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NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Joe Nocella, owner of 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn, is inviting fellow retailers to participate in the second edition of Bike Shop Day, which is aimed at connecting independent bike dealers and their communities.

MINNETONKA, Minn. (BRAIN) — Erik's, the bike and ski retail chain in the Upper Midwest, is now offering Taxa Outdoor Campers at some of its locations. 

Taxa Outdoors offers lightweight recreational campers and trailers for off-the-grid adventures.

SALEM, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Oregon Department of Revenue has collected $34,065 from bike retailers for the state's $15 bike tax, which went into effect Jan. 1.

DENVER (BRAIN) — JackRabbit, which operates 60 athletic specialty stores and several e-commerce sites, has acquired Clever Training, a multisport e-commerce retailer. JackRabbit's parent is the private investment firm CriticalPoint Capital. 

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Cat Bartash, the buyer at Ace Wheelworks in Boston, will be among the speakers at the fifth annual Aligned Conference in October.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is now offering bike shops — including mobile and service-only operations — the opportunity to be designated as PBMA Certified Shops.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Retailer education

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Barnett Bicycle Institute will launch a new multi-day course on e-bikes next month.

Tagged Electric bike / Retailer education

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Asheville Bicycle Company, which was an offshoot of Ski Country Sports, has reopened after a remodel and is now Giant Partner Store, which means the retailer stocks at least 80 percent of the floor space with Giant and Liv products.

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Last week we made a few changes to the BRAIN website that folks have asked us about. Now that we've had a week or so to work with the changes, we’d like to explain what we did.

Tagged BRAIN News
Erik's expects to add its first location in Iowa.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Erik's Bike Shop, which has more than two dozen locations across the Upper Midwest, expects to have its first location in Iowa soon, with an agreement to buy Rasmussen Bicycle Shop in West Des Moines. The transaction is expected to be finalized on May 9.

Part of the Park Ave Bike Shop showroom.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BRAIN) — The owners of Tom's Pro Bike Service, which has two locations in the Buffalo area, have acquired Park Ave Bike Shop, which has two locations in the Rochester area, about an hour away. 

Irene and Terry at the BRAIN show booth.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Their friendly faces have welcomed readers at Bicycle Retailer's booth at Interbike for many years. Terry and Irene Moyes, who served in various roles at the publication, including circulation and sales, are retiring from the magazine, where they've worked since its launch in 1992.

Tagged Media/Publishing / BRAIN News / Interbike
Kalamazoo riders before Tuesday's post-verdict ride.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (BRAIN) — Bike riders do things a bit differently now in this city of 75,000, where a driver plowed his truck into a group road ride nearly two years ago, killing five cyclists and injuring four others.

The New Wheel operates two Bay Area e-bike stores.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Bay Area retailer The New Wheel is organizing an e-bike festival that will include demos, complimentary breakfast and workshops. The Super Bicycle Festival will be held at The New Wheel's Larkspur Landing store on Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6.

Tagged Electric bike
The shop also includes a customer lounge.

DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Bike World Iowa recently moved its West Des Moines location and the company’s warehouse into a former grocery store.

Papa Wheelies Natick.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Dan Houston, who owns three stores with three different names in the Boston area, is bringing them all under the Papa Wheelies brand, first used on his store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest Interbike podcast looks at how some IBDs are taking a new look at the used bike market, whether they buy and sell used bikes or take them as trade-ins toward new bike sales. 

The new store's new owners.

NEWARK, Del. (BRAIN) — On a Monday in mid-January, Tom Harvey, the owner of Wooden Wheels bike shop, announced he would close the shop. Employees Chris Denney, Robbie Downward and David Ferguson didn't see it coming.

Jones Bicycles' Second Street store in Long Beach in an undated historical photo

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jones Bicycles, a fixture in this Southern California beach community for more than a century, is closing this month as current owners John and Lisa Genshock retire from the bike industry, according to the shop's website and social media posts.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI on Monday announced it achieved its highest revenues ever in 2017, $2.62 billion. The co-op now has 17 million members.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

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