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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.

Tagged Coronavirus
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.

Tagged Electric bike

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?"

Tagged Smash and Grab / From the Magazine
A hypodermic needle similar to this one was inside a flat tire.

OAKLAND, Calif. (BRAIN) — With a background as an EMT, Greg Archer knew immediately.

Tagged From the Magazine

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI President and CEO Eric Artz emailed co-op members Sunday night to share the actions the outdoor company has undertaken to protect customers and employees since the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

Tagged Coronavirus
Campfire's grand opening in November.

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Josh Lipton, the founder and president of Campfire Cycling, took a meandering route into e-commerce and then into brick-and-mortar retail.

REI's flagship Seattle location.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Two REI Co-op office employees possibly were exposed to the COVID-19 virus on Monday, and the outdoor giant, based in Seattle, closed three office campuses for deep cleaning. 

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show
Summit Bicycles is rebranding its van fleet.

Two dominant retailers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike's Bikes and Summit Bicycles, have evolved in their approach to a growing mobile service business.

Tagged Mobile service
Detroit will put together Nishiki Colorado mountain bikes
A wheel is built at the Detroit Bikes factory.

DETROIT (BRAIN) — Tariffs on Chinese bike imports made the partnership of Detroit Bikes and Dick's Sporting Goods inevitable. And it might lead to more retailers collaborating with the Motor City bicycle company.

Ben Serotta will have steel and aluminum models available in March.

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (BRAIN) — After spending the past six years traveling the world as a bike designer and supply-chain consultant, Ben Serotta will relaunch his iconic bike brand this spring.

E-Bike is published by VeloPress.

Republished from "E-Bike: A Guide to E-Bike Models, Technology & Riding Essentials" by Martin Haussermann, with permission of VeloPress.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our February magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: "How will your business' typical customer profile change in the next 3-5 years?"

On a roll with a unique but proven sales approach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BRAIN) — For Roll: Bicycle Company, a retailer with three stores and its own bike brand, it’s all about control.

Jeff Milbauer of Valley Bike and Ski.

At CABDA Midwest BRAIN talks to retailers about opportunities and concerns for the 2020 selling season.

Tagged CABDA
Dan Shuman has owned Salem Cycle since 2000.

SALEM, Mass. (BRAIN) — When Dan Shuman started working for owner Chris Finn as an apprentice at Marblehead Cycle in 1989, he was a sophomore in high school with no plans to make a career in bike retail. Circumstances dictated otherwise.

Jim Whitsett, left, and Alan Goldsmith pose 14 hours before Whitsett died.

MARINA del REY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jim Whitsett, longtime industry member and former Supergo, Cynergy and Performance general manager, died Saturday from an apparent heart attack.

He was 56 and survived by his 10-year-old son Jesse and adult son Jason. Funeral arrangements are pending.

 Rocktown Bicycles manager Kelly Paduch going all out at Roller-Rama.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — There are many ways to end up owning a bike shop. Ken Bell started Rocktown Bicycles in 2013 after a successful career as a video producer and owner of a trade show display company. "I'd always wanted to own a shop," Bell said. "Decades of racing definitely fueled my passion for it."

The oldest bike shop in San Francisco is for sale.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Of the many reasons shop owners decide to sell their businesses, seismic retrofit is not usually one of them. In San Francisco, Bradley Woehl is facing just that situation.

We ask about their off-season store projects.
A version of this feature appears in the January 2020 BRAIN.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Each month in Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, we ask a panel of retailers a new question, which we publish in the State of Retail feature in the magazine. Here's an introduction to our new panel for 2020.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Retailers and brands convened Wednesday at CABDA's season opener at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds. As we did last year, we asked retailer attendees, "What brings you to CABDA?"

Tagged CABDA

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