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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association announced Friday that Todd Grant's final day as president of the organization was Thursday, Nov. 30.

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EASTON, Pa. (BRAIN) — For the third consecutive year, Genesis Bicycles will close its store on Black Friday while employees donate their pay to charity.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Taking inspiration from Record Store Day, which is held every year in April to celebrate the independent record store, Brooklyn retailer Joe Nocella will hold the first annual Bike Shop Day at his shop, 718 Cyclery, on Dec. 9.

The two-store chain has been a force behind growth of mountain biking in the region.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Lewis & Clark Outfitters has expanded and remodeled its Springdale location with the help of Giant and Liv.

The Milwaukee retailer has purchased the assets and inventory of Middleton Cycle.

MIDDLETON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Wheel & Sprocket has purchased the assets and inventory of Middleton Cycle from its longtime owner, Dan Fass, and will reopen the store as Wheel & Sprocket's ninth location.

Company also adds to marketing, operations, and customer service teams.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Velofix has hired Drew Axt is its new program manager for Velofix Direct and key suppliers. Axt was formerly with Accell Group, and prior to that he managed sales for Endura and worked in field marketing efforts for Trek.

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DENVER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Someone drove a pickup truck through the front of SloHi Coffee + Bike early Saturday, then loaded up the truck with seven pricey bikes and drove off.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Retailer and café Red Lantern Bicycles is closing after seven years in business in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Sporting Goods Association and the National Retail Federation — along with the attorneys general from 35 states and the District of Columbia — have signed on to support South Dakota’s efforts to overturn a key ruling that exempts online retailers from collecting state sales taxes.

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Dealer Tour editors and sponsors spin along the West Side Greenway.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — It’s been more than five years since the BRAIN Dealer Tour visited New York City, braving the Big Apple’s busy avenues and steaming July temperatures to visit more than a dozen shops.

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Chicago's IBDs focus on the business with little drama

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Unlike many of the other markets the BRAIN staff visited on our Dealer Tours, there's been no turnover among the Chicago-area retailers we visited in 2013. If you value stability and you like speaking with the same shop owner year after year, then Chicago is your market.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) —Velotech, Inc., which owns the multi-channel retailer Western Bikeworks and e-commerce site, has acquired the brand and has relaunched it in place of its current triathlon brick-and-mortar store and e-commerce site, The Athletes Lounge.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Canyon USA is now offering U.S. customers the option of having their bikes assembled, delivered and fit by Velofix, the mobile bike service franchiser.

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For the third year, the co-op will close all stores and process no online orders.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI will close its 151 stores on Black Friday, Nov. 24, and urge its employees and customers to opt to spend time outside, rather than shopping on that day.

PHOENIX (BRAIN) — The Valley of the Sun has weathered a lot of turmoil since Bicycle Retailer paid visit to a dozen shops back in 2010. Of the retailers the BRAIN Dealer Tour visited in February of that year, three have closed, two have moved, one expanded, one downsized and at least three are now operating under new owners.

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AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Rocket Electrics, an all-e-bike retailer that's operated in Austin since 2011, is opening a second location devoted to Riese & Müller e-bikes. 

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A Utah shop dog.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer's Dealer Tour visited Utah's capital in May of 2014. Since then, several shops we visited have added new locations, while one rebranded and another retailer remodeled and reopened three shops as Giant Partner Stores.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stores have closed, sold, opened, remodeled and expanded since BRAIN's Dealer Tour of the Denver area in 2011. And we've all gotten a little older.

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Retailer plans eventual national rollout.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Park City Bike Demos, a "prototype location" for a retail concept that plans to expand nationally, has hired two new employees.

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The e-bike brand's latest location is in Glendale, Arizona.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest Pedego Electric Bikes store, the company's 110th store, is being opened by co-owners Steve "Spike" Pike and his wife Sherry Roueche in Glendale, Arizona. The couple plans a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday and a Grand Opening event on Saturday.

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