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REI's flagship Seattle location.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Two REI Co-op office employees possibly were exposed to the COVID-19 virus on Monday, and the outdoor giant, based in Seattle, closed three office campuses for deep cleaning. 

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show
Summit Bicycles is rebranding its van fleet.

Two dominant retailers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike's Bikes and Summit Bicycles, have evolved in their approach to a growing mobile service business.

Tagged Mobile service
Detroit will put together Nishiki Colorado mountain bikes
A wheel is built at the Detroit Bikes factory.

DETROIT (BRAIN) — Tariffs on Chinese bike imports made the partnership of Detroit Bikes and Dick's Sporting Goods inevitable. And it might lead to more retailers collaborating with the Motor City bicycle company.

Ben Serotta will have steel and aluminum models available in March.

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (BRAIN) — After spending the past six years traveling the world as a bike designer and supply-chain consultant, Ben Serotta will relaunch his iconic bike brand this spring.

E-Bike is published by VeloPress.

Republished from "E-Bike: A Guide to E-Bike Models, Technology & Riding Essentials" by Martin Haussermann, with permission of VeloPress.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our February magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: "How will your business' typical customer profile change in the next 3-5 years?"

Tagged State of Retail
On a roll with a unique but proven sales approach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BRAIN) — For Roll: Bicycle Company, a retailer with three stores and its own bike brand, it’s all about control.

Jeff Milbauer of Valley Bike and Ski.

At CABDA Midwest BRAIN talks to retailers about opportunities and concerns for the 2020 selling season.

Tagged CABDA
Dan Shuman has owned Salem Cycle since 2000.

SALEM, Mass. (BRAIN) — When Dan Shuman started working for owner Chris Finn as an apprentice at Marblehead Cycle in 1989, he was a sophomore in high school with no plans to make a career in bike retail. Circumstances dictated otherwise.

Jim Whitsett, left, and Alan Goldsmith pose 14 hours before Whitsett died.

MARINA del REY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jim Whitsett, longtime industry member and former Supergo, Cynergy and Performance general manager, died Saturday from an apparent heart attack.

He was 56 and survived by his 10-year-old son Jesse and adult son Jason. Funeral arrangements are pending.

 Rocktown Bicycles manager Kelly Paduch going all out at Roller-Rama.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — There are many ways to end up owning a bike shop. Ken Bell started Rocktown Bicycles in 2013 after a successful career as a video producer and owner of a trade show display company. "I'd always wanted to own a shop," Bell said. "Decades of racing definitely fueled my passion for it."

The oldest bike shop in San Francisco is for sale.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Of the many reasons shop owners decide to sell their businesses, seismic retrofit is not usually one of them. In San Francisco, Bradley Woehl is facing just that situation.

We ask about their off-season store projects.
A version of this feature appears in the January 2020 BRAIN.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Each month in Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, we ask a panel of retailers a new question, which we publish in the State of Retail feature in the magazine. Here's an introduction to our new panel for 2020.

Tagged State of Retail

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Retailers and brands convened Wednesday at CABDA's season opener at San Diego's Del Mar Fairgrounds. As we did last year, we asked retailer attendees, "What brings you to CABDA?"

Tagged CABDA
Alan Goldsmith

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Alan Goldsmith is returning to his roots.

Memorial ride planned for Jan. 26.
Police are continuing to investigate the murder of Clifton Cargill.

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — With the death of a cyclist shot outside a bike shop still unsolved, the North Miami Beach Police Department has stepped up its investigation.

Why struggle? The BRAIN E-Bike Dealer Tour heads to LAX.

Editor's note: A version of this article ran in the November issue of BRAIN.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (BRAIN) — As far west as you can get, with nothing but sand between us and the Pacific, we headed to the last retailer visit on our three-day tour.

Tagged Electric bike / BRAIN News / From the Magazine / BRAIN Dealer Tour
Clifton Cargill was murdered in the parking lot of Bell's Bicycles.

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — A cyclist who led group rides from a South Florida bike shop was murdered Sunday morning in the parking lot from where the rides started.

Spike Clayton.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — Stephen "Spike" Haskew Clayton, the co-owner of Vermont's Skirack retail store, died Friday at 61 after a battle with gastric cancer.

Velofix will hire about 40 technicians in 2020.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Velofix has released what it said is its "first wave" of corporate-owned mobile bike shop, with vans operating in Austin and Houston, Texas; Tampa, Florida; San Jose, California.; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tagged Mobile service


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