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ARLINGTON, Va. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is buying the Washington, D.C.-are retail chain Spokes, Etc., 

The store announced the purchase on its Facebook page this weekend.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Bikes — even, or especially, the cheapest ones — should be repairable, according to a petition to the industry being led by a group of nonprofit bike shop mechanics.

Jenny Moore

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — This month we introduce our brand new 2022 State of Retail panelists.

Tagged From the Magazine

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycles has purchased Maryland's Race Pace Bicycles, which has seven locations in the Baltimore area.

Owner Alex Obriecht announced the sale this week to employees, and later to consumers on social media.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Police photo of Brian Arredondo.

LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (BRAIN) — Police served an arrest warrant on a 34-year-old Florida man wanted in connection to credit card fraud at several Pennsylvania bike shops last year.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is offering dealers an opportunity to buy a report from its recent consumer buying study. A report tailored for the group's retailer members will sell for $399, far less than the $5,000 report being offered to suppliers.

From left, Michael Roberts of Epic Cycles, Allan Hightower, and Kent Cranford.

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BRAIN) — The bike has long been a symbol of freedom, so it's appropriate it played a key part in this small town near Asheville pulling together to help Afghanistan evacuees seek independence.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — The trustee for bankrupt Massachusetts retailer CrimsonBikes has asked the court to convert the bankruptcy case from Chapter 11 back to Chapter 7, which would lead more quickly to liquidating assets and preclude any chance of the business reorganizing and continuing.

The May 25 fire destroyed the Pro Bike + Run Monroeville location.

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (BRAIN) — Pro Bike + Run’s Monroeville location will reopen next weekend, six months after a four-alarm fire destroyed its former location and entire inventory.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Most retailers heading into the holiday season this week remain affected by supply constraints, but that doesn't mean they can't maximize interest in what they do have with Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner.

Photo from a 2020 break-in at Sports Garage in Boulder.
Tagged Smash and Grab

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components announced Monday it has acquired the BikeSource retail chain, which has stores in Colorado, Ohio, and North Carolina. 

VeloNews' Ben Delaney visited Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop while in Lawrence, Kansas, for last week's Belgian Ride Kansas gravel race, which started right outside the shop.

(BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is surveying retailers about various service topisc, including how busy they have been lately, how they are compensating staff, shop service rates and more. The PBMA will present results from the survey at next month's CABDA East event at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Tagged Retailer education / CABDA
Tony Tom during a BRAIN shop visit in 2013.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Anthony "Tony" Tom, founder and owner of Sausalito's A Bicycle Odyssey, died last week. He was about 65. Tom and his store are legendary among bike lovers in Marin County and the Bay Area.

Vene Stria e-bike.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — Operating on the belief that successful retailers combine brick-and-mortar storefronts with e-commerce, micromobility company Vene Rides has started a $1.07 million crowdfunding campaign through Republic to grow its two existing stores to 100 by 2024.

Tagged Electric bike

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Authorized Giant Bicycle dealers were issued a stop sale notice by email on Friday involving four models on which the adjustable stems can come loose. Giant is in the process of notifying the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A screenshot of the photograph on the Summit website as it appeared Monday.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — A UK-based professional photographer has filed a lawsuit against California-based Summit Bicycles, claiming photo of an e-bike on Summit's website is his copyrighted intellectual property and is being used improperly.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Alta Cycling Group offers authorized dealers a way to inform their online consumers when a bike is locally available and direct them to the shop.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — As a small Tampa, Florida, shop that opened a year ago, Blacklist Bike and Action Sports quickly understood how a tightening supply chain could affect other similar shops.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic


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