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Posted October 7, 2021
Electronics giant takes another run at selling e-bikes.

RICHFIELD, Minn. — Best Buy's announcement in August that it would enter the e-mobility space is actually a return to the marketplace for the big-box behemoth.

Posted October 7, 2021

A version of this article ran in the October issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.

Most ambitious shop staffers look ahead to rising up through the ranks in the industry. How many of you have talked to a successful company's sales rep and thought, "I wish I had their job!"

Posted October 7, 2021
Dealer association sees growth in associate membership

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is finding membership growth coming from around the industry as more brands, distributors and other industry members have been joining the association as associate members.

Posted October 6, 2021
Pedego's third-generation battery incorporates a wraparound taillight.

IANGSU, China (BRAIN) — The e-bike industry is amid a tightening battery pack market with many cell suppliers putting manufacturers on allocation, resulting in longer lead times and the potential for higher prices.

Posted October 6, 2021

I proposed partnering on a three-part series to Jay Townley and Rick Vosper after reading that the Bicycle Industry Employers Association guarantees a $32,000 a year job to mechanics who complete their training.

Outside-the-industry folks were livid. "That's not even a living wage in most urban markets!"

Posted October 6, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — A shrinking pool of job candidates this summer created another challenge for an industry still navigating a turbulent supply chain.

Posted September 20, 2021
Howard Chung.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our September magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What are your thoughts about click-and-collect, omnichannel sales, and brands that sell directly to consumers?

Posted August 16, 2021
Michael Haldeman.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our August magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: Tell us about trainer and indoor cycling accessory sales in your store.

Posted July 12, 2021
Shawna Macan.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our July magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: How have you differentiated your shop, and what are your best business practices?

Posted June 28, 2021
Ben Smith, left, and John Abrahams co-founded Hiplok 10 years ago.

LEAMINGTON SPA, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Hiplok began a decade ago with the idea to make a wearable lock for a simple and convenient way to secure your bike. In those past 10 years, much has changed — and so has Hiplok.

Posted June 24, 2021

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BRAIN) — Dylan Schemel found his true calling after a desperate friend contacted him about a bike in need of a tune. From there, Pisgah Bike Works was born.

Posted June 23, 2021
What would it mean to the industry?

TAICHUNG CITY, Taiwan (BRAIN) — China's recent saber-rattling might have temporarily drowned out the buzz of freehubs in Taiwan, a country home to many manufacturers and U.S. industry expatriates, but it hasn't triggered alarms about impending conflict between the countries.

Posted June 14, 2021
Dale Mattson.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our June magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: COVID-19, Year 2: How are restrictions easing, how’s inventory, and which business adaptations will you keep?


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