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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
Velofix' Chris Guillemet.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Velofix CEO and president Chris Guillemet is the guest on the latest episode of Channel Mastery, the podcast co-produced by Verde Brand Communications and BRAIN.

Host Kristin Carpenter discuss today's omnichannel cycling consumer and the role of mobile bike shops.

Tagged Podcast / Mobile bike apps
Some view powersport dealers as a gateway to the transportation market.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BRAIN) — Several e-bike brands are looking to powersport dealers as retail outlets, especially for electric mountain bikes, which are becoming a hit with off-road motorcycle racers.

Tagged Electric bike
Russ Cooper

WEBSTER, Texas (BRAIN) — George Russell "Russ" Cooper passed away Monday. Webster owned Webster Bicycle, which his family purchased in 1992.

Cooper raced BMX as a youngster and later led the Webster Bicycle MS 150 ride from Houston to Austin for many years. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News is conducting two surveys right now as we try to learn more about the state of bicycle retailing. One survey you can take right now, and we hope you do. The other is by invitation, and we hope you say, "yes."

The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association surveyed retailers this summer about their service department staffing, revenue, training and more.

New program is designed to help dealers become more profitable through affordable, one-on-one business analysis and coaching.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has developed a new program that's aimed at coaching shop owners on becoming more profitable. It is led by David DeKeyser, a retail consultant who formerly owned and operated the successful Bike Hub bicycle shop in DePere, Wisconsin.

CHICO, Calif. (BRAIN) —, Inc, which bought the e-commerce business of Performance and Nashbar last year from a bankruptcy auction, has now acquired the domain and trademarks of, said to be the world's largest BMX retailer.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Ed Zink, the owner of pioneering mountain bike store Mountain Bike Specialists and a founder of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 71.

ARCADIA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Over the years Bicycle Retailer & Industry News has conducted Dealer Tours in most major markets in the U.S. and Canada, riding bikes from store to store and learning about the market and local cycling community. This week we are on our first retailer tour via e-bikes, visiting shops in the Los Angeles area.

Tagged Electric bike

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycles will join the Global Climate Strike this Friday by closing its website and global headquarters to support youth activists involved in ending the age of fossil fuels.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — In today's world of instant communications, Brett Lang knows the value of prompt customer interaction.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — With new integrations with retail POS systems, partnerships with major used bike sellers, and a new promoted social media posting option, is hoping to further reduce the scourge of bike thievery.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Blue Book has added a new feature that sends leads to participating retailers, generated from online shoppers who use the retailer's website to check their old bike's trade-in value and consider potential new bike purchase.

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — In the 100th episode of the Channel Mastery podcast, host Kristin Carpenter talks with Kimo Seymour, who oversees events and media for Life Time, the parent of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the Dirty Kanza gravel race.

BOULDER, Colo (BRAIN) — Last month's sales rep survey got a strong response from retailers and generated a lot of new information and discussion around an important industry topic. So we're doing it again.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Last month, in preparation for a package of magazine articles, BRAIN surveyed retailers about sales reps: inside and outside, what are they good for, what are their strengths and how are their roles changing.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — E-bikes and the accessories that support them are a fast-growing segment in today's market. Bicycle Retailer & Industry News will help explain the burgeoning e-bike market and how to profit from it as part of a three-day E-Bike Retail Tour in Southern California.

Tagged Electric bike / BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) - The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is conducting a survey to understand trends affecting service department staff, training and functionality.

BRAIN featured the store in its April 1, 2017, issue

Shoumatoff, the founder of a Utah retailer with an unusual business model, sold the store to USA Cycling's CEO, Rob DeMartini, earlier this year.


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