Southern California’s ARB Cyclery closes its doors

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — After serving Orange County cyclists for more than a decade, ARB Cyclery’s last day of business was May 31.

U.S. dealer count declines, while average shop revenue climbs, study finds

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The number of U.S. independent bicycle retailers declined 2.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to a new report from the National Bicycle Dealers Association

Giant shoots down sales rumor traced to bike-share mogul’s remark

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — An article that popped up on a Chinese website that covers venture capital investment caused a stir last week. It reported that Ofo, a Chinese bike sharing company, was eyeing the purchase of Giant Manufacturing.

Tern bringing its non-folding urban bike line, Roji, to new markets

The line includes “mini velos” with small wheels. TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Tern is now distributing its non-folding bike line, Roji, to markets outside of Japan.

Q&A: NAHBS show director Don Walker on the future of show and more

The builders' show wrapped up its 12th edition Sunday in Salt Lake. Next year's event is in Hartford, Connecticut.

Two cruiser crusaders launch custom cruiser company


These Douchebags want to carry your bicycle

Okay, let’s deal with the name first. Douchebags is a Norwegian company with roots in the action sports industry. Since 2010, it has produced high-end ski bags and luggage.

  • How to pack your road bike
  • How to pack your mountain bike

According to Jessica Linder, Douchebags’ marketing executive, the name came about after asking the internet for naming suggestions (because that always goes well) followed by mulling the options over during a long night of drinking.

“The name ‘Douchebag’ kept coming up,” Linder said.


Douchebags in road cycling

Douchebags is making inroads into the cycling thanks to a partnership with Team Sky. The team appreciated the details in the company’s luggage and asked if Douchebags could design a bicycle travel case.

Mountain bike Douchebags

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Surly Bikes dismisses rumors of impending troubles


Montréal Dealer Tour: Service, service, and service. And coffee.

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — David Bryson has been a specialty retailer since the 1980s, first riding the windsurfing craze from boom to bust and then running a well-regarded ski shop that sold Specialized bikes in the summer. But Bryson was forced to shut it down in the mid 1990s as the bottom fell out of the ski market and Canada struggled through a major recession. “I had to close it,” he recalled, “we were just losing a boatload of money.” But Bryson is back with Cycle Néron Sud-Ouest — a tidy operation tucked away in the Saint Henri neighborhood astride bike lanes that lead to a major network of paths that flow off the 14.5-kilometer Lachine Canal.

Bkool offers virtual Mt. Washington Hillclimb race

MADRID (BRAIN) — Spanish trainer maker Bkool is working with organizers of New Hampshire’s legendary Mt. Washington Hillclimb bike race to create a virtual race up the highest peak in the Northeast. During June, registration for the virtual race is $25.