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BRAIN Dealer Tour

Posted October 23, 2014
Our Day 3 route took us on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Austin’s skyline is in constant flux. Even as more skyscrapers erect downtown, towering construction cranes are ubiquitous and signal the ongoing redevelopment and transformation happening in the Lone Star State’s capital.

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Posted October 22, 2014
The Dealer Tour group rode through downtown and university neighborhoods on Day 2.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Take away the perpetually sunny skies, year-round mild temps and the ever-present Southern hospitality, and it might be easy to mistake Austin for Portland, Oregon.

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Posted October 21, 2014
Dealer Tour riders along the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Rolling on pink-accented tires provided by sponsor Hutchinson and attired in Sockguy socks bearing slogans like “Save the Ta Tas” and “Cancer Sucks” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BRAIN’s Austin Dealer Tour kicked off Tuesday sampling some of the Texas capital’s growing network of premier cycling infrastructure en route to four shops.

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Posted October 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — BRAIN's final Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday in Austin as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops in the Texas capital.

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Posted May 23, 2014
BIkeWagon is a thriving e-commerce business with a storefront.

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — As executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association, Fred Clements had a chance to reflect on issues facing the 13 dealers visited during a three-day tour of Utah's Wasatch Valley.

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Posted May 21, 2014

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Any city set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and hemmed in by two rivers is bound to be an outdoor recreation mecca — even only if by proxy.

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Posted May 20, 2014

DRAPER, Utah (BRAIN) — The valley south of Salt Lake City is simultaneously one of the fastest changing regions of Utah  and one where the old ways stubbornly persist. 

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Posted May 20, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — BRAIN's second Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops around Utah's capital.

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Posted February 7, 2014
BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 3
Fritz's Skate Bike & Surf opened in 1989 to sell and rent Rollerblades.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — On the final day of the BRAIN Dealer Tour, our group rode through downtown Miami — past skyscrapers, the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena and across the yacht-strewn Venetian Causeway — on our way to South Beach. The area has seen commercial rent prices skyrocket.

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Posted February 5, 2014
BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 2
The sign is a landmark, but Mack's doesn't sell Schwinns.

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla (BRAIN) — From the sunny parking lot of Mack Cycle & Fitness, Mary Jane Mark points across Sunset Drive, the street where more than a half century ago her father built a store that is now a local landmark.

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Posted February 4, 2014

MIAMI (BRAIN) – Rolling from The Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove on a balmy 75-degree morning, the BRAIN Dealer Tour immediately got a taste of what cycling in Miami is like.

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Posted February 4, 2014

MIAMI (BRAIN) — J&B Importers has built wheels by hand since the Miami-based distributor was founded in 1971. In the early days, current vice president Ben Joannou Jr. and a friend would spend Saturdays building up wheels.

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Posted February 4, 2014

MIAMI (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors roll out Tuesday morning on a three-day tour of bicycle stores in Miami for the first BRAIN Dealer Tour of 2014.

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Posted October 24, 2013
The gang celebrated the tour's completion at Gas Works Park, site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — The chilly third and final day of BRAIN's Dealer Tour of Seattle started and ended in a shroud of fog, giving us a true taste of late fall in the Pacific Northwest.

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Posted October 24, 2013

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Before crossing Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island to visit BI Cycle and Classic Cycle, Day 2 of BRAIN’s Seattle Dealer Tour got under way with a sampling of urban riding highlighting the accomplishments of local advocates as well as the challenges they face in fostering two-wheel transit here.

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Posted October 23, 2013
Kids at Bike Works test their skills after a class on headset repairs.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — The retailers were as varied as they come on the first day of BRAIN's Dealer Tour of Seattle. The tour started at mega-retailer REI's flagship store, a stunning and expansive retail space that caters to commuters and families.

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Posted October 22, 2013
The BRAIN staff hit the Duthie Hill MTB park in Seattle on Monday.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — BRAIN editors, sponsors and industry guests are hitting the roads of Seattle, on bike, Tuesday on the first day of a three-day tour of the city's retailers.

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Posted October 3, 2013

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News staff will visit retailers in Miami, Salt Lake City and Austin next year as part of the magazine’s popular Dealer Tour program, which first launched in the fall of 2008.

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Posted May 9, 2013
More city dwellers are braving winter conditions and riding year-round, retailers say.
Chicago has a number of bike trails without cars such as this one that connect different neighborhoods.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Perhaps it’s the growing network of bike paths, trails and green lanes. Or Chicagoans coming to the realization that it takes longer to drive somewhere than to bike.

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Posted May 8, 2013
Many of Chicagoland's shops are passed down from generation to generation.
Father and son Ron (right) and Paul Kozy

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — If there was one common thread among the four shops visited during the first day of the Chicago Dealer Tour, it’s that the retail business here is a family affair.

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