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AKRON, OH (BRAIN)—Given today's difficult economic climate, small business ownership represents a challenging endeavor for anyone, much less a young, untested entrepreneur.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—“Pedals Don’t Strike!” was the motto on Bicycle Therapy’s Web site this week as the Philadelphia shop tried to keep the momentum going from a small spike in sales and repairs last week following a six-day city transit strike that ended on Monday.

DANA POINT, CA (BRAIN)—The instant Mike Mayefske saw the man pushing a $12,000 Pinarello Prince signature edition into Revo Cycles, he had a hunch. And his hunch proved correct.

LONGMONT, CO (BRAIN)—Blue Sky Cycles in Longmont, Colorado, closed on Monday, a result of declining sales in light of the recession.

ARLINGTON, VA (BRAIN)—Revolution Cycles is going to launch a unique "City Hub" concept store located at 220 Twentieth Street in the heart of Crystal City. Revolution Cycles City Hub is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010, coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the National Bike Summit on Capitol Hill.

ARLINGTON, VA (BRAIN) —Freshbikes Franchising, LLC, a new company formed by two Conte’s Bicycle and Fitness franchise owners, will take over the entire Conte’s franchise system, the company announced on Monday.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Erikʼs Bike Shop is opening a new shop at 795 University Avenue, on the north side of the all-new University Square Building, located near Park Street and just north of the Kohl Center.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Oregon retailer Joe Bike has just launched a program modeled after the “Cash for Clunkers” federal stimulus program, whereby consumers could bring their old but fixable bike into the shop and receive $50 off any new bike priced under $1,000 or $100 off a new cargo-hauling utility bicycle from Mu

FORT MYERS, FL (BRAIN)—Former Colombian BMX team member Al Herrera has opened E & A Bicycles in Fort Myers, Florida.

Herrera previously owned cycling shops in Cali, Colombia. Since moving to the United States seven years ago, he has managed several cycling shops prior to launching E & A Bicycles.

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Irvine’s Sand Canyon Cyclery has a new owner and a new name: Irvine Bicycles.

Owner Jim Manton sold the three-and-a-half year old shop on July 1 to a local investor, said shop manager Josh Peters.

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Debbe and Mike Simmons own five Bicycle Warehouse stores in the San Diego area, and they just celebrated the grand re-opening of their Pacific Beach location on Saturday, July 11.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN—As a commodities trader Ed Vigil has spent his career diversifying portfolios to manage risk.

He applied that diversification strategy to his bike business by creating a corporate division servicing the premiums and incentives industry.

PORTSMOUTH, NH (BRAIN)—A new Trek Bicycle Store opened recently in the historic seacoast town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Retailer Scott Berger and two business partners opened Trek Portsmouth early last month after about a year of planning.

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle, which operates 85 bike stores across the country, has launched a new store design with a relocated store in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

SCARSDALE, NY (BRAIN)—Danny Cycles in New York State has been dealing with wet weather for the last month, and the forecast for this week doesn’t look much better.

“Our business is so weather based,” said Steve Kahn, owner of Danny’s Cycles in Scarsdale, New York. “Weather’s probably the No. 1 thing.”

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)— REI is launching the Bike Your Drive mobile iPhone application, a free interactive tool that helps cyclists track, view and share their bicycling experiences.

LONGMONT, CO (BRAIN)—After 23 years in business Colorado's High Gear Cyclery is closing in the next couple of weeks due to the tumultuous economy.

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI (BRAIN)—KLM Bike and Fitness celebrated its “Grand Reopening” at its Rochester Hills, Michigan, store on Saturday, May 30. The store is the 16th Giant Retail Partner (GRP) Podium store in Giant’s growing list of retailers employing the brand’s business approach.

RIVERVIEW, FL (BRAIN)—Just Ride Bicycles in Riverview, Florida, the newest bicycle store in the Tampa Bay area, is inviting all bicyclists for its grand opening event on June 4.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)— has launched two new bike stores:, dedicated to mountain bikers; and, the world's first exclusive road cycling shop online.


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