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Andrew Busch.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office issued a felony arrest warrant for a man stealing bikes from retailers using fraudulent identification and credit cards.

Jannie Fitzgerald.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our February magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What’s your outlook for 2022, and what steps are you taking to position your business for it?

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INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components added to its growing list of company-owned retail stores by acquiring the four-store Gray Goat Bicycle Co. chain, two sources have told BRAIN.

Specialized and Gray Goat Bicycle Co. President/Owner Brian Gootee declined comment.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Photo from the grand opening of Decathlon's San Francisco store.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Decathlon says it will focus on its online business in the U.S., as well as sales through retail partners, after closing its two trial retail locations in the Bay Area.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Kent Cranford, the owner of Motion Makers bike shop here, said the more he thinks about Specialized's new consumer-direct sales channel for bikes, the more accepting he is.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Online retailer Jenson USA will provide suspension service, pledging factory-level repair for forks and shocks.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (BRAIN) — Two Colorado-based bike e-commerce retailers have merged.

On Dec. 9, Colorado Cyclist, based in Colorado Springs, merged with Broomfield-based Planet Cyclery. Both are now owned by Velo Operating, LLC., a new company now headquartered at Planet Cyclery’s facility.

ARLINGTON, Va. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is buying the Washington, D.C.-are retail chain Spokes, Etc., 

The store announced the purchase on its Facebook page this weekend.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Bikes — even, or especially, the cheapest ones — should be repairable, according to a petition to the industry being led by a group of nonprofit bike shop mechanics.

Jenny Moore

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — This month we introduce our brand new 2022 State of Retail panelists.

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BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycles has purchased Maryland's Race Pace Bicycles, which has seven locations in the Baltimore area.

Owner Alex Obriecht announced the sale this week to employees, and later to consumers on social media.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Police photo of Brian Arredondo.

LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (BRAIN) — Police served an arrest warrant on a 34-year-old Florida man wanted in connection to credit card fraud at several Pennsylvania bike shops last year.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is offering dealers an opportunity to buy a report from its recent consumer buying study. A report tailored for the group's retailer members will sell for $399, far less than the $5,000 report being offered to suppliers.

From left, Michael Roberts of Epic Cycles, Allan Hightower, and Kent Cranford.

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BRAIN) — The bike has long been a symbol of freedom, so it's appropriate it played a key part in this small town near Asheville pulling together to help Afghanistan evacuees seek independence.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — The trustee for bankrupt Massachusetts retailer CrimsonBikes has asked the court to convert the bankruptcy case from Chapter 11 back to Chapter 7, which would lead more quickly to liquidating assets and preclude any chance of the business reorganizing and continuing.

The May 25 fire destroyed the Pro Bike + Run Monroeville location.

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (BRAIN) — Pro Bike + Run’s Monroeville location will reopen next weekend, six months after a four-alarm fire destroyed its former location and entire inventory.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Most retailers heading into the holiday season this week remain affected by supply constraints, but that doesn't mean they can't maximize interest in what they do have with Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner.

Photo from a 2020 break-in at Sports Garage in Boulder.
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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components announced Monday it has acquired the BikeSource retail chain, which has stores in Colorado, Ohio, and North Carolina. 

VeloNews' Ben Delaney visited Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop while in Lawrence, Kansas, for last week's Belgian Ride Kansas gravel race, which started right outside the shop.


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