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(BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is surveying retailers about various service topisc, including how busy they have been lately, how they are compensating staff, shop service rates and more. The PBMA will present results from the survey at next month's CABDA East event at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Tagged Retailer education / CABDA
Tony Tom during a BRAIN shop visit in 2013.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Anthony "Tony" Tom, founder and owner of Sausalito's A Bicycle Odyssey, died last week. He was about 65. Tom and his store are legendary among bike lovers in Marin County and the Bay Area.

Vene Stria e-bike.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — Operating on the belief that successful retailers combine brick-and-mortar storefronts with e-commerce, micromobility company Vene Rides has started a $1.07 million crowdfunding campaign through Republic to grow its two existing stores to 100 by 2024.

Tagged Electric bike

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Authorized Giant Bicycle dealers were issued a stop sale notice by email on Friday involving four models on which the adjustable stems can come loose. Giant is in the process of notifying the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A screenshot of the photograph on the Summit website as it appeared Monday.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — A UK-based professional photographer has filed a lawsuit against California-based Summit Bicycles, claiming photo of an e-bike on Summit's website is his copyrighted intellectual property and is being used improperly.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Alta Cycling Group offers authorized dealers a way to inform their online consumers when a bike is locally available and direct them to the shop.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — As a small Tampa, Florida, shop that opened a year ago, Blacklist Bike and Action Sports quickly understood how a tightening supply chain could affect other similar shops.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic
The Misfit is TASCO MTB's Small Batch offering for October.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — TASCO MTB is a four-person company — not including a high school student helping part-time with shipping — that understands the old adage that good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic
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.

Tagged From the Magazine

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods is expanding its reach in the cycling market with its new specialty outdoor concept stores.

Public Lands stores will carry Cannondale mountain bikes and e-bikes. They also will feature a full-service bike repair shop, and sell accessories.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer Larry Black told BRAIN that he is turning over College Park Bicycles to another owner. Black also owns Mount Airy Bicycles in Maryland and said he will continue to operate that location for the foreseeable future.

McLain, based in Traverse City, Michigan, has three stores.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (BRAIN) — After 44 years in business, Bob and Kris McLain have sold McLain Cycle & Fitness to Specialized Bicycle Components. Specialized has not confirmed the purchase and has declined to comment on this or other recent retail acquisitions.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Rapha brings its pop-up retail store to this growing cycling destination in Northwest Arkansas for a five-week run, featuring apparel, group rides, and events.

Kitsbow's Ride House will be home to Schoenauer Service Course.
Chad Schoenauer.

OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — Kitsbow Cycling Apparel begins offering full-service bike repair out of its visitor center beginning this week.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Rubber N' Road, which has been operating pop-up retail stores in Manhattan for the last two seasons, is now opening a permanent store, in Midtown Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.

Don DiCostanzo

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes, which now has more than 200 retail stores globally, says the locations have surpassed $121 million in system-wide retail sales over the last 12 months.

The stores are locally owned under license, not franchise, agreements. 

Tagged Electric bike

NOVATO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mike's Bikes, the 12-store Northern California chain, has been purchased by Pon, the Dutch parent of Santa Cruz, Cervelo and other bike, mobility, and auto brands. Mike's former partners will remain with the business and said the stores will continue to carry non-Pon bike brands such as Specialized.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Bike Mart owner Woody Smith.

RICHARDSON, Texas (BRAIN) — Said to be the largest family-owned bike retailer in Texas, Richardson Bike Mart is increasingly not just in Richardson, a community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The store has four locations now, only one of which is in Richardson.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Months after Trek bought Specialized's largest dealer in the Austin, Texas, market, Specialized has opened a company-owned operation in the city. Specialized Austin provides virtual consultations and home delivery of web-ordered bikes and equipment.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — R&A Cycles, which operates brick-and-mortar stores in Brooklyn and Walnut Creek, California, as well as a well-known e-commerce business, has introduced a $150 charge on bikes sold at its stores, to cover shipping, handling, and assembly.


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