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DALLAS (BRAIN) — Playtri Franchising LLC, a Dallas-based retailer and franchiser, has acquired Endurance House International LLC, a Madison, Wisconsin-based franchiser. 

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — In preparation for a panel discussion at Interbike, the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is surveying bike shop owners and managers about the pay and benefits they offer their technical staff. 

Tagged Retailer education

CHEROKEE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, which has stores in Sylva and Asheville, is opening a third location, in Cherokee, on June 16. Motion Makers is partnering with Outdoor 76, an outdoor sports store, on the location on Big Cove Road.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Barnett Bicycle Institute has announced new partnerships with Bafang and Light Electric Vehicle Association. The brands will be joining BBI's E-Bike Fundamentals class, which kicks off June 25. 

Tagged Electric bike / Retailer education
Ann MacLennan, owner of Pedego Vancouver, with Don DiCostanzo, Pedego CEO

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes has opened six new stores across Canada, bringing the total number of Canadian Pedego stores to eight and the total worldwide to 132.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet has hired Tom Gosselin to lead its IBD business development

Gosselin was previously the North American sales manager at Reynolds Cycling. His role at TPC will focus on nurturing IBD and OEM relations, the company said.

An example of the promotional media being used this month.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Blue Book and PeopleForBikes are promoting a self-declared National Trade-in Your Bike Month in June.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — After serving Orange County cyclists for more than a decade, ARB Cyclery’s last day of business was May 31.  

Endurance House Orange County opened in Laguna Niguel, California, in 2015.

AUSTIN, Tex. (BRAIN) — Endurance House locations in Jacksonville, Florida, and Laguna Niguel, California, have recently closed. The two stores were independently owned and operated franchises, each with an average four to six employees and around 3,000 square feet in size.

 Onion River Outdoors reopened in early May

MONTPELIER, Vt. (BRAIN) — When retailer Onion River Sports closed its doors after 43 years in business last December, an outpouring of community support made it possible for the store's former manager, Kip Roberts, and his wife, Jen, to purchase the business.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) —The self-nomination period has opened for the Interbike Innovation Awards for retailers.

Tagged Interbike / Interbike Awards
Much of our ride Thursday was on gravel, both smooth and chunky.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Forty-six miles of riding — a good dusty chunk of it on gravel roads — brought the BRAIN Dealer Tour crew to visit two shops Thursday. One store was less than two months old in a tiny town that happens to be along a popular cycling route. The other is 47 years old in a historic brick block in downtown Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour
Brooks in a Friends On Bikes Instagram post.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — The bike community across the country is mourning the death of SJ Brooks, who died in a cougar attack while mountain biking near Seattle last Saturday. Brooks worked at shops in Seattle and Boston and for Seven Cycles. Brooks was a co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Friends on Bikes organization and a former board member of Bikes Not Bombs.

Move allows retailer to purchase its own building and expand fit studio.

EDGEWATER, Md. (BRAIN) — Parvilla Cycles held a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 19, following the retailer’s move to a larger location it purchased in Edgewater, Maryland. The 7-year-old store moved only a short distance but was able to double its space and expand its fitting studio.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BRAIN) — In 25 BRAIN Dealer Tours, it's rare we've toured four such different stores on the same day with such diverse approaches and personalities as we did on Wednesday as we pedaled around the Overland Park and Lenexa area, south of Kansas City, Kansas.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

SHERBORN, Mass. (BRAIN) — Steve the Bike Guy Velo Studio hosted more than 15 women on Sunday, May 20, for the inaugural STBG Women Who Wrench Clinic at Unity Farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

Tagged Events
The bar at VeloGarage and Tap Room.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BRAIN) — BRAIN's first Dealer Tour of the Kansas City area got underway Tuesday as we pedaled to four shops, all south of the city itself, in Kansas and Missouri. In the evening, we drove up to the Velo Garage and Tap House in North Kansas City.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Multisport retailer Endurance House Orange County has closed, and the store’s assets will be sold at auction starting Wednesday morning, May 23.

The EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale team led a public ride from Garmin on Monday.

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) – BRAIN editors toured Garmin's U.S. headquarters, factory and warehouse in northeastern Kansas on Monday and got to mingle with members of the Garmin-sponsored EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale team on the heels of last week's Tour of California.

Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Joe Nocella, owner of 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn, is inviting fellow retailers to participate in the second edition of Bike Shop Day, which is aimed at connecting independent bike dealers and their communities.


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