CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has hired pro racer Alex Rafferty as its new European MTB public relations coordinator.
Rafferty will be based in Schweinfurt, Germany and work with SRAM's global MTB PR team in promoting all of SRAM's mountain bike brands: SRAM, RockShox, Avid, TRUVATIV and Quarq.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Finish Line Technologies is now producing a monthly email newsletter for consumers, called BikeLove.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (BRAIN) — Todson president Neal Todrys is apologizing to retailers and reversing course after the company's announcement of a charity giveaway drew the ire of dozens of store owners last week.
WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Blue Bicycle has added 10 new outside reps to its sales force, in addition to its in-house sales and customer service team.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Lifestyle bike brand Brooklyn Bicycle Co. has hired Gary Thornton as national sales manager. Thornton will oversee the brand’s growing dealer base and manage a network of independent sales reps. He’s based out of the company’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn, headquarters.
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized and Strava have collaborated on a new social media platform, Strava Shop Pages, for retailers to build community around their businesses, better serve customers and get more people on bikes.
SANDY, Utah (BRAIN) — Carbon fiber and aerodynamics expert Paul Lew will oversee U.S. and overseas marketing for Reynolds Cycling as sales and marketing manager Rob Aguero shifts his focus exclusively on sales. Reynolds said the move was prompted in part by growth in key accounts and OEM business.
ST. AUGUSTIN DE DESMAURES, Quebec (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau will start a demo tour this month that will visit stores across Canada and in select U.S. locations, allowing consumers to test ride Garneau bikes.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Sufferfest, a provider of indoor cycling training videos, is the first major sponsor of the UCI's Women Road World Cup series.
ALISO VIEJO, Calif (BRAIN) — Highway Two is introducing a new B2B website and is promoting it with a retail raffle tied into its launch. Retailers who place orders on h2b2b.com will qualify for the raffle drawing.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Power meter supplier Stages Cycling has hired former USA Cycling coach Benjamin Sharp as its power education specialist. Sharp will create content and support Stages-sponsored teams as well as dealers and coaches.
FT. COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Niner Bikes is sponsoring the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge, a seven-day mountain bike stage race in Mongolia. Members of the Niner-equipped Backcountry.com race team will participate in the event, held Aug. 1-7.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Easton-Bell Sports has extended its exclusive European distribution agreement with Shimano Europe for all EBS brands: Giro, Bell, Blackburn and Easton Cycling.
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — An interview with former Trek executive Mary Burke, who is running for governor in Wisconsin, highlights the April 1 edition of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, which is arriving in subscribers' mailboxes this week.
VAN NUYS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Easton-Bell Sports sales were down nearly 6 percent last year, as the dynamic company wrestled with market changes across its categories.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — After launching this year at the seaside Terranea Resort in Southern California, Lifeboat Events’ PressCamp Winter will head inland to Westlake Village for its second edition, set for Jan. 27-30, 2015.
ALLENTOWN, Penn. (BRAIN) – The used bike market is a $2.4 billion business in the U.S., with 7.5 million owners, according to a new study by Gluskin Townley Group, LLC.
MADRID (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association Europe welcomed 11 new nation members to its ranks on March 29 at the first official General Assembly since its creation in 2012. The General Assembly was the first order of business at IMBA Europe's third annual summit, which drew 52 participants from 18 countries to bring their distinct perspectives to bear on the future of mountain biking in Europe.
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant has hired former Mountain Bike Action staffer Doug Barnett as its new global road product marketing specialist.
FT. COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Future PLC's cycling magazines and websites in North America and Europe will be unaffected by recent changes and layoffs at the company, a Future executive told BRAIN on Monday.