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Princeton Sports' Columbia location.

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — Princeton Sports, a third-generation ski and bike retailer that dates to 1936, is closing one of its two locations after selling the real estate.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Robin Bylenga opened Pedal Chic in 2010 to cater to female cyclists. In February, Bylenga moved the store into a larger space on the bike path in downtown Greenville, about two and half blocks from Pedal Chic's previous location.

Amended transportation bill is headed to governor's desk.
The cash register at Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene this week.

SALEM, Ore. (BRAIN) — In the name of simplification, Oregon's Legislature this weekend amended the state's $15 bicycle excise tax to include all bikes selling for $200 or more, including e-bikes. The tax originally exempted bikes with wheels smaller than 26 inches and exempted e-bikes that were sold through bike shops.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI, like its Canadian co-op cohort MEC has decided to suspend orders of Vista Outdoor products because of the company's connection to the firearms industry. REI sells Vista's Giro, Bell, CamelBak, Camp Chef and Blackburn brands.

BEDFORD, Pa. (BRAIN) — Fat Jimmy’s Outfitters and Olde Bedford Brewing Company are teaming up to offer bikes, boats and beer to customers in the Bedford County area.

David Howard repurchased the store he sold to Cliff Pinto in 2004.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer David Howard is back in the bike business again following a 12-year hiatus.

ARLINGTON, Va. (BRAIN) — Jim Strang, president of Spokes Etc., hopes to re-open the recently shuttered Arlington location of Freshbikes by end of March. The store will expand the Northern Virginia chain to six locations. Strang said Spokes Etc. will take over the lease. The store is fully built out so move in should be easy.

Skip and Lisa Badolato, owners of Pedego's Fort Myers, Florida, store

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego announced that a new store has opened in Fort Myers, Florida. The store is co-owned and operated by husband and wife Skip and Lisa Badolato, who left their Wall Street jobs after 30 years and moved to open Pedego’s 116th store.

Tagged Electric bike

SEATTLE — Consumer-direct e-bike brand EVELO Electric Bicycles is recruiting brick-and-mortar dealers in select markets for its new Demo Dealer Program.

Tagged Electric bike

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Santa Cruz Bicycles has launched a new online education program, The Manual, to help dealers and retail staff sell and service the company’s Santa Cruz and Juliana bike line and Reserve wheel line more effectively.

Tagged Retailer education
Company aims to open 25 locations in the next 18 months.

DENVILLE, N.J. (BRAIN) — Voltaire Cycles Inc., the franchising arm of retailer Electric Spokes Company, has opened its first e-mobility franchise in Denville, New Jersey. The 2,700-square-foot showroom features e-bikes and electric scooters and skateboards.

Tagged Electric bike

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mobile bike shop franchiser Beeline Bikes has expanded into the Detroit market in partnership with retailer American Cycle and Fitness.

Tagged Mobile service
Mechanic association promotes new program at CABDA.
Stanfill and Kallista at CABDA.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) – The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is talking up its new certification program for members at the Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealer Association Show this week, where PBMA president James Stanfill and PBMA board member Jenny Kallista from Appalachian Bicycle Institute are manning a booth.

Tagged Retailer education

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a suit filed by Moab retailer Poison Spider Bicycles against a company that sells merchandise under the Poison Spyder Customs brand.

A Grand Re-opening party was held earlier this month.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Boulder retailer Full Cycle, which added an espresso bar and beer tap area to its Pearl Street location last year, has now given that part of its business its own name: The Tune Up.

OLDSMAR, Fla. (BRAIN) — Florida retailer BikeSport recently celebrated its grand reopening as a Giant Partner Store.

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jason Boles, who owns The Velo bike shop in Phoenix, Arizona, has launched a Beeline Bikes mobile repair franchise in Los Angeles. Boles also has signed franchise development agreements with Beeline in other regions of Arizona and California.

Tagged Mobile service
Major brands including Shimano, SRAM, QBP and Canyon attend the mobile service franchiser's expo in Nevada.
Franchisees and managers at the Las Vegas meeting.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Mobile bike franchiser Velofix held a stationary “mini-trade show” here last week, with about 110 franchise owners and operators holding their annual meeting.

Tagged Mobile service

NEWARK, Del. (BRAIN) — Former employees of longtime retailer Wooden Wheels, which shut down recently, have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to open a new shop in the Newark area.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BRAIN) — Freshbikes, a Washington, D.C.-area retail chain, announced Monday that it was shutting down.

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