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SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mobile bike shop franchiser Beeline Bikes has expanded into the Detroit market in partnership with retailer American Cycle and Fitness.

Tagged Mobile service
Mechanic association promotes new program at CABDA.
Stanfill and Kallista at CABDA.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) – The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is talking up its new certification program for members at the Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealer Association Show this week, where PBMA president James Stanfill and PBMA board member Jenny Kallista from Appalachian Bicycle Institute are manning a booth.

Tagged Retailer education

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a suit filed by Moab retailer Poison Spider Bicycles against a company that sells merchandise under the Poison Spyder Customs brand.

A Grand Re-opening party was held earlier this month.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Boulder retailer Full Cycle, which added an espresso bar and beer tap area to its Pearl Street location last year, has now given that part of its business its own name: The Tune Up.

OLDSMAR, Fla. (BRAIN) — Florida retailer BikeSport recently celebrated its grand reopening as a Giant Partner Store.

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jason Boles, who owns The Velo bike shop in Phoenix, Arizona, has launched a Beeline Bikes mobile repair franchise in Los Angeles. Boles also has signed franchise development agreements with Beeline in other regions of Arizona and California.

Tagged Mobile service
Major brands including Shimano, SRAM, QBP and Canyon attend the mobile service franchiser's expo in Nevada.
Franchisees and managers at the Las Vegas meeting.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Mobile bike franchiser Velofix held a stationary “mini-trade show” here last week, with about 110 franchise owners and operators holding their annual meeting.

Tagged Mobile service

NEWARK, Del. (BRAIN) — Former employees of longtime retailer Wooden Wheels, which shut down recently, have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to open a new shop in the Newark area.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BRAIN) — Freshbikes, a Washington, D.C.-area retail chain, announced Monday that it was shutting down.

WILLARD, Mo. (BRAIN) — Matt and Cari Harrison were looking for a way to build a small bike shop next to the popular 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail, on a piece of land leased from the rail trail's owner, the Ozark Greenways corporation.

NORTHVALE, N.J. (BRAIN) — Jamis and Nirve Bicycles have signed on to SmartEtailing's Supplier Sync program. Authorized retailers can now connect their in-store inventory with currently available inventory from Jamis and Nirve warehouse locations.

Tagged Omnichannel

ROANOKE, Va. (BRAIN) — Downshift, a combination bike shop and café, opened this fall in Roanoke, Virginia. The owners say it is the only business of its kind in the region, serving freshly roasted coffee and craft beer alongside offering a full retail shop. 

HALES CORNERS, Wis. (BRAIN) — Wheel & Sprocket will relocate its long-standing Hales Corners location to a new mixed-use active-lifestyle development called Ballpark Commons, in Franklin, Wisconsin.

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LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — BRAIN switched to a new platform for its weekly e-newsletter two weeks ago, and we are still learning the ins and outs of the new system. That, combined with a late night finishing pages for our Feb. 1 print edition, led to a technical problem with the newsletter that went out this morning.

Tagged BRAIN News

DENVER (BRAIN) — SloHi Bike has opened its second location in Denver, and it's in a space that has long been home to bicycle retail: the former Collins Bicycles building on Colfax Avenue, near Denver's City Park.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch eBike Systems will be hosting Dealer Certification Clinics at the CABDA Expo on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. Dealers can also use the clinics to renew their certification, which expires 15 months from the date of their last training.

Tagged Electric bike / CABDA

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — After building frames independently for almost a decade, Portland-based framebuilders Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan came together to launch Breadwinner Cycles in 2013. The pair worked out of their garages until May of 2017 when they moved into a 3,000-square-foot building in North Portland.

ASHLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The United Bicycle Institute has announced an updated curriculum and manual for its 80-hour Professional Mechanics and Shop Operation class.

Tagged Retailer education
The IMBP group has more than 70 members and may form a trade association or co-op.

PLAISTOW, N.H. (BRAIN) — It's been less than three years since David Ricker launched his mobile bike repair business in Southern New Hampshire, Pedalin' Fools. But in that time, Ricker has seen the bike industry become increasingly accepting of businesses like his.

Tagged Mobile service / Advocacy/Non-profits

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Bike retailers up and down the East Coast are closing this week as the so-called "bomb cyclone" weather phenomenon dumped more than a foot of snow on eight states and knocked power out for tens of thousands of residents.

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