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It's the retailer's 11th store since opening in 1973.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (BRAIN) — Wheel & Sprocket opened its third Chicago area store last week and plans a grand opening event this weekend at the new Park Ridge location.

Chad Burnett.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — The family of a professional bike fitter and former Colorado Cyclist product line manager who died in custody last year is suing the city of Colorado Springs and four of its police officers.

Park City, Utah's Main Street.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Next month's The Big Gear Show will include a range of retailer education opportunities, including presentations, panels, and small group discussions covering a wide range of topics. The show is Aug. 3-5 at the Deer Valley Resort.

Tagged Retailer education / Tradeshows and conferences / The Big Gear Show
But some retailers take a dim view of the pro-deal platform.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — After an outdoor industry retail group came out against the ExpertVoice pro purchase platform last week, some bike brands are defending the platform.

REI plans to carry Zize Bikes, designed for riders over 200 pounds.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI Co-op announced it will carry expanded women's apparel sizes on its website and in 34 stores by the end of the year and also will offer Zize Bikes, designed to safely accommodate riders over 200 pounds.

Tagged DEI and Sustainability

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BRAIN) — Dylan Schemel found his true calling after a desperate friend contacted him about a bike in need of a tune. From there, Pisgah Bike Works was born.

Tagged From the Magazine

ASPEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Nirvana X Group's decision to become the U.S. distributor of e-bike manufacturer Nox Cycles was solidified last year when bike supply began shrinking.

Tagged Distributor news / Electric bike

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailer Bent Up Cycles has purchased recumbent brand Bacchetta Bicycles with plans to invest in product development and expand recumbent innovation.

(BRAIN) — An outdoor industry trade group is urging speciality retailers to reconsider relationships with vendors who use the ExpertVoice pro deal platform. The group, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, says ExpertVoice erodes brand equity by turning consumers into deep-discount buyers.

Dale Mattson.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our June magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: COVID-19, Year 2: How are restrictions easing, how’s inventory, and which business adaptations will you keep?

Tagged State of Retail / From the Magazine

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (BRAIN) — When Mark Acosta moved to this southwestern Oregon town, he had decided the time was ripe for a change. "When I moved here, I wanted to start a hobby business," he recalled.

Local Trek Bicycle Stores planning Pride Rides on June 27.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle will donate $75,000 to several regional LGBTQIA+ organizations and host national Pride Ride events on June 27.

Tagged DEI and Sustainability

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Domenic's 2 Wheelers, an area landmark bike shop for 41 years, will close this month.

How shops can welcome the LGBTQ+ community.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — June is Pride Month. BRAIN reached out to LGBTQ+ consumers and shop owners to gauge how our industry's doing. Can we take pride, or is there room for improvement in our shops?

The dealer association will produce breakout sessions, dealer receptions, and other events at the three events.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Organizers of the CABDA Expos announced a new agreement with the National Bicycle Dealers Association on Monday.

Tagged Events / Tradeshows and conferences / CABDA
Charles Harper, center, wife Jean and son Greg.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (BRAIN) — Charles Harper, who owned Harper's Cycling and Fitness for the past 55 years and was a well-regarded Iowa cycling advocate, recently died following a stroke. He was 85.

Fog comes to the war against smash-and-grabs. With mixed results.
Security video screen shot from Click2Houston.com TV report.

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (BRAIN) — A smoke deterrent didn't prevent a smash-and-grab at a Houston area bike shop early Sunday morning, but it clearly gave retailer Fred Rebollido some notoriety after a

Tagged Smash and Grab

EASTON, Pa. (BRAIN) — What if your shop was named Genesis and people who bought Genesis bikes from Walmart called you every day looking for help?

Photo credit: First Due Photography

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (BRAIN) — A four-alarm fire destroyed Pro Bike + Run's entire inventory of bikes and accessories at its Monroeville location Tuesday and closed the store indefinitely.

No employees or customers were injured in the afternoon fire.

Alex Carroll photo.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Organizers of the CABDA Expo have opened attendee registration for their fall 2021 trade shows, which include shows in Southern California, Chicago, and the New York City areas.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / CABDA

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