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Papa Wheelies Natick.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Dan Houston, who owns three stores with three different names in the Boston area, is bringing them all under the Papa Wheelies brand, first used on his store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest Interbike podcast looks at how some IBDs are taking a new look at the used bike market, whether they buy and sell used bikes or take them as trade-ins toward new bike sales. 

The new store's new owners.

NEWARK, Del. (BRAIN) — On a Monday in mid-January, Tom Harvey, the owner of Wooden Wheels bike shop, announced he would close the shop. Employees Chris Denney, Robbie Downward and David Ferguson didn't see it coming.

Jones Bicycles' Second Street store in Long Beach in an undated historical photo

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jones Bicycles, a fixture in this Southern California beach community for more than a century, is closing this month as current owners John and Lisa Genshock retire from the bike industry, according to the shop's website and social media posts.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI on Monday announced it achieved its highest revenues ever in 2017, $2.62 billion. The co-op now has 17 million members.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Dan Thornton with his father Jeff in 1979

MARIETTA, Ga. (BRAIN) — Retailer Free-Flite Bicycles will mark its 40th anniversary serving the Atlanta metro region with a celebration and open house this Sunday, April 8, at its Marietta location.

BRAIN's Lynette Carpiet joins retailers Tom Henry and Ken Woody Smith on the podcast, available Wednesday.
The BRAIN survey results are in the April 1 issue.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The majority of IBD sales still take place inside the four walls of a brick-and-mortar store, and many retailers don't believe that will change dramatically over the next few years, according to a survey conducted by Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.

Tagged Web/Internet

FULLERTON and BUENA PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailer Mike Franze held a grand reopening celebration on Saturday, March 31, following the renovation of his two Southern California locations as Giant Retail Partner stores. The celebration also marked Franze's 15th year as a shop owner.

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran Bruce Sawtelle recently completed a full remodel of his D.C.-area store, Takoma Bicycle, with retail design firm 3 Dots Design.

The France-based chain, with more than 1,300 stores globally, will offer its house-brand B'Twin bikes at U.S. stores and online.
The store held a grand opening event on Thursday, March 29.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Decathlon, said to be the world's largest sporting goods retailer, is making its second stab at the U.S. market. Last week the company opened a 8,300-square-foot "lab store" on San Francisco's Market Street.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — E-commerce retailer Backcountry.com this week announced a new line of branded apparel for outdoor and casual use and said it would add mountain bike items to its new house brand later this year.

The organization is making plans for events in Phoenix, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association will continue its technical education conferences this coming fall and winter.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego's newest store is now open in Mexico City, becoming the e-bike company's 119th location. 

Tagged Electric bike

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Under its new parent, Accell Group, Beeline Bikes is mapping out aggressive growth plans both domestically and internationally. In a call with Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Accell North America CEO John Short said the goal is for Beeline to operate in 30 U.S. cities by end of year and 60 by end of 2019.

Tagged Mobile service

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Competitive Cyclist has hired TRUE Communications as its official press representative.

PLAISTOW, N.H. (BRAIN) — Members of the Independent Mobile Bicycle Professionals group have decided not to form a trade association, but instead to explore ways to work with the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association.

Tagged Mobile service / Advocacy/Non-profits

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Time is getting short to take part in the National Bicycle Dealers Association's sixth annual "America's Best Bike Shops" program. Applications to participate in the annual listing must be received by April 6.

Tagged Awards

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Kent Cranford has announced plans to open a third Motion Makers Bicycle Shop later this spring. The store will be located in Cherokee, a small town about one hour west of Asheville that serves as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

CALGARY, Alberta (BRAIN) — Calgary Cycle, which claims to be the oldest bike shop in the city, has opened a new, 12,000-square-foot store for the 2018 season.

Calgary Cycles has been in business 87 years and now has four locations. The newest will celebrate with grand opening events this weekend.

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes has launched its newest mobile bike shop, in California's Capitol city. Beeline Bikes of Sacramento marks the second territory owned by Bzur Haun, who acquired Beeline Bikes NorCal in August 2017.

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