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SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Chuck Wurster, the vice president of RacerMate Inc., announced Thursday that the company was ending production of its CompuTrainer smart trainer. Wurster said RacerMate will continue to manufacture its Velotron ergometer, which is used in research settings.

A Bell Joy Ride in Knoxville last year.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — For its second year, Bell is expanding its Bell Joy Ride program from eight to 12 markets. The program's mission is to get more women mountain biking, more often.

The expansion means the addition of six new ambassadors and four new regions.

A Fatback Skookum.

VALLEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wren Sports has announced a new distributor in France and increased OE spec for its fat-bike suspension fork.

Ultimate Cycle Distribution has been named Wren's exclusive distributor for France.

An image from one of SRAM's patents involved in its suit against Fox.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Fox Factory and SRAM are battling in courts in Illinois and California over several patent infringement suits involving the companies' brands. Fox Factory told investors Wednesday that the litigation cost the company $2.75 million last year.

SANDY, Utah (BRAIN) — Reynolds Cycling has hired Jonathan Reese as its new director of global marketing. He joins Reynolds from outside the cycling industry, having spent the last five years as senior director of digital marketing at ADP.

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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fox Factory Holding Corp. is reporting a 16.6 percent increase in revenue in its fourth quarter, capping a nearly 10 percent increase in sales for the company's full fiscal year, which ended Dec. 30, 2016.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Camber Outdoors has elected three new board members, including Roger Gierhart, a vice president at Trek Bicycle Corp.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — BikeFlights.com has expanded Buck Up for Bikes, a grassroots advocacy fundraising program, to include two new beneficiary organizations: Trips for Kids and Little Bellas. Additionally, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and the Amy D. Foundation return as beneficiaries for 2017.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Members of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association will be on hand at this month's North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Utah to help assemble bikes before the show and to meet with the show attendees during the March 10-12 event.

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — FSA has hired Mark Vandermolen at its headquarters in Taiwan to work in Asia product strategy and planning as well as marketing and sales for the region.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association has released a series of 10 two-minute video training sessions to help retail staff connect with and sell e-bikes.

Tagged Electric bike

WILTON, Conn. (BRIAN) — Cycling Sports Group, a division of Dorel Industries, has hired Justin McCarthy as manager of public relations for North America. McCarthy previously handled media relations in the fitness and outdoor segments at Garmin International.

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BUCHAREST, Romania (BRAIN) — GoPro Inc. has opened a new office in Bucharest, Romania, that will focus on software engineering, including development of the company's web and e-commerce platforms.



MALLABIA, Spain (BRAIN) — Mariano Gon has joined Orbea as American sales director, effective Wednesday, March 1.

Gon has more than 20 years of experience working in the Spanish and U.S. bicycle markets. He was most recently director of global sales at Santa Cruz Bicycles.

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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Specialized Foundation has opened applications for its cycling program, Riding for Focus, for middle schools (grades 6-9) throughout the U.S. for the 2017-18 academic year. The application period is open now through March 24.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Walton Family Foundation has renewed its commitment to PeopleForBikes for 2017. 

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) — Park Tool has announced the winners of its 2017 Community Tool Grants, a program that supplies 10 non-profit organizations with Park Tool products worth more than $1,400. This year more than 125 organizations applied for the grants. 

UPDATED: WFSGI says its unlikely recent incident was caused by a disc rotor.

ESTAVAYER-le-LAC, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Professional Cyclists Association is threatening to take legal action against the UCI for resuming a disc brake trial in the pro peloton.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Suppliers shipped 3 percent more bikes to shops this January than last year, in spite of inclement weather up and down the West Coast and throughout the Southwest.

COON VALLEY, Wisc. (BRAIN) — Borah Teamwear has hired 30-year industry veteran and former pro racer Greg Demgen as the company's Southwest representative.

Demgen, a founding member of the 7-Eleven Cycling Team, has worked for Pearl Izumi, Bolle, Rudy Project, Defeet, Squadra and 2XU.

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