Buffalo’s Tom’s Pro Bike acquires Park Ave Bike Shop

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BRAIN) — The owners of Tom’s Pro Bike Service, which has two locations in the Buffalo area, have acquired Park Ave Bike Shop, which has two locations in the Rochester area, about an hour away.  Tom and Val Lonzi bought the Park Ave business from Andy August effective May 2

Ten major bike companies join Trek, Ford and Tome on bicycle-to-vehicle technology advisory board

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Some bike and e-bike heavy hitters are joining Trek and Ford in helping create safety standards related to bicycle-to-vehicle communication.   For nearly a year,  Trek has been working with the software company Tome and Ford  on developing the so-called B2V technology, which uses artificial intelligence to evaluate and identify safety measures at specific vulnerable roadway locations.

The Pro’s Closet launches Quality Assurance program, hopes to expand sales of demo and overstock bikes

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro’s Closet is rolling out a new pre-owned bicycle program, coined “TPC Quality Assurance.” The company — which claims to be the largest retailer of used bikes in the country — said the new program will benefit customers looking to buy quality pre-owned bicycles, and also assist vendors and manufacturers in selling overstock and demo products. Under the new program, TPC inspects and tunes demo bikes before offering them for sale.

The Pro’s Closet brings Trade Up program to NAHBS

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro’s Closet will attend next year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City, giving consumers attending the show a chance to trade in their old bike for a voucher to put toward a new custom bike. Bicycles must be submitted and shipped prior to NAHBS to receive a valid voucher at the show.

4 steps to mastering switchbacks

Elite level racer Joe Rafferty heads up his own coaching business, Pro Ride, and has been passing on his expertise to riders for over 10 years as a full-time skills coach. Here he focusses on mastering switchbacks and shares these four steps to get round even the tightest bends.

  • 5 tips for tackling loose descents
  • How to ride flat turns at maximum speed
  • How to manual a mountain bike

1. Speed

Enter too fast and you’ll have to slam on the anchors so you don’t overshoot. Get your head up and spot the exit early so you can judge your entry speed.


If it’s a steep corner you may need to brake mid turn to keep your speed under control. Release the front brake slightly earlier than the rear to allow the front tyre to grip and hold the turn.

2. Line choice

Take a wide line to increase the room you have to turn, making sure your tyres are on the outside of the bend when you enter.

3. Body position

4.  Advanced skills

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SBS promotes Quattrocchi, Strawn

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Seattle Bike Supply has promoted John “JQ” Quattrocchi to vice president of purchasing and product development and Rickey Strawn to national sales manager as the Accell Group-owned distributor positions for growth in 2014.

Retül to add FootBalance footbed classes

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Bike fit company Retül is adding a Footbalance custom footbed class to its professional bike fitter education programs, in an agreement the companies announced this week.

Fat bike advocates look for national park access

ISLAND PARK, ID (BRAIN) — Gaining winter access to national parks for fat bikes is a goal of advocates meeting at January’s Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival, to be held at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort here.  The second annual event has been expanded from one to three days, January 25-27, and will include product demos, races, group rides, and a Saturday-evening celebration for fat-bike enthusiasts.  “Our goal with the summit and festival is to continue our work to gain access for fat bikes in national parks,” said Gary Sjoquist, advocacy director for QBP, an event sponsor and co-host. The festival was created by retailer Scott Fitzgerald, founder of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, Idaho

REI to open first Kansas store

OVERLAND PARK, KS (BRAIN) Tuesday July 10 2012 4:42 PM MT— Recreational Equipment, Inc. will open its first Kansas store this fall, in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City. The Overland Park store will be at the intersection of West 135th St

Shimano Europe buys bike fitting business

NUNSPEET, Netherlands (BRAIN) Wednesday April 4 2012 9:16 AM MT— Shimano Europe Holding has bought Bike Fitting BV, a 25-year-old Dutch company that develops bike fit measuring instruments. “With Bike Fitting’s professional measure systems Shimano offers also a new service to the dealer network,” said Marc van Rooij, president of Shimano Europe Holding. “As service is getting more important in retail we give dealers the possibility to analyze cyclists and customize their bike (frame size, saddle, handlebar, seat position, etc), this way the IBD can show their expertise.” Bike Fitting products are used by 1,700 dealers in 44 countries