchased the company from owners Dale Phelps and Pam Kruse. 

Laguna Hills, CA - With over 70 years of experience in the cycling industry, the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) knows well that the times, they are always a-changing. To that end, the organization has decided to widen its membership net to include mobile-only operators.

Tagged Mobile service / Advocacy/Non-profits

REDDING, Calif. (BRAIN) — More than a dozen large wildfires continue to burn in California, with several thousands acres destroyed as the state also endured the hottest July on record.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A new report shows that retailers — across all categories — are stocking up on Chinese consumer goods before the possibility of increased tariffs.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

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