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Posted May 14, 2014
COCHRANE, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, a retailer known for its trademark dispute with Specialized last year, is now the Canadian distributor of Pacenti Cycle Design products.
 
Posted in North America
Posted May 14, 2014
Ribbon cutting at the Shinola leather factory.

DETROIT (BRAIN) — Bike, watch and leather goods brand Shinola has opened a leather factory in Detroit and is now making watch straps.

The factory will expand to make small leather goods and eventually handbags, the company said.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2014
UPDATE
Bult action-cam helmet at Interbike 2013

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Most retailers are unfamiliar with the Southern California company C-Preme, but its patent-pending technology that integrates a video camera inside a helmet could add some zest to future helmet sales. That’s the strategic thinking behind BRG Sports’ acquisition Tuesday of the 4-year-old helmet company, Terry Lee, chairman and CEO of BRG Sports, told BRAIN in an interview late Tuesday.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted May 13, 2014

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The UCI is planning a fourth and possibly a fifth "satellite" World Cycling Center, to be built somewhere in Central or South America in the next few years.

Posted in International Tagged Competition
Posted May 13, 2014

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s sales hit $742.2 million (75.7 billion yen) over the first quarter, compared to $620.5 million (63.3 billion yen) over the same period last year. Sales in its bike division hit $598.6 million (61.1 billion yen), an increase of 19 percent. 

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 13, 2014

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May 12, 2014) – SDG Components has launched a new website at sdgcomponents.com.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association is joining dozens of other U.S. trade associations in urging a quick settlement of talks between the West Coast shipping industry and the Longshore and Warehouse union.

The union's contract expires June 30.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2014

VANCOUVER, Wash. (BRAIN) — The Gravity Cartel, the U.S. sales and service office for Spank Industries and iXS Sports, has launched a dealer B2B site.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2014

HAVERHILL, Mass. (BRAIN) — Mavic Inc. is offering its MP3 product protection plan for $1 now through Sept. 30 on some wheel-tire combos, the company announced.

Posted in North America
Posted May 12, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Crossbikereview.com has added two new contributors to its site.

The first is Joe Pinzone, who is an architect, father and cyclocross expert. Pinzone has already contributed several articles to the site, including a shoe review and an article on kids' cyclocross bikes.

Posted in North America Tagged People / Web/Internet / Media/Publishing
Posted May 12, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — TYR Sport has renewed its Gold-Level Partnership with USA Triathlon through 2016, the company announced Monday.

Posted in North America Tagged Competition
Posted May 12, 2014
Bell's Australian motorsports distributor, Monza, will take over bike helmet distribution there.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRG Sports has extended its distribution agreements with Australia' Sheppard Industries for BRG's Giro and Blackburn products. Both agreements have been extended five years.

Posted in International
Posted May 12, 2014

MUKILTEO, Wash. (BRAIN) — Full Speed Ahead released a revised minimum advertised price policy late last week and said it has initiated zero-tolerance enforcement for abusers. Violators of the policy will be not be eligible for future purchase of FSA products until further review, the company said in a release.

Posted in North America
Posted May 9, 2014

SEYMOUR, Conn. (BRAIN) — Thule has hired Dan Connors as a lead engineer, the company announced Friday. Connors joins Thule from Cannondale where he spent 20 years designing bicycle frames, cranks and other components.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 9, 2014
The T-Series TruLeather saddle in black.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Selle Anatomica is offering any of its saddles to bike shop and industry employees for $75.

Posted in Industry News
Posted May 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Census Bureau says the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period.

Posted in North America
Posted May 8, 2014

WESTPORT, Conn. (BRAIN) — CamelBak sales over the first quarter were $38.8 million, down from $42.8 million last year. CamelBak is a division of Compass Diversified Holdings, which published its first quarter earnings this week.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 8, 2014
Interim president Peter Woods promoted

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — The bike division at Dorel Industries saw revenues grow 18 percent during the first quarter, with gross profit and operating profit also up 17 and 71 percent, respectively. Officials pointed to better sales and cost control for the improvement over last year.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 8, 2014
Company also expands U.S. warehouse in Colorado.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Swobo has a new agreeement with U.K.-based retailer Charlie the Bikemonger, which will distribute the brand in Europe and serve as the base of operations for swobobikes.eu.

Posted in International
Posted May 8, 2014

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — ABUS Mobile Security, Inc. will sponsor the 2014 PeopleForBikes Ride on Chicago, a five-day group ride intended to raise funds and awareness for safer and better bicycling in the United States.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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