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LONDON (BRAIN) — Rapha is planning a traveling series of weekend rides and events in 20 cities this year, starting in May in Boulder, Colorado.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle is making increased use of IBM's Watson Customer Engagement services, which allows the retail chain to use consumer data, including browsing history on the Performance website, to tailor its sales and marketing approaches, online and offline.

A still from the festival's trailer (video below).

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Do you have some compelling video footage from your store showing how brick-and-mortar bike shops can be the center of their local community bike culture? Portland's Filmed by Bike film festival wants to hear from you.

SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI revenues were up 5.5 percent last year, to $2.56 billion. The co-op returned a record $193.7 million in member dividends and credit card rebates and gave back nearly 70 percent of its profits to outdoor community projects and organizations.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike-n-Hike, a Trek dealer in this Front Range city, will close its doors after 44 years in business. Current owners Rick and Jill Emerson bought the shop in 2007 from its second owner, Dave Swenson.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike Shop SEO has a new e-commerce reporting service that the company said reduces time building sales and marketing reports, and attributes sales to proper marketing channels.

Archer was honored at this weekend's NAHBS.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The driver who struck and killed First Flight Bicycles' owner Jeff Archer last July has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and felony death by vehicle and was sentenced on Friday to 3 1/2 to 5 years in prison. 

Tagged North American Handmade Bicycle Show

The March 15 issue question is: Are you seeing shop consolidation in your market?

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Ben Chandler has recently celebrated the grand reopening of his Ben's Bike store on South Houghton Road here. Chandler first opened his business in 2011 and decided late last year to partner with Giant's Retail Services Team to redesign and enhance the store's look and feel.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (BRAIN) — The National Sporting Goods Association has joined several retail trade groups in opposing a proposed federal Border Adjustment Tax.

This issue's question: What do you do to improve operations and profitability in your store?

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — State of Retail is one of the most consistently read departments in Bicycle Retailer's print magazine. In each issue 10 retailers weigh in on topics that affect their business, the industry and their communities. BRAIN is now publishing a version of the column online, allowing readers to respond in our comments section.

Tagged State of Retail / BRAIN News / From the Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Retailer Summit Bicycles, with five brick-and-mortar stores in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, has signed on to Beeline Bikes’ Retail Partner Program to launch a fleet of seven mobile bike shops serving customers from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, California.

Tagged Omnichannel / Mobile service

CARY, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Matt Lodder operated a small home-based shop offering mobile repair services for eight years, and as his business grew he realized he needed a larger space. Lodder recently moved his repair and bike fit operation into a 1,400-square-foot space here.

Tagged Mobile service

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The Mann Group’s Dan Mann, a longtime retail trainer and consultant in the outdoor and bike industries, has unveiled a new book, ORBiT, The Art and Science of Influence.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is making individual memberships available for the first time in the association's 70-year history. The program will launch this weekend at QBP's Frostbike event.

Historic Coates Cyclery opened in 1934 in Pomona, California.

POMONA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Coates Cyclery, one of Southern California's oldest bike shops, will close its doors by the end of February.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BRAIN) — A celebration of life and a funeral mass will be held for Chris Kegel next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, his family has announced.

Tagged Chris Kegel

SAN FRANCISCO — Retailer Bradley Woehl, owner of American Cyclery in San Francisco, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a cycling-themed parklet he plans to build in front of his store.

UPDATED with reactions from John Burke and others.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BRAIN) — Chris Kegel, owner of the Milwaukee retail chain Wheel & Sprocket and a longtime advocate for cycling, died Tuesday after a months-long struggle with bile-duct cancer.

Tagged Chris Kegel
BRAIN photo.

ARLINGTON, Va. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle has acquired Revolution Cycles, with locations in and around Washington, D.C. Nearby Trek dealers are mostly positive about the move.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions


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