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FRESNO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Reasoning that sporting goods stores sell emergency supplies, the city of Fresno has allowed the stores to reopen as essential businesses under a statewide shelter in place order.

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Sycamore Cycles says it's doing what's necessary to slow spread of COVID-19.
Sycamore Cycles posted this on its Facebook page.

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. (BRAIN) — Wes Dickson and staff are taking one for the team.

That team being the small Pisgah Forest community they have served at Sycamore Cycles the past two decades.

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"We know we're defying the governor's orders. We also know people need us," said one New Mexico retailer.
Campfire Cycling remains open in Arizona, where there is no state-wide order.

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — More state and local officials are declaring bike shops "essential" businesses that can stay open despite shut-down orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, several jurisdictions have reversed course in what is a constantly changing landscape across the country.

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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI Co-op extended the closure of its 162 stores indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods announced in a regulatory filing the temporary reduction of base salaries for its executive officers and other salaried employees, effective March 29, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — After announcing two days ago it was cutting hours of operation, Dick's Sporting Goods now has decided to temporarily close all stores beginning today because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN)— A typical busy Saturday during the spring will challenge even the most organized bike retailer’s staff.

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Photo by Yoav Aziz on Unsplash

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Bike use in New York City is on the upswing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and retailers are seeing the positive effects. However, they are bracing for a possible shelter-in-place order that could curtail retail shopping or even mandate store closures.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — A bike store manager was injured a year ago in Chino, California, trying to stop two men stealing a bike, and it’s the type of story that makes Vancouver detective Rob Brunt wince.

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Philadelphia includes bike shops on its list of essential businesses.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Despite an order from Bay Area health officials that all "non-essential" businesses close Tuesday, at least a few bike shops remain open, arguing that they are performing an essential service during the region's shelter in place order.

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PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods said it will close 10 stores in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shorten its hours of operation.

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Part of package of stories about smash and grab break-ins.
Bike Index and 529 Garage give retailers a way to pre-register their bikes at once.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The way J Allard sees it, 529 Garage is a combination of crimewatch, crime stoppers and motor vehicle registration. And it, along with Bike Index, might be the best way for retailers to protect their bikes.

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UPDATES with Bay Area Shelter in Place announcement.
University Bikes' Michael Pope prepares to wipe down a service bike on Sunday. BRAIN Photo.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — With increased concern over COVID-19 and news of national retail chains closures, bike retailers are reassessing their response.

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President and CEO Eric Artz said the outdoor retailer will reopen March 27.
Signs on the door of the REI in Boulder, Colorado, Monday morning.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI Co-op announced Sunday night it will close its 162 retail stores nationwide beginning Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coop president and CEO Eric Artz announced the closures in an email.

The outdoor retailer will reopen March 27, he said.

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UPDATED with billboard images.
One of two Lamar Outdoor billboards James Moore will have to promote cycling.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BRAIN) — Much like the spread of COVID-19, psychological effects of social distancing only figure to get worse before they get better, according to James Moore.

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Aaron Goss integrated bikes into securing the windows of his shop in Seattle.

HATTIESBURG, Miss (BRAIN) — When it comes to preventing smash and grab retail theft, James Moore and Aaron Goss took matters into their own hands.

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The internet age has helped bike thieves organize networks to sell stolen goods from retailers quickly and efficiently.
 Sports Garage Cycling experienced a smash and grab last year.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — A bike store manager was injured a year ago in Chino, California, trying to stop two men stealing a bike, and it’s the type of story that makes Vancouver detective Rob Brunt wince.

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The worsening of COVID-19 has some shop owners in the hardest hit areas wondering what's next.

SYOSSET, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Italy shutting down all non-essential businesses this week in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 got the attention of Howard Chung.

Chung, owner of The Bicycle Planet in Long Island, told BRAIN on Thursday about a customer he helped in the morning who is from Milan.

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Townsend and Franze were friendly neighbors.

FULLERTON, Calif. (BRAIN) — Among the strategies retailers use to make room for e-bike opportunities, Mike Franze has taken a novel approach: He bought the e-bike store next door.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our March magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: "What security measures do you have in place to prevent smash and grab theft?"

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