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SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mobile bike shop franchiser Beeline Bikes has launched its first location in Indiana in an agreement with the well-known regional retailer Bicycle Garage Indy.

Beeline Bikes Powered by Bicycle Garage Indy is owned and operated by Randy Clark and Scott Helvie.

The mobile franchiser is considering smaller vans or "Velofix Light" operations.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile service franchiser Velofix may depart from its usual practices as its eyes expansion into the core of the Big Apple.

Tagged Mobile service

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has announced the winner of a women's scholarship for the Professional Bicycle Mechanic Association workshop. The company announced the scholarship last month.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Brick, a subsidiary of Darby Communications, is a new digital marketing service designed to help specialty retailers drive foot and online traffic, and increase their competitive advantage by promoting products, services and brands they represent via one or more digital channels.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association rolled out its Bikes Build ... campaign at Interbike last week. The organization says the phrase tailored for dealers' particular markets and needs, all working off the concept that, like Lego blocks, bikes can be used to build almost anything.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Victor van Eijk is opening two Velofix mobile service franchises in the New York Metro area.

Tagged Mobile bike apps

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Brandon Dwight, the former co-owner of Boulder Cycle Sport here, has launched a software program that allows shops to easily gather feedback from customers who received technical service at their stores.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes continues to grow its Retail Partner Program, expanding into Virginia by signing two-store dealer The Bike Lane and reaching a deal with prominent Midwest retailer Wheel & Sprocket to roll out mobile bike shops in the Chicago market.

Tagged Omnichannel
Jared Fisher owns Las Vegas Cyclery, Moab Cyclery and touring company Escape Adventures. He’s vying for the Republican nomination in the Nevada governor’s race.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Las Vegas bike shop owner Jared Fisher says his experience in retail and running a bike touring company — and the connections he has made in 25 years in those businesses — are a key advantage to his run for the Republican nomination for Nevada governor.

Tagged Interbike

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Mechanics who attend the new three-day technical workshops being offered by the pro mechanics association this fall and winter can count on receiving education from seven brands, in addition to a session on e-bikes and several devoted to business development and profitability.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet has completed a $9 million round of funding. The investment round was led by Boulder-based venture capital firm Foundry Group with participation from Ridgeline Ventures, an existing investor in TPC.

Owner Anne Watson outside Pedego Acadia.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — A Pedego Electric Bikes store has opened in Bar Harbor, Maine, near Acadia National Park. Pedego Acadia is the 107th Pedego store to open worldwide.

Store owner Anne Watson said e-bikes are ideal for riding Bar Harbor's historic quaint streets as well as the park.

A customer alert on Mack Cycle's Facebook page.

MIAMI (BRAIN) — On the heels of flooding and devastation in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Florida businesses are bracing for what is being forecasted as a Category 5 storm set to hit the state this weekend.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is responding to increased interest in digital delivery of industry news and information by hiring Colin O'Brien as digital director.

Tagged People
Crowdfunding campaign established to help retailer's employees.
Photo provided by Dale Mikulan of Sun & Ski.

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — Several bike industry suppliers are pitching in to help the hurricane recovery in Houston, including efforts to help bike shop employees whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has published its 2017 list of America's Best Bike Shops.

iCycle Bike Shop suffered a few inches of water damage.

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — A massive slice of southeast Texas is essentially shut down for business as Hurricane Harvey continues to drench the region in rainfall. Several shops were heavily flooded, according to second hand reports, while a handful in Central Houston have re-opened.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — When REI announced that it would send 16 female employees to Barnett's Bicycle Institute for a women's-only course, the outdoor retailer received more than 350 applications. The two-week course was held at BBI's campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this month.

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Following what retailer Seton Claggett described as a brutal five-year legal battle with his bank, TriSports.com is closing.

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes has opened a location in Fort Collins, Colorado, that will serve customers in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and surrounding communities.

Tagged Mobile service

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