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SEATTLE (BRAIN) — When the co-founder of the Seattle Pedaling Relief Project recently added up the weight of all the food and supplies the nonprofit initiative has delivered on behalf of food banks since last spring, he was stunned at the number: 88 tons. “I was blown away,” says Maxwell Burton.

Tagged Coronavirus / DEI and Sustainability

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Smash-and-grab thefts from bike shops have risen dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the phenomenon has led shop owners in several markets to start organizing and cooperating to share information. Some also are working more closely with local law enforcement, with mixed results.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our February magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: "What would your dream bike shop be like, and where would you locate it?”

Tagged From the Magazine
Left to right: Dennis Uphoff, Gary Moore, Jim Burrus

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer Dennis Uphoff, the owner of The Off Ramp  — said to be the largest seller of bikes in NorCal for nearly 30 years — died Jan. 16th after sustaining an injury at home. He was 69.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Organizers of the CABDA Expo will unveil their newest event next week: CABDA Online. Taking the place of their usual, in-person first quarter events, the virtual B2B event hopes to offer some degree of normalcy for its attendees, show director Jim Kersten said.

Tagged CABDA

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Heather Mason has been named president of the National Bike Dealers Association and officially will begin her new role at the nonprofit in February.

LAKEVILLE, Mass. (BRAIN) — Spark Bike Run Sports, a 10-year-old multi-sport retailer south of Boston, has announced on its website that the store has been purchased by Trek Bicycle.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Mike Olson

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) - Trek has agreed to buy at least a dozen of Mike Olson's bike shops, including the six Trek Bicycle Superstore locations in the San Diego area and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one Nytro Multisport store in Encinitas, California, and the six-store Bike Gallery chain in the Portland area.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Biden administration is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration to address eligibility, compliance, and integrity issues while promoting transparency in obtaining first-time Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Tagged Coronavirus
Sun & Ski Sports' location in Avon, Colorado.

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — Sun & Ski Sports, the Houston-based retailer with 30 stores, is giving its employees a thank you bonus of $250-$1,500 in recognition of their work in 2020 during the pandemic. 

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Small Business Administration approved about 60,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans in the first week after being reimplemented in December.

Nearly 3,000 lenders submitted applications for more than $5 billion between Jan. 11-17.

Tagged Coronavirus
Muneer Radi

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For the debut of our new State of Retail panel, we asked each panel member to describe their business and share some thoughts about the upcoming season.

Today: Dan Shuman of Salem Cycle in Massachusetts.
Dan Shuman, Salem Cycle, Salem, Mass.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — We touched base with 16 retailers to get their take on the 2020 season and their predictions for 2021. We'll be sharing snapshots from those interviews online over the next two weeks.

Tagged Crystal Ball
Today: Brian Hackford of Keswick Cycle in Philadelphia.
Brian Hackford, Keswick Cycle, Philadelphia, Pa.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — We touched base with 16 retailers to get their take on the 2020 season and their predictions for 2021. We'll be sharing snapshots from those interviews online over the next two weeks.

Tagged Crystal Ball
Today: Jeff Milbauer of Valley Bike & Ski in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
Jeff Milbauer, Valley Bike & Ski, Apple Valley, Minn.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — We touched base with 16 retailers to get their take on the 2020 season and their predictions for 2021. We'll be sharing snapshots from those interviews online over the next two weeks.

Tagged Crystal Ball
Today: Stuart Hunter of roll: bicycle company in Columbus, Ohio
Stuart Hunter, roll: bicycle company, Columbus, Ohio

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — We touched base with 16 retailers to get their take on the 2020 season and their predictions for 2021. We'll be sharing snapshots from those interviews online over the next two weeks.

Tagged Crystal Ball
Today: Hal Honeyman of The Bike Rack, St. Charles, Illinois.
Hal Honeyman, The Bike Rack, St. Charles, Ill.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — We touched base with 16 retailers to get their take on the 2020 season and their predictions for 2021. We'll be sharing snapshots from those interviews online over the next two weeks.

Tagged Crystal Ball
Tomias Hinchcliff of Genesis Bicycles in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Tomias Hinchcliff, Genesis Bicycles, Easton, Pa.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — We touched base with 16 retailers to get their take on the 2020 season and their predictions for 2021. We'll be sharing snapshots from those interviews online over the next two weeks.

Tagged Crystal Ball

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing is suing a Massachusetts bike store, CrimsonBikes, LLC. The website developer is charging that CrimsonBikes fraudulently told customers to ask their credit card company for refunds for undelivered bikes. A payment service is holding SmartEtailing liable for $400,000 in chargebacks.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Paycheck Protection Program will resume offering loans to new and some existing borrowers on Jan. 11.

Tagged Coronavirus

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