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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.

Jones Bicycles closing after 100-plus years in business

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jones Bicycles, a fixture in this Southern California beach community for more than a century, is closing this month as current owners John and Lisa Genshock retire from the bike industry, according to the shop’s website and social media posts.

Guest editorial: An anonymous mechanic asks who got a cost of living raise this year

Editor’s note: This anonymous guest editorial first appeared in PBMA Mechanics Minute, a weekly newsletter from the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association. You can subscribe to the newsletter at  probma.org/newsletter-archive. So ..

J&B distributing Ottolock cinch lock

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Otto DesignWorks’ Ottolock is now available to retailers through J&B Importers. “We are excited to have J&B as a distributor,” said Eric Merk, vp of sales for Otto DesignWorks

L.A. retailer’s crowdfunding campaign will expand the shop’s leather business

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) – When it comes to retail, Chris Kelly has always been one to think outside the box. From closing his store, Topanga Creek Outpost, mid-week for staff and customer adventures, which he has dubbed ‘Unpredict your Wednesday’, to ditching products sold on Amazon more than five years ago, Kelly has spent the better part of his career working to set his shop apart from the rest

Carbon bike repair service, Broken Carbon, expands and offers wholesale pricing

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Broken Carbon, which repairs and refinishes carbon bike frames, has expanded its staff, hiring composites expert Cameron Frazer as its lead repair technician. “Cameron has extensive knowledge with composites backed by undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Auckland

Mobile repair shop opens brick-and-mortar store

CARY, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Matt Lodder operated a small home-based shop offering mobile repair services for eight years, and as his business grew he realized he needed a larger space. Lodder recently moved his repair and bike fit operation into a 1,400-square-foot space in Cary, North Carolina.

Mobile repair shop opens brick-and-mortar store

CARY, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Matt Lodder operated a small home-based shop offering mobile repair services for eight years, and as his business grew he realized he needed a larger space. Lodder recently moved his repair and bike fit operation into a 1,400-square-foot space in Cary, North Carolina.

Southern California’s Coates Cyclery to close its doors

POMONA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Coates Cyclery, one of Southern California’s oldest bike shops, will close its doors by the end of February. Owner Corey McCroskey, who purchased the shop 15 years ago, said changing shopping behaviors, internet competition and consumer-direct sales were factors in his decision to shutter the store, which opened in 1934.

BicycleBlueBook redesigns website to funnel traffic toward shops

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BRAIN) — BicycleBlueBook.com has been a popular website for years for bike owners curious about their ride’s value — it now attracts about three quarters of a million monthly visitors. Now the company has reconfigured its site to make it more likely that visitors will navigate to the website of a nearby IBD participating in its Authorized Trade-In Partner program.  BicycleBlueBook’s IBD network has grown from a 100 dealers to more than 750 in the last year.  The new site still lets consumers quickly check the value of their bike for “Private Party” sale