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CHICAGO (BRAIN) — A spate of at least 10 early-morning smash-and-grab break-ins over the past three weeks at bike shops in and around Chicago has spurred area retailers to rethink their security measures.

FRESNO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Authorities are seeking a suspect alleged to have stolen high-end bikes, or attempted to do so, from at least eight stores up and down California — from Mill Valley in the Bay Area to Huntington Beach in Southern California.

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (BRAIN) — Two retailers who promoted and participated in last month's second annual Bike Shop Day have come up with a new idea: "Fix Your Bike February."

BREVARD and HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Sycamore Cycles is expanding into a neighboring space at its flagship store in the mountain bike destination of Brevard, North Carolina, and will relocate its second store, 22 miles east in downtown Hendersonville, to a larger space in a revitalized historic neighborhood.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Folding bike, e-bike and scooter shop NYCeWheels has permanently closed its storefront but is still operating online, according to its website. Numerous attempts by BRAIN to reach store representatives for comment on the closure were unsuccessful.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Clark Butcher, owner of neighboring Memphis shops Victory Bicycle Studio and Pedaltown Bicycles, is removing the wall between the two stores and combining them under the Victory name.

Spoiler: "E-bikes, lots of e-bikes."

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the second and final day of the inaugural CABDA West trade show, BRAIN contributor Ray Keener asked retailers, "What's in store for 2019?"

Tagged Electric bike / CABDA

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the opening day of the inaugural CABDA West trade show here Wednesday, longtime BRAIN contributor Ray Keener made the rounds, checking in with retailers at the event. Always a master of the small talk, Ray had a simple question for each of them: "What brings you to CABDA?"

Tagged CABDA
(BRAIN) — "Mobility" is a common buzzword in the tech and transportation industries, and in the European bike industry. In the U.S. bike industry? Not so much.
Tagged Podcast / Bikeshare

(BRAIN) — "How hard can it be to run a trade show?" Jim Kersten asked himself after hosting Chicago-area retailers at Interbike social events

Tagged Podcast / CABDA

DENVER (BRAIN) — In the latest Shift Up podcast, host Arleigh Greenwald is joined by Elorie Slater from Sports Garage Cycling in Boulder, Colorado. You can play the podcast from the article page or you can subscribe via most podcast apps or Spotify.

DENVER (BRAIN) — In the latest Shift Up podcast, host Arleigh Greenwald takes her regular quarterly look at the State of the Industry. This time, she is joined by BRAIN's editor, Steve Frothingham. You can play the podcast from the article page or you can subscribe via most podcast apps or Spotify.

Tagged Podcast

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — After eight years catering to women cyclists, Pedal Chic owner Robin Bylenga will close her brick-and-mortar store in downtown Greenville on Dec. 30 and will shift her focus to online.

Arleigh Greenwald

(BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News is teaming up with Arleigh Greenwald to bring her Shift Up podcast to a wider audience across the industry. Greenwald, aka "The Bike Shop Girl," is an industry veteran and owner of Bike Shop Girl Family Cyclery in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood.

Tagged Podcast

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Police here have arrested a suspect in a series of thefts at Southern California bike shops in which fake identification and credit cards were used to take high-end bikes out on test rides and never return them.

Scheels megastores make huge impact on local retail when they come to town.
The Scheels in Sparks, Nevada.

LOVELAND, Colo. (BRAIN) — When Scheels All Sports opens one of its gargantuan sporting goods stores in a new community, the local press gushes over the tons of steel and truckloads of concrete needed to build the quarter-million-square-foot stores. Officials and business owners in nearby communities, meanwhile, tally up the "Scheels Factor."

Simon Stewart (left) and Joe Parkin.

BUENA VISTA, Colo. (BRAIN)— For longtime friends Joe Parkin and Simon Stewart, the road to becoming shop co-owners has been a long one, complete with twists, turns, pit stops and detours.

Bankruptcy court also rules on customer return policies.

DURHAM, N.C. (BRAIN) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled that a liquidator company may not promote sales at some Performance Bicycle locations as "Store Closing," "Going Out of Business," "Liquidation Sale," "Bankruptcy Sale" or similarly themed sale events.

ASE said the sales don't mean all stores will close.

DURHAM, N.C. (BRAIN) — The company hired last month to run liquidation sales at 40 Performance Bicycle stores has expanded those sales to the chain's 62 remaining stores.

Performance's parent company, Advanced Sports Enterprises, filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 16.

BROOKLYN (BRAIN) — Nearly 290 retailers from 47 states and seven countries have signed up to take part in the second annual Bike Shop Day, an event launched last year by Brooklyn retailer 718 Cyclery.

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