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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retailer Bruce McGrew recently opened a second Pro Cycling store on Colorado Springs' east side. Located in a high-traffic retail development, the new store serves a growing part of the city, which is home to about 450,000 residents. The shop opened its doors mid-June.

Some see the decision as a victory for mom-and-pop store owners; but a challenge for those with small e-commerce businesses.
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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that states may require online retailers to collect sales tax revenue from online consumers who live in their states.

The National Retail Federation called the decision "a major victory" for retailers.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Lululemon, which invested in the cycling clothing brand 7mesh Industries last June, will be offering a selection of the clothes in 24 Lululemon stores and online this summer.

Guide will ship with BRAIN's July 15 issue.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — What are the room rates for Interbike attendees at block hotels? What does it cost to eat in Reno? What are the transportation options? How far are host hotels from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center?

Tagged BRAIN News / Interbike
The Blue Moon bike museum.

SYCAMORE, Ill. (BRAIN) — The Krate Fest — a celebration of Schwinn Stingrays and other classic bikes — has been around longer than Blue Moon Bikes, the retailer that hosts the event.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.  (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the addition of a new educational track whereby key retailers will share their experiences on specific topics relevant to all IBDs today.

Tagged Interbike / Retailer education
Kingsley and Anne Stoken, and daughter Willa.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., (BRAIN) — The newest Pedego Electric Bikes store will open in Boulder, Colorado, with a grand opening celebration planned for June 22. The new store is Pedego's 133rd location worldwide.

Las Vegas Cyclery owner Jared Fisher lost to Trump-endorsed Adam Laxalt.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (BRAIN) — Las Vegas bike retailer Jared Fisher finished a distant third in the GOP primary for the Nevada governorship this week.

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Playtri Franchising LLC, a Dallas-based retailer and franchiser, has acquired Endurance House International LLC, a Madison, Wisconsin-based franchiser. 

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — In preparation for a panel discussion at Interbike, the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is surveying bike shop owners and managers about the pay and benefits they offer their technical staff. 

Tagged Retailer education

CHEROKEE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, which has stores in Sylva and Asheville, is opening a third location, in Cherokee, on June 16. Motion Makers is partnering with Outdoor 76, an outdoor sports store, on the location on Big Cove Road.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Barnett Bicycle Institute has announced new partnerships with Bafang and Light Electric Vehicle Association. The brands will be joining BBI's E-Bike Fundamentals class, which kicks off June 25. 

Tagged Electric bike / Retailer education
Ann MacLennan, owner of Pedego Vancouver, with Don DiCostanzo, Pedego CEO

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes has opened six new stores across Canada, bringing the total number of Canadian Pedego stores to eight and the total worldwide to 132.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet has hired Tom Gosselin to lead its IBD business development

Gosselin was previously the North American sales manager at Reynolds Cycling. His role at TPC will focus on nurturing IBD and OEM relations, the company said.

An example of the promotional media being used this month.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Blue Book and PeopleForBikes are promoting a self-declared National Trade-in Your Bike Month in June.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — After serving Orange County cyclists for more than a decade, ARB Cyclery’s last day of business was May 31.  

Endurance House Orange County opened in Laguna Niguel, California, in 2015.

AUSTIN, Tex. (BRAIN) — Endurance House locations in Jacksonville, Florida, and Laguna Niguel, California, have recently closed. The two stores were independently owned and operated franchises, each with an average four to six employees and around 3,000 square feet in size.

 Onion River Outdoors reopened in early May

MONTPELIER, Vt. (BRAIN) — When retailer Onion River Sports closed its doors after 43 years in business last December, an outpouring of community support made it possible for the store's former manager, Kip Roberts, and his wife, Jen, to purchase the business.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) —The self-nomination period has opened for the Interbike Innovation Awards for retailers.

Tagged Interbike / Interbike Awards
Much of our ride Thursday was on gravel, both smooth and chunky.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Forty-six miles of riding — a good dusty chunk of it on gravel roads — brought the BRAIN Dealer Tour crew to visit two shops Thursday. One store was less than two months old in a tiny town that happens to be along a popular cycling route. The other is 47 years old in a historic brick block in downtown Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

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