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TORONTO (BRAIN) — E-bike brand Elby says its growth has surpassed its own expectations in 2017, as it signed its 50th North American retailer three months ahead of schedule. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The PeopleForBikes Coalition board of directors held its biannual meeting Tuesday. Among other business, the board approved the organization's 2018 budget and approved eight new recipients of PeopleForBikes' Community Grants program. The list of recipients is below. 

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (BRAIN) — Kenda Tire continues to restructure its North American bicycle sales team with the promotion of Matt Boissy to the position of North American sales manager. Boissy steps in to service Kenda’s OEM customers after having spent several years in aftermarket sales.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — As part of its plan to re-enter the U.S. market, Japanese tire maker IRC Tire named LiFT creative studios as its creative and interactive agency of record.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles has hired Tyler Meyers as international sales manager. Meyers has a long history in the industry, previously holding senior roles at Shimano, Electra, Trek, BionX and most recently launching Elby bicycles.

SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — Nuun is expanding the availability of its recently introduced vitamin hydration product into Canada. Nuun Vitamins will debut in Canada at Whole Foods and MEC.

Matt Powell.

Matt Powell, an analyst at The NPD Group, says he's never liked the term "omnichannel" to describe the new sports retail environment.

Keener at a presentation in Boulder last month.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — A new 20-video series to help retailers teach staff the basics of customer interaction is now available online. The one-minute Customer Satisfaction Training videos cover everything from basic greetings and manners to more specific topics like merchandising and selling service.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike said it has completely revamped its educational content offerings for its 2018 show. Headlining the show's content will be keynote speaker John Venhuizen, the CEO of Ace Hardware Corporation.

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (BRAIN) — Kenda Tire has promoted Sam Whitley to the position of North American aftermarket sales manager.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP will hold its 2018 SaddleDrive event Aug. 20-24 at Seven Springs Resort, which is an hour away from Pittsburgh.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — President Trump's proclamation Monday shrinking two National Monuments in Utah jeopardizes at least 150 miles of roads and trails used by cyclists and could lead to the loss of protection for much more cycling terrain around the country, according to PeopleForBikes.

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (BRAIN) — "Advances in component technology too often weigh more than their predecessors," said Seven founder Rob Vandermark. "Disc brakes, thru-axles, tapered steerer forks, PressFit bottom brackets, wider tires, etc. They all add significant weight to a bike. With XX we are leveraging our experience and our materials to their limits to push frame weight back down again."

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