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Dealer Tour editors and sponsors spin along the West Side Greenway.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — It’s been more than five years since the BRAIN Dealer Tour visited New York City, braving the Big Apple’s busy avenues and steaming July temperatures to visit more than a dozen shops.

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Chicago's IBDs focus on the business with little drama

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Unlike many of the other markets the BRAIN staff visited on our Dealer Tours, there's been no turnover among the Chicago-area retailers we visited in 2013. If you value stability and you like speaking with the same shop owner year after year, then Chicago is your market.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) —Velotech, Inc., which owns the multi-channel retailer Western Bikeworks and e-commerce site, has acquired the brand and has relaunched it in place of its current triathlon brick-and-mortar store and e-commerce site, The Athletes Lounge.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Canyon USA is now offering U.S. customers the option of having their bikes assembled, delivered and fit by Velofix, the mobile bike service franchiser.

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For the third year, the co-op will close all stores and process no online orders.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI will close its 151 stores on Black Friday, Nov. 24, and urge its employees and customers to opt to spend time outside, rather than shopping on that day.

PHOENIX (BRAIN) — The Valley of the Sun has weathered a lot of turmoil since Bicycle Retailer paid visit to a dozen shops back in 2010. Of the retailers the BRAIN Dealer Tour visited in February of that year, three have closed, two have moved, one expanded, one downsized and at least three are now operating under new owners.

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AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Rocket Electrics, an all-e-bike retailer that's operated in Austin since 2011, is opening a second location devoted to Riese & Müller e-bikes. 

Tagged Electric bike
A Utah shop dog.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer's Dealer Tour visited Utah's capital in May of 2014. Since then, several shops we visited have added new locations, while one rebranded and another retailer remodeled and reopened three shops as Giant Partner Stores.

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Read the full 2011 feature in the pdf below.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stores have closed, sold, opened, remodeled and expanded since BRAIN's Dealer Tour of the Denver area in 2011. And we've all gotten a little older.

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Retailer plans eventual national rollout.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Park City Bike Demos, a "prototype location" for a retail concept that plans to expand nationally, has hired two new employees.

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The e-bike brand's latest location is in Glendale, Arizona.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest Pedego Electric Bikes store, the company's 110th store, is being opened by co-owners Steve "Spike" Pike and his wife Sherry Roueche in Glendale, Arizona. The couple plans a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday and a Grand Opening event on Saturday.

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UPDATED: At least three CamelBak employees lose houses as fires damage homes and trails, force evacuations.
Leipheimer at his former house in Santa Rosa, from his Instagram feed.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailers, industry suppliers and other members of the cycling community in California are living through scary times as multiple wildfires scorch some of the country's most popular riding areas, including the Napa Valley.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The October 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer included our regular State of Retail feature, where we ask our panel of retailers from around the country about an issue facing the industry. In the October issue, we asked about Interbike's decision to hold its next trade show in Reno, Nevada.

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association announced Wednesday that Brandee Lepak, co-owner of Arizona's Global Bikes, has been elected as board chair by the NBDA Board of Directors during their annual meeting held at Interbike.

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DRAPER, Utah (BRAIN) — After 24 years in business, the four Canyon Bicycles stores in the Salt Lake City area are sporting a new name — Hangar 15 — following an agreement with the German consumer-direct brand Canyon.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Giant Las Vegas held its grand opening last weekend at its store just off Highway 160, which serves as the southern entrance to Red Rock Canyon and Cottonwood Canyon, two of the most popular riding areas in the Las Vegas region.

Shops are hosting a "state championship tournament" with the Glory Gears board game.

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — More than two-dozen Front Range bike shops are hosting a cycling board game competition this fall, using the Glory Gears game. 

The series winner will take home a Colnago road bike worth $9,000.

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.

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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.


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