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OLYMPIA, Wash. (BRAIN) — The Washington state Legislature passed a three-class e-bike bill Tuesday night.

Tagged Electric bike / Advocacy/Non-profits

CANBERRA, Australia (BRAIN) — The notification that specific e-bike imports into Australia must pay a 5 percent surcharge took the nation’s bicycle industry by surprise. And no wonder. The official notification, issued Feb. 14, was buried at the bottom of the last page of a 14-page government document — underneath new tariff considerations for tools used in the slaughter of goats.

DUBAI (BRAIN) — Despite the ongoing turmoil throughout the Middle East, where arms sales generate conventions and attention, there is also interest in generating attention for bicycle and accessory sales.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

HARTFORD, Ct. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show this year has opened up voting for the People's Choice Award to everyone. Bike enthusiasts can vote for their favorite bike displayed at NAHBS online. The bike with the most votes will be named the official winner.

Tagged Awards / North American Handmade Bicycle Show

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Accell North America, parent of Raleigh, iZip, Haibike, Diamondback and Redline, has hired Stuart Johnson as its chief marketing and digital officer, a new position created to support its recently launched omnichannel distribution program.

Tagged Omnichannel / People
On earnings call, company notes it's "cautiously optimistic" about its bike sales in 2018 and that inventory levels at OEs and aftermarket sales channels are "comfortable."

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fox Factory Holding Corp. reported Tuesday that overall sales increased 8.6 percent to $121.1 million in the final quarter of 2017. That's up from $111.6 million for the same period the year before. 

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the Walton Family Foundation are partnering to present new Trail Labs educational programming and matching Trail Accelerator grants to bring more trails to communities across the U.S.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Seton Claggett

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Retail veteran Seton Claggett has been named managing director and lead consultant of Fortus, a firm focused on e-commerce and omnichannel consulting. Claggett will work with companies in the bike and outdoor industries.

Tagged Omnichannel / People

CEDAR PARK, Texas (BRAIN) — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., licensor and developer of NuVinci's continuously variable planetary transmission technology, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

An image tweeted by @skibums supporting the Vista Outdoors boycott

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — The debate over gun control in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school has sent rippling waves that have reached the bike industry.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Camber Outdoors has put out a call for applications for Pitchfest 2018.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) — Park Tool announced it has surpassed 100,000 subscribers to its YouTube channel, where viewers can learn how to tweak, adjust and fix their bikes from Calvin Jones, the company’s director of education and master mechanic.

Tagged Web/Internet

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Scottish BMX brand BSD has rolled out a MAP policy aimed at ensuring that BSD retailers won’t be undercut online or in-store.

Tagged Distributor news / MAP

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes has announced some of the keynote speakers to headline its second annual PlacesForBikes Conference coming up May 1-3 in Indianapolis.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM’s neutral service team will help riders get back to racing at top professional races and grass-roots events around the globe in 2018.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Richard Fries will step down as executive director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. Fries, who served as executive director of the advocacy group for three years, will retain a position on the organization’s board of directors.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taichung Bike Week is moving to earlier dates this year. The show will be shortened to three days and be held September 26-28, 2018, just a week after Interbike’s Reno trade show and consumer festival.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Taichung Bike Week / Taipei Cycle Show
Company forecasts flat sales of fitness products for 2018.

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Garmin reported Wednesday that fourth-quarter revenue rose 3 percent to $888 million driven by sales of outdoor, marine and aviation products. Revenue for the full fiscal year totaled $3.09 billion, up 2 percent.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Benny Cruickshank has formed and launched a new marketing communications agency, Be Courteous Communications. The agency’s first clients include the Dutch brand Gazelle Bicycles and Boulder, Colorado-based RockyMounts.

Tagged People

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Colorado's Jefferson County has launched a one-year e-bike pilot program that will allow Class 1 e-bikes on natural surface trails and Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails within Jeffco Open Space.

Tagged Electric bike

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