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Owner Erik Saunders alters retail strategy and enjoys e-commerce surge.
Erik Saunders has rolled with the changes in the past 18 months.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Erik Saunders structured his small domestic manufacturing business as practical as possible to get established.

It's paying off now in challenging economic times.

SRAM was among the bike brands showing support for Black Lives Matter online.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Some bicycle shops nationwide suffered theft and damage over the weekend in the wake of the George Floyd protests that flared into riots in some cities.

'My staff's health and my customer's safety isn't worth someone's money.'
Customers wait outside University Bicycles in Boulder this week.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BRAIN) — With careful consideration of staff and customer health, many bike retailers are wrestling with the safe way to reopen to foot traffic after shelter-in-place orders lift in the wake of COVID-19.

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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI Co-op formed a retail partnership with home design company West Elm to sell outdoor lifestyle products, including portable furniture and softgoods.

Jennifer Tetrick

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jennifer Tetrick, PR and communications director at Decathlon, joins the Channel Mastery podcast this week to discuss what the retailer has learned about operating during the pandemic at its European stores. 

Decathlon now operates in 71 countries. 

Merchandising experts share tips on operating an IBD during a pandemic.

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Owner has fun with group upset that Vitesse Cycle Shop is considered an essential business.

NORMAL, Ill. (BRAIN) — Bike retailer Chris Koos figured the best way to diffuse the protest of his shop was offering an exclusive sale.

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Hardstreet, a motorcycle accessory company, is offering a variety of shatterproof counter shields for bike retailers looking to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI Co-op will open some of its 162 stores on a limited basis this week after closing two months ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest NPD report, trainer and stationary bike sales post triple-digit increases.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Sales of cycling indoor trainers and rollers grew nationally by 268% year-over-year in March, and recreational and children's/BMX bike sales also increased as the COVID-19 pandemic led to states issuing stay-at-home orders.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our May magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: “How has your business been affected by COVID-19 so far? What steps are you taking to weather the storm as the pandemic continues?”

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PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — In areas where local guidelines and public health considerations allow, some Dick's Sporting Goods stores in 26 states are reopening with social distancing measures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We've told many stories of shops that remain open, here are four stories of shops that have closed, whether due to government mandate or personal choices.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Sound financial advice is at a premium these days for bicycle retailers trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, and Andrew St. Clair has some to give.

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Specialized founder Mike Sinyard: "I think it will stick."

NEW ORLEANS (BRAIN) — From Louisiana to Long Island, Portland to Orlando, many retailers are reporting stellar bike sales and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — In the newest Bicycle Retail Radio podcast from the National Bicycle Dealers Association, Lester Binegar, the general manager of University Bikes in Boulder, talks with Ray Keener about shop operations during the COVID-19 response.

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Burke says he's uncertain about a lot of things but optimistic about the bicycle's future. And he thinks we'll all know a lot more in a couple months.
John Burke

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek president John Burke says "The big question for the industry is: What's going to happen as we exit this?"

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. (BRAIN) — Vail Resorts, the ski resort, real estate and retail giant, told Colorado officials Wednesday that it has furloughed 65 employees at its Bicycle Village stores in Aurora, Boulder and Littleton, Colorado.

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PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick’s Sporting Goods will furlough “a significant number” of employees beginning April 12, the company said in a statement to investors.

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Patience and persistence needed when applying for SBA's PPP loan, official says.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Steve White urges patience and persistence during the rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program that authorizes billions of dollars in forgivable small-business loans for retailers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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